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Bittle, Gesner mow down Mountaineers

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SIZZLING CISLER: EOU pitcher Teri Cisler held No. 20 Oregon Institute of Technology to two runs Friday. It wasn’t enough as the Mountaineers lost 2-1. The Observer/PAUL HARDER
A yell from the bleachers told the story — almost.

EOU dropped a doubleheader against Oregon Institute of Technology 8-0, 2-1 Friday.

“It would have been nice to take one of these games,” Mountaineers head coach Missy Wheeler said. “Tomorrow has a bigger affect on our season, and we need to build on the momentum from our second game.”


Frozen lake puts fishing derby on ice

Read more...Old Man Winter’s extended stay in Northeast Oregon is putting a popular Union County tradition in peril this spring.

The Morgan Lake Fishing Derby, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed because of ice — enough ice to fill thousands of freezers.

About 95 percent of the lake is still covered with ice. Snow also surrounds the lake, making it difficult to reach its shore.


Fischer finds success in Union, Phillips sets school mark

 
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FAST FISCHER: Outlaws Matt Fischer won the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in Union Thursday. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
UNION —
Suddenly, huffing and puffing noises reached his eardrums. Track shoes
thumping on asphalt did, too.
Matt Fischer was rounding the corner, approaching the straight-away, approaching that rigorous point where adrenaline, guts and grit were needed — needed for victory.
This Enterprise junior was ahead of the pack but in danger of being caught, and here he was, digging deep inside, using that 6-foot-4 powerful frame to his advantage.


Huskies prevail in Union

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HURDLING HUSKY: Elgin’s Jess McClune turned in three first-place performances Thursday. McClune won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 100-meter low hurdles. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
UNION— Sore legs. Heavy legs. Chilly weather.

Not exactly great conditions for Elgin girls, yet they fought through all of it, winning their varsity track meet Thursday at Union High.

Three first-place finishes for Jess McClune. Two first-place finishes for Megan Jarrell. And a pack of Huskies who helped their team leave with a dominating 54-point victory margin.

 


Nice earns trip on USA junior team

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NICE DEAL: Zach Nice will make a trip to Arizona to play on the Northwest USA junior team. The tournament will run June 21- 28. - Observer file photo
Some things don’t require rocket science ingenuity.

Zach Nice is a gifted athlete — and baseball is his specialty.

The La Grande High School sophomore started turning the head of his current coach, Mark Lanman, before the two joined forces a season ago.


Double Trouble: Elgin sweeps Imbler

ELGIN— Behind a slew of doubles, Elgin swept Imbler in varsity baseball Tuesday, 14-0, 21-6.

Travis Ludwig earned the Game 1 victory, striking out 10 batters while holding Imbler to just one hit.

At the plate, Tanner Hallgarth (2-run homer, double, 4 RBIs), Dalton Moore (2-run homer) and G.D. Clark (two doubles, 3 RBIs) led Elgin. Also, Clint Predmore and Dillon Moore whacked doubles, too.


Tigers golf finds silver lining

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OH HENRY: Mitchell Henry chips toward the green Tuesday at La Grande Country Club. He shot 100 for 18 holes. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ISLAND CITY — It wasn’t hail falling from the sky at the La Grande Country Club Tuesday. Those were balls coming in every direction after a thunderous smack against a tree branch.

Few golfers found relief on the nine-hole track. It was a combination of high winds and soaring numbers — not a great duo in golf.

Still, the La Grande boys golf team found the silver lining on an overcast day.


Despite solid efforts, Tigers tennis falls to Pendleton

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NATE THE GREAT: Nathaniel Oveson swats a backhander Tuesday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Take that, Mother Nature.

She tried to spoil the fun, again, bringing in chilly weather and cloudy skies, but La Grande and Pendleton battled it out on the tennis courts Tuesday, ending just before rain fell onto the surface. 

Parents bundled up in winter coats, hats and blankets, watching varsity players swat neon tennis balls back and forth, back and forth.


Lyman, Gerst excel on tennis court

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ON CLOUD 9: Kara Gerst readies to serve Tuesday. - Observer photos/BRUCE MASON
They were dynamite together on volleyball courts — one setting, one spiking. One girl gracefully arching passes cross-court, one slamming those passes in blazing, tailspinning fashion.

Kara Gerst. Josi Lyman.

In rhythm on the court. In rhythm off it. And they’re looking to add yet another accomplishment to their high school careers.

It’s called perfection. On tennis courts — from cement to clay to grass to whatever surface they decided to stroll on together


Tiger Trouncing: La Grande sweeps

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SHINY CAR: Tigers senior Richie Carmichael blasted a home run in Game 2. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN — It took a sharp eye for La Grande to play baseball Monday.

After waking up to a snow covered valley, the Tigers twin bill against Nyssa appeared to be in jeopardy.

Assistant coach Todd Nice proposed the idea of playing in Elgin.

“We really wanted to get these games in,” Tigers head coach Mark Lanman said. “There’s some young guys we wanted to get in game situations. We owe the Elgin School District for letting us use its field.” 


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