JOHN DAY - The Prairie City High School volleyball team ended the 2003 season winning the consolation championship at the District 4-1A tournament on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Grant Union High School.
The Panthers ran into problems in the tournament's opening round pitted against Spray, the No. 2 team from the TriCo League losing in three games 27-25, 25-19, 25-20.
Spray's front line, which included 6-1 junior Megan Garber, gave the smaller Panther squad trouble the entire match.
After dropping the first game, the Panthers were down 9-2 in the second before Amanda Rockhill and Lindy Black brought the team back narrowing the lead to 10-6.
The Eagles then went on another run to cut the lead to 13-9, but could get no closer than four points as Spray took the second game 25-19.
Spray jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the third game before Prairie City was able to come back.
The Panthers got within three points, 22-19, but were unable to overcome the early advantage and lost 25-20.
Poor serving hurt the Panthers at times in the opening match.
In other first round matches, Powder Valley defeated Harper 25-5, 25-11, 25-13; Wallowa topped Burnt River 25-20, 25-22, 25-21; and Cove won over Jordan Valley 16-25, 25-19, 25-19.
In the consolation semifinal match, Prairie City got its offense going winning in three games over Harper 25-14, 25-11, 25-9 to advance to the consolation title match to meet Jordan Valley which was a 25-21, 25-17, 25-18 winner over Burnt River.
The Panthers dominated the action with some good setting and defensive passing against the Hornets which entered the tournament as the No. 4 team from the TriCo league.
Harper was plagued by serve/return problems, particularly in the second and third games of the match.
In the consolation title match, the Panthers came through with a victory over Jordan Valley, the No. 1 seed from the TriCo League, to take home the consolation trophy.
In the championship bracket of the tournament, Spray defeated Powder Valley in the semifinals and beat Cove in the championship match to advance to the state tournament set for Nov. 7-8 at Springfield High School as the top seed from District 4.
Cove will also be going to the state tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Wallowa finished in third place at the district tournament defeating Powder Valley.
Powder Valley was awarded the sportsmanship trophy.
District 4-1A All-stars
First team - Megan Garber, junior, Spray; Joelle Bain, senior, Powder Valley; Christin Semmler, junior, Cove; Megan McLain, Wallowa, senior; Danielle Smith, junior, Prairie City; Barbora Kocourkova, senior, Spray.
Second team - Lindy Black, junior, Prairie City; Lauren Cuvelier, sophomore, Jordan Valley; Mindy Johnson, senior, Jordan Valley; Jessica Cain, junior, Cove; Anna Watkins, senior, Jordan Valley; Lynique Oveson, senior, Wallowa; Tara Andrews, senior, Burnt River.