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Imbler girls dominate state opener

WEST-WARD ADVANCEMENT: Reva West’s Panthers have advanced to play at St. Paul at 6 p.m. Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
IMBLER — It looked like someone installed a turnstile next to the Panthers’ bench Tuesday.

Imbler filtered players in and out of a 56-34 win against Hosanna Christian in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Eight players totaled at least 13 minutes, and the Panthers sent 11 players onto the hardwood.

Outlaws shoot down Rockets

PULLING UP: Enterprise post Tricia O’Leary fires off a shot during a win against Pilot Rock. The Outlaws clinched the third seed out of the Blue Mountain Conference with the win. Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
PENDLETON — Not all wins come with a pretty bow on top — and Enterprise beat an off game, a feisty Rockets team and a little added pressure Saturday.

In the end it added up to a 39-36 win for the Outlaws.

One Rockets player voiced the overwhelming factor the shadowed this game — the loser travels to No. 1, and defending state champion, Portland Christian.

Imbler wins Old Oregon District Title

BAKER CITY — Elbows flew. Blood spilled.

Emotions ran high.

And when this hardwood brawl finally ended, Imbler was left standing, above Joseph, above Wallowa.

Above everyone.

As district champions.

Joseph Journey: Eagles win

THAT’S HARSH: The Eagles’ Shelby Harshman drives to the rim Saturday. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
BAKER CITY — As the seconds ticked away, as they played keep-away atop the perimeter, parents clapped in unison, siblings did, too, and soon enough, sure enough, another Joseph Eagles accomplishment was in the record books.

District champions.

Perfect through 25.

Four wins to go.

Tigers return with two titles in tow

MAT THRILLER: La Grande wrestler Dyllan McCallum won the 103-pound title at the wrestling state tournament with a 10-8 overtime win Saturday. Observer file photo/PAUL HARDER
PORTLAND — Please don’t pinch La Grande wrestling coach Klel Carson if you see him — he may be sleeping.

Carson’s nervous system took a hit over three days at the OSAA State Wrestling Championships.

“I couldn’t do it again,” Carson said. “It was an amazing weekend that couldn’t have ended any better.

Bobcats survive second half slump, down Outlaws

FADING AWAY: Brian Savely and the Bobcats survived a 6-of-37 second half to hold off Enterprise and advance to the state tournament. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
PENDLETON — Playing on a new parquet floor helped and hindered the Union boys basketball team Friday.

The Bobcats opened with a flurry against Enterprise in a 58-40 win at the Blue Mountain Conference District Tournament.

Enterprise found itself in a 28-7 hole after nine minutes of play. 

Mustangs drive by Enterprise

STIFLED STANGEL: The Outlaws’ Theresa Stangel takes the brunt of the Heppner defense during a 42-35 loss. Enterprise will face Pilot Rock in the third/fourth place game today at 1 p.m. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
PENDLETON — Size does make a difference.

Heppner started three post players during a 42-35 win against Enterprise in the opening round of the Blue Mountain Conference tournament Friday.

That size translated into rebounds and second-chance points.

Imbler, Joseph girls win

PANTHER PRIDE: Imbler freshman Demetria Thompson eyes the rim Friday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
BAKER CITY—An explosive run to open the second half propelled Imbler past Cove, 53-32, sending them into the district title game tonight versus Joseph at 8:15.

Want to see balanced scoring? Here it is: Each Panther found the bottom of the cylinder — 11 of them, that is, and not one was in double digits.

“We try and pick people up, we try to wear people down, because we can keep rotating people,” Imbler coach Barry Bowers said.

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.

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