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Youth vie for glory

Joe Lathrop, left, and Jarom Huntsman approach the finish line during the 100-meter race in the boys 11- and 12-year-old division Wednesday at the Track Town Youth League meet. The top two finishers in each category qualified for a championship meet June 27 at Hayward Field in Eugene. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
Youth track and field athletes from the area earned the right to compete in the same venue their high school, collegiate and professional heroes do.

Four chosen to all-state roster

La Grande’s Eli Wisdom was named a Class 4A third-team all-state outfielder, one of four Tiger seniors chosen to the all-state team. (Observer file photo)
Even though the La Grande baseball team didn’t get as far in the Class 4A state playoffs as it hoped, Oregon took notice that the Tigers were a talent-laden team.

Billingsley named preseason All-American

Eastern Oregon University senior running back Jace Billingsley was named a Sporting News NAIA Preseason All-American. (Observer file photo)
When your name appears in the Sporting News, you know you’re doing something right.

OSAA should return to old ways

The winding down of each sports season brings time of reflection. The wondering about the season that has just ended. The “what ifs” that plague players, coaches and fans alike. Learning from the mistakes to better prepare for the future.

Six seniors lead the way for Ravens on all-EOL squad

Elgin/Imbler junior Karigan Wilhelm was named to the all-Eastern Oregon League first team as a pitcher. Wilhelm was one of eight Ravens’ players to be awarded an all-league honor. (Observer file photo)
Elgin/Imbler’s Miah Slater received one of the best surprises of her athletic career.

Lady Cats stunned

Union/Cove’s Keesha Sarman gets forced out at second by Weston-McEwen/Griswold’s Charmayne Bennett during the fourth inning of the Class 2A/1A state semifinals Tuesday. The TigerScots upset the Lady Cats 3-0. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
There will be a new champion in Class 2A/1A softball.

'Cats throttle Irish

Union/Cove shortstop Keesha Sarman throws to first to get an out during the second inning of Wednesday’s state playoff game against Waldport. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
One down, three to go.

Tigers softball rewarded with nine all-GOL players

La Grande’s Kali Avila, right, shown April 17 against Ontario, was named first-team all-GOL as a catcher. (Observer file photo)
The La Grande softball team had a tendency to score runs in bunches in 2015, as the Tigers reached double digits 10 times and scored 203 runs, 70 more than a year ago.

Tigers reap rewards

After sharing the Greater Oregon League title and qualifying for a spot in a state play-in game, the La Grande baseball team earned some individual accolades.


Top cats!

The Union girls track and field team are all smiles after winning a state title at the Class 2A state championships Thursday and Friday in Eugene. It was the first time since 1996 that the Bobcats finished in first place, after edging out East Linn Christian, 62-56.
Union head coach Jay Blackburn may have had the understatement of the weekend in Eugene.

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