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CLASS 4A BASEBALL: Tigers season comes to an end in blowout loss

The La Grande baseball team suffered a blowout loss to end the season, falling at North Marion 12-3 in the OSAA 4A quarterfinals.

CLASS 1A SOFTBALL: Union/Cove advances to semis

The Union/Cove softball team advanced to the semifinals of the OSAA Class 1A state tournament with a 5-0 win over Prospect Charter/Butte Falls.

Youth team wins title

La Grande 14-under team takes Meridian tournament

Even a step up in age groups did not deter the La Grande under-14 baseball team.

Last weekend La Grande went undefeated at the Memorial Day Invitational in Meridian, Idaho, with its 6-5 win in the bottom of the seventh against Meridian Youth Baseball in the championship game.


Wright can do no wrong

Union/Cove centerfielder Chelsea Houck successfully lays down the bunt that allowed shortstop Keesha Sarman to score the final run of the game in the sixth inning to beat Regis. The Lady Cats clinched the win as a result of the OSAA’s 10-run mercy rule. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Lady Cat sophomore goes 3-for-3 at the plate, throws a one-hitter to fuel opening round victory

Throughout each practice leading up to its playoff opener against Regis, Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips constantly emphasized the importance of scoring early runs to put immediate pressure on the opposition.

Kindra Moore responded, clubbing a two-run home run that bounced off the top of the fence, then over to score. The Lady Cats never looked back and remained in complete control of the entire game at home to win 10-0 in six innings Wednesday. 


Learning the right way to go fly fishing

Les Henderson, right, watches closely as expert fly fisherman Duane Thompson demonstrates some proper form for effective casting during a Grande Ronde Fly Fishers activity at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

With summer fast approaching, the Grande Ronde Fly Fishers comprise a club of men seeking to expand local interest in fly fishing.

On May 21, former national fly fishing champion and La Grande resident Duane Thompson held a tutorial at Pioneer Park on how to correctly cast, while also correcting common fly fishing mistakes.  


Tigers begin playoffs

Tyson Wicklander makes a leaping grab for the Tigers during a regular season game at Pioneer Park. Wicklander was named a first-team all-Greater Oregon League selection along with Tanner Stremcha and Jared Rogers. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Tigers travel to take on Scappoose Indians

Following an impressive 6-1 victory over Tillamook at Pioneer Park Thursday, the La Grande baseball squad qualified for the state playoffs after losing in the play-in game three consecutive years.

“It does feel like we got a monkey off our back with the win,” La Grande head coach Parker McKinley said.  


Outlaws enter postseason on hot streak

Once his team takes the field, Outlaws head coach Travis Huffman hopes everyone’s butterflies collectively fly away.

Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa, the No. 7 seed in the 3A playoffs, hosts No. 10 Santiam Christian at Enterprise today at 1:30 p.m. in a first-round matchup.


EOU outperforms expectations at national meet


The Eastern Oregon men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams both enjoyed what head coach Ben Welch called a very successful collective showing at the NAIA national championships in Gulf Shores, Ala., Thursda through Saturday.

The men’s team resoundingly exceeded expectations, finishing eighth overall after entering the meet 26th, while the women finished 26th as a team. 



White finishes career on a high

Senior saves her best for last in her final state meet for the Tigers

Track and field may not be her favorite sport, but you wouldn’t know it based on how Haley White performed at the OSAA 4A track and field state championships in Eugene.

In the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, the La Grande senior reeled off the two best times of her career, placing third in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300, spurring the Tigers to a 10th-place finish Saturday at Hayward Field. 


Tigers finish out strong

Shay Henderson, center, of La Grande races during a 100-meter preliminary Friday at the OSAA state track and field championships. The senior ended up taking ninth in the race, and was a part of the Tiger team that took seventh in the 4-by-100 meter relay. (JOSH BENHAM/The Observer)

A decisive final push helped the La Grande girls earn a top-10 finish Saturday at the OSAA 4A state track and field championships.

In the final race of the weekend, the 4-by-400 meter relay team ran a team-best time of 4 minutes, 6.68 seconds to claim fourth place. As a result, the Tigers finished with 26 team points to finish 10th Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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