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LHS volleyball tops Grant Union

Jayce Seavert had a double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs, and the La Grande Tigers took down Grant Union in four sets, 25-10, 20-25, 25-6, 25-18, Tuesday in nonleague action in John Day.

“In games 1 and 3 we came out like gangbusters and took care of business,” head coach Melinda Becker-Bisenius said.

Presley Justice added six kills for La Grande and Jaiden Hafer had five. Justice also had a team-best 17 digs, while Felicity Houston had 12. Jacie Howton led the way with 17 assists and also had seven aces during a 30-for-31 service night.

She also had a long service run during the Tigers’ dominant third set, recording 14 straight service points, Becker-Bisenius said.

“It’s always competitive (against Grant Union),” the coach said. “I thought our kids did well.”

La Grande (5-0 overall) hosts Pendleton Thursday.

Enterprise competes at Helix

The Enterprise Outlaws went 1-2 in pool play and won their lone match in bracket play at the Helix Tournament Tuesday.

Enterprise dropped sets to Irrigon (25-19) and to Weston-McEwen (25-13) but defeated Griswold (25-11) to finish pool play third. The Outlaws followed with a win over Griswold (25-21, 25-15) to wrap up action.

“I was happy to see improvement in our communication as a team, but our struggles at the net continued,” head coach Lisa Farwell said. “We missed too many blocks and turned the ball over with hitting errors. I'm hoping to see the net play improve.”

Ashlyn Gray led the offensive attack with 13 kills on the day for Enterprise. Rilyn Kirkland tallied 11 assists, Carsyn Miller had 12 aces and Claire Farwell recorded 16 digs.

The Outlaws (4-2 overall) host Cove Thursday.

Imbler locks up first win

The Imbler Panthers picked up their first victory of the season Tuesday, sweeping Pilot Rock on the road, 25-12, 25-19, 25-16.

“I was most impressed with our serving — 92% as a team with 20 total aces,” head coach Jennifer Teeter said.

Rylee Deal had eight of Imbler’s 20 aces, while Aspen Smith had five. Smith also had four kills to lead Imbler’s offensive attack. Deal added seven assists, and four players — Allison Stirewalt, Erin Coston, Anika McDonald and Smith — had seven digs.

The Panthers (1-3 overall) host Stanfield Friday.

Prep boys soccer

La Grande routs Riverside

The La Grande Tigers scored two goals less than 10 minutes into their contest against Riverside, and cruised from there on the way to a 4-0 victory over the Pirates Tuesday in Boardman.

“The boys just played really well,” head coach Sid Rangel said. “They scored two right off the bat and took control. They dictated the play, they gave it their best, they connected their passes and they made it work.”

Callum Ebel kicked it off with a goal in the fifth minute for the Tigers, and James Thurman followed in the seventh to put La Grande up 2-0 at the half.

Logan Sandoval and Adam Remily scored in the second half for the final margin, finding the back of the net in the 50th and 78th minutes, respectively. Jacob Huntsman had his second shutout in goal, registering three saves.

“We expect great things from here on out,” Rangel added. “(We have) a couple things we’ve gotta work on.”

The Tigers (2-1-0 overall) host Fruitland, Idaho, Tuesday.