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Mikaela’s fantastic finish

SPEEDER: Adrian’s runner had more than a 20-yard lead on Imbler’s Mikaela Martin when the anchor leg of the 4x400-meter relay started Saturday. It wasn’t enough to keep Martin from winning the race. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer

Imbler anchor runs down Crane leader in stunner

Mountaineers grab All-American status

EOU Athletics TOPS IN NATION: Eastern Oregon University runners Alma Garcilazo (left) and Sarah Hanchett (right) were among a handful of Mountaineers to return from the NAIA indoor national championship track meet in Ohio with the classification “All-American” after their performances in the three-day competition.

VIEWPOINT:EOU coach Ben Welch notes team performance at nationals

Competing in pretty decent but muddy conditions (Saturday) at Fort Vancouver Park in Vancouver Wash., the Mounties of EOU had a very strong showing.

And aloha means goodbye... but not for good

I must open my final column with a thankyou to all the players and coaches I’ve met in my four-plus years at The Observer.

All the tremendous athletes allowed me to watch seven state titles in person, with Union and Wallowa counties bringing home many more during those years.

A community comes together

The phrase “the show must go on” took on a whole new meaning Saturday night at the Cove basketball tournament.

The Union girls basketball team was playing Cove in the third of four games that were to take place on the day.

The game started right on time as scheduled, with Union grabbing an early 10-2 lead. Then with 2:39 left in the first quarter, one of the referees noticed some water on the floor. The referee looked up at the ceiling and noticed that the roof in the Cove gymnasium was leaking.

Panthers turn on the heat

Congratulations to the Imbler Panthers volleyball team on its latest state title.

The senior-laden team made some steam in Forest Grove by turning the temperature up one degree.

This year the Panthers are sporting black team shirts with 212 printed on the front.

Hard Facts: EOU falls short on time

TOE TAPPING: EOU’s Kirk Miller reels in a touchdown pass against Carroll Saturday. The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Hopefully the Mountaineers trek to Helena, Mont., isn’t all lost.

Sure the Eastern Oregon University football team didn’t come home with a win, falling 37-17. But that shouldn’t be the focal point.

A lot of teams have traveled to face Carroll College and left with a loss.

Taking a cue from the Iron Horse

So I’ll try not to make this the Lou Gehrig luckiest man on earth speech, but for the past year I have been truly blessed.

While working here at The Observer I have seen some amazing athletic feats and some of the most beautiful country this state has to offer.

Last week I was offered the sports information director position at Eastern Oregon University, my alma mater. It was an opportunity I could not pass up.

Portland bound La Grande All-Stars rally past Pendleton in championship game

CHOMPING AT THE BIT: Isaac Chamberlain prepares to hit an offering from a Pendleton pitcher Wednesday. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Portland, here they come.

The La Grande 9- 10-year-old Little League baseball All-Star team is headed to the Parkrose Little League baseball complex after defeating Pendleton Wednesday in the District 3 Championships, 13-8.

“It feels pretty sweet right now,” La Grande manager Kraig Jacobs said. “I’ve said it before but tournament experience is everything. We were in this position a lot last year and the kids showed a lot of heart and perseverance today.”

The budget isn’t the only thing being cut

I have been holding back for a while now, but it’s time I say something.

Budget cuts are engulfing the area faster than anyone could have predicted and it’s becoming a little scary.


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