Only the top eight make it to the 1A Girls Basketball State Championship and the Joseph Eagles Ladies were one of them! District Champions and seeded as #5 in the state after the regular season they continued to eliminate their opponents reaching the semi-final in Baker City, Oregon.
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou
Amid massive environmental destruction due to a historic flood affecting not only Pendleton but also the home of the Nixyaawii Community School and the Umatilla Indian Reservation, sheer determination, pride and honor pulled a community and tribal members together to continue the journey of the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles’ soaring above the storm to make it to the 1A Boys Basketball State Championship in Baker City, Oregon.
It was a season to remember. The Joseph Charter School experienced a serious fire in their gym on January 16, making the facility out of order for the rest of the season. To the rescue came the Enterprise School District seven miles down the road, who immediately offered their facilities to continue and finish the Eagles’ 1A basketball season.
At the end of the regular season, the Joseph Eagles’ ladies placed 5th in the state after winning the 2A Old Oregon League District Championship.
If you like “Thrillers” at the movies you will love thrillers at High school basketball games! Facing the #13 seated South Wasco County Redsides for their last 2A State Playoff game, the #9 seated Joseph Eagles boys knew that it was a game that was spelled out “all or nothing”.
It was playoff time and both teams knew it! Whoever would lose this game would lose the opportunity to travel to Baker City for the 2020 1A High School Basketball Championship.
In an overwhelming fast action game, the Joseph Eagles boys left behind the Jordan Mustangs 63-39 eliminating them from the 2020 1A High School State Championship playoff games. The Joseph Eagles have advanced to the next round playing the South Wasco County Redsides, Feb. 29, 2020, at Quinn Court in Enterprise, at 4 p.m.
February hasn’t been an easy month for the People around the Nixyaawii Community School and the greater Pendleton area. Devastating floods destroyed homes, caused families to be rescued by helicopters and boats and took away what residents had worked for over decades.