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Reaction to the ruling

The Oregon School Activities Association has added a mandate for the state’s high school football programs to enroll in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program. The program will require coaches and schools to complete various trainings, including concussion assessment. Schools are recommended to enroll this fall and will be required to for the 2016 football season. (Observer file photo)
Several local football coaches and athletic directors have shown approval of the new Oregon School Activities Association mandate for schools to enroll in USA Football’s Heads Up Football program.

Overseas reflections

Imbler’s Marshal Whitaker, shown in a game last season, was granted an opportunity to participate in the United Kingdom Basketball Tour earlier this summer. (Observer file photo)
Imbler basketball player Marshal Whitaker summed up nicely a core value of the NBC camps, an organization that provides an assortment of youth sport camps.

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.

Mobile bleachers in LHS gym will be closed this fall

La Grande High School volleyball fans will have fewer seating options this fall — but still will have plenty of places to comfortably watch matches.

Imbler turns to assistant

Imbler named Tony Haddock the head coach for the boys basketball tea after he served two years as an assistant under former head coach Mike Mills. (Observer file photo)
Despite a coaching change, the Imbler boys basketball team should enjoy as smooth of a transition as possible.

A new era begins

Imbler football coaches Dustan Adams, right, and Lee Lowe give direction during a Sept. 20 game against Toledo. Adams will take over as Imbler’s new head coach after Lowe retired following the 2014 season. (Nancy Campbell photo)
After studying under an Imbler institution like Lee Lowe, Dustan Adams gained a wealth of knowledge.

MacKay looks to keep wins coming

The La Grande girls basketball program has its new coach.

Netters descend on Quinn for showdown

Cove’s Hannah Hulse is one of three local athletes named to the OACA 2A/1A Volleyball All-Star Match.
Changes to an all-star game have allowed three local athletes one last chance to put on a show for their fans and family.

The battle of the best

La Grande graduates Eli Wisdom, left, and Jared Rogers were selected to take part in the Class 4A all-star baseball series this weekend in Roseburg. The duo was among 18 players selected to the south team and will face the north team in three games starting Saturday. (Ronald Bond/The Observer)
La Grande’s Jared Rogers and Eli Wisdom are getting one more opportunity to play high school baseball.

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.

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.

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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