The Grant Union Prospector boys have claimed the 2A Wapiti League title, for the first time since 1990, after beating the Union Bobcats on Friday in John Day.
Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright said they were 5-1 going into last week’s league games against Union, and Imbler on Saturday.
“We knew we needed to win both,” he said.
The Prospectors came away with victories in both games.
Because Enterprise beat Elgin on Friday, Grant Union actually clinched the league title that night.
Current league standings are Grant Union, 6-1, ranked No. 9; Elgin, 3-3, No. 21; Union, 3-4, No. 30; Enterprise, 2-4, No. 28; and Imbler, 2-4, No. 33.
They have one more league contest in Enterprise at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, but win or lose, Grant Union will remain the Wapiti’s top team.
Wright said he spoke with his team last Thursday.
“I told them if we get this win, it’s already clinched,” he said. “They were stoked about that. The boys were just ready for it. It’s been a long time since we’ve won a league championship.”
Wright said the team will work hard to beat Enterprise Saturday to go out with a win and keep their RPI numbers high.
In Friday’s game, the Grant Union boys built a strong foundation in the first quarter and continued an upward trend, leading to an 87-49 Wapiti League win on Friday over the Union Bobcats at the Prospector court in John Day.
After some back and forth, Grant Union got to work.
Prospectors Wade Reimers, Ty McDaniel and Cauy Weaver combined for 9 points before Union Bobcat Keegan Glenn scored a 3-pointer.
Moving forward with their offensive attack, Grant Union had 19 more points on the board before Union scored again.
McDaniel and Reimers each scored 3-pointers in the quarter, and the Prospectors had a 30-10 lead.
Prospector Duane Stokes scored beyond the arc in the opening seconds of the second quarter, followed by Kellen Shelley going 2-2 at the free-throw line. Then Stokes scored off an assist from Reimers.
Grant Union held a 41-24 lead going into the half.
In the third, Bobcat Cole McLean was fouled by McDaniel while shooting a 3-pointer, and drained all three opportunities at the free-throw line, the score 43-29, Union trailing.
Grant Union then took control, jumping ahead by 10 before Union scored again.
The Prospectors had an 18-point lead going into the final 8 minutes.
Grant Union outscored Union 22-14 in the fourth, which included two 3-point shots from Jacob Vaughan.
“We had great practices, and they just couldn’t wait to play,” Wright said. “We switched defenses and offenses around, and they caught onto it really well.”
Kellen Shelley said it was a good win.
“It was nice to play together well and get the win at home,” he said. “It feels good to start out strong and finish strong.”
Grant Union beat the Imbler Panthers 56-30 on Saturday, leading from the start.
Reimers led Grant Union, scoring 12 points, followed by McDaniel and Stokes with 9 each.
The Prospectors hosted the 1A Crane Mustangs on Tuesday, past press time.
Grant Union hosts the 1A Jordan Valley Mustangs at 7 p.m. Thursday for the Prospectors’ senior night.
Grant Union vs. Union
Zack Deiter: 17 (one 3-pointer, 2-2 free throws)
Wade Reimers: 16 (one 3-pointer, 3-3 free throws)
Duane Stokes: 15 (one 3-pointer)
Kellen Shelley: 11 (3-3 free throws)
Cole Deiter: 8 (4-6 free throws)
Cauy Weaver: 7 (1-4 free throws)
Jacob Vaughan: 6 (two 3-pointers)
Taylor Hunt: 4
Ty McDaniel: 3 (one 3-pointer)
Grant Union vs. Imbler
Reimers: 12 points
Zack Deiter: 6
Cole Deiter: 6
Mason Gerry: 2