Long Creek/Ukiah basketball

Long Creek/Ukiah’s Ben Combs moves past a Burnt River player in Friday’s game in Unity.

Grant Union boys compete at Sherman Tournament

Grant Union junior Mason Gerry stepped up for the Prospector boys in their 59-48 win over the 2A Culver Bulldogs at the second day of the Sherman Tournament in Moro.

“He didn’t take a lot of outside shots, but took it to the rim and had awesome rebounding,” said Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright. “He had an all-out great game.”

Senior Jacob Vaughan earned 22 points for Grant Union and senior Tanner Elliott had 11 offensive rebounds, several put-backs and shot well from the free-throw line, Wright added.

The 2A Prospectors lost their first game of the tournament on Friday, 57-28, to the 1A Sherman Huskies. Last season, the Huskies were Big Sky District champions.

Missing a couple key players for their first outing, Grant Union fell 62-35 to the Burns Hilanders Nov. 28 on the road.

The team travels to the Umatilla Tournament Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 6-8 where they will face 1A Nixyaawii on day one.

Wright is expecting Thursday’s game to be a tough match up.

“They have phenomenal shooters and press the whole game — it doesn’t matter if they’re up by 50 or down by 50,” he said.

Grant Union girls work out first-game jitters

The 2A Grant Union Prospector girls came out with a 73-22 win Friday over the 1A Sherman Huskies, which hosted a tournament in Moro last weekend.

The Prospectors had a close loss Saturday 41-39 to the 2A Culver Bulldogs.

In their first game of the season, Nov. 28, Grant Union fell 58-47 to the 3A Burns Hilanders.

Head coach Kristi Moore said it was a competitive game, and her team worked hard, making a run in the fourth quarter to try to close the gap.

“We missed some critical shots and some layups which reflect the start-of-the-season nerves,” she said. “Burns is a great team with intense defense. We know that we need to continue to work on rebounding.”

Senior Kaylee Wright had 20 points in the game, earning 11 in the fourth quarter.

Grant Union next travels to the Thursday-through-Saturday Umatilla Tournament, and they will host Burns at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14.

Prairie City boys start season with two wins, girls lose two

The 1A Prairie City Panther boys started their season on a positive note on the road.

The team beat the 1A Joseph Eagles 55-52 on Friday.

Panther head coach Sam Workman said his team was a little “rough around the edges” and noted it was both teams’ first game of the season.

“Levi (Burke) did well — they all did well,” he said. “We didn’t shoot as well as we wanted to but came out with the win.”

In Saturday’s game against the Enterprise Outlaws, a team that moved from the 2A to 1A class, Prairie City came out with a 64-57 win.

Workman said it was a close game, and the Outlaws were catching back up.

“They forgot to miss, and we couldn’t hit,” he said. “My big guys had to work.”

Prairie City will travel to the Friday-Saturday Condon Christmas Tournament where they will face Ione and Condon/Wheeler.

Workman said he expects Condon/Wheeler will be competitive.

“They were a heck of a team last year,” he said.

The Prairie City girls, led by Bo Workman, fell to Joseph on Friday, 43-28, and lost to Enterprise on Saturday, 47-26. The coach was not available for comment.

Tiger girls win two at Paul Humphreys Tournament

The Dayville/Monument girls had a good first outing at the Paul Humphreys Tournament in Fossil where they beat the Arlington Honker 34-23 on Friday and the Condon/Wheeler Knights 38-25 on Saturday.

Tiger head coach Taylor Schmadeka said his team led Arlington 19-10 at halftime. He said his offense looked good against the Honkers’ man defense early in the game, moving well and driving to the basket.

“(In) the second half, Arlington switched to a zone defense that gave us more trouble scoring and making some outside shots,” he said. “We also did a really good job getting defensive and offensive rebounds.”

Tiger Kyla Emerson led the scoring with 10 points and had six steals, followed by Faythe Schafer with 9 points and five steals.

Dayville/Monument led Condon/Wheeler 23-6 at the half, and younger Tiger players got in on the action for the second half.

“Overall, I was very happy with our first two games,” Schmadeka said. “We still have a lot to work on, but the base for a good solid basketball team is there, plus they want to win games this year and have a great attitude when playing.”

Tiger Denali Twehues led in scoring with 13 points, and she had four steals, followed by Faythe Schafer with 8 points, seven steals and four assists.

The coach said Aubrey Bowlus had several rebounds in both games.

Dayville/Monument will compete Friday and Saturday at the Arlington Tournament, facing Klickitat/Greenwood on day one, followed by Central Christian on the second day.

Dayville/Monument boys fall in tournament games

The 1A Dayville/Monument Tiger boys had a challenge for their first games of the season, losing to both the 1A Arlington Honkers, 58-33, and the 1A Condon/Wheeler Knights, 71-39.

Although they didn’t come up with wins, Tigers head coach Jeff Schafer said he was pleased with how they performed.

“Our goal is to keep communicating, work on aggressive defense, and gain endurance,” the coach said. “My players desire to do well and learn, and that is definitely what a coach wants.”

Long Creek/Ukiah boys beat Burnt River

The Long Creek/Ukiah boys basketball team claimed a 47-23 road victory Friday over Burnt River in Unity.

Coach Amos Studtmann, who co-coaches with TC Conner, said the team worked well together and had fair shooting with good defense.

“We got a chance to rotate in all of our players, with our best players spending most of the time on the bench,” Studtmann said. “It allowed me and TC to evaluate where our younger players will fit in a more difficult game.”

Long Creek/Ukiah was scheduled to play Mitchell/Spray on Tuesday, past press time.

They meet up again Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. in Long Creek.

“Last year, Mitchell/Spray was very aggressive with a high tempo so both games should be fast possibly high-scoring games,” he said.

Long Creek/Ukiah girls rout the Bulls

The Long Creek/Ukiah girls basketball team prevailed 35-8 over Burnt River on Friday.

Coach Amos Studtmann said he and coach TC Conner spoke with the girls before the game about focusing on defensive stops.

“We could see, when they got three defensive stops in a row, how the whole momentum of the game shifted to our favor, and when we let our defense slide, our offense became more difficult.”

He said every player had time on the court, including five exchange students who have never played basketball before.

Long Creek/Ukiah faces Mitchell/Spray three consecutive times in the next week and a half.

Their first was scheduled on Tuesday past press time. Then the teams meet up Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. in Long Creek.

Studtmann said they will work on reducing simple turnovers in the games against the Eagle/Loggers.

Grant Union wrestlers compete in Burns

Grant Union Prospector head wrestling coach Andy Lusco said the Woodfin Duals in Burns — where they faced Vale, Lakeview, Irrigon and Burns — was a typical first meet of the season for his team.

“Most wrestlers are not in wrestling shape, and it shows,” he said. “We have learned a lot but have a long ways to go.”

He said he’s proud of their effort, and now the wrestlers need to improve their skill to match.

“We finished 3-1 in duals on the day, which is a great outcome.”

Grant Union defeated Vale 42-24, Lakeview 36-30 and Irrigon 42-36. The Prospectors fell 69-12 to Burns.

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

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