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Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
June 21, 2017
Playdays youth
rodeos are back
Blue Mountain Eagle
Cinnabar Mountain Play-
days rodeo kids are at it
again — having plenty of
fun while competing, that is.
The opening CMP rodeo,
held June 10 and 11 at the
Grant County Fairgrounds
in John Day, had a “Tough
Enough to Wear Pink”
A total of 34 participants,
ranging in age from under 6
up to 17, competed in sev-
eral events, including fi gure
8, pole bending, key hole,
fl ag race, goat tying, dummy
roping, as well as barrel and
break away racing for the
older group.
There were six compet-
itors in Leadline (any age),
six in Peewee (ages 6 and
under), 10 in Juniors (ages
7 to 9), 10 in Intermediates
(ages 10-14) and two in Se-
niors (age 15 to 17).
The next Playdays in the
youth rodeo series will be
July 8 and 9, July 29 and
Aug. 5. All events will be
held at the fairgrounds.
Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio
Grant County Wildfire 8-10 head coach Zach Williams gives Lauren Wenger a high-five during the District 3
All-Stars Tournament in La Grande.
Day 1: Saturday, June 10
Places listed are based on total
points earned for each day.
Bransyn Harper, fi rst
Grayson Schmadeka, second
Blake Kimball, third
Hailey Ann Marciel and Ripkin Desa-
dier, tied fourth and fi fth
Brooklynn Kimball, fi rst
Ruby Hooper, second
Addison Wilson, third
Emmie Saul, fourth
Weston Hamilton, fi fth
Aaliyah Marciel, fi rst
Tatyn Harper, second
Helen Rowel, third
Molly Davis, fourth
Tavin Desadier, fi fth
Clint Rutherford, fi rst
Bailey McCracken, second
Rowdy Israel, third
Contributed photo
Ripkin Desadier
competes in the flag
race with help from
his father, Jordan, at
the June 10 Cinnabar
Mountain Playdays rodeo
at the Grant County
Fairgrounds in John Day.
Katie Johnson, fourth
Coy Mathison, fi fth
Sarah Barker, fi rst
DAY 2: Sunday, June 11
Blake Kimball, fi rst
Bransyn Harper, second
Grayson Schmadeka, third
Hailey Ann Marciel, fourth
Ripkin Desadier, fi fth
Addison Wilson, fi rst
Brooklynn Kimball, second
Allison Bohnert, third
Emmie Saul, fourth
Ruby Hooper, fi fth
Aaliyah Marciel, fi rst
Molly Davis, second
Helen Rowel, third
Tavin Desadier, fourth
Tatyn Harper, fi fth
Clint Rutherford, fi rst
Sam McCracken, second
Rowdy Israel, third
Bailey McCracken, fourth
Coy Mathison, fi fth
Trinity Hutchison, fi rst
Sarah Barker, second
Grant County softball
teams survive heat
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
wo teams representing Grant
County are competing at the
District 3 Little League Softball
All-Star Tournament in La Grande.
The 10 and under Grant County
Wildfi re softball team made waves
Saturday when they beat Union on
day one.
After suffering a loss to Hermiston
Sunday, the Wildfi re came back with a
vengeance Monday with a 15-0 shut-
out over Wallowa Valley.
Pitcher Drewsey Williams start-
ed off in the circle for Grant County
against Wallowa, with Addy Northway
pitching the remainder of the game.
The team, led by head coach Zach
Williams, started off the tournament
on the right foot with a 10-0 win over
Union in four innings, Drewsey pitch-
ing the game.
The team then lost a 4-3 squeaker
to Hermiston. The Wildfi re girls led
3-2 in the bottom of the sixth when
Hermiston scored two runs in the bot-
tom of the inning for the one-run win.
“Their defense has been really
good this tournament,” coach Wil-
liams said of his team. “Pitching has
been great, getting ahead of hitters
and throwing a lot of strikes.”
He said the team needs to adjust at
the plate for the quicker pitching.
The Wildfi re was scheduled to
play Union County Tuesday after-
noon, past press time.
If Grant County wins Tuesday’s
game, they’ll face the loser of Herm-
iston versus La Grande on Wednes-
Williams said they still have a
chance to win the double-elimination
“We just have to come back and
win somebody twice,” he said.
The team of 9- and 10-year-olds
played through 90-degree weather on
“They are a great bunch of girls,”
Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography Studio
Halle Parsons hits for the 8-10 Grant County Wildfire team at the
District 3 All-Stars Tournament in La Grande.
Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography
Addy Northway pitches for the
8-10 All-Star team at the district
tournament in La Grande.
said Williams, whose assistant coach-
es are Marissa Williams, Levi Watter-
son and Ray Wenger. “They’re really
talented, and they played well.”
Wildfi re pitcher Drewsey Wil-
liams was named Player of the Game
on Saturday.
Wildfi re’s third baseman Lauren
Wenger received the honor on Sun-
day, and pitcher/catcher Addy North-
way earned the Player of the Game
title on Monday.
The Grant County SWAT (Softball
with Attitude) Junior All Stars, 16 and
under, also competed at the district
tournament in La Grande.
Led by head coach John Girvin and
assistants Zeke Langum and Brandi
Girvin, the team suffered a 16-2 loss
to Union County on Monday, but
made a big comeback on Tuesday.
SWAT took on Pendleton, winning
a 31-30 battle in seven innings.
The Grant County team at one
point was down by eight, making a
big comeback toward the end in the
game, which lasted nearly four hours.
“We kept our head in it, played
hard and came out on top,” John Gir-
vin said.
Riley Robertson was Player of the
Game on Monday, and Jacey Cash
was Player of the Game in Tuesday’s
game against Hermiston.
The team was scheduled to face
the winner of the Union versus La
Grande game Tuesday afternoon, past
press time.
If SWAT wins that game, they’ll
play again Wednesday, the champion-
ship to be played later that day.
The winning team in each age
bracket advances to the state tourna-
ment, with the hope of reaching the
Little League World Series.
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Swimmers dive in to compete last year during a John
Day Swim Meet.
Swimming season
opens at Gleason Pool
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
Let the splashing begin!
Gleason Pool in John Day,
250 NW Canton St., opened
Monday, June 12, for the sea-
The recreational swim is
1-4:30 p.m. Mondays through
Family pool passes are
$130 for those living within
the John Day-Canyon City
taxing district and $160 for
out of district. Individual
passes are $80 ($95 out of dis-
trict). The cost to swim for the
day is $3 ($4 out of district).
There will be four sessions
of swimming lessons, begin-
ning Monday, June 19. Swim
lessons are $40 ($45 out of
district), and sign-ups began
June 12.
An adult lap swim is held
5-6:30 p.m. on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays, and
6-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thurs-
Family swim night is 6:30
to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.
A water aerobics class is
held 5-6 p.m. Tuesdays and
The pool is closed Satur-
day and Sunday.
For more information, call
Gleason Pool staff at 541-
The John Day Swim Team
held tryouts on Monday, and
swim team board president
Haley Walker said they had
a great turnout of swimmers.
Sabrina Howard leads
the team as head coach with
assistant coach Stephanie Le-
Team member 9-year-old
Morgan Walker said she’s
looking forward to the season,
and her favorite part of swim
team is traveling to meets.
“You get to see how good
the other team is,” she said.
“It’s fun to see how good the
competition is.
“I’m looking forward to
having fun with my coach.
When you have a fun coach,
you get to play games like
sharks and minnows at the
end of practice.”