75 years ago
Dec. 4, 1942
The Alaska Highway
Urged on by the necessities of war, the highway from Northwestern United States across Western Canada to Alaska is about ready for traffic. It will facilitate the shipment of men and supplies to our far-northern territory.
It is strange that during peacetime such desirable projects never seem to get anywhere very fast. Various objections, political and commercial, join to delay and stall, but when war comes with its necessities something is done.
When the Japanese started occupying some of the outlying Aleutian Islands many realized what competent military strategists knew, that the shortest and most direct invasion route against our Northwest was through Alaska and downward.
The fortifications of Alaska were inadequate when war started. The construction of naval bases and military camps had only barely begun. If sea routes were lost under such conditions, Alaska could be isolated and lost, so the rush to complete the modern highway started.
The construction has been arduous. Workers have forged ahead under pressure and great difficulty, but, at last, the road is completed. Motor caravans can hurry supplies, if necessary, to augment the defense of Alaska. This highway, well inshore, gives us an inside route for war’s use now, but afterwards it will help develop the country.
50 years ago
Dec. 7, 1967
Grant Upends Panthers’ Rally
Superior rebounding carried the Grant Union Prospectors to 64-59 triumph over a surprisingly strong Prairie City crew in a hoop opener for both clubs Friday on the Panthers’ floor.
Grant Union had to hold off a determined last-minute rally by the Panthers to gain the five-point win for Hank Talus who made his debut as head coach for Prospectors.
Mike Lenz dumped in four charity shots in four attempts while Chris Labhart and David Dieker controlled the boards to halt the Panther bid by hot-shooting Pat Voigt and Mike Phillips.
Lenz was a terror for the Prospectors by canning seven of eight shots from the floor and hitting six for six from the charity stripe.
Labhart and Dieker hauled in 17 and 15 rebounds, respectively. The duo accounted for 32 of 42 rebounds. Labhart poured in 20 points and Dieker added 15 counters.
Voigt claimed scoring honors for the evening with 26-point performance. The junior guard led the final assault with nine points. Phillips contributed 14 points with six coming in the last quarter.
The Panthers missed Gary Wright who spent most of the night on the bench with a foul problem. Wright picked up four fouls in the first quarter to sit out of action during the second period. He picked up his fifth personal in the third stanza. Wright contributed 10 points for the Panthers.
“Prairie should be one of the better B schools in the state,” commented Talus.
“They were tough and well coached,” he added.
25 years ago
Dec. 3, 1992
Lady Pros gear up for basketball campaign
The Grant Union High School lady Prospectors basketball team spent recent weeks gearing up for the 1992-93 season, which began this week, with a more experienced team and three returning starters.
The Lady Pros’ first game was Tuesday against Crook County. League play doesn’t start until after the new year.
Returning starters are seniors Kim Robertson, Jennifer Sowa and Tonna Holliday. Robertson and Holliday will serve as co-captains for the team.
“I feel like we’re going to have good leadership,” said Coach Karon Steinmetz.
Also returning to varsity are juniors Brandi Gubser and JoLyn Payne. Senior Amy Woodbury is back on the varsity team after a one-year absence.
Rounding out the team are seniors Beccy Murray and Kristina Curtis, juniors Mindy Rowell and Jamie Sproul and sophomores Barbara Deming and Allison Woodbury.
Steinmetz said the team has gained height from Gubser and Deming, which she said should help with the team’s offense. Last year’s team was strong on guarding but had a weak inside game, she said.
Because many of the girls have just come off a successful volleyball season, they have already bonded as a team, Steinmetz said.
In practices, extra attention is paid to working on the team’s half-court offense and on rebounding, she said.
The lady Prospectors first home game will be Friday at 6:15 p.m. against Regis in the Prospector Classic. If Grant Union loses, they will play the loser of Friday’s Burns/Nyssa game at 1 p.m. Saturday; if the team wins, they will play the Burns/Nyssa winner at 4:15 p.m. Saturday.
10 years ago
Dec. 5, 2007
Grant girls split tourney
It rattled in, then rattled out.
Junior Taylor Croghan’s buzzer-beating three-pointer would have sent the Grant girls’ opening round game into overtime, but the shot didn’t stay down and the Huskies won 48-45 in the Nov. 30 Sherman Tournament.
“We started out pretty hot from the field, but crucial turnovers were really the difference-maker,” said Grant girls Head Coach Ryan Carpenter. “We drew up a play for Taylor to tie it up at the end of regulation, but unfortunately, it didn’t go.”
The Grant girls were down by 10 with three-minutes remaining in the game, but managed to rally to get within three. However, they couldn’t overcome 14 missed layups, turnovers and a heavy Huskie defensive press.
“Overall, I liked what I saw offensively, we did good things,” said Carpenter. “But I’m glad we know what we need to work on, and we also had some pretty costly fouls.”
Senior Sabrina Hoffman, the Grant girls’ leading scorer for the game, fouled out in the third quarter. Hoffman finished with 10 points, and junior Sharon Houpt had eight points and five assists. Junior Katelyn Page was the team’s top-rebounder, finishing with 15 boards.
Hoffman was the Grant girls’ leading scorer again in their 49-44 win against Culver on Dec. 1. Eight of her 16 points came in the fourth quarter – a much needed boost for the Grant girls’ offense.
“We played outstanding about 2-1/2 quarters and then fell off a little bit,” said Carpenter. “We shot well against Culver’s zone defense, and Sabrina (Hoffman) really carried us down the stretch.”
Hoffman also led the Grant girls with 10 rebounds, and senior Marzuri Waggoner added seven points.
The Grant girls, now 1-1 in preseason play, are preparing to take on 4A Baker in a home opener on Dec. 7 at Grant Union High School. Carpenter hopes the Sherman Tournament will be a learning experience for his young team.