Middle school runners place third in Heppner
The Grant Union Prospector cross country teams competed at the Mustang Invitational Thursday in Heppner, running through alfalfa fields, across pivot ditches and through a fast-flowing creek.
“Heppner was a good race for everyone,” said Prospector head coach Sonna Smith. “All but one athlete had a personal best or a season’s best at the meet.”
Among the Grant Union varsity boys, Gage Brandon finished first with a time of 19:48.2.
Erika Dickens was first of the Prospector girls varsity runners with 23:09.9, setting a personal record.
The middle school Prospector boys team placed third at the meet, earning a wooden trophy — their first.
Held at Thompson Ranch, one of the competitors’ greatest challenges was running through an area covered in 4 inches of loose dust.
“As athletes ran through it, visibility was reduced to a mere 3 feet,” Smith said. “It looked apocalyptic as they emerged from the huge dust cloud produced by the hundreds of pounding feet.”
The Grant Union teams will next compete at the Idlewild Invitational hosted by the Burns Hilanders with races starting at 10:30 a.m., varsity running at 11:30 a.m., at Idlewild Campground.
Grant Union Prospectors win first league football battle
In their first league game of the season on Friday, the Grant Union Prospector football team came out victorious over the Stanfield Tigers, 32-8.
The game, played in Stanfield, was marked by numerous penalties and turnovers in the first half. Grant Union trailed 6-8 going into halftime.
“In the second half, we tackled better and played more physical,” said Prospector head coach Jason Miller. “We were able to move the ball and take advantage of Stanfield mistakes.”
He said Garrett Lenz, Russell Hodge and Justin Hodge piled up yards in what was mainly a running game, “thanks to great blocking by the offensive line and perimeter players.”
“It was a positive outcome for our first league game,” Miller said. “Stanfield is always a tough place to play.”
The Prospectors (3-3 overall, 1-0 league) host the Riverside Pirates (0-5, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Friday for Grant Union’s homecoming game.
“It should be a good game,” Miller said. “Players will need to be disciplined and physical to beat the Pirates.”
Prairie City football team claims first victory of season
The Prairie City Panther football team claimed a 67-22 win on Friday over the Huntington Locomotives.
It was the first win of the season for the Panthers.
“We had much better blocking this game,” said Prairie City head coach Nate Barber. “It made a difference in our running game, and we were able to pass the ball a little bit.”
He said Isaac Koopman performed well as running back, and Declan Zweygardt did well running and catching the ball.
“Jake McHatton and Marcus Judd were also able to score for us,” Barber said.
Prairie City focused on man-on-man defense and putting pressure on Huntington’s quarterback, he said.
“We were able to be consistent the whole game, which was nice to see,” Barber said.
Long Creek/Ukiah volleyball falls 3-1 to Jordan Valley JV
Losing a starter to injury in the second set of Saturday’s game hurt Long Creek/Ukiah as they fell 3-1 to Jordan Valley.
Jordan Valley won the junior varsity game with scores of 18-25, 25-8, 25-15 and 25-20.
Head coach Linda Studtmann said the team struggled at first when Alea Douglas hurt her knee, but “they eventually pulled themselves together, fought hard, got their focus back and worked together to bring the scores back up.”
Studtmann said the girls worked on communication and encouraged each other, especially with the less experienced players.
“Reagan and I were both proud of the girls that stepped in and pulled the team back together,” Studtmann said. “I think the scores show that, even though we lost overall.”
Long Creek/Ukiah was defeated by the Rockets in Pilot Rock in a close match Oct. 1, the Rockets winning 3-1 with scores of 27-25, 22-25, 25-23 and 27-25.
The Mountaineer/Cougars claimed a 3-1 victory over the Burnt River Bulls Friday in Unity with scores of 30-28, 22-25, 21-25 and 25-21.
On Saturday in Monument, Long Creek/Ukiah will face Crane at 1:30 p.m. and Dayville/Monument at 3 p.m.
Riverside junior varsity outpaces Long Creek/Ukiah soccer team
Long Creek/Ukiah soccer coach Amos Studtmann said his team played well on Oct. 2, but the agile 3A Riverside Pirates overcame the 1A Mountaineer/Cougars 11-0 in Boardman in the junior varsity match.
“Riverside, they play fast, they have great passing, and they are super-quick runners,” Studtmann said. “They have some good shooters on the team.”
The Pirates’ varsity team won state last season, he said.
Sitong “Tiger” Zeng did well as goal keeper, the coach said, and Mathéo Buchart and Marcel Kozhogvlov both performed well on offense, but were unable to score.
On Saturday, Long Creek/Ukiah traveled to Ontario where they fell 12-3 to the 1A Four Rivers varsity team.
Studtmann said Thomas Kreamier, who had been ill and missed the Riverside game, played well against the Four Rivers Falcons.
The teams were tied 2-2 early in the match, when the Falcons pulled away.
“I’m looking for improvements and adjustments from my team to show they are growing,” the coach said. “High school sports aren’t just about winning, but about growth, so as long as I see improvement in my players it will be a successful season.”
Long Creek/Ukiah will host Riverside at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in Long Creek, and at 3 p.m. Thursday, the Mountaineer/Cougars host Nyssa in Long Creek.
On Saturday, the team travels to Umatilla for a match at 3 p.m. against the 3A Vikings.