If you see Nick Thompson today, do him a favor.
Tell the Imbler quarterback this magic carpet ride is reality,
not a dream. Tell him that scoreboard Saturday reading Imbler 68, South
Wasco 46 was real, not stage five sleep.
Go ahead. Grab two fingers, place them on his right arm, and give him a slight squeeze.
KENOSHA, Wisc. — A difficult Wisconsin course and a fast field got the best of the Mountaineers' cross country teams Saturday.
On the men's side EOU finished 19th.
Individually, Zach Heath got a strong start, faded after 2.75
miles and then rallied well over the last 800-meters to finish first
NORTH POWDER — It was centered
across the end zone, written in red and blue, symbolizing the Powder
Valley mindset in this OSAA quarterfinal playoff game.
MISSED CHANCES: Powder Valley junior Justin Allen tries to reel in a potential touchdown pass from quarterback Keegan Conro at the Mohawk goal line in the second quarter. However, the ball was tipped into the air and intercepted, resulting in one of several misssed opportunities in the first half for Powder Valley. Mohawk scored 22 points in the second quarter and took a 40-6 lead into halftime, putting the game well out of reach. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
There it stood, a word of high self-esteem and respect, clearly
visible on dry grass. But in the end, the lettering was torn and
smeared, partly from Mother Nature, partly from Mohawk players crossing
the goal line nine times.
Perfection no longer remains, but if you would've presented Ryan Looney with a 6-1 record before the season started, well...
"I would've said, ‘I'll take it,'" the EOU men's basketball
coach said Sunday night, one day after returning from a two-game
tournament in Caldwell, Idaho.
At that College of Idaho Golden Rule Shootout, EOU rallied
from an early deficit to win Saturday, and also played tough against
Divsion-1 Westminister on Friday, despite losing.
Every success starts with a plan — some just take longer to carry out.
The Eastern Oregon men's cross country team met one of its goals
after qualifying for the national meet in Kenosha, Wis., today.
Mountaineers head coach Ben Welch said it took a change of mind.
"It took the team a while to buy into the program," Welch said.
"We faced a combination of problems, none of which are conducive to
Cross country is a pandora's box for the selfish.
As they huddled at midfield, raising those
black and orange helmets toward the Imbler sky, Panthers players
collectively yelled a celebratory line in unison, signifying their
opening-round playoff win.
West-ward expansion: Nick West and the Panthers will head to Perrydale looking for a berth to the Class 1A state football semifinals. - Submitted photo/ERIC VALENTINE
Yes, that's what they said.
Maybe it was a reference to Imbler cooking another opponent, this time in the likes of Mitchell-Spray.
Whatever it meant, Imbler hopes to yell the comic celebratory
line again at Perrydale at noon Saturday in an OSAA quarterfinal
How many people woke up feeling refreshed in Oregon today? Probably not many following the Ducks' loss in Tucson.
While most fans of the soon to be former No. 2 team will not admit it, they were preparing for it.
It used to be death and taxes were the only two certainties in
life, but add another one to the stone slab — the Ducks will let you
The Mountaineers did not draw up a one-win season prior to starting the 2007 campaign, but it worked out that way.
MAYBE NEXT YEAR: Mounties sophomore defensive back Ulises Trejo gallops downfield Saturday versus Montana State Northern. - The Observer/CHRIS BAXTER
Following a loss to Montana State Northern, EOU dropped to 1-10
in the Frontier Conference — with the lone win coming at home against
the University of Montana State Western, 38-24.
This season wipes out a streak of three consecutive winning seasons.
EUGENE — What is a poll worth? Not very much following the Class 4A State Championship.
LYMAN LEADING: Tigers senior Josi Lyman puts down a kill during the championship match against Sisters Saturday. La Grande lost in five games. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Sisters walked away with the title after rallying past La Grande in five games (18-25, 26-24, 19-25, 25-13, 15-10) Saturday.
All year long La Grande and Estacada graced the top of the polls.
Following the championship match, Sisters topped them both.
IMBLER — There was Imbler coach
Lee Lowe, entering the locker room, listening to his screaming
Panthers, followed by a chorus of thunderous clapping, then one
collective, shouting message.
PANTHER PRIDE: Imbler senior quarterback Nick Thompson accounted for seven touchdowns Saturday in a 69-20 win against Mitchell-Spray. The Panthers will play at Perrydale at noon Saturday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
They said it after the game, used it during the game, and now,
this 1A Special District 4 school is headed to the OSAA Final Eight.