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    Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
January 3, 2018
Panther boys pounce on
Prospectors for 3-point win
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
The 1A Prairie City Pan-
ther boys brought their A
game to John Day on Thurs-
day, Dec. 28, beating the 2A
Grant Union Prospectors 73-
70 in an intense nonleague
After the cross-county
teams tied the score a few
times early in the first quar-
ter, the Panthers took a 17-14
Panther Dorran Wilson
shot the lights out in the sec-
ond, scoring 16 of his 28
points in the game.
Although Grant Union
players Zack Deiter, Cauy
Weaver, Wade Reimers and
Duane Stokes each landed a
3-pointer in the quarter, Prai-
rie City ran away with a 43-34
lead to close the first half.
Grant Union got down
to business after halftime
with Stokes scoring. Deiter
grabbed a steal, and Reimers
scored. Then Cole Deiter add-
ed 2.
Deiter scored twice to
Eagle photos/Angel Carpenter
Prairie City Panther Dorran Wilson races past Grant
Union Prospector Duane Stokes in Thursday’s game,
with Zack Deiter at back left and Lucas McKinley, right.
bring Grant Union within 1
point. Then Kellen Shelley
sank a shot for a 46-45 lead.
The teams switched leads
four times with Grant Union
closing the third ahead 51-50.
Reimers sank a 2-pointer
at the beginning of the fourth.
Then Prairie City went on a
scoring rampage.
Panther Levi Burke, who
had scored 2 points in the first
and third quarters, came out in
full force. Burke, Wilson and
Syd Holman combined for
15 points before Grant Union
found the basket again, Prairie
City leading 67-55.
The scoring went back and
forth. Then Prospector Cole
Deiter scored twice, and team-
mate Kellen Shelley went 2-2
at the free-throw line.
With just 22.8 seconds
Prairie City Panther Syd
Holman (23) gets the tip
to his teammates over
Grant Union Prospector
Cole Deiter at the start of
Thursday’s game.
left in the game, Grant Union
worked to close the gap with
three 3-point shots.
Stokes shot a 3, and with 11.8
seconds left, Reimers scored.
Wilson was fouled but came
up empty at the free-throw line.
Then Shelley scored the final 3
in the last three seconds.
Grant Union head coach
Kelsy Wright said Prairie City
came prepared.
“I’m proud of my boys,”
he said. “They just couldn’t
hold on. Prairie City was
ready to play, and they pulled
out all the stops.”
Prairie City head coach
Sam Workman said his team
played hard and with intensity
for the entire game.
“They moved the ball
around, and everybody had
their chances,” he said. “We
just came out to play tonight.”
Wilson said it was a fun
game, and he was glad they
had the opportunity to face
Grant Union.
“It was a really good team
win,” he said. “All five start-
ers scored, and we worked to-
gether really well and held our
Burke said he’d been look-
ing forward to playing Grant
Union for three years.
“It’s always fun playing
them,” he said. “They’re a class
act and always have been.”
Burke added, “It was a
good team win with lots of
assists. That’s what was real-
ly good about it. Everybody
stepped up to the plate.”
Next up for Grant Union
are two road games. The Pros-
pectors face Weston-McEwen
at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, in
Athena and Lakeview at 4
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6.
The Panthers will host
Monument/Dayville at 3:30
p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, in Prai-
rie City for the Panthers’ first
league game of the season.
Holman said he hopes his
team plays with “more inten-
sity and better defense, going
out and going hard.”
Prairie City
Dorran Wilson: 28 points
Levi Burke: 15
Syd Holman: 14
Lucas McKinley: 12 (four 3-pointers)
Jojari Field: 4
Grant Union
Wade Reimers: 18
Kellen Shelley: 15
Cole Deiter: 13
Duane Stokes: 10
Cauy Weaver: 9
Zack Deiter: 5
Eagle file photo
Grant Union Prospector Cauy Weaver, center, drives
into Santiam ball carrier Trevor Tinney (16) at the Nov.
11 OSAA Football State Championship quarterfinals in
John Day.
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Grant Union Prospector Mariah Moulton looks to pass under tremendous pressure from Prairie City Panthers Haley
Pfefferkorn (14), Brianna Zweygardt (20) and Samantha Workman (12).
Grant Union girls top
Prairie City 51-22
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Grant Union Prospector girls
held on to their early lead Thursday,
Dec. 28, to defeat the Prairie City Pan-
thers 51-22 in John Day.
“I thought we came out ready to
play from the get-go,” said Grant
Union head coach Casey Hallgarth.
He said his team had been in a
shooting slump, and now they’re start-
ing to jell.
After some back and forth on the
court, Prospector Hailie Wright scored
off a steal for the first 2 points of the
Prairie City’s Brianna Zweygardt
answered back, scoring 2 for the Pan-
thers. However, it would be Prairie
City’s only points for the first quar-
ter, with Grant Union jumping to a
12-point lead.
The Panthers had a stronger second
quarter, scoring 8, but the Prospectors
finished the first half with a 23-10 lead.
Prospector Kaylee Wright scored
twice to start the third quarter.
Panther Cassie Hire drained
a 3-pointer and combined with
Zweygardt for 8 points in the period.
Grant Union stayed a step ahead,
outshooting Prairie City by two for a
Player, year, position,
Cameron Hallgarth, 12,
running back, third team
Cauy Weaver, 12, wide
receiver, second
Zack Deiter, 12, wide re-
ceiver, third
Dillon Maley, 12, offen-
sive lineman, second
Drew Lusco, 10, offen-
Jan. 4
Grant Union basket-
ball @ Weston-McE-
wen in Athena, girls
at 6 p.m., boys at
7:30 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 5
Grant Union wres-
tling @ Jo-Hi Invita-
tional in Joseph at 2
Ukiah/Long Creek JV
basketball vs. Burnt
River in Long Creek,
girls at 5 p.m., boys
at 6:30 p.m.
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Grant Union Prospector Madi
McKrola (12) leaps to score under
pressure from Prairie City Panther
Megan Camarena (25).
33-18 lead going into the fourth.
The Prospectors ended the game
with some fire under their feet.
Mariah Moulton and Kaylee Wright
each scored a 3-pointer to start the final
quarter, followed by another 2 each, in-
cluding Kaylee Wright scoring off of a
Kaytlyn Wells, Mariah Wright and
Whitney McClellan also contributed
See GIRLS, Page A18
basketball @ Crane,
girls at 6 p.m., boys
at 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 6
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Prairie City Panther Cassie Hire takes off
with a defensive rebound in Thursday’s
game against Grant Union in John Day.
sive lineman, second
Drew Lusco, 10, defen-
sive lineman, first
Cauy Weaver, 12, line-
backer, second
Zack Deiter, 12, defen-
sive back, first
Duane Stokes, 12, defen-
sive back, second
Defensive Player of the
Year: Cauy Weaver, 12,
third team
Head coach: Jason Miller
Prairie City vs.
in Prairie City, girls at
2 p.m., boys at 3:30
Ukiah/Long Creek JV
vs. Crane JV in Long
Creek, girls at 2,
boys at 3:30 p.m.
Grant Union bas-
ketball @ Lakeview,
girls at 4 p.m., boys
at 5:30 p.m.
Grant Union wres-
tling @ Jo-Hi Invita-
tional in Joseph at
10 a.m.
Jan. 9
varsity @ Grant
Union JV in John
Day, girls at 5 p.m.,
boys at 6:30 p.m.
Ukiah/Long Creek JV
vs. Mitchell/Spray in
Long Creek, girls at
5, boys at 6:30 p.m.