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Where's Dennis?

Dennis had come to the Anthony Creek feeding site of the Elkhorn Wildlife Area since at least 2000. The Rocky Mountain bull elk has not been seen this winter. - Submitted photos
The question is asked with increasing frequency by people visiting the Elkhorn Wildlife Viewing Area.

Where is Dennis?

Dennis is a six-point bull elk that has visited the Elkhorn Wildlife Viewing Area's Anthony Creek feeding site regularly for at least eight years.

La Grande swimming teams leave Baker City with wins

BAKER CITY — The La Grande boys swim team returned from the Christmas break with a pair of wins, the latest coming in Baker City Saturday.

On the boys' side, the Tigers dominated Baker with a 173.5 team points. The Bulldogs finished with 104.5.

La Grande placed first in every event at the meet.

The I-84 cup: EOU men vs. College of Idaho

Quinn Coliseum has been empty for 25 days. The iron rims and backboards have been waiting for Spalding leather. The stands have been waiting for shouting Mountie Madmen donning the school colors of blue and gold.

Tonight, the wait ends, as EOU men's basketball hosts Cascade Conference rival College of Idaho at 7:30 p.m. It's the first of three home games this week for the No. 6-ranked Mountaineers.

Welcome home.

Tigers send Seagulls home with a loss

UN-WINDE-ING: La Grande senior Gage Winde finished with 10 points during a 66-52 win against Seaside Saturday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
Ad executives may want to think about the La Grande boys basketball team when dreaming up another commercial featuring a bunny beating a drum, because they just don’t stop.

The Tigers used a frenzied attack to down Seaside 66-52 Saturday.

La Grande head coach Aaron Mills admitted the tempo can get a little overwhelming.

La Grande lets Seaside slip away with a win

TIGER TROUBLE: La Grande post Carlene MacKay connects on a field goal during a 50-46 loss to Seaside Saturday. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
A Tigers team teetering on the cusp fell the wrong way Saturday.

The La Grande girls basketball team battled with Seaside but eventually lost the  war 50-46.

Tigers head coach Jim MacKay said he’s waiting for the team to take the big leap.

Badgers fend off courageous Cougars

BEWARE OF THE BADGER: Justin Allen drives to the basket Friday versus Wallowa. Allen would finish the game with 14 points — one of four Badgers who finished in double-digit scoring. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
NORTH POWDER — There was Jordan Pratt, establishing his no-fly zone in the Powder paint, swatting away two shots like annoying insects. There was Justin Allen and Keegan Conro, draining shots from behind the arc, giving their Badgers a large first-quarter lead.

Sixteen points for Powder.

Two for Wallowa.

Tigers advance four wrestlers to semifinal round

NAMPA, Idaho — Klel Carson saw four of his La Grande wrestlers achieve three wins Friday in pool-play action at the Rollie Lane Tournament in Nampa, Idaho.

As a result, those wrestlers will be competing in tournament action today, beginning at 9 a.m. (MT).

Those Tigers wrestlers would be 112-pounder Dylan McCallum, 152-pounder Chase Shirley and 160-pounder John Tuck — each finished 3-0 — and 135-pounder Trent Hardwick (he finished 3-1).

Opening runs fuel La Grande

NICELY DONE: La Grande's Zach Nice drives to the basket during a 59-37 win against Tillamook Friday. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Built up animosity came out during the La Grande boys basketball game against Tillamook Friday.

Luke Kevan remembered how the Cheesemakers ended his soccer season, a 1-0 loss Nov. 6 in the second round of the state playoffs.

The senior wasn't going to lose to them again.

He didn't.

Wilder leaves Leopards looking for answers

BOARD WAR: The Leopards' Ryan Pagliarulo (22) and Josh Hamilton (15) battle with Wilder post Josh Rivera (41) for a rebound during a 60-50 loss Friday. - The Observer/BRUCE MASON
COVE — They came out like and old bottle of soda.


No fizz.

Just bland.

As a result, this Cove boys basketball team fell short versus visiting Wilder, Idaho, 60-50.

Patton leads surge past Pirates

TAKING AIM: Eagles guard Gavin Baynes drives to the basket during a 48-42 win against Riverside Thursday. The win extends Joseph’s winning streak to six games. - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
JOSEPH — Two options are better than one.

The Eagles boys basketball team proved this during a 48-42 win against Class 3A Riverside Thursday.

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