Keep an eye on those Cougars.
The Wallowa volleyball team went into the weekend with just one league victory on the season, but swept three home league matches Friday and Saturday to improve to 4-6 in the Old Oregon League Standings.
The Cougars opened the weekend with a convincing 25-17, 25-21, 25-10 win over Pine Eagle on Friday.
Against Griswold in the first of two Saturday matches, Wallowa took a close first game 26-24 and cruised to a 25-11 win in the second game. They fell 24-26 in the third game — the only one they lost all weekend — before clinching the match, 25-21 in the fourth.
In Saturday’s late match, Wallowa swept Nixyaawii 25-12, 25-10, 25-6.
The Cougars will wrap up the regular season with four matches in three days — against Echo at home at 5 p.m. Thursday, followed by road games at Cove on Friday and at Nixyaawii and Griswold on Saturday.
Travis Haga rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries and tossed a pair of touchdown passes, but the Cougars (1-5, 0-3) came up just short in a 30-28 home loss against league-leading Pine Eagle (4-2, 3-0) on Friday night.
Haga opened the scoring with a 65-yard TD run and later connected on a 26-yard TD pass to Joe Robb, all in the first quarter.
After the Spartans tied the game at 14-14 with a 52-yard fumble return, Austin Brockamp scored on a 31-yard TD run and added a two-point conversion for good measure. The Spartans answered, however, and the teams went into halftime tied 22-22.
Pine Eagle scored on a short run and converted the two-point play to pull ahead in the third. Wallowa narrowed the margin when Hage hit Chandler Burns for a 7-yard TD pass, but the Cougars couldn’t convert the two-point play, and neither team managed to score again.
Brockamp finished with 73 rushing yards on 10 attempts, and Burns added 59 yards on 14 attempts.
Robb led the defense with seven tackles and six assists, while Brockamp finished with four solo tackles, eight assists and one tackle for a loss.
Pine Eagle managed just 165 yards of offense on the night and converted just one of 10 third-down attempts.
Brockamp and Haga each also recovered a fumble for Wallowa.
Wallowa travels to take on Cove (1-5, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Friday.