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Strong sevens sink La Grande

BROWN OUT: LHS third baseman Sidney Brown collects a single in Game 1 against Baker Friday. La Grande fell in both games to its Greater Oregon League rival. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ISLAND CITY — What three things would you take if you were alone on a deserted island?

That’s the question left to be pondered by the La Grande softball team after being swept by Baker Friday.

The Tigers, 1-7 overall, left 15 base runners stranded in scoring position between the two games.

Make no mistake, La Grande can hit the ball.

Snow keeps turkeys low

Lingering winter-like weather and deep snowpack at higher elevations has turkeys concentrated on or near valley floors.
Hunters will find plenty of Rio Grande turkeys in Union and Wallowa counties when Oregon’s hunting season for the elusive birds opens Tuesday.

Hunters will also find lots of snow and if they are not careful — conflict.

Extended winter-like weather has left higher areas covered with snow. Most turkeys are concentrated on valley floors.

Goodan returns to the club where it all started

Sometimes life truly is a giant circle. Traipsing through a  William Diddle-designed golf course built in 1948, a 3-year-old Cody Goodan had no idea where his circle would begin or take him.

Goodan tagged along with his parents and grandparents along the nine-hole 3,273-yard terrain weekend after weekend.

“That’s just what the family did,” Goodan said. “We lived out at the golf course.”

La Grande boys continue youth movement in Ontario

PENDLETON — What if your job was on the line every day?

For members of the La Grande boys golf team that’s the realization.

The Tigers cruised down I-84 to Ontario and two members of the team made their first varsity start Wednesday — Jason Montgomery and Brad Garinger.

Tuck reels in world championship

RUN-AWAY TUCK: La Grande wrestler John Tuck followed up his state championship with a world championship in Reno, Nev., Saturday. - Observer file photo
RENO, Nev. — What have you done for me lately?

It’s a common phrase in the world of sports that most people try to leave out of the high school sports world.

But let’s run with it anyway.

After John Tuck delivered a championship performance at the Oregon High School State Wrestling tournament, the junior returned to Reno for an encore.

Bruce leads Outlaws

BRUUUCE: Heather Bruce tees-off at the par-3 sixth hole Tuesday. Bruce lead Enterprise with a second-place finish, carding an 89. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Despite the Blue Mountains disappearing behind black clouds, the Enterprise girls golf team finally finished its round.

The Outlaws finished fifth at the La Grande Invite Tuesday at La Grande Country Club.

Junior Heather Bruce led the way with an 89.

McKennon Cimmiyoti of Pendleton, the seventh ranked player by the Oregon Junior Golf Association, won the tournament with an 83.

Bobcats maintain perfection

ENTERPRISE — Union rode into Enterprise wielding bats.

The Lady Cats hacked their way to a 14-2 win against Enterprise/Joseph Monday.

“We just came in swinging,” Union head coach Steve Robertson said. “It was everyone in the lineup contributing.”

Ludwig leads Huskies

CAUGHT RED-HANDED: Elgin’s G.D. Clark applies the tag at third base to nab a would-be base stealer. The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN — Despite the train running off the track before the game started, Elgin finished its doubleheader feeling confident.

However, third baseman Wes Burgess didn’t quite feel the same way.

Burgess was scratched from the starting line-up during batting practice.

Despite hot bats, Tigers split

CLASSIC CAR: Tigers starter Richie Carmichael struck out seven batters through five innings in game one Saturday. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
At one point during this doubleheader, Phil Lynott echoed across the Pioneer Park speakers, singing his 1976 Irish hard-rock tune, “The Boys are Back in Town.”

The boys are back in town? 

The bats are back in town.

A dozen La Grande runs in the opener. Nine more in the sequel. Twenty hits on the day.

But through all the at-bats, all the hits and all the scoring, here were the Tigers, walking off the diamond with a split, not a sweep.


Outlaws' Baird beats field and wind

MILTON-FREEWATER —  Wind made The Carnival of Speed at little slower Friday.

The invitational hosted by Mac-Hi featured consistent 20 mph winds.

“It made for a tough day,” Elgin head coach Chad Peck said. “At least we got to get out and compete. We haven’t been able to work outside too much, so it was good for the kids to get out of the gym and onto the track.”

Megan Jarrell tossed a personal best 38 feet, 2 1/2 inches to take first place in the shot put.

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