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Badgers rally past Wallowa

MILLER TIME: Badgers sophomore Karri Miller paced her team during a win against Wallowa Thursday. Miller scored 16 points, including seven in the first half. Powder Valley will play Class 1A No. 1 Joseph at 2:15 p.m. today. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
It took 31 minutes and 57 seconds, but it finally came — a smile.

Powder Valley sported ear-to-ear grins after rallying past Wallowa 36-33 in the opening round of the district tournament Friday.

The win ensures that the Badgers will have a chance to play for the third spot in the Old Oregon League, which advances to the state tournament.

Junior Kari Miller put on the wide grin first.

Girls set for league showdown

HUNTING EAGLES: All eyes will be on Megan Yost and the Eagles Friday. Joseph will begin its quest back to the Class 1A state title game against the winner between Cove and Pine Eagle at 8:15 p.m. in Baker. - Observer file photo

Success breeds confidence.

Wallowa is still trying to deal with the former, while gathering the latter.

The Cougars finished the 2006-2007 season 0-10 in the Old Oregon League.

Enterprise advances into next round

STEWING ‘EM: The Outlaws’ Kyle Stewart goes to the rim Tuesday as Weston-McEwen players are left in his hardwood dust. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN — Never say coaches don’t work as hard as the players.

Outlaws head coach Steve Lear moved more than his team did in the first half of a 59-52 win against Weston-McEwen.

By winning the game, Enterprise grabbed the fifth seed in the Blue Mountain Conference Tournament

It’s here: OOL Playoff time

THE BRAIN: The Leopards’ Justin Brainerd is a key to defeating Joseph at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
From the time those Wilson basketballs were wheeled onto the hardwood on the first day of practice, this time of the year was on everyone’s mind.

Playoff time.

OSAA districts.

This is when the tension builds. Coaches sweat.  Bench players bite nails. Parents’ hearts roll into their throats.

Camping Trip: EOU hires coach

Tim Camp - EOU athletics
Eastern Oregon University has a new head football coach.

Tim Camp, who has been an assistant coach at EOU for two years, today was named head coach.

A press conference announcing the selection was held this morning.

“I am very happy that Coach Camp will be leading our team,” said Rob Cashell, director of athletics at EOU. “At the end of the day, it boiled down to which candidate I felt the majority of players had expressed their desire to be coached by.

Tigers take four titles in Ontario

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
ONTARIO — With four district titles in tow, La Grande will send 12 wrestlers to the state tournament in Portland this weekend.

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.”

EOU women continue winning ways, pound visiting Warriors

MOUNTIE MAGIC: Elise Hawes’ Mounties are 21-3 (14-2 CCC.) The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Anji Weissenfluh lectured her Lady Mounties after a poor second half Friday night. They won the game, but their effort was lackluster.

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.

Lady Eagles conclude perfect season

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
IMBLER — Where was the confetti? Streamers? Red Auerbach-like cigar?

There has to be a celebration, right?

Twenty-three wins and zero losses. A perfect regular

season. An Old Oregon League Title.

No celebration?

No celebration.

Welcome to the world of Joseph varsity girls basketball.

Bobcats run the table in conference

LEAD WALKER: Union’s Shoshoni Walker finished with 21 points during a 51-45 win against Elgin Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
UNION — One may wonder why Shoshoni Walker smiled as Elgin attempted to break up Union’s attempt at a perfect conference run.

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.”

Tigers bench tackles Ontario

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
Ontario tried time and time again to find La Grande’s weakest link, only to come up short.

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.”

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