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17 sports highlights from 2017

Angel Carpenter

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Published on December 26, 2017 3:58PM

The Grant Union Prospectors stand together with their award Saturday after winning the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Volleyball State Championship in Redmond.

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The Grant Union Prospectors stand together with their award Saturday after winning the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Volleyball State Championship in Redmond.

1. Prairie City Panther Devin Packard (20) scores over the reach of Echo player Morgan Mecham, Panther teammates Dorran Wilson (3) and Wyatt Williams in the action.

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1. Prairie City Panther Devin Packard (20) scores over the reach of Echo player Morgan Mecham, Panther teammates Dorran Wilson (3) and Wyatt Williams in the action.

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2. Grant Union’s Clay Johnson, red singlet, overpowers his Oakridge opponent, Seth Sidwell, in quarterfinal action at the state wrestling championships. The event was held Feb. 24-25 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

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2. Grant Union’s Clay Johnson, red singlet, overpowers his Oakridge opponent, Seth Sidwell, in quarterfinal action at the state wrestling championships. The event was held Feb. 24-25 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

3. Grant Union’s Hailie Wright (10) goes up for a jumper during a OSAA 2A state basketball championship quarterfinal game against Kennedy at the Pendleton Convention Center.

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3. Grant Union’s Hailie Wright (10) goes up for a jumper during a OSAA 2A state basketball championship quarterfinal game against Kennedy at the Pendleton Convention Center.

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4. Grant Union’s Tiana Allen putts the ball at an invitational tournament in John Day, surrounded by, from left, Saralyn Dalton of Nyssa, Sophie Grant of Heppner, Addison Phillips of Vale and Gaby Gibbons of Burns.

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4. Grant Union’s Tiana Allen putts the ball at an invitational tournament in John Day, surrounded by, from left, Saralyn Dalton of Nyssa, Sophie Grant of Heppner, Addison Phillips of Vale and Gaby Gibbons of Burns.

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5. Grant Union Prospector Kaylee Wright won first place at the OSAA Track and Field State Championship in javelin. The photo shows her competing at a track meet in John Day earlier in the season.

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5. Grant Union Prospector Kaylee Wright won first place at the OSAA Track and Field State Championship in javelin. The photo shows her competing at a track meet in John Day earlier in the season.

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5. Trinity Hutchison, of Grant Union, triple jumps at the OSAA State Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. Hutchison won the event with a jump of 34 feet, 10 inches.

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5. Trinity Hutchison, of Grant Union, triple jumps at the OSAA State Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. Hutchison won the event with a jump of 34 feet, 10 inches.

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6. Monument’s Sophie Pettit lets out a victorious yell after winning the 1A girls 100-meter dash at the OSAA State Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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6. Monument’s Sophie Pettit lets out a victorious yell after winning the 1A girls 100-meter dash at the OSAA State Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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7. Dayville javelin thrower Kristina Humphreys competes at the May 2 Grant Union Small Schools Meet.

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7. Dayville javelin thrower Kristina Humphreys competes at the May 2 Grant Union Small Schools Meet.

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8. Grant Union Prospector Marissa Smith scores in a league playoff game.

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8. Grant Union Prospector Marissa Smith scores in a league playoff game.

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8. Grant Union Prospector Reagan Shelley gets the signal from head coach DeAnna Nash to take it on home from third in the league playoff against the Burns Hilanders in Vale.

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8. Grant Union Prospector Reagan Shelley gets the signal from head coach DeAnna Nash to take it on home from third in the league playoff against the Burns Hilanders in Vale.

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9. GW Clark of Long Creek steer wrestles for third place at the Oregon High School Rodeo Association State Finals Rodeo in Prineville. Clark, who is a 2017 graduate of Monument High School, rides for the Harney County High School Rodeo Club.

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9. GW Clark of Long Creek steer wrestles for third place at the Oregon High School Rodeo Association State Finals Rodeo in Prineville. Clark, who is a 2017 graduate of Monument High School, rides for the Harney County High School Rodeo Club.

10. Cauy Pool of Long Creek competes in bareback for District 1 at the California State High School Finals Rodeo in Bishop, California.

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10. Cauy Pool of Long Creek competes in bareback for District 1 at the California State High School Finals Rodeo in Bishop, California.

