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Four Tigers earn all-state honors

Four La Grande High School baseball players were honored for their contributions over the past season, as Tyson Wicklander, Jared Rogers, Jake Chamberlain and Tanner Stremcha earned OSAA 4A all-state honors.

Wicklander was named a second team all-state infielder after batting a team-high .438 as the leadoff hitter. After playing catcher for every inning last season, Rogers was named as an honorable mention catcher along with first baseman Chamberlain as an infielder and Stremcha as a utility player. 

Special athletes thrive

From left to right: Jason Marks, Mary Lee and Braden Trice practice running the 100-meter dash Saturday at La Grande High School to prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics Oregon Summer Games next month. (ERIC AVISSAR/The Observer)

Local athletes gear up for upcoming state meet

The Union County Special Olympics team is preparing for the Special Olympics Oregon Summer Games next montha at Newberg High School after what head coach Doug Trice called a very successful showing at the regional meet at Milton-Freewater June 7-8.

In both the 100-meter dash and the softball throw, Justin Bowling earned silver medals. Jennie Coppin earned gold medals in both the 100-meter race walk and the softball throw, while Jason Franks took gold in the 100 dash and silver in the standing long jump. In the 100-meter race walk, Fred Jordan earned bronze and also finished fourth in the softball throw. 

Legends finish perfect

The La Grande Legacy Legends had a successful outing in Meridian, Idaho, winning the Smokey Mountain Wood Bat Invitational.

In the championship game, Eli Wisdom threw a complete game for the Legacy Legends, giving up six hits and no walks in a 4-1 win over Vallivue, Idaho.

Wolfpack wins third championship

The La Grande Wolfpack 12-and-under youth baseball team won its third tournament of the season, winning the Boise Summer Classic in Boise, Idaho, Sunday.

After scoring 34 runs in pool play, the Wolfpack defeated Caldwell, Idaho, All-Stars, 6-3, before beating the host Boise Cobras in the championship by an 8-3 margin.

Riding for the money

Riley Freeman of Middleton, Idaho, was the lone bull rider ride to 8 seconds and was the sole winner of the purse over the weekend at the 10th annual Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Rodeo in Enterprise. (KATIE NESBITT/The Observer)

23 saddle bronc and 15 bull riders competed 

ENTERPRISE — Spring showers broke in time for the 10th annual Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Rodeo at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise. Oregon was chosen to host the 11-state Western States Ranch Rodeo Association’s pro tour, attracting 23 bronc riders. 

Former Union star Evans commits to EOU

McKenzie Evans will be sticking around the area for college after a decorated high school track career.

The recent Union graduate inked a letter of intent to compete in both cross country and track and field for Eastern Oregon University, track and field head coach Ben Welch announced Thursday.

Sarman a selfless star

Union point guard Keesha Sarman goes up for a shot against Oakland to open the 2A playoffs last season. The Bobcats won by a 75-45 margin, and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Western Mennonite, 66-40. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Sarman aims to play basketball in college 

After finishing her junior year at Union High School, Keesha Sarman will have one more year to star in volleyball, basketball and softball. While Sarman said she loves all three sports, basketball is her potential ticket to a college scholarship and the sport she loves the most. 

Wicklander tosses a no-hitter in 15-0 victory


Tyson Wicklander throws a fastball for the La Grande High School baseball team during a 5-1 win over Tillamook in the OSAA 4A play-in game. Wicklander graduated from La Grande after playing football, basketball and baseball all four years for the Tigers. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

The La Grande Legacy Legends got off to a terrific start to open the Smokey Mountain Invitational in Caldwell, Idaho Thursday, beating Vallivue, Idaho, 15-0 in five innings.

Tyson Wicklander enjoyed a highly efficient performance pitching for the Legacy Legends, throwing a no-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks in the win.

Free fishing at Morgan Lake

Expect a lot of excited chatter out on Morgan Lake this afternoon.


The La Grande Grande Ronde Child Center is putting on its third annual free fishing event Friday at Morgan Lake. Its a joint project with the Grande Ronde Fly Fishers club to teach kids at the center the basics of fly fishing.

Road construction continues in Wallowa Mountains

Forest Road 66 now free of snow and available for passenger vehicles

BAKER CITY — Construction continues on the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road connecting Wallowa and Baker counties through the Wallowa Mountains.

A 13-mile stretch of the Wallowa Mountain Loop Road, also known as Forest Road 39, is under construction into the fall. The North Pine section under construction begins at the junction of Highway 86 and heads north for 13 miles on Forest Road 39 to the junction of Forest Road 66. This section of the road is closed through June 15. 

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