HEPPNER -- Tiny Oregon Class 1A Helix brought seven girls, one-seventh of the school's student body, into Heppner to take on a slate of larger classification schools in the season-opening Heppner tournament and came out with a respectable showing.
Pool play saw the Grizzlies lose 17-25, 24-26 to Class 3A opponent Corbett, splitting with host Heppner 20-25, 25-18, and finally breaking through against the Pendleton junior varsity 25-7, 25-18.
Helix's 1-1-1 record out of pool play left the Grizzlies seeded third heading into bracket play.
Helix defeated Class 1A neighbor Joseph 25-19, 25-12 in their elimination opener, then faced another Class 3A opponent, Grant Union of John Day.
The Grizzlies hung tough before losing 28-30, 25-19, 9-15.
Chyanne Hack registered 36 kills and 12 blocks for the tournament.
Britney Smith tallied 18 kills, Meghan Schroeder 14, and Addie Terjeson added 12.
Kylee Rogers paced the Grizzlies with 55 assists and 9 aces.
Terjeson was a perfect 58-for-58 from the line.
As a team, Helix served 95 percent.