11. Halle Parsons hits for the 8-10 Grant County Wildfire team at the District 3 All-Stars Tournament in La Grande.

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11. Halle Parsons hits for the 8-10 Grant County Wildfire team at the District 3 All-Stars Tournament in La Grande.

12. Swimmers compete at the John Day Invitational, including Quentin Hallgarth, back left, and Justin Hodge, right, of the John Day Swim Team.

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12. Swimmers compete at the John Day Invitational, including Quentin Hallgarth, back left, and Justin Hodge, right, of the John Day Swim Team.

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13. The Ukiah/Long Creek soccer team went undefeated this season. Above, player Luca Heckt, right, edges the ball away from his opponents, as his teammate Santiago Brito gets in the action during their teams match with Umatilla in Long Creek.

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13. The Ukiah/Long Creek soccer team went undefeated this season. Above, player Luca Heckt, right, edges the ball away from his opponents, as his teammate Santiago Brito gets in the action during their teams match with Umatilla in Long Creek.

13. Ukiah/Long Creek Mountain Lion Josh Konig passes the ball in one of team’s soccer matches this season.

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13. Ukiah/Long Creek Mountain Lion Josh Konig passes the ball in one of team’s soccer matches this season.

14. Prairie City’s Emily Ennis goes up for a hit during the championship match against Adrian in the 2017 High Desert League Volleyball Tournament. The Panthers’ Brianna Zweygardt and Megan Camarena back up Ennis at the net.

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14. Prairie City’s Emily Ennis goes up for a hit during the championship match against Adrian in the 2017 High Desert League Volleyball Tournament. The Panthers’ Brianna Zweygardt and Megan Camarena back up Ennis at the net.

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15. The Grant Union Prospector team celebrates their win at the OSAA Volleyball State Championships.

Contributed photo/Tanni Wenger Photography 15. The Grant Union Prospector team celebrates their win at the OSAA Volleyball State Championships.

16. Grant Union Prospector Zack Deiter finds an opening for a touchdown in the state quarterfinal against Santiam in John Day.

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16. Grant Union Prospector Zack Deiter finds an opening for a touchdown in the state quarterfinal against Santiam in John Day.

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17. Grant Union outside hitter Mariah Moulton was named Oregon 2A Volleyball Player of the Year. Head coach Shae Speth was also named Coach of the Year.

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17. Grant Union outside hitter Mariah Moulton was named Oregon 2A Volleyball Player of the Year. Head coach Shae Speth was also named Coach of the Year.

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Many Grant County athletes soared above the competition, providing thrills for their fans during 2017. There were plenty of exciting moments along the way, and here are 17 highlights from throughout the year, presented in chronological order.


1. Prairie City boys rise to second round at state basketball playoff


The Prairie City Panthers, led by head coach Jonathan Gill, beat Echo at the Prairie City court in the round one state playoff, then fell 55-33 to No. 3-ranked Hosanna Christian in Klamath Falls Feb. 24 in the second round.


2. Grant Union wrestler Clay Johnson earns 2nd at state


Grant Union Prospector senior wrestler Clay Johnson (138) had a second-place finish at state, and Drew Lusco (220) wrestled for fourth place. Toby Boatwright and Dillon Maley also competed at the state championships Feb. 24-25. The Grant Union wrestling team, led by head coach Andy Lusco, claimed the Wapiti District championship title.


3. Grant Union Lady Pros compete at state basketball championships


After beating Pilot Rock in the state playoffs, the Grant Union Prospector girls basketball team, led last season by head coach Mark Mosley, fell to Kennedy in the quarterfinals at the championships in Pendleton. Grant Union had a 45-29 loss March 3 to East Linn Christian in the first-round consolation match.


4. Grant Union girls golf team places third at home tourney


The Grant Union golf team placed third at their home tournament on April 14 at the John Day Golf Club. For individuals, Grant Union’s Tiana Allen earned third place for the girls, and she went on to place 13th at the May 8-9 district tournament in Pendleton. Grant Union’s Duane Stokes placed third for the boys, and he went on to place 15th at the district tournament. The team is led by head coach Ron Lundbom.


5. Prospector girls track team soars to 2nd at state


Led by head coach Sonna Smith, the Grant Union Prospectors girls track team, including Kaylee Wright, Trinity Hutchison, Jozie Rude, Sydney Brockway and Sierra Cates, finished second at the OSAA State Track and Field Championships on May 19 in Eugene, just 4 points behind the 11-member East Linn Christian.

