The Hermiston girls made the podium against stiff competition Thursday at the Kyle Burnside Memorial Wildhorse Cross Country Invite in Mission.
More than 200 runners from 15 high schools across Eastern and Central Oregon gathered at Wildhorse Resort Golf Course for the annual race. The girls took third, while the boys finished fourth.
Union sat atop the leaderboard in the boys standings with 36 points, followed by Hood River Valley (65), The Dalles (79), Hermiston (145) and Baker (157) to round out the Top 5.
On the girls side, The Dalles (66) was first followed by Hood River Valley (66), Hermiston (68), Enterprise (72) and Union (123).
Individually, Union’s Alex Graffunder (15:35.0) and Tim Stevens (15:40.2) blew away the field in the boys competition to take the top two spots with a 45-second cushion. Heppner’s Hunter Nichols finished third at 16:25.8 and Hermiston’s Isaac Sanchez was fourth with a time of 16:32.1.
For the girls, Hood River’s Josephine Dickinson (19:27.3) and Frances Dickinson (19:33.3) earned the top two spots with Hermiston freshman Amanda Nygard finishing in fourth with a time of 19:47.8.
HERMISTON — (BOYS) 4. Isaac Sanchez, 16:32.1; 22. Gregory Anderson, 17:33.4; 36. Emanuel Ibarra, 18:02.5. (GIRLS) 4. Amanda Nygard, 19:47.8; 8. Melany Solorio, 20:08.8; 17. Julianna Joyce, 20:47.0.
STANFIELD — (BOYS) Sisay Hurty, 17:11.8; 33. Elias Esquivel, 17:59.4; 65. Garrett Wiggins, 19:29.1. (GIRLS) 36. Izabella Garcia, 21:59.8; 55. Chelsy Lemmon, 23:01.7; 59. Valerie Martin, 23:24.4.
HEPPNER — (BOYS) 3. Hunter Nichols, 16:25.8; 30. Hayden Qualls, 17:52.5; 59. Leo Waite, 19:10.1. (GIRLS) 14. Madelyn Nichols, 20:39.5; 28. Mackenzie Heideman, 21:24.7; 82. Hannah Palmer, 26:07.2.
RIVERSIDE/IRRIGON — (BOYS) 108. Andrew Barker, 21:14.7; 116. Brian Franco, 21:46.3; 118. Connor Graham, 21:47.4; 129. Darnell Woods, 25:21.7.
UMATILLA — (BOYS) 23. Zayne Troeger, 17:35.4; 96. Trevor Reiner, 20:33.3; 117. Alex Ibarra, 21:46.7. (GIRLS) 54. Abigail Cardenas, 22:59.0; 57. Jacqualine Brown, 23:14.7; 72. Cecilia Cardenas, 24:40.2.
Boys Team Results
1. Union, 36; 2. Hood River, 65; 3. The Dalles, 79; 4. Hermiston, 145; 5. Baker, 157; 6. La Grande, 191; 7. Stanfield, 221; 7. Ontario, 221; 9. Heppner, 230; 10. Enterprise, 252; 11. Pendleton, 277; 12. Nyssa, 300; 13. Helix, 348; 14. Elgin, 353; 15. Mac-Hi, 410.
Women’s Team Results
1. The Dalles, 66; 1. Hood River, 66; 3. Hermiston, 68; 4. Enterprise, 72; 5. Union, 123; 6. La Grande, 155; 7. Pendleton, 193; 8. Helix, 208; 9. Baker, 218; 10. Stanfield, 256.
Echo earns playoff spot at league tourney
In the Old Oregon League volleyball district tournament on Saturday in La Grande, Joseph may have emerged as the district champions, but Echo and Helix both locked up postseason spots as well with upset victories.
The Cougars and Grizzles both beat the No. 1 seed Powder Valley Badgers to clinch the final two playoff spots in the district. Echo, coming in as the No. 3 seed, swept Powder Valley 25-21-25-19, 25-20 in the opening round before losing to Joseph 3-1 in the district championship game. Helix fell to Joseph 3-1 (25-11, 18-25, 10-25, 22-25) but then turned around and beat Powder Valley 3-1 (25-20, 25-15, 23-25, 25-20) to finish in third place. The Badgers had swept the season series with both the Cougars and Grizzlies by a combined 12-4 score.
