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Tigers tackle Stayton tourney

UN-WINDE-ING: La Grande forward Gage Winde helped the Tigers to the Stayton Holiday Classic tournament championship. The Tigers defeated the host team 59-40 in the title game. - Observer file photo/PAUL HARDER
STAYTON — Team basketball is working in La Grande.

The Tigers boys basketball team used unselfish play to wrap up the Stayton Holiday Classic against the host team with a 59-40 win Saturday.

Aaron Mills said everyone is noticing.

"After the game the Stayton coach commented on our team's attitude," Mills said. "It's a reflection of how the boys approach the game. They played a patient game and shared the ball well."

La Grande lands three first-place titles in Pendleton

PENDLETON — La Grande is starting to gain experience, and pick up trophies.

The Tigers had three first-place finishes at the Bucks Invite in Pendleton Saturday.

John Tuck took the 160-weight class.

Tigers late turn around sparks win

POST PUSH: La Grande's Johanna Pettey scored nine points in a 51-49 come from behind win against Sultan Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
BAKER CITY — La Grande prevailed against Sultan 51-49 at the Eastern Oregon Holiday Classic in Baker City Friday.

Senior post Megan Bedard said things have changed on the team.

"We know we can win," Bedard said. "That feeling hasn't been here all season. A little confidence can go a long way."

Local prep round-ups

STRATTON STRIKES: Union's Carrie Stratton picked up six points in a win against Cove Friday. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Huskies pick up win in Wallowa County

WALLOWA — Elgin is hoping the worst is behind them.

The Huskies girls basketball team picked up a 44-32 win against Wallowa Friday.

Huskies head coach Darci Miller said things are beginning to turn around.

Tigers open with tournament win, Eagles hold off Huskies

STAYTON — A strong second quarter fueled the La Grande boys basketball team to a 64-45 win against Central Thursday.

Luke Kevan scored seven of his game-high 18 points in the second quarter, as the Tigers opened a 33-18 halftime lead.

La Grande will play Skyview, Wash., at the Stayton Holiday Classic at 4:30 p.m. today.

Hard Facts: Blazer pride is back

Blazermania is back!

Run as fast as possible to jump on the bandwagon.

The only professional sports team in Oregon is causing the Rose Quarter to bloom again.

Give credit to Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, general manager Kevin Pritchard and head coach Nate McMillian, because the "Jail Blazers" are no more.

Tigers No. 3 in latest 4A boys hoop poll

The La Grande Tigers boys basketball team is rated No. 3 in the latest Associated Press Oregon Class 4A basketball poll.

The Tigers, 9-1, play today and Friday at the Stayton Holiday Classic tournament

Tigers taste victory on home court

HOT HAND: LHS senior Kelsey Mitchell fires a shot during a 46-23 win against Vale Saturday. Mitchell finished with eight points in the game. - Observer photo/PAUL HARDER
After 36 minutes of basketball Jim MacKay looked like a happy coach — after a few sighs of relief.

During a 46-23 win against Vale, his Tigers girls basketball team looked like a team.

"This is nice," MacKay said. "Granted Vale didn't challenge La Grande offensively.

The Vikings managed one field goal in the opening half.

Witherspoon, Huskies, take home title

WEIGHT CLASS WINNER: Jacob Witherspoon helped the Huskies wrestling team with a first-place finish at their home invite Friday. In total, six Elgin wrestlers took first. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
ELGIN — Like an early Christmas present, Rocky Burgess was caught by surprise.

Thinking top-three placement would be satisfactory, the Elgin wrestling coach watched his team dominate Saturday. The Huskies took first place among 11 participating teams at the Elgin Christmas Invite.

"Everyone has three or four or five tough kids on their team," Burgess said. "It's the bottom bracket that comes up and really wins it for you.

Powder perfection: Badgers previal

WY-SO GOOD: Wyatt Kandle races in transition Friday night as his Badgers (7-0) held off visiting Dufur, 52-49. The Badgers play Oak Hill today at 6:30 p.m. at Baker. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
NORTH POWDER — As the decibel level rose and the clock ticked away, Badgers fans anxiously watched an opposing 3-pointer tail toward the hoop, destined to tie the contest.

Off the glass. Onto the rim. Around the cylinder. Onto the floor.


Game over. Chalk another dash in the victory column.

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