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Walker set to defend exceptional title

What does it take to be exceptional? Putting a round ball into a grid five straight times.

Mike Walker took this challenge less than a year ago at Buffalo Peak.

The Exceptional Driver Challenge is part of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.


Yundt silences Pendleton’s bats

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LOCKED IN: Mustangs pitcher Josh Yundt picked up a 5-2 win in Game 1 against Pendleton Thursday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Three outs among the 42 recorded ruined a potential great night for the Legacy Ford American Legion team.

In a rematch from earlier in the week, the Mustangs hosted Pendleton Thursday.

The outcome was the same — a split.

Kole Stein learned the cruel reality of baseball. You can provide the heroics one minute, and be on the opposite side the next.


Christman finds confidence against the best

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CHRISTMAN’S CARNAGE: Northwest Bombers pitcher Boo Christman led her team to a perfect record at the Coeur D’Alene softball tournament. - Observer file photo
The resolve of a person is seen when they’re thrown into the fire — figuratively speaking.

One such moment came last weekend at the Coeur D’Alene softball tournament for La Grande native Boo Christman.

Christman is traveling with the Northwest Bombers softball team.

“It’s an exciting thing,” Christman said. “I didn’t know a lot of the girls on the team so it was a little overwhelming at first.”


Dirtdogs split duel with Baker

BAKER CITY — The ebb and flow of the Mitrack Construction American Legion baseball season continued Wednesday in Baker City.

After routing Baker 11-1 in the first game, the Dirtdogs fell 7-4 in the night cap.

Mitrack (6-7) received five strong innings from Cody Billman in the opening game.


McKague leads Mustangs’ split

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WHEELING AND DEALING: Richie Carmichael offers up a pitch against Hodgens Distributing during a 11-9 loss Tuesday. Carmichael struck out seven while walking six. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Redemption served as a motivator Tuesday.

Last weekend Hodgen Distributing defeated the Mustangs 8-1, but that bitter taste lingered into an evening American Legion doubleheader.

“We wanted to show them that we could play with them,” Legacy Ford head coach Eric Yundt said. “And we wanted to prove it to us.”

Game 1 grinded along to a 12-11 eight-inning win for the visiting team.


Thompson fills up summer slate

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SUMMER STAR: Nick Thompson, of Imbler, will take part in the 19th 8-man All-Star game Saturday. - Observer file photo
Most kids like to relax in the summer. Maybe play pick-up games with friends — but that’s not Nick Thompson’s style.

The Imbler High School graduate is savoring every last second before college life begins.

Thompson answered interview questions while stocking  up on electrolyte replenishing drinks — he’ll need them.


Mustangs earn split in Pendleton

PENDLETON — Like any untested machine, Legacy Ford  is finding it tough to work in sync.

The Mustangs managed a split at the Pendleton tournament Saturday and Sunday.

“We have a lot of kids from a lot of towns,” Legacy Ford head coach Eric Yundt said


Camp changing EOU football’s focus

There’s been a revolving door entering the EOU football office in recent years. Here came one coach, there he went.  Here came another coach, there he went, too.

Wrong players were being recruited. Philosophies were not meshing. The young team with promise rarely became the veteran team with results.

Same ol’ Mountie program?


Solstice Triathlon expecting big turnout

Morgan Lake will be cold. Bike trails will be rocky and muddy. Running 10 kilometers will require every ounce of body fuel toward the finish line.

It will be tough.

It will be challenging.

But don’t whine about it ... At least that’s what the Solstice Triathlon website is saying, as its event takes place June 21 at Morgan Lake.


All-Stars represent Eastern Oregon

They donned their respective high school uniforms — hats, stirrups, caps, and all. Then together they clicked cleats out of the dugout, jogged into foul territory, strolled onto Roy Helser Field and soaked in this honorable experience at Linfield College.

There they were, at the 1A/2A/3A All-Star Series. East versus West. The best versus the best. A special invitation to a special field, awarding season-long efforts from quality baseball.


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