The Blue Mountain eagle. (John Day, Or.) 1972-current, January 31, 2018, Page A8, Image 8

Below is the OCR text representation for this newspapers page. It is also available as plain text as well as XML.

Blue Mountain Eagle
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
January 31, 2018
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Grant Union Prospectors Jacob Vaughan (5) and Cole
Deiter disrupt Enterprise Outlaw Brett Greenshields
(32) as he attempts a basket in Friday’s game in John
Day. Prospector Cauy Weaver (10) is on the lookout
for a rebound or loose ball.
Prospectors halt
the Outlaws 66-47
Grant Union
remains atop
Wapiti League
Prospectors Wade Re-
imers and Cole Deiter start-
ed the second quarter each
cashing in a 3-pointer. Then
Kellen Shelley nabbed a
steal and Jacob Vaughan
scored 2.
Grant Union led 36-14 at
the half, and came back for
an even stronger showing in
the third.
“We were pretty much
ready for everything they
threw at us,” said Grant
Union head coach Kelsy
Wright. “We had a pretty
aggressive press — we just
kind of tweaked it a little bit
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Grant Union Pros-
pector boys were strong
on both sides of the ball in
Friday’s 66-47 win over the
Enterprise Outlaws in John
Grant Union scored 14
points before Enterprise
found the basket and ended
the first quarter with a 21-4
See BOYS, Page A9
Prairie City girls split wins
Panther JV
hosts Ukiah/
Long Creeek
JV on Feb. 1
Lady Prospectors rise
above Outlaws in 2nd half
Grant Union girls
are on 6-game
win streak
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
By Angel Carpenter
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Prairie City girls
ended their week on a high
note after beating the Hun-
tington Locomotives 52-
18 on Saturday.
Several younger play-
ers were in on the action
on the road in Huntington.
Prairie City learned
some lessons after falling
to the Jordan Valley Mus-
tangs 54-39 on Friday at
The teams were tied
15-15 in the first quarter,
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Grant Union Prospector Kaylee Wright (23) jumps in to nab a steal when Enterprise players pass the ball, Hailie
Wright (10) in the action.
Contributed photo/Cheryl Hoefler
Prairie City Panther Emily
Ennis (22) races down the
court with Jordan Valley
Mustang Nicole Terry (33)
on her trail in Friday’s
game in Prairie City.
but Jordan Valley galloped
away with a 10-point lead
going into the half with
aggressive man-to-man de-
See SPLIT, Page A9
Wright struck gold
for the Grant Union
Lady Prospectors in
their 56-52 win over the En-
terprise Outlaws on Friday in
John Day.
Wright led the way with 29
points for the night, followed
by Mariah Moulton and Madi
McKrola with 7 points each in
what was a nail-biter.
The Prospectors, on a six-
game win streak, are currently
ranked No. 4 among OSAA
2A teams, with a 14-3 over-
all record, and they’re lead-
ing the Wapiti League (5-0),
followed by Enterprise (3-1),
ranked No. 9.
Grant Union was ahead
49-42 going into the final
quarter, when Enterprise be-
gan creeping up on the Pros-
The Eagle/Angel Carpenter
Grant Union Prospector Mariah Wright (2) brings down a
rebound in Friday night’s game in John Day, Enterprise
Outlaw Reece Christman (25) also reaching for the ball.
pectors’ lead.
“We played smart at the
end. That’s what it boils down
to,” said Grant Union head
coach Casey Hallgarth.
Grant Union held a 17-12
lead in the first quarter.
In the second, Enterprise
tied it at 20-20 and began
pushing forward with a 28-21
Smith, Hailie Wright and
Kaylee Wright then combined
for 9 points, and the Prospec-
tors trailed 32-31 at the half.
Kaylee Wright landed a
3-pointer to start the third and
added 7 more, Mariah Moul-
ton scored 5 and Madi McK-
rola added 2, outshooting the
Outlaws 24-18.
Kaylee Wright said the
team worked well together.
“It was a great game for
us,” she said. “We showed
that we’re one of the best
teams in the state tonight, and
we proved it. We had great de-
fensive tips, and our offense
was there most of the time.”
Enterprise head coach
Mike Crawford said the close
matchup was competitive and
has him eager to face Grant
Union again.
“We’re both in the top 10,”
he said. “I’m excited for both
of us and can’t wait for the op-
portunity to play them again
soon. I believe both of us have
an opportunity to make it to
the Final 8.”
Hallgarth said it was a
great game to learn from.
coached,” Hallgarth said of
the Outlaws. “They rebound-
ed the best, and that’s why
they’re a good team — they
do the little things right. The
girls ground it out, and we did
more things right than we did
On Saturday, Grant Union
See GIRLS, Page A9
Thursday, Feb. 1
Prairie City JV basketball vs.
Ukiah/Long Creek JV, girls at 6
p.m., boys at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 2
Grant Union wrestling @
District Tournament in Joseph
at 10 a.m.
Monument/Dayville basketball
@ Harper, girls at 6 p.m. (MT),
boys at 7:30 p.m. (MT)
Grant Union basketball vs.
Union in John Day, girls at 6
p.m., boys at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 3
Grant Union dance @ Stayton
dance competition at 11 a.m.
Prairie City basketball @ Burnt
River in Unity, girls at 2 p.m.,
boys at 3:30 p.m.
Grant Union basketball vs.
