Boys steamroll the competition,
girls beat Harper at home
The Prairie City Panther boys basketball team, 5-0 in the High Desert League, continues to dominate their competition, defeating the 5-1 Crane Mustangs 77-45 on Friday and the 2-4 Harper Hornets 61-23 Saturday, both games played in Prairie City.
“We played good all weekend and played together,” said Panther boys head coach Sam Workman.
He said, when they play teams that are having a down season, “it’s hard to keep them up to par.”
“We’ve been working hard in practice, keeping them sharp,” he said.
The 3-2 Prairie City girls fell to 6-0 Crane on Friday, 70-29, then beat 3-3 Harper on Saturday, 52-12.
Panther girls head coach Bo Workman said, even though they were behind in the game against Crane, his team gave a full effort to the end.
“They were doing good mentally and not letting the score get them down,” he said.
“They shot better against Harper and ran the floor with fast breaks,” he said. “They’re working hard, so hopefully the shooting will come. Everybody is contributing.”
The Panther teams face Four Rivers at 6 p.m., the boys at 7:30 p.m. (MT), on Friday in Ontario, and they host Adrian with the girls at 2 p.m. and boys at 3:30 p.m. Saturday. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Panthers travel to Crane to face the Mustangs at 5 p.m., the boys at 6:30 p.m.
Dayville/Monument girls and boys win on road and at home
The Dayville/Monument Tiger girls chalked up two more wins for a 5-1 High Desert League record after defeating the Burnt River Bulls 53-11 on Friday and the Four Rivers Falcons 45-23 on Saturday.
The Tigers are 13-3 on the season.
“I’m really pleased with how the girls are playing,” said Tiger head coach Taylor Schmadeka. “We have one of the best records the girls have had in a long time. Their work ethic in practice reflects in the games.”
The Crane Mustangs lead the league with a 6-0 record (15-2), followed by Jordan Valley also 6-0 (13-2), then Dayville/Monument, Adrian and Prairie City.
Schmadeka said his team played both sides of the ball well in the two games, adding their shooting percentage was excellent.
Tiger Denali Twehues had a career-high 20 points against the Falcons on Saturday.
“We pushed the ball down the floor really fast,” the coach said. “We’ve been working on that in practice to have a faster-paced offense.”
The Tigers have a few tough games on the schedule this week.
Dayville/Monument was scheduled to face Grant Union’s junior varsity team on Tuesday, past press time.
On Friday, the girls travel to Adrian to face the Antelopes at 5 p.m., the boys at 6:30 p.m. (MT).
The Tigers host the Jordan Valley Mustangs at 3 p.m., with boys at 4:30 p.m., in Dayville.
The Dayville/Monument boys also notched two wins, beating Burnt River 65-25 and Four Rivers 61-23.
The Tiger boys are 3-3 in league.
Jordan Valley and Prairie City lead the High Desert League, followed by Crane, Adrian and Dayville/Monument.
Long Creek/Ukiah boys and girls host teams in Ukiah
The Long Creek/Ukiah Mountain Lions boys defeated the Huntington Locomotives Saturday, 67-39, after a 90-65 loss to the Jordan Valley Mustangs the previous day, both games played in Ukiah.
Long Creek/Ukiah coach Amos Studtmann, who co-coaches with TC Conner, said bad passes and lost dribbles cost them Friday’s game against the Mustangs.
“We didn’t have a good answer for Jordan Valley’s Zeke Quintero — he scored 37 points on us,” Studtmann said.
He added they learned from the loss and improved their passing against Huntington the next day.
He said they aim to improve on passing, defense and pass denial when the opponent has a strong individual shooter.
The girls suffered an 80-8 loss to Jordan Valley, and Huntington forfeited Saturday due to lack of players.
Studtmann said the Mustangs gave them some good competition and a learning opportunity.
“When we go against a big team like this, we go for smaller goals such as limiting turnovers and slowing down fast breaks,” he said.
Long Creek/Ukiah has had only junior varsity teams for the past couple years, and Studtmann said their goal is to advance to the 1A High Desert District Tournament.
“I’d like to take advantage of the opportunity while we have it to experience district play,” he said.
Long Creek/Ukiah was scheduled to face Pilot Rock’s junior varsity team Tuesday past press time.
On Friday, the teams are on the road to Harper where they’ll face the Hornets at 6 p.m. (MT) for the girls game, followed by the boys.
They host Four Rivers on Saturday at 2 p.m. for the girls, followed by the boys, in Ukiah.
Studtmann said he’s hopeful his teams will get the wins.
He said they will have to work together and not as individual players.
“Both teams will have to come in with good team chemistry, good passes, intense rebounding and a will to win,” he said. “I believe they can.”
Currently, the Mountain Lion girls are 1-5 in league, ahead of Burnt River and Huntington. The boys are 3-4 in league, ahead of Harper, Burnt River and Four Rivers.
Grant Union wrestlers show progress at Oregon Classic, host invitational on Friday
The Grant Union Prospector wrestling team competed Friday and Saturday at the Oregon Classic in Redmond.
“We had mixed results but wrestled pretty well for a young team,” said Grant Union head coach Andy Lusco.
He said they struggled the first day, going 1-3, and on day two they were 2-1 and lost a dual with Jefferson by 1 point.
“We had to forfeit three weight classes, and that certainly cost us a couple more wins,” he said.
“The Oregon Classic is a great test of overall team depth and ability,” he said. “We look forward to bringing this whole team back next season with the addition of a handful of freshman to fill those missing weight classes.”
Prospector Ethan Moore, wrestling at 106 pounds, went 7-0.
“He had a great tournament and is wrestling very well,” Lusco said.
Russell Hodge (182) and Drew Lusco (285) each also had a 7-0 record.
“Russell had a great tournament,” coach Lusco said. “He beat some tough kids and was pretty disciplined.”
He added that Drew also wrestled well, and his matches were over in the first round.
The coach said freshman Justin Hodge (152), who went 6-1, defeated some high quality wrestlers.
Logan McCluskey (160) went 5-2, wrestling up a weight class. He “didn’t miss a beat,” the coach said. “He’s become a high quality wrestler and a stalwart in our lineup.”
Damion Young (145) went 4-3, while battling a nagging injury, Lusco said. “We’re very proud of his effort.”
He said Quintin Hallgarth (170) had a 3-4 record in a tough weight class. “He had no easy matches and battled hard for three wins,” Lusco said.
Lusco added others showing improvement include Sam McCracken (120, 1-7), Ben Henry (126, 3-4), Tanler Fuller (132, 1-6) and Jesse Douglass (138, 3-4).
On Jan. 15, Grant Union competed at the Burns-Crane Duals in Burns.
Grant Union scored 48 against Crane who scored 14. Burns had 45 to Grant Union’s 24.
Lusco noted that Trinity Hutchison picked up a win in an exhibition match against Crane.
The Prospectors host the Grant Union Invitational at 12 p.m. Friday in John Day.