Blue Mountain Eagle Wednesday, January 3, 2018 A13 WEDNESDAY 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 competition. After the cross-county teams tied the score a few times early in the first quar- ter, the Panthers took a 17-14 lead. 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 composure.” 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. 2017 A LL -S TATE 2A F OOTBALL T EAM — G RANT U NION 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 game. 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, team Offense 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- SPORTS SCHEDULE Thursday, 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 p.m. 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 steal. Kaytlyn Wells, Mariah Wright and Whitney McClellan also contributed See GIRLS, Page A18 Monument/Dayville basketball @ Crane, girls at 6 p.m., boys at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 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 Defense 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. Monument/Dayville in Prairie City, girls at 2 p.m., boys at 3:30 p.m. 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. Tuesday, Jan. 9 Monument/Dayville 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.