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Elgin sweeps Joseph; Ludwig shines

HUSKY HURLER: Travis Ludwig earned the win in Game 1. He also had a double in Game 2. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN — A year later and Elgin still tastes something bitter — a tie is like kissing-your sister-type of bitter.

Last season the Huskies and Union tied for a share of the district title.

That foul memory drives the Elgin baseball team during the cold winter practices.

“We didn’t like ending in a tie last year,” Elgin senior Travis Ludwig said. “We’re all working a little harder to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.” 

Elgin dominates again

PINE EAGLE — Another opponent, another whooping.

Elgin varsity baseball pounded host Pine Eagle Saturday, 17-1, 17-4, with both games ending after four innings. 

G.D. Clark led the way in Game 1, belting a home run. And Jake Kennedy (2 RBIs), Dalton Moore (3 RBIs) and Dillon Moore (3-for-4, 3 RBIs) each had a double.

Megan Yost will play at Montana Western

MOVIN’ ON UP: Joseph guard Megan Yost was second-team all state this season. - Observer file photo
On to the college ranks.

Joseph guard Megan Yost signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of Montana Western, according to head coach Kevin Engellant in a news release on Monday.

Yost averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds for Joseph this season, helping the Eagles (29-0) win the OSAA Class 1A state title.

EOU seniors fuel sweep

Added pressure, no problem.

The EOU softball team didn’t take long to blow the top off the celebration Saturday against Southern Oregon University.

Not only was it senior day, but it also marked the first games officially played at Peggy Anderson Field.

“It was a big day,” Mountaineers head coach Missy Wheeler said. “The girls knew it, and responded. There wasn’t any need for a pre-game talk.”


Bobcat Battering: Union sweeps Imbler

BOBCAT BASHER: Brian Savely greets his Bobcat Bunch at home plate Saturday after belting a two-run homer. Savely would hit another two-run homer the following inning. Observer photos/BRUCE MASON
UNION — Vocalist Joey Tempest was heard at Union High Saturday, foreshadowing this varsity baseball doubleheader with his 1986 tune, The Final Countdown.

Tick, tock. One inning done. No harm.

Tick, tock. Another inning.  Still no harm.

Tick ...

Then the Bobcat Battering began. 


Tigers softball splits

CAN’T TOUCH THIS: La Grande starter Boo Christman struck out 11 Ontario batters in Game 1, allowing just two hits. Special to The Observer/TYLER JONES
ISLAND CITY —MC Hammer broadcasted across the speakers Friday, rapping and jamming in timely fashion.

Remember him? The millionaire who rose to fame, then plummeted into bankruptcy?

La Grande softball symbolized this ex-rapper versus Ontario— rising, falling, and ultimately splitting this Greater Oregon League doubleheader, 5-2, 6-7.

Bittle, Gesner mow down Mountaineers

SIZZLING CISLER: EOU pitcher Teri Cisler held No. 20 Oregon Institute of Technology to two runs Friday. It wasn’t enough as the Mountaineers lost 2-1. The Observer/PAUL HARDER
A yell from the bleachers told the story — almost.

EOU dropped a doubleheader against Oregon Institute of Technology 8-0, 2-1 Friday.

“It would have been nice to take one of these games,” Mountaineers head coach Missy Wheeler said. “Tomorrow has a bigger affect on our season, and we need to build on the momentum from our second game.”

Frozen lake puts fishing derby on ice

Read more...Old Man Winter’s extended stay in Northeast Oregon is putting a popular Union County tradition in peril this spring.

The Morgan Lake Fishing Derby, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed because of ice — enough ice to fill thousands of freezers.

About 95 percent of the lake is still covered with ice. Snow also surrounds the lake, making it difficult to reach its shore.

Fischer finds success in Union, Phillips sets school mark

FAST FISCHER: Outlaws Matt Fischer won the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in Union Thursday. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
Suddenly, huffing and puffing noises reached his eardrums. Track shoes
thumping on asphalt did, too.
Matt Fischer was rounding the corner, approaching the straight-away, approaching that rigorous point where adrenaline, guts and grit were needed — needed for victory.
This Enterprise junior was ahead of the pack but in danger of being caught, and here he was, digging deep inside, using that 6-foot-4 powerful frame to his advantage.

Huskies prevail in Union

HURDLING HUSKY: Elgin’s Jess McClune turned in three first-place performances Thursday. McClune won the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 100-meter low hurdles. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
UNION— Sore legs. Heavy legs. Chilly weather.

Not exactly great conditions for Elgin girls, yet they fought through all of it, winning their varsity track meet Thursday at Union High.

Three first-place finishes for Jess McClune. Two first-place finishes for Megan Jarrell. And a pack of Huskies who helped their team leave with a dominating 54-point victory margin.


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