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STATE CHAMPS: Team effort gives GU girls an edge
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STATE CHAMPS: Team effort gives GU girls an edge
Grant Union girls team wins state championship title with mental and physical toughness.

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Dayville athlete wins 1A javelin title
Dayville athlete wins 1A javelin title
Dayville's Kristina Humphreys takes first in javelin at the state championships with a personal record throw.
Long Creek athlete jumps into state competition
Long Creek athlete jumps into state competition
Athlete Fernando Rodriguez makes Long Creek School's first appearance at state in about 10 years.
GU girls win 2A state track and field title
GU girls win 2A state track and field title

After winning the long jump and triple jump, Grant Union’s Kori Pentzer placed second in the 300-meter hurdles Friday to secure the 2A state title for GU’s girls team.

Pentzer finished with a time of 47.97, earning 8 points for the...

GU’s Jozie Rude places in all three events
GU’s Jozie Rude places in all three events

Grant Union’s Jozie Rude placed in all three of her events at the 2016 State Track and Field Championships in Eugene.

The sophomore tied for third in her last event, pole vault, with a height of 9-00.25, along with Oakland’s Rachel...

Pettit wins second title at first state meet
Pettit wins second title at first state meet

Monument’s Sophie Pettit was the best 1A girls sprinter at the 2016 State Track and Field Championships, and she’s only a freshman.

Pettit sprinted her way to her first high school state meet first-place finish in the 100-meter...

PC’s Hitz follows pole vault record by placing second in 110M hurdles
PC’s Hitz follows pole vault record by placing second in 110M hurdles

One medal was not enough for Prairie City’s Garrett Hitz at the State Track and Field Championships in Eugene.

After breaking the state record in pole vault Thursday, Hitz ran to a second-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles Friday...

Monument’s Kyla Emerson places fifth in 100M hurdles
Monument’s Kyla Emerson places fifth in 100M hurdles

Monument freshman Kyla Emerson finished in fifth place in her first hurdle event at the 2016 State Track and Field Championships in Eugene Friday.

Emerson finished the 100-meter high hurdles in a time of 17.89. Ione’s Jessie Flynn won...

Brock outruns East Linn, extends GU’s lead in 2A state track
Brock outruns East Linn, extends GU’s lead in 2A state track

Grant Union senior Samantha Brock did her part for the girls team currently in first place at the State Track and Field Championships in Eugene Friday.

Brock placed second in the 2A 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.55, earning 8 points for...

GU girls continue to add points, but East Linn narrowing lead
GU girls continue to add points, but East Linn narrowing lead

Grant Union’s girls team continues to earn points toward a state track and field title, but East Linn Christian continues to narrow the lead.

GU sophomore Jozie Rude placed fourth in 2A shot put with a distance of 36-00.00, earning 5 more...

Wright adds more points for first-place GU girls team
Wright adds more points for first-place GU girls team

After setting a state record in javelin Thursday, Grant Union’s Kaylee Wright added more points to the girls team’s lead over the 2A field Friday at the State Track and Field Championships in Eugene.

Wright placed fourth in the 2A...

Pettit wins first state title
Pettit wins first state title

Monument freshman Sophie Pettit sprinted her way to her first high school State Track and Field Championships first-place finish Friday.

She won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.75, one-tenth of a second from setting a new 1A state meet...

Another PC pole vaulter makes podium
Another PC pole vaulter makes podium

After her teammate set the 1A boys pole vault state meet record Thursday, Prairie City’s Amaya Zweygardt followed up Friday with another strong pole vaulting performance.

Zweygardt, a senior, placed second with a height of 8-06.00, just 3...

Pentzer wins another state track and field event
Pentzer wins another state track and field event

After winning the long jump event Thursday for the second consecutive year, Grant Union sophomore Kori Pentzer followed it up with another win in the triple jump Friday.

Pentzer’s jump of 37-02.75 was longer than last year’s 2A...

Two local athletes break state track and field meet records
Two local athletes break state track and field meet records

EUGENE — Local athletes had a record-breaking first day at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships in Eugene Thursday.

Garrett Hitz and Kaylee Wright both set state meet records in their respective events and divisions.

GU freshman sets state record in javelin
GU freshman sets state record in javelin

EUGENE — Grant Union freshman Kaylee Wright broke the 2A state record for javelin with a throw of 131-3 Thursday, May 19, at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships in Eugene.

