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Lady Eagles cruise past Elgin

JOSEPH — The template is in place, and the Eagles are sticking with it.

Joseph cruised to a 65-31 against Elgin Friday.

Eagles head coach Lance Homan said what the girls are doing is working.

"We start off slow," Homan said. "For some reason that's the way we start games. The third quarter has been our best quarter of the year."

Nightmare half ends La Grande's streak

RETURNING FIRE: La Grande's Cody McKague drives to the basket during an 89-69 loss to Crook County Friday. The Tigers wrap up the Baker High School tournament against Emmett, Idaho, at 4:45 p.m. today. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Fire in the hole.

The phrase may belong to war, but the Tigers may have been muttering it during a shell shocking first half against Crook County Friday.

The Cowboys rode the two-quarter bombardment to an 89-69 win against the La Grande boys basketball team at the Baker High School Tournament.

Head coach Aaron Mills said it was hard to watch.

Tigers become team, extend streak to eight

BAKER CITY — Goal one has been met by the La Grande boys basketball team — finding its identity.

Tigers head coach Aaron Mills said his team looks like a team following a 74-50 win against Burns Thursday.

"Everyone is fulfilling their roles," Mills said. "We're getting the ball in the hands of our shooters, and our defenders are making plays."

Lostine wildlife area - where bighorn roam

LOSTINE — In the early 1900s, Northeast Oregon's Wallowa County was up to its mountain tops in wool. In a land containing fewer than 6,000 people, more than a quarter-million sheep grazed the foothills, basins, and ridges of the high country. And soon after the mountain home of the native bighorn sheep became pastures for their domesticated cousins, the wild sheep began dying.

Hunting, poaching, disease, and overgrazing — these were the bighorn's killers, and in 1927 the Enterprise Record Chieftain reported that Wallowa County contained the last wild sheep in Oregon.

Shields' football journey leads him back to Cal Poly

ON THE MOVE: Former EOU head coach Ian Shields is headed to Cal Poly. - Observer file photo
Time to leave the Community Stadium sidelines. Time to take off the blue and gold. Time to leave this city near the Wallowa Mountains for the city near the Pacific Ocean.

Ian Shields is headed for Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.


EOU wins in top-25 clash

PORTLAND — The past met the present during a top-25 battle in Portland Wednesday.

EOU, ranked No. 6 in NAIA Division II, cruised past No. 13 Warner Pacific 89-64.

Mark Carollo rewrote the Mountaineers' record book with 14 points in the game.

The 6-foot-5-inch senior is now the all-time scoring leader in the school's history with 1,799 points. He surpassed Randy Dolven's 31-year-old record.

Panthers lose to Lakers

POST POINTS: Imbler's Dalton McDaniel (left) puts up a shot over Clinton Vaughn of Triangle Lake during a 73-69 loss Wednesday. - Paul Harder/The Observer
IMBLER — Both coaches couldn't lodge a complaint about the quality of the game Wednesday. However, Imbler head coach Jarod Teeter still found it tough to swallow the 73-69 loss to Triangle Lake.

The Panthers boys basketball team dropped the top-10 battle in overtime.

Imbler, ranked No. 8 in Class 1A, is still trying to get to full strength.

No. 8 Imbler defeats Elgin

ELGIN — Humpty Dumpty still sits atop the Huskies' wall. Thanks to Imbler he did not have a great fall.

Yes, that egg remains in the Elgin win column, as Imbler strolled into town Tuesday night for a boys basketball game and walked out victorious, 65-39.

It was quick ball movement around the perimeter. One senior named McIntosh. One sophomore named McDaniel.

Imbler girls win 45-31

Jade Silver of Elgin fends off Imbler defenders Tuesday night in a 45-31 loss. - Observer/BRUCE MASON
ELGIN — It seeped through little by little, like water flowing through a crack in a dam before eventually, it burst wide open altogether.

Imbler turned a tight game into an all-out flood Tuesday, defeating Elgin 45-31, affirming its ground as the No. 10-ranked team in Class 1A girls basketball.

The Panthers pushed the tempo. Used their quickness. And also relied upon the stellar play in the post from Chelsea Poe.

Joseph girls outgun Outlaws

The Eagles' Nicke Parks (left) and Enterprise post Tricia O'Leary battle for a rebound Tuesday. - Observer/PAUL HARDER
JOSEPH — Playing the Eagles is a little like Russian roulette — you never now where the final blow is coming from.

Joseph's Colby Patton delivered the knockout punch during a 67-35 win against county rival Enterprise Tuesday.

The senior said the pressure is off when playing on this team.

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