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La Grande's own joins the sports team

After my parents had two failed attempts to have a boy and with a third baby on the way, I always felt like my dad made the decision that regardless of gender, his third child was going to love sports as much as he did. And when I popped out as baby girl No. 3, he stuck to his word.

Legore's challenge

The route leading to Legore Lake, while strenuous, offers spectacular views of the Eagle Cap Wilderness at all points along the trail. (Josh Benham, The Observer)
The old proverb states “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” That accurately described a recent journey I tried to make to Legore Lake.

Opinion: La Grande football program is in need of consistency

Believe it or not, the high school football season is right around the corner. It’s only six short weeks until the calendar turns to August, and you know what August means — teams assemble. Two-a-days start. The end of the month brings jamborees, and September brings the start of the regular season.

OSAA should return to old ways

The winding down of each sports season brings time of reflection. The wondering about the season that has just ended. The “what ifs” that plague players, coaches and fans alike. Learning from the mistakes to better prepare for the future.

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. 

HARDER: Special District 6 evaporates before the softball season starts

All good things must come to an end, so they say.

While most of Oregon was watching the classification changes next year very closely, it was easy to miss changes that would affect this season. 

Time to hand out postseason awards

Every year the all-league teams come out. Sometimes I’m left scratching my head. Maybe it’s the world of fantasy sports we live in. Everyone, if they so choose, can build their own team. It’s like being an arm-chair quarterback with a little general manager flare thrown in. 

THE HARD FACTS: All we need Hackman on the bench

It’s not quite that feeling of Hickory versus the state of Indiana, but the Class 1A boys state basketball tournament in Baker City could certainly draw some comparisons to that mind set.

Learning the lingo

One month in and my mastery of the sports language is starting to come together. At least, that’s what I’d like to say.

Sports season paradise in Baker

The best two weeks in the sports season are nearly over. Call it the high school version of March Madness. There are state basketball tournaments all over Oregon, but no one does it like Baker City.

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