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Legends set to take the field

Deric Mussatto reaches out for a catch during practice Tuesday. The Legends, La Grande’s Legion team, begin play today.Deric Mussatto reaches out for a catch during practice Tuesday. The Legends, La Grande’s Legion team, begin play today. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
Compete. Develop. Improve

Longtime coach, educator given Game Changer award

After years devoted to helping youth in the classroom and on the field, Doug Hislop is getting some much-deserved recognition.

Against the nation

From left, Logan Nedrow, Michelle Williams and Jacie Jane Shaffer are headed to the National Junior High Finals Rodeo
A trio of area students are representing Oregon against the best every other state has to offer later this month.

One for the books

La Grande wrestler Cole Rohan ended one of the finest careers ever for the Tigers this year, finishing with an in-season record of 169-27 and a state championship in his junior season.
Cole Rohan doesn’t pull any punches.

Track squad eyes regionals

Braden Trice, left, and Jason Franks are two of the Special Olympics Oregon Union County athletes set to compete in the regional meet June 20.
He started as a Special Olympics athlete at 5 years old.

Lamprey make a return

Once a vital part of the Nez Perce Tribe diet, lamprey have been released into the Wallowa and Minam rivers in hopes of bringing back the species. Here, Ian Wilson of Nez Perce Fisheries’ Joseph office releases a lamprey eel into the Minam River. (Neal Espinosa photo)
MINAM — Bringing back fish species once vital to the Nez Perce Tribe’s diet is proving beneficial to the tributaries of the Snake River basin.

Youth vie for glory

Joe Lathrop, left, and Jarom Huntsman approach the finish line during the 100-meter race in the boys 11- and 12-year-old division Wednesday at the Track Town Youth League meet. The top two finishers in each category qualified for a championship meet June 27 at Hayward Field in Eugene. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
Youth track and field athletes from the area earned the right to compete in the same venue their high school, collegiate and professional heroes do.

Four chosen to all-state roster

La Grande’s Eli Wisdom was named a Class 4A third-team all-state outfielder, one of four Tiger seniors chosen to the all-state team. (Observer file photo)
Even though the La Grande baseball team didn’t get as far in the Class 4A state playoffs as it hoped, Oregon took notice that the Tigers were a talent-laden team.

Billingsley named preseason All-American

Eastern Oregon University senior running back Jace Billingsley was named a Sporting News NAIA Preseason All-American. (Observer file photo)
When your name appears in the Sporting News, you know you’re doing something right.

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.

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