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Tigers' title run falls short in finals

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
EUGENE — What is a poll worth? Not very much following the Class 4A State Championship.

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.

Panthers prowl, move on to Perrydale

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
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.


How fitting.

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.

Oh, so close

Tears poured onto the field, streaming from the eyes of Tigers athletes who just saw their season come to an end.

On this night, though, there is nothing to be sad about. Nothing to be ashamed about and everything to be proud about.

Dufur spoils IHS title hopes

Imbler's Liz Eckstein digs a return at the state tournament Friday. Imbler fell to Dufur in five games in the semifinal. - The Observer/PAUL HARDER
FOREST GROVE — Panther pride won't diminish, even after a semifinal loss at the Class 1A state playoffs.

Imbler fell to Dufur in five games (25-21, 10-25, 23-25, 25-13, 15-11) at Pacific University Friday.

Panthers head coach Jennifer Teeter said there was nothing to sulk about.

EOU ups record to 4-0

The Mountaineers' Paul Carollo puts up a shot in Friday's game against Montana Tech at the Aramark Quinn Classic. Carollo scored six points in the Mountaineers' 89-57 win. - The Observer/CHRIS BAXTER
The Eastern Oregon University men's basketball team stretched its early season win streak to four games Friday, knocking off Montana Tech, 89-57, in the opening round of the Quinn Classic tournament.

Playing before their hometown crowd in newly refurbished Quinn Coliseum, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 9-2 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes and never let the Orediggers into the game from there.

It's playoff time!

MBLER — They'll pull over those white and orange jerseys, leave the residence, drive or walk or run toward the football field, then watch those varsity athletes in black and orange jerseys put on a community show.

Imbler football. Perfect in the regular season. Maybe soon to be perfect in the postseason.

It's here. And it starts with Mitchell-Spray (7-1) at 2 p.m Saturday at Imbler (9-0).

"It's going to be great for the community," Imbler's 29-year coach Lee Lowe said just minutes before practice Thursday. "This is the time of year when everyone is anxious to get going."

Wildlife workers keep eye out for Avian Flu in Ladd Marsh birds

Hunters who take birds at Ladd Marsh might find themselves stopped by wildlife officials who are sampling birds for avian flu. - Photo/ODFW
The WHO would be impressed with what is taking place at the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area.

No, not the legendary English rock band, but a Switzerland-based organization that marches to a more methodical but urgent beat — the World Health Organization.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are monitoring birds at Ladd Marsh and at waterfowl sites throughout the nation for avian flu.

Tigers set for Estacada

Huddling around the laptop Friday night, several Tigers coaches could not hide their glee upon learning their berth into the OSAA playoffs.

Can they do it? Tigers look to bring home OSAA title

Imagine the thought.

The volleyball strikes the hardwood floor. The scoreboard clicks to 25. The crowd roars. The bench jumps. And at that moment of jubilation and exhilaration, you will be the best 4A team in Oregon.

Lactose Intolerance

LOOK OF DESPAIR: Erich Mielke is left pondering a 1-0 loss to Tillamook, while the Cheesemakers celebrate in the background - Observer photos/PAUL HARDER
Soccer balls can take precarious bounces, and Tuesday in the opening round of the state playoffs, the bounces did not go La Grande's way.

A subdued Tigers boys soccer team walked off the field after falling to Tillamook, 1-0.

La Grande head coach Zachary Lauritzen looked shell shocked, and was left searching for answers.

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