Prairie City netters win on the road
The Prairie City Panther volleyball team was on the road Friday to Huntington where they claimed the sweep with scores of 25-3, 25-13 and 25-5.
It was a slower pace for the Prairie City, but the Panthers kept energized.
“Our team maintained a high level of play on our side of the net, focusing on tough accurate serving, disciplined coverage and an aggressive smart attack on all balls put into play,” said coach Louanne Zweygardt.
Panther middle hitter Cassie Hire said it was a good win.
“I felt we kept our energy up and pushed through, even though they’re not as competitive,” she said.
On Sept. 27, the Panther varsity team met up with Burns junior varsity at the Hilanders’ court.
Prairie City won with scores of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-10.
Panther junior varsity topples Mountaineers in close games
In junior varsity action on Thursday, Prairie City Panthers hosted the Long Creek/Ukiah Mountaineers.
The Panthers took the sweep with scores of 25-21, 25-18 and 25-18.
“Long Creek/Ukiah had a great deal of hustle, keeping a lot of balls in play and giving our girls a fun challenge,” said Panther coach Louanne Zweygardt. “Aries Bice had six aces and Shaelynn Bice had five aces and five kills.”
She added, “It is fun to see the improvement in these girls as the season goes on.”
Long Creek/Ukiah coach Linda Studtmann, who coaches with Reagan Enriquez, said she’s seen steady improvement from the team.
“It’s coming together,” Studtmann said. “They’re learning how to be a team, working together, helping and encouraging each other.”
Prairie City gridders compete in Huntington
The Prairie City Panther football team traveled Friday to face the Locomotives in Huntington.
Huntington claimed the 33-8 win.
The Locos were first to score and led 13-0 in the first.
Prairie City got on the board in the second when quarterback Jayden Winegar connected with Danner Davis for a touchdown. Panther Connor Jones ran the ball in for the two-point conversion.
Panther head coach Nate Barber said they are down players due to injury and ineligibility.
“We have some strong steady players like Connor Jones, Jake McHatton and Lucas McKinley,” Barber said. “Our defense is getting better each week.”
Grant Union cross country runners beat personal records
The Grant Union cross country team made strides at Saturday’s Baker Invitational at Quail Ridge Golf Course.
“Baker was a tough course with lots of hills and almost all on grass,” said Grant Union Prospector head coach Sonna Smith. “That did not deter the Grant Union runners.”
The top three Grant Union runners crossed the finish line together, including junior Bo Olson.
“Bo had his best race this year, breaking the 20 in barrier.”
He earned a season-record time of 19:54.
Prospector runners four, five and six for the team were also packed together at the finish.
Among them was Braden Spencer who had a personal record with a time of 21:28.
“Savannah Wyllie was our only female runner and she placed 16th with her second best time of the year,” Smith said.
Grant Union competes at the Tigers Invitational Saturday at Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union. Middle school runners compete at 3:30 p.m. with varsity girls, then varsity boys to follow.