Grant Union places 2nd at home volleyball tourney
The Grant Union Prospector volleyball team came out to battle with visitors from seven schools in Saturday’s home tournament in John Day.
The Prospectors defeated the 1A Jordan Valley Mustangs 2-1 in the quarterfinals with scores of 25-14, 16-25 and 16-14.
In the semifinals, Grant Union beat Pilot Rock 2-0 with scores of 25-16 and 25-23.
The Lady Pros then fell to the Weston-McEwen TigerScots 1-2 in the tournament’s championship with scores of 27-29, 25-21 and 13-15.
Head coach Ali Abrego said she was pleased with her team’s performance for their first home event.
“It was awesome to see how the team worked together and how the younger girls — Maddie Spencer, Lauryn Pettyjohn and Grace Taylor — stepped up to the plate,” Abrego said. “The older girls really demonstrated what it meant to be a teammate this weekend, helping ease the younger girls’ nervousness.”
She said, although they took the loss, they saw some good competition to help them as the season gets underway.
“As Weston is in our league, it’ll be a challenge when we meet up with them again later in the season,” Abrego said. “We beat Pilot Rock in pool play and in bracket play, but they as well will be a good match for us.”
She said senior Hailie Wright was a stand out as setter, and several others performed well, including Baylee Combs, Alcie Moore and Grace Taylor.
Grant Union hosted the Burns Hilanders on Tuesday, Aug. 28, past press time, and on Saturday they travel to the Heppner Invitational Tournament, which starts at 9 a.m.
Prairie City competes with high-ranking teams at 1A Season Preview Tournament
The Prairie City Panther volleyball team was on the road Friday and Saturday for the 1A Season Preview Tournament hosted by Country Christian in Molalla. Invitees to the tournament were some of the top teams in the state.
Panther head coach Jordan Bass said, although they weren’t as successful on the scoreboard as they wanted to be, she saw the challenge of facing the highly ranked teams as an opportunity.
“This tournament was a great first challenge for us,” Bass said. “This was some of the toughest competition we will see all season, and it gave me the opportunity to see what our strengths and weaknesses are before we enter into league play.”
On Friday, Prairie City fell to Echo 1-2 with scores of 25-18, 20-25 and 12-15. Perrydale and McKenzie also proved tough as the Panthers lost 0-2 in those matches.
On Saturday, Prairie City won one set in their match against Alsea, but lost with scores of 27-25, 18-25 and 10-15. The Panthers also took a loss to Country Christian 0-2 and Days Creek 0-2.
Bass said the experience gave her girls plenty of court time with a valuable experience playing together early in the season.
“Their communication was really strong, and I was proud of the leadership I saw from some of our players,” she said.
Bass said they found some skills to work on in practice as the team prepares to face the Dayville/Monument Tigers at 4 p.m. Friday in Dayville for their first league game of the season.
The Panthers will host a tournament at 9 a.m. Saturday in Prairie City.
Dayville/Monument and Prairie City compete at Echo football jamboree
The Dayville/Monument Tigers and Prairie City Panthers were among five teams competing at the Echo Jamboree. Harper, Joseph and Echo also competed.
Each team had 36 offensive plays and 36 defensive plays.
Dayville/Monument head coach Kyle Hand said overall his team did well.
“We started out slow, but we ended up strong,” he said.
Tiger freshman Tel Cox was named Offensive Player of the Game.
“He gave our team a spark,” Hand said. “He got to the outside corner and scored a touchdown.”
He said Gabe Walker-Hopkins handled his assignments well, showing a good defensive performance, and also scoring a touchdown run.
“It was a very good look at the team,” he said. “We’ve improved 100 percent since last year. The younger guys are showing promise.”
Prairie City head coach Nate Barber could not be reached for comment.