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Growl-less: Tigers' season ends

SEASON OVER: Senior Megan Bedard scored nine points Tuesday. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Experience trumped hard-nose effort by La Grande in the opening round game of the state playoffs.

Stayton held off the Tigers’ charge to win 29-27 Tuesday.

The Eagles won the Class 4A state championship in 2007, and returned four role players in 2008.

Mountie men dethroned

It was like attending a  surprise party — after someone narked to the birthday girl and spoiled everyone’s fun.

No life. No emotion. No atmosphere.

Just a perfectly good time ruined. 

A towel-waving crowd exited disappointed Saturday, as No. 1-seed EOU allowed No. 4 seed-Warner Pacific to escape with an 85-79 Cascade Conference Tournament semifinal victory, spoiling the Quinn Coliseum party. 

Joseph finds redemption in Baker

PATTON CHARGE: Joseph senior Colby Patton takes the ball up the court during Saturday’s 60-52 win in the Class 1A state championship game against St. Paul. After scoring eight points in two days at the state championship, Patton scored a team-high 12 points in the title game. Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
BAKER — Joseph stomped the last piece to a perfect puzzle in place.

No one could stop the Eagles.

Twenty-five teams tried during the regular season. Four more fell short in the playoffs.

In the end, Joseph walked away Class 1A state champions.

A 60-52 win against St. Paul made it official Saturday — a 29-0 season.

Back again

Read more...BAKER — Joseph stood toe to toe against Lowell in the semifinals at the Class 1A State Championships.

The Eagles walked away with a few nicks and bruises, but on top in the most important area — the scoreboard.

A 60-52 win puts Joseph, 28-0 overall, back into the state championship game for the second year in a row.

Action heats up at birdwatching paradise

It is certain that more sandhill cranes will be appearing at Ladd Marsh. Presently about two pairs are there, but within the next few weeks many more will arrive. Ladd Marsh often has 50 to 100 sandhill cranes in the spring, many of which can easily be seen at the Tule Lake Nature Area. - Photo/JIM WARD
Pronghorn antelope have not raced across the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area for at least a month.

Still, the hearts of excited wildlife viewers are zooming to rates of at least 120 beats a minute following the annual opening of Ladd Marsh’s Tule Lake Nature Area.

La Grande coach sticks to promise

CHAIR TIME: La Grande AAU players takes turns shaving their coach’s head following a first-place finish. - Submitted photo
The fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade AAU boys teams from La Grande swept the top spot on the medal stand at the Grande Ronde Shoot-out Basketball Tournament on Sunday against teams from Pendleton, Baker City, Echo, Elgin. 

All three teams walked away with first-place finishes.

However, not all teams received a promise to drive them to finish first.

La Grande swimmers want more after tasting state success

TIGER POWER: La Grande’s Chrissie Younggren placed fourth in the 200-yard individual medley at the state championship. - Submitted photos
Many sports have handicaps to even the playing field.

The La Grande swim team on the other hand has dealt with a self-imposed handicap — not swimming year round.

One would think that would cause setbacks to success. But those people would be wrong.

Deja vu: Mountaineers bounce Beacons

No it’s not a mistake, the Mountaineers defeated Northwest Christian College again.

The two teams met with a simlar outcome from Saturday’s game.

EOU scored 81 points again. Northwest Christian with 58 points.

Eagles escape early deficit

STANDING TALL: Joseph’s Nicke Parks reels in a rebound during a 62-50 win against Nixyaawii in the state quarterfinals Wednesday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
BAKER CITY — Wednesday’s opening game of the Class 1A girls basketball state playoffs resembled a hockey game more than a game played on parquet.

The Eagles hung on to defeat Nixyaawii 62-50.

Bodies hit the floor at an alarming rate — and for the most part officials stuck with the no blood, no foul mentality.

Tigers boys roll, girls tumble versus Baker

WAITING GAME: The Tigers’ Luke Kevan scored 17 points Tuesday night. No. 1-ranked La Grande earned a first-round bye and will open the OSAA playoffs March 8. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Four seniors walked onto the court for their final regular season game as Tigers.

Following the flowers, balloons and pictures the La Grande leaders completed their mission — knocking off Baker 72-57.

Cody McKague battled through injuries and illness to get back for the regular season finale.

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