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Union County Christmas Bird Count yields 13,510 sightings; 7 records set

EUROPEAN STARLING: Starlings, numbering 3,364, were viewed during the Dec. 15 count. - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photos/LEE KARNEY
Soon it will be official in the eyes of the National Audubon Society.

The Union County birding record book will be rewritten.

The reason? The success of the 32nd annual Union County Christmas Bird Count, the results of which be submitted to the National Audubon Society next week.

Seven records were set and one tied during the count.

Nice vying for second championship

Observer file photos
Anthony Nice sports injuries like badges of honor.

Being a three-sport athlete, the senior is accustomed to pain. But now, he’s growing accustomed to winning.

The journey into the athletic arena began at an early age.

Area grapplers set for district battle


Elgin plans to use a numbers game to repeat as district wrestling champions.

The Huskies have 17 wrestlers set for district, with a couple late write-ins.

“We had three kids join within the last month,” Elgin head coach Rocky Burgess said. “I wish they would have been around longer.”

Bobcat teams earn sweep in Athena, girls stay perfect in conference play

LONG ROAD: Kaden Titus helped Union down Weston-McEwen 73-50 Wednesday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ATHENA — Led by Kyle Langford and Zach Kimball, Union defeated Weston-McEwen 73-50 Wednesday.

Langford and Kimball scored 16 points apiece.

Union will host Elgin at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Tigers dialed up for district

TIGER TRAIL: Matt Nicholson (above) and the La Grande Tigers begin the quest to the state tournament at the district tournament in Ontario Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Numbers let them down last season. This year the Tigers are ready.

La Grande finished second at the district wrestling meet a year ago, behind Ontario.

Numbers were the problem.

Outlawed: Enterprise sweeps Elgin

WHO WANTS IT? The Outlaws’ Tonya Neil (left) battles the Huskies’ Jess McClune on Tuesday night. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN —  The Outlaws came out brandishing guns, but one didn’t fire.

Enterprise’s starting five faltered early on. Unfortunately for Elgin, the reserves didn’t. As Johnny Cash said, “If the right hand don’t get ya, the left hand will.”

That was the tune during the first half of a 40-38 win by the Outlaws.

Lady Mounties’ backups impress

It was Sunny Tuesday inside Quinn Coliseum.

That’s because EOU sophomore Sunny Nilson burned the nets with her laser-like shooting, leading the host Mounties to a 106-43 victory against Multnomah Bible.

Nilson was 15-for-21 from the field, finishing with 34 points, and her performance was labeled by EOU coach Anji Weissenfluh as “un-believable.”

Third finalist for EOU football head coaching position announced

Tim Camp, assistant head football coach at Eastern Oregon University, is the third and final candidate for the head football coaching position at EOU. He will interview on campus Thursday.

Camp, who has been on the Mountaineer staff for the past two seasons, serves as offensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and camp coordinator. He has also coached three all-Frontier Conference offensive linemen.

Tigers readying for district swim meet

TIGER TAYLOR: Tigers swimmer Brandon Taylor will race Friday at the Hood River Aquatic Center. - Observer file photo
Seeing double?

The La Grande swim team hopes to — once it reaches Hood River Friday for the district swim meet.

It’s the third trip west for the Tigers in four weeks and head coach Darren Dutto said the team should come home happy.

Second candidate for EOU head coaching position announced

The Eastern Oregon University athletics department has released the name of the second candidate for the vacant head football coaching position.

Chris Oliver, the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Ohio Dominican University and member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), is the second of three finalists.

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