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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
GU offense struggles in loss to Burns PROS
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
JOHN DAY — The Grant Union Pros-
pector girls and boys varsity basketball teams
both struggled from the outset Jan. 5 against
the Burns Hilanders.
The parking lot at Grant Union Junior-Se-
nior High School was ¿ lled to capacity for
what proved to be some intense action, but
the Grant Union girls ended it 42-59, and the
Grant Union boys, 56-63.
Grant Union girls
Shots weren’t falling for the Lady Pros-
pectors as the game began.
“We had an extremely slow start, and you
can’t do that against a good team,” said girls
head coach Mark Mosley. “We missed 32
shots in the ¿ rst half.”
Grant Union’s Kenzie Wilson sank a free
throw, and Kaylee Wright found the basket
for a 3-20 score in the ¿ rst quarter.
Mariah Moulton and Heather Mosley
added two points each in the second, and the
half ended 7-30.
After the break, the Prospectors came out
with more zip. They added 13 to Burns’ 14
in the third.
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Grant Union Prospector Brady
Burch scores in a game against
Burns Jan. 5.
“I was proud of the way they came back
and made a run — it made it respectable,”
coach Mosley said. “We’ve got to learn from
it and move on and win two games this week-
Grant Union boys
The Hilander boys were ¿ rst on the score-
board, landing a couple two-point shots.
Ricky Weickum answered back with
three, and Brady Burch added two for a short-
lived one-point lead. The quarter ended with
the Prospectors trailing, 11-23.
Grant Union increased its intensity in
the second, with Nathan Gehley adding six
points, Brady Burch four, Zack Deiter two,
Wade Reimers two and Wyatt Weaver two.
The Prospectors were trailing 27-33 at the
Fired up after the break, Grant Union
came within one point of Burns when Burch
cashed in two points at the free-throw line and
Trace Gill added three with a two-point shot
and one free throw. However, Burns pulled
away, the Prospectors down 37-45 to close
the third.
Grant Union outscored Burns in the ¿ nal
period, but the Hilanders’ cushion gave them
the win.
Dayville/Monument teams enjoy winning week
Tiger teams take
in three victories
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
ville/Monument boys and girls
basketball teams enjoyed a suc-
cessful week, notching three
wins each over Mitchell/Spray,
Burnt River and Harper/Hun-
The Tiger girls had trouble
¿ nding the basket at ¿ rst, host-
ing Mitchell/Spray in Dayville
on Jan. 5, but came out aggres-
sive in the second half, winning
“Shots started to fall, and
Kyla Emerson had a lot of offen-
sive rebounds that helped us get
second shots,” said head coach
Taylor Schmedeka.
A strong defense helped the
Lady Tigers beat Burnt Riv-
er 32-19 at their home court in
Monument last Friday.
“Our trap worked well, and
Bailey Thomas shot very well
for us in that game,” Schmedeka
The team scored several
points off turnovers in Satur-
day’s 59-25 road win against
Harper/Huntington in Harper.
“Ravyn Walker shot very
well, and Danielle Rhoda had
another good game with re-
bounds and points in the paint,”
the coach said.
The Dayville boys are cur-
rently at the top in the High Des-
ert League and ranked No. 10
with an 11-3 overall record and
2-0 in league.
They chalked up three wins:
63-29 against Mitchell/Spray,
72-32 over Burnt River and 47-
27 on the road against Harper/
In the boys’ game against
Mitchell/Spray, the scoring was
close throughout.
“It’s always a tough team,”
said head coach Jeff Schafer.
He said the Tigers moved the
ball well and were aggressive on
Overall for the week, he
said the wins were good for the
amount of traveling they did,
but the bigger test will be later
this week when they face Jordan
Valley and Adrian on the road.
Grant Union wrestlers rumble at Riverside
Clay Johnson
is champion
at event
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
Grant Union wrestling team
faced tough competition at the
Riverside Duals on Friday, fol-
lowed by the Riverside Rum-
ble on Saturday.
Junior Clay Johnson was
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Prairie City had a 17-5
lead in the ¿ rst with scor-
ing from Levi Burke with
eight points, including a
three-pointer, Wyatt Wil-
liams with 5 points, includ-
ing one at the free-throw line,
and Ethan Camarena with
two points.
Several other teammates
also got in on the scoring for
the game.
Head coach Jonathon Gill
commended his coaching
staff, Bob Hassmiller and
Charles Lawrence, for the
positive outcome.
“They did a good job pre-
paring the kids,” Gill said.
“It was the epitome of a
champion at the Rumble,
wrestling at 138.
In the Friday night Duals,
the Prospectors were 3-1,
beating Hermiston junior
varsity, Heppner and Elgin/
Grant Union lost to River-
side by a score of 48-30 in a
close matchup.
Highlights from the Dual
include: Jesse Paulson (106
weight class) 4-0, Braden
Spencer (120) 3-1, Clay John-
son (138) 3-1, Antonio Dancer
(145) 4-0, Andrew Copen-
team win,” he said. “All our
kids participated and had fun
playing together. To get back
on the winning track feels
He said their motto is
“celebrate for 24 hours,” then
get right back at it.
