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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. 


Eddy named ODFW regional manager of Eastern Oregon Region

In an effort to reduce costs, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is consolidating its regions from four to two, effective this week. The change puts Bruce Eddy of La Grande in charge of all ODFW offices east of the Cascades.

“We have a phenomenal staff around the state, but we are looking at reducing some administrative costs,” said Roger Fuhrman, director of the agency’s information and education.


BRUSH BEAT: ODFW issues clam permits

BRUSH BEAT: ODFW issues clam permits

SALEM — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will award four coast-wide bay clam dive permits April 11, 2014 at ODFW headquarters in Salem.

“The commercial bay clam dive fishery in Oregon is limited to 15 permits –10 coast-wide permits and five south-coast permits,” said DeAnna Erickson, license service manager for ODFW. “If the number of permits falls below 15 we hold a lottery to bring the number back up to 15. Currently there are four coast-wide permits available.” 


Klondike derby delivers

Scouts from troop 586 build a fire at the Klondike Derby. (EMILY QUEBBEMAN photo)

The annual Klondike Derby was a success with a medieval flair 

Water balloons and winter usually don’t mix, but for nine local scouting troops it was all part of the fun. Throw in sleds, jousting and catapults and the scouts’ winter wonderland kept getting better and better. 

The Klondike Derby is an annual scouting event that occurs late in the month of February.  

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