The Helix boys broke their 10-game skid after turning Cove away 37-32 on Saturday afternoon.
The victory marked their season’s first in the Old Oregon League.
“It was a good team win,” said coach Zach Orem. “It was pretty physical on both sides. Both teams went hard the entire game.”
Helix stayed out front from the very beginning and never looked back. They shot 53 percent at the line.
Senior Gavin Newston led the Grizzlies with 12 points, and senior Sam Carlson followed with 10.
Helix (5-15, 1-9 OOL) hosts Pine Eagle on Friday.
IONE 55, ECHO 49 — Hunter Padberg posted 29 points to lead Ione against their Echo visitors on Saturday.
Devan Craig scored 17 points for the Cougars, and Charlie White added 13.
The Cardinals (3-19, 2-13 BSL) travel to South Wasco County on Saturday for one more Big Sky League game before districts. Echo (2-21, 1-13 BSL) will visit South Wasco County on Friday.
GRANT UNION 54, WESTON-MCEWEN 48 — Theo White scored 14 points, but it wouldn’t be enough to get the best of Grant Union on Saturday.
Stockton Hoffman added 10 points of his own, and Aiden Wolf had nine.
Weston-McEwen (4-17, 2-8 BMC) travels to Union on Tuesday for more Blue Mountain Conference action.
LA GRANDE 61, MAC-HI 56 — The Pioneers fell just short on their road game at La Grande on Saturday.
Hector Castillo had a team-high 22 points to lead the way for Mac-Hi (13-8, 2-3 GOL). They’ll travel to Ontario on Saturday for one last Greater Oregon League game.
STANFIELD 55, ENTERPRISE 42 — Hugo Hernandez poured in 18 points to drive Stanfield to a Blue Mountain Conference road win. Elias Esquivel and Cody Griffin each chipped in 11 points, and Rene Sanchez added 11.
The Tigers (10-12, 6-4 EOL) travel to Weston-McEwen territory on Friday.
VALE 58, UMATILLA 56 — A pair of free throws from Vale down the stretch cost the visiting Umatilla Vikings an Eastern Oregon League game on Saturday evening.
Andrew Earl led with 13 points, Jakeb Cook had 12, and Uriel Garcia 11.
Umatilla (17-5, 5-3 EOL) travels to Riverside on Thursday.
HEPPNER 78, UNION 57 — With Saturday’s road victory, the Heppner Mustangs (16-7, 10-1) remain on top of the Blue Mountain Conference standings.
They’ll finish the regular season on Tuesday with a home contest against Pilot Rock.
BURNS 60, RIVERSIDE 45 — The Riverside Pirates are now on a four-game skid after Saturday’s defeat at Burns.
Riverside (9-13, 3-5 EOL) hosts Umatilla on Thursday for an Eastern Oregon League contest.
NYSSA 40, IRRIGON 34 — Nyssa made a 13-4 run in the third quarter of Saturday’s Eastern Oregon League game to keep things out of Irrigon’s reach for good.
Ana Zacarias led the Knights with 14 points, four rebounds, and four steals. JaLay Burns had 10 points, and Alyssa Luna recorded six points and nine rebounds.
Irrigon (12-10, 3-6 EOL) close out their season on Friday at home against Vale.
COVE 48, HELIX 34 — A rocky first quarter spelled doom early on for Helix, who took home a road loss to Cove on Saturday.
The hosting Leopards outscored Helix 19-5 to start the game, and the Grizzlies couldn’t manage a recovery.
Helix (5-15, 2-8 OOL) got 15 points from Arianna Krol and 10 from Annie Wood. They’ll host Pine Eagle on Friday for another Old Oregon League contest.
LA GRANDE 71, MAC-HI 25 — Mac-Hi’s Greater Oregon League game in La Grande ended with a loss on Saturday.
Jacqueline Hernandez led the Pioneers with nine points, all from outside the arc. Sydney Earls followed with seven.
Mac-Hi (1-20, 0-5 GOL) visits Ontario on Saturday.
GRANT UNION 62, WESTON-MCEWEN 33 — It was a rough day for the TigerScots as they were handed their ninth consecutive Blue Mountain Conference defeat on Saturday.
“We played really solid and guarded their (Grant Union’s) best players well,” said coach Mike Giusti. “Our whole team played with lots of heart.”
Katie Vescio wrapped the night up with 11 points, and freshman Charli King had a career-high eight points and five steals.
Weston-McEwen (5-16, 0-10 BMC) hits the road to Union on Tuesday.
ENTERPRISE 76, STANFIELD 36 — The Blue Mountain Conference’s No. 2 team got the best of Stanfield on Saturday.
“It was a perfect storm,” Tigers coach Daniel Sharp said. “They played good, and we played bad — that’s about how it goes.”
Nyah Tejada and Savannah Sharp each posted 11 points for Stanfield (11-11, 4-6 BMC). They’ll travel to Weston-McEwen on Friday.
IONE 47, ECHO 43 — The Ione girls escaped with a narrow Big Sky League victory at home on Saturday.
Marie Chretien led the Cardinals with 16 points, and Jessica Medina had 14. The Cougars were led by Rachel McCarty and Tylene Skillmen with 10 points each.
“We were pretty evenly matched,” said Ione coach Nathan Heideman. “It was a good game. Both teams played aggressively.”
The No. 1 Cardinals (17-3, 12-1 BSL) travel to South Wasco County on Saturday, who Echo (10-12, 8-4 BSL) will host on Friday.
VALE 48, UMATILLA 26 — Things looked promising for the Vikings early on, but their Vale hosts tore away in the second half to get the win during Saturday’s Eastern Oregon League game.
Umatilla was down by just four at the half and held a two-point lead in the third quarter before the game slipped away from them.
Taylor Durfey posted 12 points to lead Umatilla (2-20, 0-8 EOL). They’ll visit Riverside on Thursday.
UNION 66, HEPPNER 59 — The Mustangs took home a Blue Mountain Conference loss to Union on Saturday.
Heppner (15-8, 7-4) will close out their season on Tuesday when they host Pilot Rock.
BURNS 48, RIVERSIDE 26 — Riverside stumbled on Burns’ court for an Eastern Oregon League loss on Saturday.
The Pirates (11-10, 3-5 EOL) welcome Umatilla on Thursday.