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Mountaineer Mission

MOUNTIE MAGIC: Jenny Fiso eyes her options Saturday in a 76-62 victory against Cascade College. EOU improved to 17-2 (11-1 Cascade Conference). - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Throughout history, thunderbirds have been tied to urban legends. Tales range from sightings to massive footprints to all sorts of crazy, unbelievable details.

Umm ... maybe they’re not so crazy, after all.

Another tale is unfolding right here in La Grande, as witnesses this weekend saw Thunderbirds fly out of a gym and disappear.

Cascade Crushing: EOU men dominate opposition

LEAVING HIS MARK: Mark Carollo exits the Quinn Coliseum floor Saturday night after recording eight points and eight rebounds. Eastern Oregon improved to 17-3 (10-2 Cascade Conference), and will play at Oregon Tech at 7:30 p.m. Friday in a first-place showdown. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
As time ticked away, and the Easter Oregon victory margin grew larger, Cascade College players could only watch from the visitors bench, wearing long faces, wondering what hit them at Quinn Coliseum.

No.13-ranked EOU dominated the visiting Thunderbirds, 88-55, improving to 17-3 (10-2 Cascade Conference), setting up a first-place showdown at Oregon Tech at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Panthers serve up home cooking

HIGH FLYING: Wallowa guard Tyler Harshfield splits the Imbler defense Saturday. The Cougars fell to the Panthers 66-54. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
IMBLER — Like the movies say — there is no place like home. Except without the clicking of red heels.

A month after wrapping up the preseason, Imbler finally made it back to its friendly confines.

“It’s a good feeling to be back in our gym, Panthers sophomore Bryan Mills said. We feed off the energy of our home crowd.” 

Ontario unable to slow down Tigers

POST PULL-UP: La Grande's Luke Kevan squares up for a shot against Ontario during a 58-29 win Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Teams are still trying to figure the La Grande boys basketball team out.

On Friday, Ontario attempted to slow down the No. 1 team in Class 4A, but ended up getting pounced on by the hometown Tigers 58-29.

La Grande stayed patient and picked its spots during a backwards game.

Ontario sends Tigers to the bench

PETTEY PRESS: La Grande' s JoHanna Pettey pressures the Ontario offense during a 74-35 loss Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
All La Grande head coach Jim MacKay could do was scratch his head and smile following a 74-35 to Ontario Friday.

The Tigers starting group spent time in the first half spectating from the bench — the consequence of 15 first half fouls.

Ontario tallied seven.

Mounties protect castle from invading Knights

KNIGHTS IN THE FRY-ER: EOU foward Neil Fryer scored 14 points Friday for the Mounties (16-3, 9-2 Cascade) - The Observer/Chris Baxter
They rode into Quinn Coliseum, armed, equipped and ready for battle.

But in the end, there were the Knights, knocked off their horses, armor in shambles, victims from an Eastern Oregon spearheaded siege.

Cavalry crushed.

Home fortress protected.

Ulmer, strong second half lead lady mountaineers

MOUNTIE MARCH: EOU forward Sheena Henderson scored 13 points Friday in a 67-51 victory against visiting Warner Pacific. The Mounties host Cascade tonight at 5:30. - The Observer/Chris Baxter
After suffering a letdown at Concordia last weekend, EOU women's basketball bounced back Friday, defeating Warner Pacific, 67-51.

The contest was tied at halftime, but EOU, led by Tiffany Ulmer, took charge in the final 20 minutes.

She finished 8-of-11 from the field, finishing with 20 points to go along with 12 rebounds — all while coming off the bench and providing yet another spark.

Cove, Wallowa girls victorious

Leopards win

COVE — A second half push paced Cove at home Friday.

The Leopards pushed past Pine Eagle 36-26, improving to 5-9 overall and 2-3 in the Old Oregon League.

Cove head coach Jason Gorham said a half-time talk made the difference.

Neil, Outlaws corral Mustangs, Union grounds Rockets

ENTERPRISE — Consistency.

Maybe not in the line-up, but the Outlaws team is beginning to play well every night.

The Enterprise girls basketball team picked up a 50-45 win against Heppner Friday.

Outlaws head coach Mike Crawford said it's been a patchwork job the last few games.

Draft plan for Ladd Marsh includes habitat enhancement

Kevin Costner visited Union County in the summer of 1990, but it is not known if the popular actor stopped at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.

Still, a line from Costner’s 1989 hit movie, “Field of Dreams,” is being used informally by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to describe its draft plan for the Ladd Marsh’s next 10 years — “Build it and they will come.’’

The ODFW plan calls for the maintenance and enhancement of the marsh’s diversified wildlife habitat. This will attract even more wildlife to the marsh.

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