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Union/Powder pins down Outlaws, Joseph leads local pack at 1A preview tourney

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PINNED DOWN: Union/Powder Valley wrestler Cooper Pierce takes down Enterprise's Jordon Lund during a match Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
UNION — Prime time. It's what all events shoot for.

Union/Powder Valley hosted Enterprise in a wrestling dual for that reason, and didn't let the spectators down.

All seven matches ended by fall, with the Outlaws winning a lone match.


Imbler tidal wave engulfs Cove

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MC-ATTACK: Imbler senior Taylor McIntosh (center) drives past Jared Witty (left) and another Cove defender on Saturday. McIntosh finished with 23 points. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
COVE — It started like a calm day at sea, but suddenly, that ocean floor cracked, that tidal wave followed, and nothing but destruction was left in its wake.

Welcome to the scene Saturday at Cove High, as Imbler exploded tsunami-style in the second half, sending Leopards scampering to higher ground in a 63-25 rout.


Powder prevails, knocks off Joseph

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EAGLES CLIPPED: Joseph guard Chris Harshman drives to the lane Friday at Powder Valley. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
NORTH POWDER — There was Powder Valley junior Justin Allen, watching the ball come directly in front of him, listening to the crowd chant for one more defensive stop.

Tick, tock, went the clock. Thump, thump, went the spectators' hearts.

Powder led by one, and here came the basketball, entering the hands of Eagles guard Chris Harshman, and just as quickly, there it went, leaving those hands courtesy of a cat-like swipe from Mr. Allen.


Reynolds rallies Bobcats past Outlaws

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STRIKING STRATTON: Union defender Carrie Stratton blocks a shot from behind Enterprise post Sara Butterfield during a 45-43 win Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
UNION — Bobcats and Blue Mountain Conference beware: there is a snake in the grass.

The Union girls basketball nearly got bit by Enterprise Friday, escaping with a 45-43 win.

Outlaws head coach Mike Crawford left the Union gym feeling good about his team.


Bobcats bury Outlaws

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BOBCAT BARRAGE: Union guard Kyle Langford tallied 13 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out eight assists Friday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
UNION — A strong start and finish spelled out a win for Union Friday.

The Bobcats ran by Enterprise 76-49 in a Blue Mountain Conference battle.

Union jumped out to a 22-10 lead after one quarter, and didn't look back.

Bobcats head coach Brett Dunten said it was a great team effort.


Good times in Mountie land: EOU men and women both win

SALEM — Another tight game, another EOU men's basketball victory.

Go figure.

Kyle Janke sunk two free throws with four seconds left, allowing Eastern Oregon to prevail, 70-68 against host Corban College.

"We found enough toughness to find ways to get it done," EOU coach Ryan Looney said. "I was excited because we had to fight back a little bit."


La Grande girls lose to Fruitland

Success comes in stages.

Thursday brought a huge leap forward for the La Grande girls basketball team.

The Tigers kept their momentum during a 36-34 loss to Fruitland Friday.


Local wrestlers battle at Ben Padilla tournament in Idaho

PARMA, IDAHO — At the Ben Padilla Tournament, two Elgin wrestlers earned trips into the semifinals.

Wil Burgess (135 pounds) and Jake Kennedy (140 pounds) will compete today, hoping to become tournament champions.

In the consolation rounds, it will be Jacob Witherspoon (103 pounds), A.J. Plummer (112 pounds) and Scott Halsey (160 pounds).


La Grande escapes Bulldog comeback

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GOOD SHOT: La Grande wing Britanni Good goes to the basket during a 37-31 overtime in against Baker Thursday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Stat ... Clear ...

Whatever a doctor says to bring a person back to life echoed through the hall of La Grande High School Thursday.

The patient — Tigers girls basketball head coach Jim MacKay.


Tigers teamwork tames Bulldogs

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SHARP SHOOTER: La Grande senior Cody McKague knocks down a shot during Thursday's 64-51 win against Baker. McKague finished with six points. Kevin Attilla led the team with 15 points. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Countless hours spent working on passing, shooting and defense paid off.

More importantly a sign when leaving the gym tells what the La Grande boys basketball team is all about.

Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.

That attitude carried the Tigers to a 64-51 win against rival Baker City Thursday.


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