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Tigers advance four wrestlers to semifinal round

NAMPA, Idaho — Klel Carson saw four of his La Grande wrestlers achieve three wins Friday in pool-play action at the Rollie Lane Tournament in Nampa, Idaho.

As a result, those wrestlers will be competing in tournament action today, beginning at 9 a.m. (MT).

Those Tigers wrestlers would be 112-pounder Dylan McCallum, 152-pounder Chase Shirley and 160-pounder John Tuck — each finished 3-0 — and 135-pounder Trent Hardwick (he finished 3-1).

Opening runs fuel La Grande

NICELY DONE: La Grande's Zach Nice drives to the basket during a 59-37 win against Tillamook Friday. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Built up animosity came out during the La Grande boys basketball game against Tillamook Friday.

Luke Kevan remembered how the Cheesemakers ended his soccer season, a 1-0 loss Nov. 6 in the second round of the state playoffs.

The senior wasn't going to lose to them again.

He didn't.

Wilder leaves Leopards looking for answers

BOARD WAR: The Leopards' Ryan Pagliarulo (22) and Josh Hamilton (15) battle with Wilder post Josh Rivera (41) for a rebound during a 60-50 loss Friday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
COVE — They came out like and old bottle of soda.


No fizz.

Just bland.

As a result, this Cove boys basketball team fell short versus visiting Wilder, Idaho, 60-50.

Patton leads surge past Pirates

TAKING AIM: Eagles guard Gavin Baynes drives to the basket during a 48-42 win against Riverside Thursday. The win extends Joseph’s winning streak to six games. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
JOSEPH — Two options are better than one.

The Eagles boys basketball team proved this during a 48-42 win against Class 3A Riverside Thursday.

Wallowa sweeps Leopards

WALLOWA — A bad turn sent the Cove girls basketball team into a tailspin Saturday against Wallowa.

The Leopards lost Shalee Kimball in the opening minutes of a 41-22 loss to the Cougars.

Cove head coach Jason Gorham said that made the road ahead too tough.

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.

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