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Outlaws close in on 10th straight title

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LED BY LADENDORF: The Tigers girls golf team holds a one shot lead over Heppner at the Girls 4A/3A/2A/1A District 7 Golf Tournament at Wildhorse. La Grande finished with a team score of 415. Darcy Ladendorf led the team with a round of 100. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
PENDLETON — Eighteen holes down, Eighteen more to go.

The drive for 10-straight district titles began Monday for the Enterprise boys golf team at the Wildhorse golf course.

After three rounds in the 70s — Cole Sajonia (74), Dakota Hull (76), Marcus Anderson (77) — the Outlaws will carry a cushion in to the final round.

“We’re playing really well right now,” Enterprise head coach Mike Crawford said. “The boys are pushing each other, and I don't think we’ve peaked yet.”


Thompson propels Panthers, split with Cougars

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BRINGING THE HEAT: Imbler right-hander Nick Thompson works in relief Saturday. Thompson picked up the win in Game 2. He also collected two home runs on the day. Observer photo/PAUL HARDER
WALLOWA — Youth brought out the best and the worst of  Wallowa baseball.

The future of baseball in Wallowa is bright, that showed in Game 1. But there’s still a learning curve, as Game 2 uncovered.

“We still have a lot of room to grow,” Cougars head coach Warren Wilson said. “We’re going to have those great games, but we still are going to give some away with errors.”


Baker and La Grande split doubleheader

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QUICK CAR: La Grande senior Richie Carmichael belted a double in Game 1 Saturday versus Baker. Carmichael started on the mound, pitching 6 2/3 innings, yielding six hits and four runs while striking out nine batters. Observer photos/BRUCE MASON
He had it written on the clubhouse board -— his first goal, his season goal, the goal that was perfect through four games.

Undefeated in league.

La Grande senior starting pitcher Richie Carmichael was one inning, three outs, and, perhaps, one ground ball away from maintaining this goal Saturday versus Baker at Optimist Field in Game 1. 


Sajonia, Hull heat up at home

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SCENIC SWING: Enterprise’s Heather Bruce tees off during the Outlaws Invite Friday. Bruce took first on her home course by carding an 81. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
ENTERPRISE — It’s an age old battle. The younger taking on the older in a battle for power.

Only in this story it’s all constructive.

Junior Dakota Hull is feeling the heat from freshman Cole Sajonia.

“It’s helping the team,” Enterprise head coach Mike Crawford said. “They’re pushing each other to get better. But the other players are feeding on it too.”


EOU tracksters bode well at Bronco Twilight

BOISE — EOU track competed at the Bronco Twilight Friday, facing five Division 1 schools in a tune up for upcoming conference meets.

Standing out was Quinten Baxter, whose toss in the shot put (50-feet, 2 3/4 inches) was a personal best, and three feet farther than the previous week.

In the hammer toss, Andy Munsey recorded a mark of 163 feet — which is three feet farther than his previous best.


Like ancient history, Bobcats win

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END OF AN ERA: Senior Shelbi William recorded two RBIs in Game 1. - Observer file photo
UNION— Spartan soldiers fought Persians in the historic Battle of Thermopylae (480 B.C.), eventually succumbing to defeat.

Although heavily outnumbered, these King Leonidas-led soldiers never surrendered. They fought to the bitter end. Made a legendary, heroic last stand. And, even thwarted off rhinos and elephants in the face of adversity.

Rhinos? Elephants? Yes. They roamed the vast Persian empire, trying to endanger Spartans — to no avail.


Join Ladd Marsh Birdathon flock

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PRINCE OF THE MARSH: Wood ducks live throughout the Grande Ronde Valley. The less-colorful female seeks out an abandoned woodpecker cavity to nest, but will accept artificial nest boxes. Wood ducks, and up to 200 other bird species, will be sought after by birdwatchers at the upcoming “Birdathon” at Ladd Marsh. This third-annual event runs May 9 -11. For more information call 963-4954. - Photo/JIM WARD
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites experienced and novice bird watchers to the third annual Ladd Marsh Birdathon. The event will take place May 9-11 at ODFW’s Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area located five miles south of La Grande.

“The event is a non-competitive birding opportunity for the family and free of charge,” said Ladd Marsh Wildlife Biologist Cathy Nowak. “We hope families will come out and visit the wildlife area not only to go birding, but to enjoy the scenery.”


New rule requires hunters to report results

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Harvesting a buck doesn’t end with putting the meat in the freezer. Hunters are now required to to submit a report about their hunt online or via automated telephone within 15 days of the end of the season in which they participated. - The Observer/JEFF PETERSEN
OK, hunters, tell no tall tales like the kind a person might read in Outdoor Life.

Just give the facts, however scintillating or mundane they may be.

This just-the-facts-Max approach is what the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is now mandating from hunters.


Mason Minute - Hockey isn’t a game, it’s a way of life

Earthquake? Ha! Some seismologists.

That “trembling” was just me last Thursday, celebrating a Detroit Red Wings playoff goal. They scored. I jumped. The earth shook. Richter scale read 2.1.

And nobody felt it.


EOU softball sweeps

Call it a Walla Walla Wallop.

EOU softball swept its doubleheader with visiting Walla Walla University, 12-0 (5 inn.), 13-12 (8 inn.). 

Twenty hits. Twenty-five runs. And several Mounties standing out at the plate.


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