He could hear the rocket coming, eerily whistling in his ear.
Then came the blast, then the impact, then that profound, odd concussion in his chest.
Todd Gorham pinned against those sandbags in Kirkuk, Iraq, held
his hands behind his head, covering it from raining rocks and debris
just three days into this call of duty, wondering how he would make it
through an entire year.
FRUITLAND, IDAHO — Timing is everything, and La Grande's was a little off.
The Tigers girls basketball team struggled against a more seasoned Fruitland squad during a 45-17 loss Saturday.
"They're mid-way through their season already," La Grande head
coach Jim MacKay said. "We are not at that point yet. The offense is
still coming along. These girls have the talent to do better things on
MOVING UP: Tiger junior John Tuck completed a three-year battle to the top. Tuck took first in the 160 weight class Saturday. - Observer photo/PAUL HARDER
After 826 matches during the two-day Muilenberg Invite La Grande ended with two titles.
The Tigers had the position — with ten wrestlers advancing to
the semifinals — but inexperience showed in the latter rounds — only
two made it the the championship match —, said La Grande head coach
MAT MADNESS: Trent Hardwick battles to get a pin against Glenn Street of Burns. Harwick won both his matches by pin Friday to advance to the semifinals at the Muilenburg Wrestling Tournament. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Todd Erickson, left, of McMinnville took this elk in north Wallowa County in November. The bull's green score of 398 for non-typical antlers means it might be the third best in state history in its category. Erickson is shown with his son T.J., who accompanied him on the hunt. - Photo/JON WICK
Elk hunter Todd Erickson felt exhaustion
in every ounce of his body as he crawled into his sleeping bag at 1
a.m. one day last month in north Wallowa County.
Erickson had reason to be drained. The McMinnville man had just
completed two climbs — one up a steep canyon and another up the
all-time state elk hunting list.