LOCALLY, THE GAMES GO ON
By C.J. Gish
Observer Staff Writer
The governor 'said we should have the courage to go on with our activities as normal and not let terrorists intimidate us. I agree with that, but on the other hand, it was hard to concentrate with the attack and the people who died.'
--Alex Steenstra, LHS girls soccer coach
Volleyball was the last thing of some peoples minds Tuesday at La Grande High School.
But the matches went on.
The Tigers fell to Pendleton 15-5, 15-4, and to Weiser, Idaho, 15-7, 17-15, dropping to 1-3 this season.
La Grande coach Teresa Dowdy pointed to the Tigers youth and inexperience in losing both
We have to find that intensity. We have moments of greatness, we just dont convert when we need to, she said.
How the players may have felt entering the matches was a different story.
I know a lot of people are concerned, but I didnt think my kids might be affected by it, Dowdy said.
People wanted to know (if we would have matches), but the governor came out and said lets keep things going as normal, La Grande High School Athletic Director Verl Miller said. It was a crazy day at school with people thinking of the victims.
Volleyball official Debbie Huwe of La Grande was surprised that the matches went on in light of Tuesdays tragic events in New York City and Washington, D.C.
I really wish they would have canceled (the matches), Huwe said. It really bothered me. I think it would have been nice if they quieted things down and recognized (what happened).
Players from La Grandes volleyball team echoed the sentiment.
It was kind of mind boggling. We were under attack and still playing, junior Danielle Tams said.
Junior Kelli Greenough said the days events didnt affect her play once the games started, but was something just there.
It felt strange that people on the other side of the United States were dying and were playing volleyball, junior Kristy Short said.
La Grande will play at Vale and Ontario Saturday as it kicks off Greater Oregon League play.
Tiger girls soccer gets first win of season
PENDLETON Karli Nebeker stayed focused enough to score three goals and assist on a fourth as the La Grande girls soccer team picked up its first win of the season.
The Tigers beat hosting Pendleton 6-0 Tuesday, improving their record to 1-1.
It was hard to play with everything going on, La Grande coach Alex Steenstra said of Tuesdays events in New York City and Washington, D.C. It made soccer seem so unimportant.
Nebeker opened the scoring with a steal and unassisted goal in the 28th minute of the first half. Lindsey Carmichael added a goal off a pass from Megan Sherer in the 35th minute, followed by a Nebeker goal with an assist from Chelsea Long in the 37th minute for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Nebeker scored in the third minute of the second half when Nicole Lewis found her with a pass. Then Cathy Herrmann took a Nebeker pass for a goal in the 12th minute.
Carmichael added the final goal off a Caitlin Schoenfelder assist in the 14th minute.
La Grande outshot Pendleton 30-0, with Steenstra crediting Amanda Schuft with her defensive play.
Steenstra said the team prayer before the game focused on the victims of Tuesdays tragedy with the destruction of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Gov. Kitzhaber came on and said we should have the courage to go on with our activities as normal and not let terrorists intimidate us, he said. I agree with that, but on the other hand, it was hard to concentrate with the attack and the people who died. I have mixed feelings.
La Grande opens league play Saturday when it hosts The Dalles.