ONTARIO — With four district titles in tow, La Grande will send 12 wrestlers to the state tournament in Portland this weekend.
STATE BOUND: La Grande’s John Tuck (above) will be joined by 11 teammates at the state wrestling tournament Thursday in Portland. Observer file photo
Tigers head coach Klel Carson said it turned out to be a great tournament.
“The kids came out and did a great job this weekend,” Carson said. “We wrestled very well from top to bottom.”
Anji Weissenfluh lectured her Lady Mounties after a poor second half Friday night. They won the game, but their effort was lackluster.
MOUNTIE MAGIC: Elise Hawes’ Mounties are 21-3 (14-2 CCC.) The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Apparently that message was heard like a blaring speaker inside a tiny car.
The Mounties opened up strong — again — in the first half, shooting 51.7 percent, en route to a 72-54 victory against visiting Corban College.
IMBLER — Where was the confetti? Streamers? Red Auerbach-like cigar?
JOSEPH JOURNEY: The Eagles’ Megan Yost (left) eyes the basket as Demetria Thompson (center) and Liz Eckstein defend the paint. Joseph concluded the regular season 23-0 (10-0 Old Oregon League.) The Observer/BRUCE MASON
There has to be a celebration, right?
Twenty-three wins and zero losses. A perfect regular
season. An Old Oregon League Title.
Welcome to the world of Joseph varsity girls basketball.
UNION — One may wonder why Shoshoni Walker smiled as Elgin attempted to break up Union’s attempt at a perfect conference run.
LEAD WALKER: Union’s Shoshoni Walker finished with 21 points during a 51-45 win against Elgin Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
The senior guard led the Bobcats girls basketball team during a 51-45 win, wrapping up the season with a 14-0 record in the Blue Mountain Conference.
Walker roamed the court during the second half feeling relaxed, and grinning when the Huskies put on their full-court press.
“I had a good dribbling day,” Walker said of her reason to smile. “We
weren’t going to lose. Not on senior night, and not to Elgin.”
Ontario tried time and time again to find La Grande’s weakest link, only to come up short.
BOYD BUCKET: La Grande’s Kevin Boyd put a lay-up off the glass for two points during a league win against Ontario Friday. The Tigers clinched the Greater Oregon League championship with the victory. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
The Tigers walked away with a 56-43 win, and clinched the Greater Oregon League championship.
La Grande sophomore Ryan Tooke said it was the first step in a season-long process.
“(Baker) was the conference champion until tonight,” Tooke said. “This is an important step towards what we want... the state championship.”
JOSEPH — After Friday, Elgin leads all 1A/2A district teams with 12 wrestlers in today’s semifinals. Sitting closely behind is Crane with 10, followed by Pine Eagle (seven).
As for the local team, Wallowa has five wrestlers in the semifinals, Enterprise five wrestlers and Union/Powder three wrestlers, Imbler three wrestlers.
ONTARIO — Klel Carson has 14 kids in the Greater Oregon League district semifinals.
“Our goal here is to qualify as many kids as we can for state,” Carson said.
“We hope to wrestle good enough to get the kids that we need to the state tournament to do some damage down there.”
WALLOWA — Joseph is one win away from a perfect regular season.
The lady Eagles defeated host Wallowa, 52-26 on Friday night, improving to 22-0.
“Last night was nice. We tried a few different things defensively,” Eagles coach Lance Homan said.
How is this for motivation: Anji Weissenfluh had her team watch game film Thursday night from last weekend’s loss at Southern Oregon.
After 15 minutes, her Mounties were ready to get on the hardwood and make amends.
Make amends, they did.
Let’s start with some history.
TEMPLE OF DOOM: Jeremy Templeton scored nine points — all in the second half — Friday night versus Concordia. The Mounties host Corban College tonight at 7:30. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Turn back the clock to 1647. To the English Civil War. There were the Cavaliers, succumbing to Roundheads, concluding a bitter, fierce battle.
Fast foward to Friday.
It’s centuries later, and there are the Cavaliers again, succuming yet again, this time to another strong force — roundballers from Eastern Oregon.
History repeats itself? History repeats itself.
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