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Banks grounds La Grande

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La Grande’s Avery Albrecht, left, fights for a loose ball with a Banks’ player during the Braves’ 39-33 4A first round playoff win over the Tigers Saturday. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Defensive prowess was on display by both Banks and La Grande in the 4A state tournament playoffs Saturday night.

Cats bounce back for third place at state

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Union seniors, from left, Laura Herbes, Carsyn Roberts, Keesha Sarman and Chelsie Houck converge after Herbes’ free throws in the final seconds of their 51-28 win over Kennedy for third place at the 2A girls state tournament. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
After Friday’s disappointment, it wasn’t the game Union had hoped to be playing in. But the Bobcats treated its third/fifth-place game with Kennedy like a title contest and it showed.

‘Cats claw way to semis

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Union’s Carsyn Roberts splits the defense of Monroe Thursday during a quarterfinal game at the 2A state tournament in Pendleton. The Bobcats won, 44-33, to advance to the semifinals today against Western Mennonite.
PENDLETON — The No. 4 ranked Union High Lady Bobcats will finally get the rematch that they’ve been seeking for a year.



Tradition of dominance

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The La Grande girls swim team is shown holding its ninth consecutive 4A Special District 2 team championship Feb. 14.
At the heart of any dynasty, two things are typically present: a template of success handed down from the upperclassmen, and a dedicated, knowledgeable leader who oversees it all.



Cats head back to state

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Union’s Delanie Kohr (20) battles with Bonanza’s Sage Woodworth for a rebound during a 2A playoff game Saturday in Union.
Union was ahead at halftime, 36-29, but it wasn’t playing its best and knew it. And the longer Bonanza hung around, the Bobcats knew the momentum would start swinging to the visitors’ side.



Excellent Ebel

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La Grande junior Bryce Ebel won a pair of individual state titles at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet last weekend in the 50-yard freestyle race and the 100 butterfly.
Bryce Ebel first began participating in swimming when he was 7 years old. He said, at first, it felt more like a chore than a good time.



Badgers batter Rangers late

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Powder Valley’s Savanah Stephens hounds Dufur’s Sydney Reed during the Badgers’ 48-30 1A playoff win Wednesday in North Powder.
A perfectly executed inbounds strike pulled Powder Valley out of its funk in the third quarter.



Third time's the charm

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Union’s Delanie Kohr attempts a second-half shot Saturday against Burns in the 2A Wapiti League district tournament championship.
After two close regular season losses, Union turned the tables on Burns.

Tigers stand tall

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La Grande’s Jake Powell surveys the Baker defense during the Tigers’ 45-41 victory in the Greater Oregon League district championship at La Grande High Saturday.
It wasn’t a perfect game, by any means.

Chasing seven feet

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Eastern Oregon University track and field athlete Travis Simpson practices his long jump during a recent Mountaineer practice.
Eastern Oregon University track and field assistant coach Jeff Hoskisson knows it’s just a matter of time for Travis Simpson in the high jump.

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