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Blue Mountain conference open for anyone

STRONG TAKE: Kyle O'Brien and the Bobcats will look to defend their conference title in 2007-2008. - Observer file photo/PAUL HARDER
With screen writers on strike, spectators looking for scintillating drama or action need look no further than the Blue Mountain Conference.

Union rolled to a 13-1 record and a conference title last season.

This year the conference title is open for grabs.

Joseph looks to avenge title loss

BADGER BEWARE: Powder senior Candra Clark and her teammates will begin the season at 3 p.m. Friday versus Weston-McEwen. - Observer File Photo
One team is rebuilding. Another is looking to avenge last year's defeat in the title game. And a few others will be trying to make a run for that precious Old Oregon League title.

The 2007 Old Oregon League Preview:

Imbler: target among old foes

ALL SET: Powder and Cove open at 3 p.m. Friday at the Lions Club Tournament hosted by Union. - Observer file photo
Orange, black and white.

Those colors belong to Imbler athletics. Now, you can add another: red.

You know, the colors of two rings and a circle making up a bullseye?

Season Opener: Union wins, Wallowa falls

UNION — Experience paved the way to an opening win for the Bobcats Tuesday.

Union cruised to a 71-38 victory over Prairie City in the season opener.

Union coach Brad Dunten said the game was a little of a surprise.

"We executed really well,'' Dunten said. "It was almost hard to tell it was the first game. The boys ran the court really well and got some easy points.''

Lady Mounties stay perfect (3-0)

Like a jigsaw puzzle, the Mountaineers women's basketball team continues sliding the pieces into the proper slots, chipping away at the big picture.

They took another step at solving the artistic riddle Monday, defeating host Whitman, 65-56.

Laura Olsen (16 points) and Breana Olson (12 points) were the offensive pieces, interlocking with defensive pieces Sheena Henderson (8 rebounds) and Tiffanie Ulmer (9 rebounds).

To the finals! Imbler wins

If you see Nick Thompson today, do him a favor.

Pinch him.

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.

EOU cross country competes in badger state

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 for EOU.

Mohawk crushes powder pride

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
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.


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.

EOU men's basketball earns split

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.

Two year plan: EOU men running in nationals

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 this sport."

Cross country is a pandora's box for the selfish.

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