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Leading the pack

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Union’s McKenzie Evans was named one of the athletes to watch during the track and field season.
 

Union runner earns state wide honor that helps put her on the map

Most young kids don’t grasp the idea of investing. It doesn’t compute in the information now age. Money and time are something spent immediately — not left to grow and mature with time. 

Union’s McKenzie Evans is the exception to the norm. The high school runner has invested countless hours into something many people see as torture — running for fun. But, it’s paid off.  

 

THE HARD FACTS: Coaches made a great choice

Floored. That is the best way to describe the feeling of opening the Class 2A girls basketball all-state team email. Honestly, I thought the coaches would get it wrong. But, in the end I think the voting for the Player of the Year went down the way it should have. 
 

Galloping into spring

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Kim Hilton leads her horse, Marvin, over poles during a March 29 class on using trail obstacles to build horse and rider confidence taught by Elaine Case and Tracie Wick at Case Farms in La Grande. (KELLY BLACK photo)
 

Sierra arrived on Thanksgiving eve from a ranch in Keating. 

A retired reining horse, Sierra had been doing ranch work. She came to me loaded with experience, wisdom and ticks. 

 

State recognition

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Tyson Wicklander
 
Troy Williams
Troy Williams
 

La Grande lands two players on the Class 4A all-state basketball team

The La Grande boys basketball team can finally sit back and think about the season that was.

A 16-game winning streak, advancing to Corvallis for the first time since 2010 and bringing home hardware — a fifth-place trophy. 

 

Tigers saddled with losses

MILTON-FREEWATER — The La Grande softball team came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel against Taft in the final game of the Mac-Hi Tournament on Saturday. 

Taft got on the board with two runs in the top of the first, and those runs held up during a 2-0 win over the Tigers. 

 

Lady Cats’ hot start continues Saturday

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Union/Cove’s Keesha Sarman tries to complete a double play during an 11-3 win against Elgin/Imbler Saturday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

UNION — The quick start to the season continued for Union/Cove during a doubleheader Saturday, picking up a pair of non-league wins.

The LadyCats improved to 8-0 on the season, capping the day with an 11-3 win against Elgin/Imbler. 

 

Finding the Wright fit

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Union/Cove’s Jaiden Wright delivers a pitch against Elgin/Imbler Saturday. Wright picked up a win in seven innings of work. The sophomore has helped fill a need in the circle for the LadyCats after the graduation of the Class 2A/1A state player of the year, Dani Sturm, off last year’s state title team. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Union/Cove softball team searching to fill hole in the circle

Everyone knows that defense wins championships. But in the game of softball, sometimes the defense doesn’t need to work as hard with a dominant pitcher in the circle. 

 

Hitting the field

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La Grande’s Caleb Woodworth is ready to take aim at the top marks in the state. Woodworth currently owns to top throw of the season in Class 4A.
 

Tigers are loaded with talent and ready for the track and field season

La Grande head coach Julie Bodfish is stuck with a problem. However, it’s a problem that most coaches would love to have — too much talent. 

The Tigers track and field team is loaded and ready to take aim at boys and girls Greater Oregon League titles once again, and a little more.

 

BRUSH BEAT: Wildlife talks set for April

SALEM— The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will co-host the 2014 Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference on April 5, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at LaSells Stewart Conference Center, Oregon State University, Corvallis.

 

New Cycle Oregon ride may take root

The new Cycle Oregon CO3 ride set to debut in Northeast Oregon in late June could briefly take root in this region.

The CO3 ride may be conducted in Northeast Oregon each summer through 2016, according to Cycle Oregon Executive Director Alison Graves.

 
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