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Learning the right way to go fly fishing

Les Henderson, right, watches closely as expert fly fisherman Duane Thompson demonstrates some proper form for effective casting during a Grande Ronde Fly Fishers activity at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

With summer fast approaching, the Grande Ronde Fly Fishers comprise a club of men seeking to expand local interest in fly fishing.

On May 21, former national fly fishing champion and La Grande resident Duane Thompson held a tutorial at Pioneer Park on how to correctly cast, while also correcting common fly fishing mistakes.  

Tigers begin playoffs

Tyson Wicklander makes a leaping grab for the Tigers during a regular season game at Pioneer Park. Wicklander was named a first-team all-Greater Oregon League selection along with Tanner Stremcha and Jared Rogers. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Tigers travel to take on Scappoose Indians

Following an impressive 6-1 victory over Tillamook at Pioneer Park Thursday, the La Grande baseball squad qualified for the state playoffs after losing in the play-in game three consecutive years.

“It does feel like we got a monkey off our back with the win,” La Grande head coach Parker McKinley said.  

Outlaws enter postseason on hot streak

Once his team takes the field, Outlaws head coach Travis Huffman hopes everyone’s butterflies collectively fly away.

Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa, the No. 7 seed in the 3A playoffs, hosts No. 10 Santiam Christian at Enterprise today at 1:30 p.m. in a first-round matchup.

EOU outperforms expectations at national meet


The Eastern Oregon men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams both enjoyed what head coach Ben Welch called a very successful collective showing at the NAIA national championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., Thursda through Saturday.

The men’s team resoundingly exceeded expectations, finishing eighth overall after entering the meet 26th, while the women finished 26th as a team. 


White finishes career on a high

Senior saves her best for last in her final state meet for the Tigers

Track and field may not be her favorite sport, but you wouldn’t know it based on how Haley White performed at the OSAA 4A track and field state championships in Eugene.

In the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, the La Grande senior reeled off the two best times of her career, placing third in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300, spurring the Tigers to a 10th-place finish Saturday at Hayward Field. 

Tigers finish out strong

Shay Henderson, center, of La Grande races during a 100-meter preliminary Friday at the OSAA state track and field championships. The senior ended up taking ninth in the race, and was a part of the Tiger team that took seventh in the 4-by-100 meter relay. (JOSH BENHAM/The Observer)

A decisive final push helped the La Grande girls earn a top-10 finish Saturday at the OSAA 4A state track and field championships.

In the final race of the weekend, the 4-by-400 meter relay team ran a team-best time of 4 minutes, 6.68 seconds to claim fourth place. As a result, the Tigers finished with 26 team points to finish 10th Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

COLLEGE TRACK: Roelle wins national championship in 800

Eastern Oregon University middle distance runner Hans Roelle capped off his impressive season with a NAIA national championship in the men’s 800 meters in Gulf Shores, Ala., Saturday.

STATE TRACK: Local teams fall short of titles

It was a day of runner-up finishes for local teams at the OSAA state track and field championships in Eugene.

Tigers swing and miss

Following a commanding sweep over Baker/Powder Valley to close the regular season, La Grande had plenty of reason to be confident coming off a season-high three-game winning streak.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, confidence quickly turned into exasperation, as they showed no signs of being able to recover from giving up four runs in the first inning. As a result, Stayton won Thursday’s state play-in game at Pioneer Park by an 8-1 margin.

Tigers feast on cheese

La Grande cruises past Tillamook in state play-in game off Tyson Wicklander’s surprise pitching heroics

After only pitching 11 innings all season, Tyson Wicklander was shocked when head coach Parker McKinley told him he would start La Grande’s play-in game against Tillamook.

“I showed up a little bit early to the game today, and Parker said you’re on the bump today,” Wicklander said. “I thought he was joking then he said, ‘No I’m serious, you’re on the mound.’” 

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