Grant Union girls start league play with 2 wins, boys take win and loss

The Grant Union Prospector girls took no holiday from winning and earned two league wins with a 65-53 road victory over Heppner on Dec. 21, followed by a 75-38 win over Pilot Rock in John Day on Saturday.

Grant Union head coach Kristi Moore said the Heppner Mustangs were tough competitors.

“It was our first league game, and the girls played well with defense, which led to some good offensive opportunities,” Moore said.

The Prospectors and the crowd got into the festive spirit, donning ugly Christmas sweaters, when they hosted Pilot Rock.

“We started out with a big defensive push, and it allowed us to keep the intensity in our favor for the whole game,” Moore said.

The Grant Union boys took a 59-55 loss to Heppner on Dec. 21 and beat Pilot Rock 57-49 the next day.

Grant Union hosted Lakeview on Dec. 28, past the Eagle’s early deadline. The Prospectors will be on the road Friday, facing Enterprise with the boys playing at 6 p.m., the girls at 7:30 p.m. Grant Union hosts Union Saturday with the boys playing at 4 p.m., followed by the girls at 5:30 p.m.

Prairie City Panthers host alumni games, prepare for first league games

Prairie City basketball player Levi Burke organized the Panthers boys and girls alumni games on Dec. 22 for his senior project.

The high school players faced graduates from as far back as 1989 to 2018 for friendly and fun competition.

Burke made the event a fundraiser, and the proceeds from admission and a spaghetti feed raised nearly $1,500, which will be donated to the Prairie City American Legion Post 106.

“I personally don’t think the veterans get enough recognition,” Burke said. “We’re here for a reason, and they are definitely part of that.”

The Prairie City boys and girls teams competed at the Pendleton Les Schwab Shootout Dec. 28-29, facing Weston-McEwen and Enterprise (past the Eagle’s early deadline).

The teams will host Powder Valley on Wednesday, Jan. 2, the girls playing at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys at 7 p.m. On Friday, in their first league game of the season, the teams face Burnt River on the road in Unity, the girls at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Prairie City hosts league opponents Long Creek/Ukiah with the girls playing at 2 p.m. and the boys at 3:30 p.m.

Prairie City boys head coach Sam Workman said the team, which is 6-0 on the season, plans to continue playing tough with good defense and shooting, working through some illnesses.

Long Creek/Ukiah teams set for three league hoops games

After facing tough out-of-state competition at the Dec. 21-22 Helix Tournament, the Long Creek/Ukiah Mountain Lion basketball teams are gearing up for their first league games of the season.

The Mountain Lion girls fell 57-30 to Klickitat (Washington) on Dec. 21, and the following day fell to the 5A Pendleton junior varsity 2 team 46-29.

The Long Creek/Ukiah boys were defeated 69-51 by Bickleton (Washington) on day one of the tournament and lost to Klickitat-Glenwood (Washington) 57-42 on day two.

Long Creek/Ukiah coach Amos Studtmann said they faced quality competition and said his teams need to work together and rebound more.

“It’s always the fundamentals,” Studtmann said.

The Mountain Lions will host Crane at 5 p.m. for the girls and 6:30 p.m. for the boys on Thursday in Long Creek for their first league game of the season. The teams host Dayville/Monument on Friday at 5 p.m. (girls) and 6:30 p.m. (boys) in Long Creek, then travel to Prairie City Saturday to face the Panthers at 2 p.m. (girls) and 3:30 p.m. (boys).

Tigers basketball team prep for league play

After hosting their alumni games on Saturday, past the Eagle’s early deadline, the 1A Dayville/Monument Tigers will take on league competition.

The teams face 1A Long Creek/Ukiah on Friday in Long Creek and travel to Harper on Saturday where they’ll face the Hornets at 5:30 p.m. (MT) for the girls and 7 p.m. (MT) for the boys.

The Tiger boys and girls competed at the Dec. 20-22 Bobcat Classic in Union.

The boys fell in four, 82-42 to 1A Powder Valley, 50-30 to 1A Cove, 63-36 to 1A Elgin and 63-36 to Elgin again.

The Tiger girls fell to Powder Valley 60-14 on day one, then beat Cove 44-30. On Saturday, they fell to 2A Union 49-32.

Angel Carpenter is a reporter for the Blue Mountain Eagle. She can be contacted at or 541-575-0710.

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