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February 5, 2020
The Eagle/Steven Mitchell
Prairie City’s BettyAnn Wilson
drives past a defender Saturday
against Four Rivers.
Prairie City
girls win
league game
By Steven Mitchell
Blue Mountain Eagle
After a strong showing Fri-
day, defeating Huntington
65-33, the Lady Panthers won
league game No. 2 Saturday,
improving their league record
to 3-1, decisively defeating
Four Rivers 62-22.
“They played with a lot of
intention this afternoon, espe-
cially on defense,” said head
coach Bo Workman.
Right out of the gate, the
girls scored 24 points, while
Four Rivers only put up half of
that amount with 12 points.
At the half, the score was
36-20, and the Lady Panthers
never looked back.
Senior Hailee Wall scored
a game-high 12 points, had
four rebounds and forced three
turnovers. Freshman Betty
Ann Wilson, junior Katie Hire
and seniors Riley Emmel and
Emily Ennis combined for 21
Dominating on defense,
Wilson had a game-high 10
steals, forced one turnover and
had five assists in the defen-
sive effort.
“Our defense really came
through today,” Wilson said.
“We really played great as a
Defensively, the girls had 21
steals, 22 defensive rebounds
and forced 20 turnovers.
Offensively, the girls had a
total of 40 rebounds, 16 assists
and they shot 37 percent and 31
percent on 3-pointers.
The Lady Panthers are 11-5
overall and 3-1 in league play,
following the weekend wins.
The team was scheduled to
face Mitchell/Spray (0-12, 0-8)
Tuesday past press time.
The Lady Panthers will
travel to Harper Charter for a
game at 6 p.m. MST Friday.
Grant Union wrestling @ girls
district in Springfield, 5 p.m.
Grant Union basketball vs.
Pilot Rock, girls 6 p.m., boys
7:30 p.m.
Long Creek/Ukiah basketball
@ Huntington, girls 6 p.m.,
boys 7:30 p.m.
Prairie City basketball @
Harper Charter, girls 6 p.m.
(MST), boys 7:30 p.m. (MST)
Dayville/Monument basket-
ball @ Four Rivers, girls 6 p.m.
(MST), boys 7:30 p.m. (MST)
Grant Union wrestling @ girls
district in Springfield at 9 a.m.
Grant Union wrestling @ Pine
Eagle Tournament in Halfway,
9 a.m.
Long Creek/Ukiah basketball
@ Crane, girls 2 p.m., boys
3:30 p.m.
Prairie City basketball @ Day-
ville/Monument, girls 2 p.m.,
boys 3:30 p.m.
Grant Union basketball @
Weston-McEwen, girls 4 p.m.,
boys 5:30 p.m.
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Prairie City senior Lucas McKinley drives to the hole during Saturday’s game against Four Rivers. McKinley scored 13 points in the Panthers’ win.
Prairie City boys extend win streak to 15
Team ranked eighth
in the state
By Steven Mitchell
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Prairie City Panthers boys
basketball team extended its win-
ning streak to 15 games over the
weekend with wins over Hun-
tington and Four Rivers on Fri-
day and Saturday.
In Friday’s shellacking, the
Panthers dominated Huntington
scored a game-high 21 points,
while junior Jojari Field and
senior Cole Dieter combined for
32 points in Friday’s game.
In Saturday’s game, after what
head coach Bo Workman charac-
terized as a bumpy start, the boys
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Prairie City’s Jojari Field passes the ball Saturday against Four Rivers.
turned up the heat in the second
half and dominated the rest of the
Dieter and McKinley shot for a
combined 29 points, while junior
Jayden Winegar and Field con-
tributed a combined 18 points.
Dieter had 19 rebounds, five
blocks and four assists.
McKinley, who also had
six steals and three assists,
said at this point in the sea-
son the team’s biggest compe-
tition is in their head. The key,
he said, is staying out their own
“Right now, we need to just
keep focusing on our mental
game,” McKinley said.
Workman said he has not been
keeping track of how many con-
secutive games the team has won
as they head into the final leg of
the season and playoffs at the end
of the month.
With four more league games
left on the schedule, the Panthers
are now 15-1 overall and 5-0 in
league play. The team was sched-
uled to face Mitchell/Spray (9-7,
4-5) Tuesday past press time.
Prairie City will travel to
Harper Charter with tipoff at
7 p.m. MST Friday.
Grant Union boys split wins over the weekend
Morris scores game-
high 19 points including
rally-starting dunk
By Steven Mitchell
Blue Mountain Eagle
The Grant Union boys basket-
ball team split wins over the week-
end, winning their third straight
game over Union Friday, 57-39,
but falling to Heppner by 6 points,
74-68, on Saturday.
In Friday’s game, the Prospec-
tors trailed by 4 points in the fourth
quarter after senior Tristan Mor-
ris, who shot for a game-high 19
points, started a rally after dunking
over a Union defender.
“We kept believing in our-
selves the whole way through,”
said head coach RC Huerta. “It’s
all about belief in ourselves and
keeping positive thoughts. That’s
what Blue Mountain basketball is
all about.”
Huerta added he has a lot of
respect for Union and their program.
“It’s always a dog fight when we
play them,” he said.
Positive thinking certainly
played a role after the referee called
a technical foul on Morris’ fourth
quarter dunk after he celebrated.
The call did not seem to phase
the 6-foot-3 senior one bit.
“I just it let it go and put my
head down and kept playing,” Mor-
ris said.
Huerta said that, “by the letter of
the law,” he agreed with the call.
“(Morris) was being a passionate
young kid,” Huerta said.
Teammates Mason Morris and
Mason Gerry scored a combined 18
points in the effort as well.
Union’s head coach Odin Miller
said it was a tough loss for his team.
“We were up by 4 points at the
fourth quarter, and we lost, not
much more to say than that,” Miller
The Grant Union boys team is
now 11-5 overall and 6-1 in league
Next up, the Prospectors host
Heppner (9-8, 4-3) Saturday at
5:30 p.m.
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Warner Robertson keeps the ball from a Union defender Friday.
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Grant Union senior Tristan Morris evades two defend-
ers Friday during the Prospectors’ 57-39 win over
Union. Morris scored a game-high 19 points in the
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The crowd goes wild Friday in the fourth quarter of the
Prospectors’ game against Union.