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La Grande 9-10 All-Stars off to hot start at state

It’s been business as usual for the La Grande 9-10 All-Stars at the state tournament.

Big fish in big pond

La Grande Swim Club’s Garren Dutto, 14, is one of four swimmers to qualify for the 2015 Arena Western Zone Senior Championships July 29 through Aug. 2 in Clovis, California. (Josh Benham, The Observer)
Each weekday morning the members of the La Grande Swim Club head down to the Veterans Memorial Swim Pool. Inevitably, there’s going to be days when the kids simply don’t want to get in the water, but all of them find the strength to push through.

Legends’ season ends in sweep

La Grande’s Brad Bell runs in for a fly ball during the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader against Pendleton. (Ronald Bond, The Observer)
The La Grande Legacy Ford Dodge Legends pulled off a big comeback Thursday night in the district playoffs against the Pendleton Pepsi DiamondJaxx.

Two nights down at the Chief Joseph Days PRCA Rodeo

Clayton Jon Bigelow of Clements, California, had the high score bareback ride with 82 points for the first two nights of the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. (Katy Nesbitt, The Observer)
JOSEPH — The 70th Chief Joseph Days Rodeo got off to a rollicking start Wednesday night, highlighted by an 82-point bareback ride by Clayton Jon Bigelow of Clements, California.

La Grande ends state by taking third

This time, Bend South was able to hold on to its lead against La Grande after allowing a big comeback a few days earlier.

Backyard success

Tom Marshall, of Medford, takes aim at a target while group members watch at the Oregon Bow Hunters 3-D state championships July 19 at the Grande Ronde Bowmen’s range on Mt. Emily. (Josh Benham, The Observer)
It had been so long since the La Grande area hosted a state tournament that most local archers couldn’t remember the last one. With the Oregon Bow Hunters state 3-D championships July 18 and 19, Grande Ronde Bowmen members were anxious to see how it was viewed by those around the state.

Appleseed Shoot on deck

Organizers are gearing up for the third annual La Grande Appleseed Shoot, set for Aug. 1 and 2 at the La Grande Rifle and Pistol Club Range. 

Hoodoo named in National Historic Register

The Hoodoo lookout tower on the Umatilla National Forest was recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. The forest plans to renovate the site. (Courtesy photo)
ENTERPRISE — A historic Wallowa County lookout tower was named among Oregon’s latest entries in the National Register of Historic Places.

Worth their weight

Christopher Herrera is among six local lifters set to compete in the Old School Powerlifting Championships July 25 in Ontario. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
Among the crew that La Grande strength coach Dino Herrera trains, there’s a mix of weightlifters who are relatively new to the competitive side, with others searching for a new way to stay in shape. Herrera is leading five of those pupils to a regional competition, plus himself, to see how they match up with the best of the immediate area.

Leaving the position, not the sport

Lin Casciato, left, and Kali Avila discuss strategy during a La Grande softball game in April. Casciato has stepped down from the Tigers’ head coaching position. (Observer file photo)
In many ways, the crack of the bat, the ball kicking up chalk as it hits the foul line and the umpire calling an out are as much a part of Lin Casciato as the blood that pumps through his veins.

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