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Joseph Jubilation: Eagles win OT classic

MAKIN A RUN: Joseph senior Corby Makin and his teammates will face Imbler tonight at 6:30 for the Old Oregon District 7-1A championship. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
BAKER CITY — Hey, ESPN, we’ve got something for you: an instant classic, right here from Eastern Oregon.

Countless lead changes. Heart-stopping moments. Nerve-wracking momentum swings. A roller coaster of emotions.

Yep, this lifetime memory for everyone in attendance is right up your alley.

Leaping Leopards! Cove slips by Spartans

SLIPPERY AS SOAP: Cove’s Savannah Schafer loses the handle on a pass during a 51-44 win against Pine Eagle Thursday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
BAKER — Call it a tug of war.

Leopards tugged. Spartans tugged back. Then the Leopards tugged again, and finally, that twine slipped through the Spartans’ sweaty palms, and there was Cove, standing on top.

That was the case Thursday night at Baker High, as the No. 3 Cove girls basketball team defeated No. 6 Pine Eagle, 51-44.

Badgers rally past Wallowa

MILLER TIME: Badgers sophomore Karri Miller paced her team during a win against Wallowa Thursday. Miller scored 16 points, including seven in the first half. Powder Valley will play Class 1A No. 1 Joseph at 2:15 p.m. today. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
It took 31 minutes and 57 seconds, but it finally came — a smile.

Powder Valley sported ear-to-ear grins after rallying past Wallowa 36-33 in the opening round of the district tournament Friday.

The win ensures that the Badgers will have a chance to play for the third spot in the Old Oregon League, which advances to the state tournament.

Junior Kari Miller put on the wide grin first.

Girls set for league showdown

HUNTING EAGLES: All eyes will be on Megan Yost and the Eagles Friday. Joseph will begin its quest back to the Class 1A state title game against the winner between Cove and Pine Eagle at 8:15 p.m. in Baker. - Observer file photo

Success breeds confidence.

Wallowa is still trying to deal with the former, while gathering the latter.

The Cougars finished the 2006-2007 season 0-10 in the Old Oregon League.

Enterprise advances into next round

STEWING ‘EM: The Outlaws’ Kyle Stewart goes to the rim Tuesday as Weston-McEwen players are left in his hardwood dust. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN — Never say coaches don’t work as hard as the players.

Outlaws head coach Steve Lear moved more than his team did in the first half of a 59-52 win against Weston-McEwen.

By winning the game, Enterprise grabbed the fifth seed in the Blue Mountain Conference Tournament

It’s here: OOL Playoff time

THE BRAIN: The Leopards’ Justin Brainerd is a key to defeating Joseph at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
From the time those Wilson basketballs were wheeled onto the hardwood on the first day of practice, this time of the year was on everyone’s mind.

Playoff time.

OSAA districts.

This is when the tension builds. Coaches sweat.  Bench players bite nails. Parents’ hearts roll into their throats.

Camping Trip: EOU hires coach

Tim Camp - EOU athletics
Eastern Oregon University has a new head football coach.

Tim Camp, who has been an assistant coach at EOU for two years, today was named head coach.

A press conference announcing the selection was held this morning.

“I am very happy that Coach Camp will be leading our team,” said Rob Cashell, director of athletics at EOU. “At the end of the day, it boiled down to which candidate I felt the majority of players had expressed their desire to be coached by.

Tigers take four titles in Ontario

STATE BOUND: La Grande’s John Tuck (above) will be joined by 11 teammates at the state wrestling tournament Thursday in Portland. Observer file photo
ONTARIO — With four district titles in tow, La Grande will send 12 wrestlers to the state tournament in Portland this weekend.

Tigers head coach Klel Carson said it turned out to be a great tournament.

“The kids came out and did a great job this weekend,” Carson said. “We wrestled very well from top to bottom.”

EOU women continue winning ways, pound visiting Warriors

MOUNTIE MAGIC: Elise Hawes’ Mounties are 21-3 (14-2 CCC.) The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Anji Weissenfluh lectured her Lady Mounties after a poor second half Friday night. They won the game, but their effort was lackluster.

Apparently that message was heard like a blaring speaker inside a tiny car.

The Mounties opened up strong — again — in the first half, shooting 51.7 percent, en route to a 72-54 victory against visiting Corban College.

Lady Eagles conclude perfect season

JOSEPH JOURNEY: The Eagles’ Megan Yost (left) eyes the basket as Demetria Thompson (center) and Liz Eckstein defend the paint. Joseph concluded the regular season 23-0 (10-0 Old Oregon League.) The Observer/BRUCE MASON
IMBLER — Where was the confetti? Streamers? Red Auerbach-like cigar?

There has to be a celebration, right?

Twenty-three wins and zero losses. A perfect regular

season. An Old Oregon League Title.

No celebration?

No celebration.

Welcome to the world of Joseph varsity girls basketball.

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