Hermiston’s run at Thursday’s MCC Districts in Richland left the team with “many positives.”
The JV boys’ team finished third out of eight teams, and were led by Anthony Duron and Nicholas Breshears, who both finished in the top 13. Cydney Sanchez continued to run well for the Bulldogs, crossing the finish line in ninth place in the varisty girls’ division. Ellie Ernst was right behind her at 11th place. Freshman Jackson Shaver placed at No. 4 for the varsity boys.
“These results are exciting because it shows the future for Hermiston cross-country,” said coach Troy Blackburn.
Heppner’s Hunter Nichols finished third Thursday at the Kyle Burnside Wildhorse Invite in Pendleton.
Nichols, a senior, covered the 5,000-meter course in a time of 15 minutes, 52.30 seconds. The Mustangs finished sixth in the team standings with 148 points.
Union’s Tim Stevens won the race in a time of 15:08.60, while The Dalles won the boys team title with 56 points.
Umatilla’s Zayne Troeger was the top man for the Vikings, placing 18th in a time of 17:07.50.
The Irrigon Knights qualified for state volleyball for first time in school history Saturday, Oct. 20 placing second at the Eastern Oregon League district tournament in Burns.
“We played like we have never played before, and it paid off,” Knights coach Vanessa Pacheco said. “It was not easy, but we played with heart and as a team for the win.”
Irrigon, the No. 3 seed, opened the day with a 23-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-15, 15-13 victory over No. 2 seed Vale.
“It was fun to watch everything come together for us today,” Pacheco said. “We adjusted fast to Vale’s hitters and were able to make plays of our own.”
After beating the Vikings, the Knights took on Burns in the championship match, but the Hilanders proved to be a worthy opponent, taking the match and the district title 25-18, 25-18, 25-22.
On the day, Haley White had 21 kills, Alyssa Luna 8 kills, Emma Mueller 34 assists and Makenna Collins 25 digs.
STANFIELD 53, RIVERSIDE 0 — Riverside’s final game of the season came in a home shutout against Stanfield on Thursday night.
“We lost a few guys this week,” said Pirates coach David Boor. “But the kids played hard.”
The Pirates closed the year out with an 0-6 record for the OSAA and 0-3 for the league. Meanwhile, Thursday’s game was Stanfield’s first win. The Tigers (1-6, 1-2) will play their final game when they host Heppner (5-2, 2-0) next Friday.
ECHO 51, SOUTH WASCO COUNTY 6 - A last-second touchdown from South Wasco County in the fourth quarter were the only points Echo allowed at home on Friday night.
“They played amazing,” Cougars coach Rick Thew said of his team’s performance. “Defense played lights out.”
Quarterback Devan Craig passed for 167 yards and three touchdowns, and also recorded nine tackles and one interception. Running back Mason Smith rushed for 127 yards, including three touchdowns. Running back Mychael Pointer had four receptions for 80 yards, and recovered a South Wasco fumble and ran it into the end zone for a touchdown.
Echo (6-1) will play their final regular season game at home Oct. 26, against an opponent yet to be determined.
NYSSA 35, IRRIGON 14 - Irrigon dropped their home game to Nyssa (6-2, 3-1) on Friday night.
Running back Payton Smith rushed 45 yards and quarterback Keith Fleming caught a 19-yard pass for the Knights’ two touchdowns.
“We played really well in the first half,” said coach Ken Thompson. “I was really impressed with how the kids played and ran the ball. But (Nyssa) pounded away at us.”
Irrigon (3-5, 0-3) will close out their season with one final home game against Umatilla (1-6, 0-3) on Oct. 26.
RIVERSIDE 15, FOUR RIVERS 0 — The Pirates played their final home match of the season and shut out Four Rivers on Thursday.
After a seven-game winning streak, Riverside finally met their match on Saturday when they traveled to Nyssa and were beaten 4-0.
The Pirates (9-3-1, 6-1) have one more game left in league play: Irrigon (1-11, 1-6) at home on Friday.
KAMIAKIN 2, HERMISTON 0 - Hermiston faced off against the MCC’s No. 1 team and lost at home on Thursday. Kamiakin scored both goals in the first half.
“We did really good,” said Bulldogs coach Freddy Guizar. “We played an undefeated team and held them at 0-0 in the second half — that was a big highlight. (Keeper) Lanie Gomez kept her composure the whole game and made sure no balls made it into the net.”
The Bulldogs (1-14, 1-12) have one more league game on the schedule. They traveled to Walla Walla (4-9) on Tuesday to close out the season.
RIVERSIDE 4, NYSSA 0 — The Pirates are now riding three consecutive shutouts into this week’s season-closer after hosting Nyssa on Saturday.
Riverside (7-2-3, 4-0-1) will finish things off when they travel to Irrigon (0-9-1, 0-5) on Friday.