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Staking his claim

Union/Cove wrestler Chad Witty has won the past two 2A/1A Special District 4 tournaments, advancing to the state tournament the past two seasons. The junior is looking to make it three years in a row this season
His brother paved a path to glory before him. Now, Union/Cove’s Chad Witty hopes to join his brother as a state wrestling champion.

Eastern stays perfect at Quinn

Eastern Oregon University’s Jordan Klebaum finishes on a fastbreak during the Mountaineers’ 82-51 Cascade Collegiate Conference victory over College of Idaho Friday. Klebaum scored a team-high 20 points.
A dominating surge helped keep No. 23 Eastern Oregon University’s home mark umblemished.

La Grande storms back for road win

After a slow start, the La Grande girls basketball team responded and pulled away from its rival Baker for a 54-37 win Friday in Baker City.

Leaving his mark

La Grande senior Cole Rohan, top, controls McLoughlin’s Deazon Zerba during a match in the 106-pound division during a dual Thursday at La Grande High. Rohan earned a 17-4 major decision victory in his final home match of his career.
La Grande suffered a tough loss to McLoughlin in its final home dual of the season, but a decorated Tiger senior was able to go out on top.

County pride on the line

Joseph’s Jared Wilcox, left, squares off with Elgin’s Jordan Vermillion, right, during a dual between teams from Union County and Wallowa County Thursday at Union High School. Union County won the dual, 42-25.
Instead of competing for their school, high school wrestlers were wrestling for their counties Thursday night.

Team viewing sparks unselfish play for Tigers

La Grande senior Rachel Alexander attacks the Nyssa defense in transition Tuesday during a nonleague game at home. The Tigers won, 75-32, for their fifth straight victory.
A video tribute of last season’s NBA champions inspired La Grande’s play against Nyssa.

Captain of the ship

Stan Rodrigues was named as the head coach for the men’s soccer team at Eastern Oregon University. The program will begin in the 2015-2016 school year.
Stan Rodrigues can’t wait to start molding the program into his own vision.

Roundball redemption

Eastern Oregon University’s De’Sean Mattox is the second-leading scorer for the Mounties, with 19.3 points per game, and leads the team in assists with nearly four assists per game.
As he began coming into his own as a person, Eastern Oregon University’s De’Sean Mattox had a choice to make.

Allen sparks Badgers in final quarter

Powder Valley’s Bailee Allen breaks the pressure of the Joseph defense Friday during an Old Oregon League matchup.
Even though she was frustrated at halftime, Powder Valley’s Bailee Allen did just what her coach told her to.

Eyes on the prize

Elgin wrestler Damian Hernandez is 21-3 on the season so far. After reaching the state tournament last season, the senior is focused on getting back to state.
The Elgin wrestling team made warmup T-shirts for their season, with “Band of Brothers” emblazoned across the front.

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