Helix’s Wilson and Charmayne Bennett and Echo’s Monique Montoya were also selected to the all-tournament team afterwards.
Echo will host Jordan Valley on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in a first round meeting.
Heppner stopped by Culver at CBC tourney
The Culver Bulldogs continued their dominance and swept Heppner on Saturday to claim the Class 2A Columbia Basin Conference district title.
To set up the meeting with Culver, Heppner had to go through tournament-host Pilot Rock as the Rockets defeated the defending state champion Weston-McEwen TigerScots one round earlier. In the Mustangs match against Pilot Rock, they held on to sweep the Rockets 25-21, 28-26, 25-22. Heppner had help from a big defensive performance by freshman Sydney Wilson, who finished with 26 digs.
“We had to battle for each and every point,” head coach Mindy Wilson said. “We didn’t serve well, missing 15 serves, and that does not help when trying to gain momentum. But by supporting each other. We dug deep and got the win.”
The momentum the Mustangs eventually gained was not enough to top the Bulldogs. Culver kept Heppner at bay for the first two sets, winning each 25-15 and 25-16. Heppner made things a little tougher in the third set, but the Bulldogs pulled away to win 25-21.
“We came out after our win against Pilot Rock and just couldn’t get going,” Wilson said. “You have to be on your game against a team like Culver. They were just the better team tonight.”
This isn’t the end for the Mustangs, as both Heppner and Culver will advance to the 2A state tournament with play-in games Saturday.
Bulldogs faced league’s No. 1 team as they fight for playoff berth
Last Tuesday night, the Hermiston boys soccer team was essentially playing for the league championship. The Bulldogs welcomed the No. 1 Hood River Valley Eagles to Kennison Field and battle for the full 80 minutes. The final score was a testament to Hermiston’s ability to play sound ball and Hood River’s skillfulness. The 1-1 draw gave the Eagles the top spot in the league, while leaving the Bulldogs (7-3-3, 2-0-3) fighting for a play-in game. Hermiston’s regular season finale will be Tuesday against Pendleton. The outcome of Hermiston’s home finale was past print deadline.
At Hood River, the Hermiston girls soccer team’s goal-scoring issues continued as the Bulldogs were shut out for the eighth game this season with a 1-0 loss to Hood River Valley.
Hermiston (5-6-2 overall, 2-1-2 CRC) finishes up the regular season Tuesday at home against Pendleton. The outcome of Hermiston’s home finale was also past print deadline.
Riverside boys, girls stay undefeated with shutouts
At Nyssa, the No. 1-ranked Riverside Pirates boys soccer team remained unbeaten on the season with an 11-0 victory over Nyssa on Saturday, the seventh shutout victory of the season for the Pirates.
Riverside (12-0 overall, 5-0 Eastern Oregon League) will finish up league play on Friday with a home game against Irrigon at 4 p.m.
Also on the road, the Riverside Pirates girls team kept their undefeated league record intact by edging out the Nyssa Bulldogs for a 1-0 victory on Saturday.
Riverside (7-2-2 overall, 4-0-1 Eastern Oregon League) ends the regular season on Friday at home against Irrigon.
Umatilla wins a narrow pair against Irrigon
The Umatilla Vikings boys soccer team snapped a four game losing streak with a shutout victory over the Knights in Irrigon on Saturday.
Umatilla (2-9-1 overall, 2-3 Eastern Oregon League) will wrap up the regular season on Friday at home against Nyssa at 3:30 p.m. Irrigon (0-12, 0-5) will host Trout Lake (WA) Wednesday at 4 p.m.
On the girls’ side, the Vikings notched their first win since Sept. 29 with a 3-0 shutout of Irrigon on Saturday afternoon.
Umatilla (3-7-3 overall, 2-1-2 Eastern Oregon League) next hosts Nyssa on Friday at 5 p.m. Irrigon (2-9-1, 0-5) travels to Riverside on Friday at 4 p.m.