IMBLER — It looked like someone installed a turnstile next to the Panthers’ bench Tuesday.
WEST-WARD ADVANCEMENT: Reva West’s Panthers have advanced to play at St. Paul at 6 p.m. Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
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.
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.
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
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.
BAKER CITY — Elbows flew. Blood spilled.
Emotions ran high.
And when this hardwood brawl finally ended, Imbler was left standing, above Joseph, above Wallowa.
As district champions.
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.
THAT’S HARSH: The Eagles’ Shelby Harshman drives to the rim Saturday. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Perfect through 25.
Four wins to go.
PORTLAND — Please don’t pinch La Grande wrestling coach Klel Carson if you see him — he may be sleeping.
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
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.
PENDLETON — Playing on a new parquet floor helped and hindered the Union boys basketball team Friday.
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
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.
PENDLETON — Size does make a difference.
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
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.
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.
PANTHER PRIDE: Imbler freshman Demetria Thompson eyes the rim Friday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
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.
BAKER CITY — Hey, ESPN, we’ve got something for you: an instant classic, right here from Eastern Oregon.
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
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.
BAKER — Call it a tug of war.
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
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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