Sprague is common foe for all McNary fall sports
October 25, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Alan Torres
Sprague High School is one of only four high schools this year to face all of McNary’s fall sports teams in the regular season. McNary has come out on top in all but volleyball and girls cross country.
Volleyball 1st Match
Volleyball was the first of McNary’s fall sports to face down the Olympians. The team travelled to Sprague High School on September 13. The first game was lost 14-25. In the second game McNary fell behind further and lost 8-25. In the third game McNary recovered a bit and lost 17-25, but this was Sprague’s third win of the match, meaning they walked away with a 3-0 victory.
Cross Country Regular Season
On September 21, the McNary and Sprague’s cross country teams faced off at the Meriwether National Cross Country Classic. On the girls side, both schools ran two varsity athletes, and both of Sprague’s finished ahead of McNary’s.
On the boys side, both schools had enough varsity runners to get official results. Sprague finished shortly ahead of McNary, taking 25th with a score of 682, while McNary placed 29th with a score of 726.
Five days later on September 26th, McNary and Sprague faced off again at the McNary, South & Sprague 3-way meet. On the girls side, McNary chose not to run anyone in varsity, essentially giving Sprague that win.
On the boys side, McNary earned 58 points and came in 2nd, beating Sprague who scored 67 points and came in 3rd.
Football was next, facing Sprague at home on October 5. McNary was off to an early lead, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter, and leaving Sprague scoreless. In the second quarter McNary repeated this feat and went into halftime with a 14-0 lead. In the third quarter this was reversed, shrinking McNary’s lead to 14-7. In the final quarter, both schools scored a touchdown, and McNary walked away with a 21-14 victory.
Volleyball 2nd Match
Four days later, on October 9, McNary’s volleyball team rematched the Olympians. In the first game, McNary lost 14-25, the same score they lost in game 1 of their first match against Sprague. In game 2, Sprague went on a long streak at the end, going from an 18-7 lead to a 25-8 victory, once again maintaining the score from their first match against McNary. In game 3 however, McNary wasn’t able to keep it as close as their previous game 3 and fell 11-25.
Two days later, on October 11, both of McNary’s varsity soccer teams faced off against the Olympians. In the girls game, each team scored one goal in the first half. In the second half, McNary scored another goal, and prevented Sprague from scoring, winning the game 2-1.
The boys soccer team also played a good game. McNary attempted four shots within the first 20 minutes, the first two were blocked by the Sprague goalkeeper and the third one missed the goal, but the fourth shot went in. This was the only goal of the half, and McNary went into halftime with a 1-0 lead. In the second half McNary got another goal with 6:28 left in the game off of a penalty kick. With 13 seconds left, McNary scored one last goal, defeating Sprague 3-0.
Cross Country Districts
McNary and Sprague will face off one last time at the cross country Mountain Valley Conference Championships on Saturday, October 25 at Central Oregon Community College.