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Legacy Legends beat Pendleton to win district

The La Grande Legacy Legends sweep Pendleton to advance to the Oregon Amercian Legion State Tournament
 

Union County enters Babe Ruth Tournament feeling confident

Union County outfielder Deric Mussatto knows it won’t be easy, but he is also aware of the opportunity the squad has in front of them.

“We have as good of a chance of winning as everybody else does,” Mussatto said. “But as 14-year-olds, it would be pretty fantastic to win a 15-year-old state tournament.”

 

Mud Dogs dominate

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La Grande’s Jon Gonzalez slides safely into second base during the first inning of the Mud Dogs’ 14-1 victory over the Milton-Freewater Blazers Monday at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

La Grande 16-and-under squad finishes with doubleheader sweep

The first inning of the opening game of La Grande’s doubleheader against Milton-Freewater Monday was literally a walk in the park.

In a half inning that took over 40 minutes to complete, the Mud Dogs scored nine runs, four of which came off walks with an additional two coming off wild pitches. As a result, the Mud Dogs only needed five innings to defeat the Blazers by a 14-1 margin in the first game. La Grande completed the sweep with a 9-3 win in the nightcap. 

 

Mud Dogs enjoy a walk in the park

The La Grande Mud Dogs swept Monday's doubleheader with two blowout victories over Milton-Freewater.

By Eric Avissar 

 

Chinook seasons to close Sunday on Imnaha, Wallowa and Snake rivers

ENTERPRISE — Fewer fish available to anglers and warmer water temperatures have prompted Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife biologists to close the spring Chinook fisheries in the Imnaha, Wallowa and Snake rivers beginning Sunday.

 

La Grande continues quest to become champs

The La Grande 9-10-year-old All-Stars earned a 2-1 victory over Medford at the Little League State Tournament in Bend Sunday.

La Grande took a 2-0 lead in the third inning after Cole Jorgensen hit a two-run RBI. Medford cut the lead to one in the fifth inning, but Sergio Staab threw four strikeouts without giving up a hit in the final two innings to seal the victory.

 

Legacy Legends earn sweep over Hermiston at Pioneer Park

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Kurt Boyd delivers a fastball for the Legacy Legends against Hermiston Friday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Kurt Boyd was confident in his defense heading into Friday’s doubleheader against Hermiston Friday, and justifiably so.

Pitching all seven innings for the La Grande Legacy Legends in the first game of the twinbill, Boyd’s throwing was supported with a pair of double plays and flawless glove work in the field to spark a 7-2 victory at Pioneer Park. 

 

The countdown ends

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Joseph native Lane Bailey takes part in the bull riding competition at last year’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Chief Joseph Days rodeo. Bailey finished fourth in bull riding at a PRCA event in Cheney, Wash. July 12. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)
 

Country’s top cowboys and cowgirls head to Joseph for PRCA rodeo

JOSEPH — Some of the best rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from around the Northwest and the nation will compete this week at the 69th annual Chief Joseph Days Rodeo.

The rodeo will open with the bucking horse stampede down Joseph’s main street as the first official event beginning at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Joseph. 

 

Miramontes is hungry

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La Grande High School freshman to-be Cristian Miramontes receives a pass during training Wednesday at La Grande Middle School. Miramontes could be selected to the highest level of the Olympic Development Program. (CHERISE KAECHELE/The Observer)
 

Future Tiger awaits prestigious invite

When La Grande High School freshman-to-be Cristian Miramontes talks about his goals as a soccer player, he makes no secret of the fact that he aims to play professionally one day. While the 14-year-old has a long way to go, all of his coaches believe the central midfielder has what it takes.

 

Pack of ranchers on lookout for Imnaha wolf

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With his dogs in the lead, Kurt McCormack uses a GPS collar to hunt for an Imnaha wolf. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

JOSEPH — Kurt McCormack travels up the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road on a hot, July morning in his pickup, with a horse trailer in tow. He’s headed to the hills to look for signs of wolves among cattle grazing summer pasture.

Each morning, McCormack and dozens of ranchers in the Imnaha wolf pack territory receive a text message regarding the whereabouts of the only Imnaha wolf with a working GPS collar. On days when he receives a text, McCormack uses the information to try and narrow down where the collared wolf is. If he’s concerned about wolves near cattle, he calls the ranchers and lets them know. 

 
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