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No. 1 Tigers ready for OSAA sweet 16

CORVALLIS BOUND? Anthony Nice (right) and his Tigers teammates can earn a trip to the OSAA Final Eight with a victory tonight versus Molalla. The Tigers (23-1) would play the winner of Marist-Henley at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday at Oregon State University. - Observer file photo
After all those weeks sitting atop the Associated press poll, above Class 4A, above everyone, all while hounding teams on the court, pounding them on the scoreboard, and racking up win after win after win, it all comes down to this.

The OSAA sweet 16.

The game leading to a trip to Beaver Country.

Bringing home the gold

Former New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe poses with members of the Union County Special Olympics team at the Winter Games last week in Bend. - Submitted photo
BEND — Members of Union County Special Olympics came home with numerous medals — including several golds — from the 2008 Special Olympics Winter Games held at Mt. Bachelor.

Mandi Durfee of the Union County team led the way with three gold medals in alpine skiing.

Growl-less: Tigers' season ends

SEASON OVER: Senior Megan Bedard scored nine points Tuesday. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Experience trumped hard-nose effort by La Grande in the opening round game of the state playoffs.

Stayton held off the Tigers’ charge to win 29-27 Tuesday.

The Eagles won the Class 4A state championship in 2007, and returned four role players in 2008.

Mountie men dethroned

It was like attending a  surprise party — after someone narked to the birthday girl and spoiled everyone’s fun.

No life. No emotion. No atmosphere.

Just a perfectly good time ruined. 

A towel-waving crowd exited disappointed Saturday, as No. 1-seed EOU allowed No. 4 seed-Warner Pacific to escape with an 85-79 Cascade Conference Tournament semifinal victory, spoiling the Quinn Coliseum party. 

Joseph finds redemption in Baker

PATTON CHARGE: Joseph senior Colby Patton takes the ball up the court during Saturday’s 60-52 win in the Class 1A state championship game against St. Paul. After scoring eight points in two days at the state championship, Patton scored a team-high 12 points in the title game. Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
BAKER — Joseph stomped the last piece to a perfect puzzle in place.

No one could stop the Eagles.

Twenty-five teams tried during the regular season. Four more fell short in the playoffs.

In the end, Joseph walked away Class 1A state champions.

A 60-52 win against St. Paul made it official Saturday — a 29-0 season.

Back again

Read more...BAKER — Joseph stood toe to toe against Lowell in the semifinals at the Class 1A State Championships.

The Eagles walked away with a few nicks and bruises, but on top in the most important area — the scoreboard.

A 60-52 win puts Joseph, 28-0 overall, back into the state championship game for the second year in a row.

Action heats up at birdwatching paradise

It is certain that more sandhill cranes will be appearing at Ladd Marsh. Presently about two pairs are there, but within the next few weeks many more will arrive. Ladd Marsh often has 50 to 100 sandhill cranes in the spring, many of which can easily be seen at the Tule Lake Nature Area. - Photo/JIM WARD
Pronghorn antelope have not raced across the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area for at least a month.

Still, the hearts of excited wildlife viewers are zooming to rates of at least 120 beats a minute following the annual opening of Ladd Marsh’s Tule Lake Nature Area.

La Grande coach sticks to promise

CHAIR TIME: La Grande AAU players takes turns shaving their coach’s head following a first-place finish. - Submitted photo
The fifth-, sixth- and eighth-grade AAU boys teams from La Grande swept the top spot on the medal stand at the Grande Ronde Shoot-out Basketball Tournament on Sunday against teams from Pendleton, Baker City, Echo, Elgin. 

All three teams walked away with first-place finishes.

However, not all teams received a promise to drive them to finish first.

La Grande swimmers want more after tasting state success

TIGER POWER: La Grande’s Chrissie Younggren placed fourth in the 200-yard individual medley at the state championship. - Submitted photos
Many sports have handicaps to even the playing field.

The La Grande swim team on the other hand has dealt with a self-imposed handicap — not swimming year round.

One would think that would cause setbacks to success. But those people would be wrong.

Deja vu: Mountaineers bounce Beacons

No it’s not a mistake, the Mountaineers defeated Northwest Christian College again.

The two teams met with a simlar outcome from Saturday’s game.

EOU scored 81 points again. Northwest Christian with 58 points.

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