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Legends falter twice at Woodbat Classic Invite

Mud Dogs also lose pair in Spokane

It was a brutal start of the Woodbat Classic Invitation in Spokane, Wash., for the La Grande Legacy Legends, as they suffered two one-run defeats on the opening day Thursday.

 

Long road back

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Kayla Rasmussen flies over a hurdle during her junior year at the Oregon state track and field championships in Eugene. She recently signed to run track at Eastern Oregon.
 

Recent Eastern Oregon signee looks to collegiate career after high school senior season derailed by illness

After a tumultuous senior year as part of the La Grande High School track and field team, Kayla Rasmussen relishes her shot at redemption after committing to run for Eastern Oregon University.

“I’m excited to see what I can do, because I never got to finish how I wanted to,” she said. 

 

Protection a must for native species

WALLOWA — Along a river bank where the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce Tribe once camped and fished for salmon, the Wallowa Land Trust diligently works to protect its habitat.

On a drizzly June morning, volunteers gathered to fence young willows along the shore where the Wallowa and Lostine rivers join. The idea is the young willows have established themselves but need protection from browsing deer to flourish.

 

Abundance of beauty

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Baker City Herald Editor Jayson Jacoby and his son, Max, 3, hike through one of the many meadows along the Crane Creek Trail in the North Fork John Day Wilderness. (LISA BRITTON for The Observer)
 

Hiking along Umatilla’s Crane Creek gives glimpses of diverse fauna, wildlife

The elk weren’t quite the accommodating photo subjects that zoo animals usually are.

But for wildlife — and wildlife that live in a wilderness area, no less — the elk were pretty patient.

 

Tingelstad, Ribich race to wins at Hafer Run

ENTERPRISE — A record turnout of runners faced cool temperatures at the annual Amy Hafer Run in Enterprise Saturday morning.

Recent Enterprise High School graduate David Ribich, who will run track and cross country for Western Oregon University this fall, won the men’s 5k in a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds. 

 

Earp powers Wolfpack to finals

The 12-and-under La Grande Wolfpack found more trouble than head coach Shane Frederick expected Tuesday, but managed to pull out a 9-5 victory over Milton-Freewater at the Pendleton Tournament semifinals.

“We did not play our best today,” Frederick said. “Milton-Freewater really came to play, but we were still able to find a way to win.”

 

Fox, Lathrop and Baxter shine in Eugene

A trio of area athletes enjoyed superb showings at Saturday’s Hershey’s Track and Field Oregon state finals at Hayward Field in Eugene. 

La Grande’s Alisa Fox took second place in both the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races in the 13- and 14-year-old age groups, clocking in at 2 minutes, 42 seconds, and 5 minutes, 44 seconds, respectively. Fox also placed in the standing long jump, where she finished 10th.

 

Mud Dogs romp

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Mud Dogs center fielder Isaiah Cranford successfully steals second base during the bottom of the second inning in La Grande’s 14-7 win over Baker Tuesday at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Fourth-inning outburst propels La Grande to win

The La Grande Mud Dogs only needed seven hits to score 14 runs en route to a 14-7 victory over Baker Tuesday at Pioneer Park.

While La Grande and Baker originally agreed to play a doubleheader, the teams later agreed to play one nine-inning game instead. Baker had played six games in a tournament last weekend. None of the five Baker pitchers who threw against the Mud Dogs could establish their command, as the Mud Dogs were walked 17 times.

 

Mud Dogs pound Baker

The La Grande Mud Dogs steamrolled Baker en route to a 14-6 victory.
 

Imnaha River Chinook fishing to open for one weekend

ENTERPRISE — The Imnaha River will open for spring Chinook fishing on Saturday and Sunday under temporary rules announced today by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

 
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