Camarena said one of
their goals was to increase
the tempo.
“I think we accomplished
that, and hopefully we keep
this momentum going and
carry it on to (Saturday’s)
Garrett Hitz added, “One
of our goals tonight was to
get the younger players in-
volved. I feel like we did that
“Everyone worked hard
on defense,” said Brandon
Gillihan. “I feel like if we
keep it up, we’ll go far.”
haver (170) 3-1, Elijah Hum-
bird (182) 4-1 and Chance
Ballou (285) 4-1.
“Dillon Maley wrestled
at 220 against an extremely
tough group and lost sever-
al close matches,” said head
coach Andy Lusco.
In Saturday’s Rumble,
Grant Union placed third,
just seven points from second
Twelve wrestlers ¿ nished
in the top six for their weight
“We wrestled very well
against some tough compe-
tition, particularly Riverside,
Pendleton and the Hermiston
JV teams.” he said.
Highlights from the Rum-
ble include: Johnson, 1st
place; Paulson, 3; Copenhaver,
3; Hadley Boethin, 3, 195;
Ballou, 3; Maley, 4; Connor
White, 5, 113; Spencer, 5;
Dancer, 5; Humbird, 5; Jay
Goldblatt, 5, 126; and James
Mabe, 6, 145.
The Prospectors host the
Grant Union Tournament at 12
p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.
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Prairie City Panther Dorran Wilson looks to
teammate Ethan Camarena to pass in Saturday’s
game against Harper/Huntington.
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Scoring was led by Prospec-
tor Kori Pentzer with 15, fol-
lowed by Kaylee Wright with
eight. Kenzie Wilson, Heather
Mosley and Jozie Rude each
had four, Hailie Wright had
three, Whitney McClellan and
Mariah Moulton had two each
and McKrola had one.
Rebounding was led by
Heather Mosley with six, fol-
lowed by Samantha Brock
with four, and seven other
Prospectors had rebounds.
Brock and Wilson led with ¿ ve
steals each.
“As a team we did a good
job defensively,” coach Mos-
ley said. “I was especially
proud of the second group,
how they stepped up and made
some things happen tonight.”
The Grant Union boys were
defeated, 40-68, by Union on
Friday, and came back with the
win at home.
In the ¿ rst half of the Union
game, Prospector starter Wade
Reimers went down with a
knee injury after colliding
with Union player. Head coach
Steve Speth said he’s unsure
whether Reimers will be able
to return to play.
“The Union game was very
physical from the start,” Speth
The Prospectors were down
13-28 at the half, and Union
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Black said she enjoys coach-
ing this year’s team.
“Everybody gets along,
which makes for really fun road
trips,” she said.
The team includes 11 on var-
sity, and junior varsity members
also get some playing time with
their own two-quarter games.
“It’s crucial they put minutes
in and ¿ nd a rhythm together,”
Black said.
The Lady Panthers’ sole
senior this year is Amaya
Zweygardt. Black said she val-
ues Zweygardt’s leadership with
the other girls. Zweygardt said
she’s enjoying her senior year
scored several late baskets in
the fourth to pull away.
Grant Union turned things
around against Elgin.
“We knew this was a big
league game for us, and we
needed to protect our home
court,” Speth said. “We came
out with focus and intensity,
and I was able to give all the
players time.”
The Prospectors led 41-14
at the half, and they held Elgin
to ¿ ve points in the third.
The Huskies gained mo-
mentum in the fourth, outscor-
ing Grant Union 24-21, how-
ever, Grant Union was secure
for the win.
Prospector Trace Gill was
happy with the outcome.
“We all worked as a team
tonight,” he said. “We had
fewer three-point attempts and
ended up scoring more points
than our game against Burns.”
Nathan Gehley was the
high-point scorer against Elgin
with 24 points, followed by
Ricky Weickum with 12 and
Gill with 10.
Gehley also led with eight
rebounds, followed by Wyatt
Weaver with six. Weaver and
Gill had ¿ ve assists each. The
Prospectors had 15 steals in
the game, led by Gill and Zack
Deiter with three each.
The Grant Union teams
host Imbler Friday with junior
varsity games beginning at 3
p.m., and they host Cove on
Saturday with junior varsity
games beginning at 1 p.m.
with the team.
“We’re very athletic overall,
and we’ve gotten along very
well,” she said. “I expect that
we’ll do quite well the rest of the
The three juniors on the team
were positive about the team’s
“So far, it’s been a really
good year,” said MaKenzie
Jones. “I think this particular
team has a lot of potential, and
if we work hard we can go far.”
Sarah Ennis and Lindsey
Wall both said the team gets
along well.
“We’ll continue to improve
if we keep working hard,” Ennis
“I like how we all work to-
gether to make each other better
in a game situation,” Wall said.