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Fishing restrictions lifted

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday it is relaxing fishing restrictions on 10 northeast Oregon bodies of water. The eased restrictions go in effect immediately.

Scoring in waves

Eastern Oregon University sophomore forward Amanda Durrant leads an offensive attack Saturday against Sierra Nevada College (Nevada). Durrant scored two goals for the Mountaineers in a 13-0 blowout victory.
Justin Wagar felt like his team was going through the motions after building an early lead, so the Eastern Oregon University head coach challenged the players at halftime.

Eastern falls in first-ever match

Eastern Oregon University freshman Steven Beaudry prepares to blast a shot on goal Saturday during a 2-1 loss to Sierra Nevada College (Nevada).
The Eastern Oregon University men’s soccer team had a landmark day with its first match in program history Saturday.  In front of their home crowd, the Mountaineers put on a solid show and displayed what the future holds.

VIDEO: Sports Preview 2015



New look, new crew, new season. We're back with the Sports Report from the La Grande Observer. This year it's presented by Brent Clapp Media Services.

Josh Benham and Ronald Bond are your go-to guys for local sports coverage. Check it out at www.lagrandeobserver.com/sports every Thursday.

Ready for an encore

The Eastern Oregon University volleyball team started practice this week and enters the fall as the preseason favorite in the Cascade Collegiate Conference after posting a 30-6 record in 2014. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
Coming off the finest season in school history, the Eastern Oregon University volleyball team isn’t resting on its laurels.

Pioneer Park courts set to receive a big facelift

La Grande Parks and Recreation Director Stu Spence shows where one of the basketball standards will be located at the new basketball courts at Pioneer Park. (Ronald Bond, The Observer)
A piece of Pioneer Park that has stood in disrepair for several years is primed for an upgrade.

Reaction to the ruling

The Oregon School Activities Association has added a mandate for the state’s high school football programs to enroll in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program. The program will require coaches and schools to complete various trainings, including concussion assessment. Schools are recommended to enroll this fall and will be required to for the 2016 football season. (Observer file photo)
Several local football coaches and athletic directors have shown approval of the new Oregon School Activities Association mandate for schools to enroll in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

Joseph man paraglides over Hells Canyon

Todd Weigand snaps a self-portrait mid-air during his flight July 31. Weigand paraglided from Mt. Howard to the South Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho, crossing Hells Canyon in the process, and he believes he is the first person to cross the landmark in a non-motorized aircraft. (Todd Weigand photo)
Joseph paraglider Todd Weigand waited 10 years for the right weather for the flight he took July 31.

Union County splits a pair

Union County starter Derek Williams pitches in the first inning of the Babe Ruth Baseball 15U Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament Thursday in The Dalles. (Mike Weber, For The Observer)
THE DALLES — The Union County 15U Babe Ruth All-Star baseball team had a successful debut in the 10-team Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament in The Dalles. The Northern Oregon state champion posted an opening-game, come-from-behind 7-2 win over Southern Oregon state champion Klamath Falls Wednesday at Quinton Street Ballpark.

Leaving a lasting legacy

David Bronson, right, began working at Ladd Marsh in 1977, and David Larson joined the wildlife area in 1994. (Tim Mustoe, The Observer)
A lot has changed at Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area during the past two decades, a reality that is just fine in the eyes of David Larson and David Bronson.

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