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Panther payback - Imbler moving on to Forest Grove

PANTHER PERFECTION: Imbler seniors Amanda Bigej (right) and Liz Eckstein (left) avenged last year's playoff defeat to Condon/Wheeler. The Panthers will face Crow at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Pacific University.
IMBLER — Did you feel that rumbling coming from Imbler Saturday afternoon?

It wasn't an earthquake. Nor a tremor. Just a pack of Panthers jumping in excitement.

Imbler Panthers, that is. And they created such ground-shaking effects upon defeating Condon/Wheeler (25-23, 20-25, 25-11, 26-24), earning a trip into the OSAA final eight at Pacific University.

Tigers scary, lose by 50

TIGERS TUMBLE: Despite finishing 1-8, Greater Oregon League third-seed La Grande will host Estacada (7-2) either Friday or Saturday in the OSAA playoffs.
Apparently Halloween is a three-day holiday in La Grande.

Scary offense. Creepy defense. Chilling special teams. Even author Stephen King would've been horrified with the Tigers' display Friday night in their 50-0 loss versus Ontario at EOU Community Stadium.


Heppner dominates title tilt

LINED UP: Elgin wide receiver Will Burgess checks his position prior to a play against Heppner Friday. The Huskies dropped the conference title game 48-0.
ELGIN — Elgin attempted to corral the Mustangs Friday in a conference title game.

It turned out to be a bad idea — call it a stampede.

Heppner bucked any ideas of a loss — and an offensive score.

Huskies head coach Chad Peck said the opposition won each battle.

EOU hangs tough at Utah State

PROVO, Utah — They came out firing on all cylinders, putting up a good fight against Division 1 host Utah State.

But in the end, the bigger, physical, faster Utah State team was too much, as the Mounties fell short, 83-59.

"We couldn't keep up with them," EOU coach Anji Weissenfluh said. "It was like someone popped the bubble and all our steam went out."

Playoff? Odds favor La Grande

This is it.

Nine seniors will play their last varsity football game tonight at EOU Community Stadium. They'll announce the players' most memorable moment. What they'll miss. Future plans. You name it.

It's Senior Night. It's Homecoming. It's the Tigers' final regular season home game at 7 p.m. versus Ontario (9-0, 2-0) at EOU Community Stadium.

EOU set for no. 24 Montana Tech

MOUNTIES MARCH: EOU quarterback Brad Padayao will return to action Saturday after missing time with a hamstring injury. The Mounties will host No. 24-ranked Montana Tech on Saturday at noon.
Community Stadium has transformed in to a permanent MASH unit.

The most frequent visitors have been the Mountaineers football team.

EOU head coach Ian Shields said he's not placing the blame on the lackluster season on any one thing.

Skiers eager for new groomer to work its magic

Looking for a ski area that offers improved trails and great conditions even during icy periods?

Look no farther than the Meacham Divide Ski Area.

Powers-less: Badgers advance, win

BADGER BEWARE: Powder Valley sophomore Sami Fritz helped her team to its opening- round victory Wednesday night versus Powers. The Badgers will visit Griswold at 5 p.m. Saturday for the right to qualify for the Final Eight at Pacific University Nov. 9-10
NORTH POWDER — They shook pom-poms, clapped, chanted, cheered and, at one point, even pulled off The Wave.

Such enthusiasm from passionate parents and students inside Powder Valley High propelled their Badgers to victory Wednesday in a three-game sweep against visiting Powers (25-18, 25-23, 25-21).

Goodbye, Round One.

District dominance

TOUGH 10: Union/Powder Valley cross country runner Michael Cox (far right) took eighth at the district meet at McKay Park in Pendleton. The team will compete state meet at Lane Community College Saturday.
PENDLETON — An amazing effort led to a district championship for the Union/Powder Valley boys cross country team.

The team placed five runners in the top-10, including three in the top-four.

Union/Powder Valley coach Steve Sheehy said his team is flying.

Panthers prowl, win district title

Badgers still alive: Powder Valley sophomore Sami Fritz (pictured) and her Badgers teammates placed third at the 1A-7 Old Oregon League District Tournament. The Badgers host Powers (1A-4 Skyline League third place) on Wednesday night. If Powder Valley wins on Halloween, they will play Saturday, Nov. 3 at Griswold (1A-6 first place) for the right to advance to the final eight at Pacific University.
There was the solid-white volleyball, dropping in a tailspin of destiny toward the EOU Quinn Coliseum hardwood.

When it finally struck, the Imbler bench emptied. The crowd roared. And as Panthers players and coaches met in a celebratory huddle, they jumped and hugged and exhaulted their right index fingers toward the heavens.

1A-7 Old Oregon League District Champions.

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