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Mounties make right choice in hiring Barrett

Last week, Eastern Oregon University announced the hiring of Jared Barrett as the new men’s basketball coach.

Coaches need to understand their real job

The recent situation involving the Rutgers men’s basketball coaches has brought up some serious issues about the fundamental role of a coach in a young player’s life.

Lady Tigers representing Eastern Ore.

When the La Grande girls basketball team tips off against Banks tonight in the quarterfinals of the 4A state tournament at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, the Lady Tigers will be representing more than just the Grande Ronde Valley.

Future of wrestling in doubt

With the high school wrestling season coming to a close this past weekend, it’s gotten me thinking about the future of the sport.

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.

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