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Nordic skiers take a liking to Meacham Divide

Skiers glide along a portion of the 25 kilometers of trails at the Meacham Divide Ski Area. - Submitted photos
It has been a good winter for the Meacham Divide Ski Area.

So good that even a jackknifed semi truck on Interstate 84 could not keep the cross country skiing center from setting a record pace.

To date, 524 skiers have come to Meacham Divide. That’s 84 percent more than the number that had visited the area by this time year ago, when totals were first kept. This year’s total may be the highest in Meacham Divide’s 10-year history.

Mountaineers spotlight seniors while eyeing championships

Parents will take the court, following those beloved seniors.  Together they’ll smile, share some memories, perhaps, while thinking back to those young playing days on the driveway, playground, wherever.  

And when the night is over, they may very well have more ammo for the memory bank, too.

Eagle explosion - Joseph smokes Triad to advance in playoffs

JOSEPH — See those Timberwolves fleeing Joseph Wednesday?

They were scampering away from an explosion.

An Eagles explosion, that is, as the host Joseph boys varsity basketball team ignited the crowd in the opening minutes en route to an 84-46 relentless torching against those invading Triad Timberwolves from Klamath Falls.

La Grande Swim club competes in Inland Empire meet

CHENEY, Wash. — Swimmers from the La Grande Swim Club competed in their first Inland Empire championship meet earlier this month at Eastern Washington University.

In January the LGSC transferred its membership from Oregon Swimming to Inland Empire Swimming.

The 2008 Inland Empire “B” Championship Short meet at EWU featured 374 swimmers from Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

EOU men keep I-84 Cup, can clinch title Saturday

LANDS: Josh Landsverk had 16 points, seven rebounds Tuesday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
CALDWELL, Idaho — EOU is one win away from its first Collegiate Conference basketball championship in school history.

With an 85-77 victory at College of Idaho on Tuesday, EOU maintains the I-84 Cup against their conference rivals, as well.

The Mounties (23-4, 16-3) can clinch the Cascade Conference title on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. versus Northwest Christian College at Quinn Coliseum.

Lady Mounties one win away from Cascade Conference title

ONE MORE: Sheena Henderson scored 31 points Tuesday night. EOU hosts Northwest Christian College at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. - Observer file photo
CALDWELL, Idaho — Finding a way to get it done.

That’s been the theme this season for these Lady Mountaineers, and it continued in an 82-73 victory at College of Idaho on Tuesday night.

EOU can lock up the Cascade Conference Title at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a victory versus Northwest Christian College at Quinn Coliseum.

No. 1 Tigers boys crush Mac-Hi

STILL NO. 1: Cody McKague and the Tigers will play at Ontario at 7:30 p.m. Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
MILTON-FREEWATER — A week off didn’t slow down La Grande.

The Tigers defeated Mac-Hi 71-37 Tuesday, improving to 7-0 in league play.

“We got off to a slow start,” La Grande head coach Aaron Mills said.

Imbler girls dominate state opener

WEST-WARD ADVANCEMENT: Reva West’s Panthers have advanced to play at St. Paul at 6 p.m. Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
IMBLER — It looked like someone installed a turnstile next to the Panthers’ bench Tuesday.

Imbler filtered players in and out of a 56-34 win against Hosanna Christian in the opening round of the state playoffs.

Eight players totaled at least 13 minutes, and the Panthers sent 11 players onto the hardwood.

Outlaws shoot down Rockets

PULLING UP: Enterprise post Tricia O’Leary fires off a shot during a win against Pilot Rock. The Outlaws clinched the third seed out of the Blue Mountain Conference with the win. Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
PENDLETON — Not all wins come with a pretty bow on top — and Enterprise beat an off game, a feisty Rockets team and a little added pressure Saturday.

In the end it added up to a 39-36 win for the Outlaws.

One Rockets player voiced the overwhelming factor the shadowed this game — the loser travels to No. 1, and defending state champion, Portland Christian.

Imbler wins Old Oregon District Title

BAKER CITY — Elbows flew. Blood spilled.

Emotions ran high.

And when this hardwood brawl finally ended, Imbler was left standing, above Joseph, above Wallowa.

Above everyone.

As district champions.

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