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Hawkins halts Union run

COURAGEOUS KYLE: Union senior Kyle O’Brien drives to the hoop against Stanfield’s Omar Ibarra during a 75-68 loss Saturday. The Observer/PAUL HARDER
UNION — Union followed a step forward with two steps back.

The Bobcats dropped a home affair with Stanfield 75-68 Saturday.

Less than 24-hours before, Union beat Heppner with a buzzer-beater. The Bobcats started slow against the visiting Tigers in what turned out to be a yo-yo act.

Blue Mountain Conference leader Stanfield jumped out on a 12-0 run through the opening three minutes of the game.

EOU men bounce back, remain atop Cascade Conference

ASHLAND —- Still in first place.

That’s what came out of this weekend for EOU men’s basketball.

The Mounties defeated host Southern Oregon, 88-74 on Saturday night, finishing the weekend with a split, finishing with a first-place tie atop the Cascade Conference standings.

Still in first place. That’s all that matters.

As for the victory, the Mounties’ Mark Carollo had 19 points and 10 rebounds — one of the more “efficient” games he’s had this season, said EOU coach Ryan Looney.

Imbler clinches Old Oregon League title

MILLSY: Imbler sophomore guard Bryan Mills scored 17 points Saturday versus Pine Eagle. Mills’ Panthers clinched the Old Oregon League title with the win, earning the No. 1 seed for OSAA Districts. Imbler has two games left on the regular season schedule, staring with Cove at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Observer/BRUCE MASON
IMBLER — It started calmly, like a pot sitting atop an unheated stove.

But then the temperature dial turned, the pressure and heat rose, and soon enough, it was boiling and sizzling all over the place.

That was the case Saturday at Imbler High, as the host Panthers slowly gained steam, ignited in the third quarter, then ran away with a 67-40 victory against visiting Pine Eagle.

On Friday, they defeated Powder Valley in an Old Oregon League showdown. On Saturday, the task was finished.

OOL Champs.

Old Oregon League slugfest: Imbler wins

IMBLER —Badgers players walked off the hardwood, heads down, faces sour, just like a fighter leaving the ring.

They took Panther punches early, responded defiantly with jabs and hooks late, but in the end, there was Imbler, walking out of the ring victoriously, 58-50.

Panther TKO.

The heavyweight belt stays here.

McClune halts Rockets

EXTRA WEIGHT: Elgin post Jess McClune attempts to carry Pilot Rock defender Amylee Perrine on her back while scoring a basket. The Huskies rallied to win 43-39 Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Whoever thought girls basketball wasn’t physical better think again.

Elgin survived a war in the paint to beat Pilot Rock 43-39.

Jess McClune called an early stop to some rough play.

“There was a girl throwing elbows after the whistle was blown,” McClune said. “I got a concussion last time we played. I don’t mind playing rough, but at least play fair.”

Huskies trapped by large hole

MILLER TIME: Elgin sophomore Kyle MIller led his team with 18 points Friday. The Huskies fell 75-53 to visiting Pilot Rock. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
ELGIN — Soon the Huskies will find out digging holes isn't a lot of fun especially when they’re deep.

Elgin fell behind early during 75-53 loss to the Mustangs Friday.

Heppner led by as much as 23 points. Time after time the Huskies trimmed the lead back to 10 points, but couldn’t get any closer.

EOU keeps pace by silencing Owls

KLAMATH FALLS — The first-place showdown is all set.

EOU women’s basketball took care of business Friday night, defeating host Oregon Tech, 56-50.

The Mounties (18-2, 12-1 CCC) will play at Southern Oregon tonight at 5:30 for the right to own sole possession of first place.

Break out binoculars for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Sage grouse - Photo/Ted Schroeder
No backyard?

No problem.

No problem if you want to participate in the 11th annual Great Backyard Bird Count.

Former Mountaineer drafted by the AAFL

Circumstances took hits on Nick Hannah’s dreams the last three years.

Now Hannah is preparing to hit back.

The 2005 graduate of EOU received a call during the All American Football League draft in January.

Hard Facts: Mouthy fan undermines Blazers

PORTLAND — People who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

This seemingly simple lesson reared its ugly head in Portland.

One person single-handedly beat the Trail Blazers Wednesday.

No, not LeBron James — although he certainly had a hand in it.

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