Wright placed first in javelin, second in high jump, second in the 100-meter dash and second in the 4x100 with teammates Brockway, Hutchison and Sierra Cates.

Hutchison had a first-place finish in the triple jump and second in the long jump; Brockway placed third in the long jump; and Rude finished second in javelin, third in pole vault and third in shot put.


6. Sophie Pettit sprints to 1st in 100 at state for Monument, 4x100 team takes 4th


Monument Tiger Sophie Pettit defended her state title in the 100-meter dash on May 19 at the state track meet in Eugene. She also placed fourth in the 200. The 4x100 team of Pettit, Kyla Emerson, Faythe Schafer and Dinora Vidrio Landin placed fourth. Emerson also earned fourth in the 100-hurdles. The Monument team was led by head coach Darrin Dailey.


7. Dayville javelin thrower Kristina Humphreys nails 2nd at state


Kristina Humpheys of Dayville School went the distance in javelin this year, earning second place on May 19 at the OSAA 1A State Championships in Eugene. The Dayville team was led by head coach Peter Bogardus.


8. Prospector softball girls advance to state playoffs


The Grant Union Prospector softball team, led last season by head coach DeAnna Nash, reached the round one playoff game at the state championships in Vale where they fell 8-6 to Glide May 24. Grant Union ranked 10th to advance to the championships.


9. Long Creek steer wrestler grabs third at state finals


GW Clark of Long Creek placed third in steer wrestling in the June 8-10 Oregon High School Rodeo Finals in Prineville, riding for the Harney County club. He went on to compete at the July 16-22 National High School Rodeo Finals in Gillette, Wyoming.


10. Long Creek bareback rider earns second at California state finals


Cauy Pool of Long Creek had a second-place finish at the June 10-17 California High School Finals Rodeo in Bishop, California, riding for the District 1 team. He advanced to the July 16-22 National High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette, Wyoming.


11. Wildfire girls softball team slides to third in state


The Grant County Wildfire softball team, with players ranging from 8 to 9 in age, earned third at the July 20-24 Oregon State Little League Softball 8-9-10 Tournament in Medford. The team, led by head coach Zach Williams, also earned the District 3 championship title at the tournament in La Grande in June.


12. John Day swim team splashes to second at district meet


The John Day swim team, led by head coach Sabrina Howard, placed second at the July 28-30 District Swim Meet in Prineville. Of the boys teams, John Day won first place. Quinten Hallgarth, who swam in the 13-14 boys division, won the Richard G. Bogart Memorial Award for the highest point swimmer for ages 5-18 on the John Day team.


13. Ukiah/Long Creek soccer team has season of success


Eleven players on the Ukiah/Long Creek junior varsity soccer team, led by coach Amos Studtmann, enjoyed three wins, two ties and no losses on the season.


14. Lady Panthers win district volleyball tournament title, advance to state playoff


The Prairie City Panther girls volleyball team, going in as the No. 4-seed, won the 1A-8 High Desert District Volleyball Tournament on Oct. 21, defeating Adrian 3-2 with scores of 24-26, 25-16, 20-25 and 25-22. Led by coaches Lance and Louanne Zweygardt, Prairie City advanced to the second round state playoff against Days Creek Oct. 28, falling 2-3 in a close match. Days Creek won 25-15, 23-25, 26-24, 23-25 and 15-8.


15. Grant Union wins first volleyball state championship in 28 years


The 2A Grant Union volleyball team beat Culver 3-1, with scores of 25-23, 22-25, 25-17 and 25-20 Nov. 4, making it the first time since 1989 that Grant Union won the state championship in Redmond — when Prospector head coach Shae Speth was herself a junior on the varsity team. The team also won the Wapiti District title this year.


16. Grant Union football team battles at quarterfinals


After shutting out Central Linn 52-0 on Nov. 4 in the first round of the 2A playoffs, the Grant Union Prospector football team had a 50-14 loss to Santiam on Nov. 11. Grant Union, led by head coach Jason Miller, hosted both games in John Day. The Prospectors earned the Wapiti League title this year.


17. Speth, Moulton earn all-state coach, player of the year honors


It warrants another mention that Grant Union volleyball head coach Shae Speth was named Coach of the Year and outside hitter Mariah Moulton was named Player of the Year after the team won the state title.







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