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Elgin and Imbler opt for baseball co-op

ELGIN — Elgin and Imbler high schools are almost set to combine forces on the baseball diamond this spring.

The Elgin School Board voted Thursday to have Elgin High School form a baseball co-op with Imbler High School this spring. The Imbler School Board earlier voted in support of co-op. The co-op will become official once it is approved by the Oregon School Activities Association. The OSAA is expected to vote on the co-op very soon, said Elgin School District Superintendent Wayne Herron.


Tigers hold off Central, punch ticket to Gill

Avery Albrecht goes up for a lay-in during the Tigers 43-36 playoff win over Central High School Friday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Screams of excitement echoed out of the La Grande girls basketball team’s locker room. After all, the Tigers are headed back to Gill Coliseum.

La Grande earned a spot in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A playoffs, overcoming a slow start and the loss of the lone senior on the roster to pull away for a 43-36 win over Central Friday at La Grande High School. La Grande advances to face La Salle Prep in the quarterfinal round in an= 8:15 p.m. game on Wednesday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.


EOU takes trophies at NAIA

GENEVA, Ohio  Eastern Oregon University men’s and women’s track and field team made the most of the second day at the NAIA Indoor National Championships. The Mountaineers  claimed one National Championship, as Talitha Fagen won the women’s pole vault and EOU also claimed four All-American honors on the day.

Talitha Fagen claimed the first NAIA Championship by winning the women’s pole vault. Fagen cleared a height of 12 feet, 6-3/4 inches to claim first place. In the process of winning the national title, Fagen broke her school record by 5-1/4  inches.


Union brings home state hardware

PENDLETON — The Union girls basketball team might not have come home with the trophy it wanted to from the Class 2A state tournament, but it still brought home hardware. 

The Bobcats headed to the Pendleton Convention center with their sights set on another trip to the championship game. 


Powder Valley falls in third-place game

BAKER CITY — Crosshill Christian rallied midway through the fourth quarter Saturday to defeat Powder Valley 60-54 in the Class 1A state boys basketball third-place game at Baker High School.

Leading 47-45 with 4:11 left in the game, the Eagles went on an 11-1 run during the next two minutes to pull away.


Perfect season at home

Kurt Boyd (4) goes up for a shot against Yamhill-Carlton. The Tigers will head to Gill Coliseum in Corvallis later this week for their next match against Henley. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande’s boys basketball team goes 10-0 on their home court

The La Grande boys basketball team entered Saturday’s matchup with Yamhill-Carlton undefeated on its home court.

And with that momentum at home, Yamhill-Carlton did not stand a chance, as La Grande pulled away for a 74-55 win in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs. The win clinches a spot in the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state tournament against Henley at 3:15 p.m. Thursday at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis. 


Tigers hold off Central, punch ticket to Gill

Screams of excitement echoed out of the La Grande girls basketball team’s locker room. After all, the Tigers are headed back to Gill Coliseum.


PREP BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Badgers move into semifinals

Powder Valley’s Jason Benites (31) goes up for a block during a 92-66 win against Ione Thursday in Baker City.
BAKER CITY — The run-and-gun offense is exciting to watch. It led the Ione boys basketball team to a 20-6 overall record. But, the Cardinals ran into a team that can run-and-gun a little better. 

Ione and Powder Valley combined to shoot 156 shots during an OSAA Class 1A state tournament opening round game Thursday. The Badgers made more during a 92-66 win,  advancing to the semifinals in Baker City.


PREP BASKETBALL: Union keeps eyes on hardware

Bobcats move into fourth-place game with narrow victory against North Douglas

PENDLETON — The Union girls basketball team resumed its regularly scheduled programming after a loss to open the Class 2A state tournament.



La Grande’s Brandon Cederholm (middle) and his teammates are ready to shake off the rust against Yamhill-Carlton at 6 p.m. Saturday
The Tigers shake off the rust with two weeks in between games  

For the last two years, the La Grande High School boys basketball team made it to the sub-tournament games but got eliminated. This year, La Grande, is set more than ever to push past the competition and try once more for a state title. 

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