She placed first in the event, followed by teammate Jozie...

Grant Union track and field girls win Wapiti title
Grant Union track and field girls win Wapiti title

UNION — Grant Union’s track and field head coach Sonna Smith had long-held hopes realized when her girls team won the league championship at Friday’s 2A-6 Wapiti League Districts in Union.

“In the 21 years I have...

Prospectors edged out of playoffs by Rockets
Prospectors edged out of playoffs by Rockets

JOHN DAY — The Grant Union Prospectors are tucking their baseball gear away for the season after splitting wins on Monday with Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii.

The Rockets’ 8-6 win of Game One nudged the Prospectors out of postseason play,...

Lady Prospectors sink Pirates in doubleheader
Lady Prospectors sink Pirates in doubleheader

JOHN DAY — The chance for postseason play looked good for the Grant Union softball team last Friday, after sweeping Riverside/Arlington 10-0 and 15-5; however, those hopes were dashed.

Echo/Stanfield lost a doubleheader to...

GU golfers take swing at district competition
GU golfers take swing at district competition

PENDLETON — The Grant Union golf team’s season came to a close at the Pendleton Country Club at the May 8-10 1A/2A/3A District Golf Championship.

The Prospectors competed on the par 72 course with 12 other schools, including 51...

1A track athletes go the distance
1A track athletes go the distance

ONTARIO — Grant County’s 1A track and field teams competed at Friday’s Special District 4 Championship in Ontario.

The Monument girls won third at the event, and the Prairie City and Long Creek boys tied for fifth out of 11...

Young students learn fitness fun
Young students learn fitness fun

JOHN DAY — Grant County kids learned that healthy living can be fun during the third semi-annual Healthy ‘N Fit Camp held May 10 at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

Over 160 kindergarten through third-grade students attended the event...

Prospectors prep for must-win games
Prospectors prep for must-win games

JOHN DAY — The Grant Union Prospector baseball team had a series of close games against Weston-McEwen — including one that went to 10 innings — but couldn’t catch a break.

Weston-McEwen had a 6-3 and 7-6 upperhand...

Team Long Creek: 12 athletes learn and improve together
Team Long Creek: 12 athletes learn and improve together

LONG CREEK — Several athletes on the Long Creek Mountaineers track and field team are new to the sport but, with a little elbow grease, are making strides.

The varsity team has 12 athletes led by first-year head coach Linda Studtmann and...

Sports schedule

Friday, May 13

Grant Union track @ 2A-6 Wapiti League Districts in Union, 11 a.m.

Prairie City, Monument, Long Creek, Dayville @ 1A-SD4 District Championship in Ontario, 11 a.m. (MDT)

Grant Union softball vs. Riverside/Arlington in...

Lady Pros face Vikings in rough waters

VALE — The Grant Union Prospectors fell hard to the Vale Vikings in softball action last Friday.

Vale came away with two wins on their home turf, 5-2 and 17-3.

Grant Union head coach DeAnna Nash said Game One was...

Grant Union golfers compete at district championship

PENDLETON — Grant Union head golf coach Ron Lundbom gave an update after the first day of competition at the May 9-10 District Golf Tournament at Pendleton Country Club.

“We are in the middle of the pack, team-wise, and we should...

Tucker Wright to bulldog at CNFR
Tucker Wright to bulldog at CNFR

HERMISTON — Local rodeo cowboy Tucker Wright of Canyon City will compete at the June 20 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming.

Wright, who rides for Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Washington, finished fourth...

Participants lace up for friendly competition
Participants lace up for friendly competition

JOHN DAY — There were 70 walkers, runners and bicyclists ready with a smile for Saturday’s Strut, Stride, Straddle and Stroll.

Whether they participated in memory of a loved one, such as Karla Colson who “strided” for...

HDL Meet a success in Prairie City
HDL Meet a success in Prairie City

PRAIRIE CITY — A little rain and thunder rumbling in the far distance didn’t dampen the spirits of 10 teams competing at the High Desert League Meet in Prairie City this afternoon.

“It went well — almost...

Prospector boys fall to TigerScots in tight game
Prospector boys fall to TigerScots in tight game

JOHN DAY — The seventh inning of Tuesday’s game changed everything for the Grant Union Prospectors, as Weston-McEwen slipped past for a 3-2 win.

Weston-McEwen first got on the board in the top of the third, and Grant Union evened...