Imbler, girls at 4 p.m., boys at
5:30 p.m.
Monument/Dayville @ Ukiah/
Long Creek JV in Long Creek,
girls at 2 p.m., boys at 3:30
Grant Union
wrestlers place
3rd at Pine Eagle
The Grant Union Prospector
wrestlers are gearing up for this
week’s district tournament after
placing third at the Pine Eagle Tour-
nament on Saturday.
Grant Union will compete at
the OSAA 2A/1A Special District
4 Tournament with Adrian, Crane,
Elgin, Enterprise, Heppner/Ione,
Imbler, Joseph/Wallowa, Pine Ea-
gle and Union/Cove. The tourna-
ment is set for 10 a.m. Friday in
Grant Union head coach Andy
Lusco said Saturday’s event in Half-
way was a small tournament due
to teams wrestling at other tourna-
ments. Some of his best wrestlers,
including those in the 285 weight
class, couldn’t compete because of
a lack of matches.
Lusco said his athletes who did
wrestle performed well.
Joseph placed first with 104
points, Crane was second with 90
and Grant Union finished third with
87. Union/Cove was 1 point behind
Grant Union in fourth with 86.
Grant Union also hosted Burns
and Crane for duals on Tuesday,
Jan. 23.
“The duals went pretty well,”
Lusco said. “We lost a close dual
to Burns 33-42. We defeated Crane
54-18. ... We have improved this
season and hope to have a great
tournament at districts.”
Pine Eagle Tournament
Hadley Boethin (182), third place
Cameron Hallgarth (170), second
Quinten Hallgarth (145), second
Logan McCluskey (138), second
Braden Spencer (126), second
Ben Henry (113), third
Dayville teams
host Huntington
and Crane
The Monument/Dayville Tiger
girls and boys hosted the Hunting-
ton Locomotives in Dayville on
Friday and the Crane Mustangs in
Monument on Saturday in league
The Tiger girls pulled out a big
win over Huntington, claiming a
49-15 victory, and fell the follow-
ing day to Crane 65-15. Crane (7-1
in league, 12-8 overall) is sitting in
the No. 2 spot in the High Desert
League. Monument/Dayville (2-5,
8-9) is No. 6, and Huntington is
No. 8. (0-7, 1-14).
Tiger players Courtney Nichols
and Miranda Cook filled in for two
injured starters last week.
“Both did a good job stepping
up and playing as hard as they
could to fill those open positions,”
said Tiger head coach Taylor
The Lady Tigers’ strong de-
fense held Huntington to 2 points
in the first quarter.
Schmadeka said they took ad-
vantage of defensive turnovers,
converting them into points.
Monument/Dayville led 28-11
at the half, and outshot the visitors
10-2 in the third quarter and 11-2
in the fourth.
Denali Twehues led the Tigers
with 11 points, followed by Faythe
Schafer with 10. Miranda Cook
scored 9 points, and Schafer and
Twehues combined for 11 assists.
On Saturday against Crane,
Schmadeka said Aubrey Bowlus
and Twehues played well in the
paint against a good post player.
“They both gave me 100 per-
cent effort down low and did ex-
actly what I asked them to do,” he
Schmadeka said they played
well against a good team.
Schafer led the Tigers with 7
points, followed by Twehues with
5 and Cook with 3.
The Tiger boys fell to Hunting-
ton 62-25 and Crane 66-34.
The Tiger boys and girls host-
ed Grant Union junior varsity on
Tuesday, past press time.
They travel to Harper on Friday
to face the Hornets, the girls start-
ing at 6 p.m. (MT) and the boys at
7:30 p.m. (MT).
The Tigers travel to Long Creek
Saturday to face the Ukiah/Long
Creek junior varsity, the girls at 2
p.m. and boys at 3:30 p.m.
Mountain Lion
boys pick up three
road wins
The Ukiah/Long Creek Moun-
tain Lion boys and girls teams had
a busy travel schedule last week.
The boys picked up three vic-
tories, and the girls had three loss-
es, including a close contest with
Burnt River.
The Mountain Lion boys had a
47-21 win over Pilot Rock junior
varsity on Jan. 23, a 71-50 win
over Adrian junior varsity on Fri-
day and a 64-45 win over Burnt
River on Saturday.
Coach Amos Studtmann, who
co-coaches with TC Conner, said
they had 10 of 11 boys score
against Burnt River.
“We’re spreading around the
experience,” he said.
Competing against Pilot Rock
and Adrian, Studtmann said the
opponents left some of their more
experienced players at home.
“It allowed us to practice our
bench a lot as well as specific ac-
tions,” Studtmann said.
He said he hopes they’ll face
more varsity players in their re-
maining games “to get their profi-
ciency higher and ready for more
difficult games.”
The girls were hampered by
injuries in their competitions, es-
pecially in the final minutes, Studt-
mann said.
“We’re trying to help the girls
with emotional discipline, men-
tal focus and not get caught up in
what the refs or other players do,”
he said.
This week, the Mountain Lions
face Prairie City on the road Thurs-
day with the girls starting at 6 p.m.
and boys at 7:30 p.m.
The teams will host Monument/
Dayville on Saturday in Long
Creek with the girls playing at 2
p.m. and boys at 3:30 p.m.
With both teams, Studtmann
said he’s “hoping their varsi-
ty players have enough quarters
available to let our players see
what it’s like to compete against
higher-level opponents.”