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Panthers take out Union again

The Imbler Panthers bounced back emphatically from their worst lost of the season to earn an important road win.


A record-setting day

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La Grande senior Abbey Felley, shown during the girls 200-yard medley relay, set meet records in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 butterfly Saturday at the La Grande Invitational. The Tigers set five meet records in all. (Ronald Bond, The Observer)
A record-setting performance drove the La Grande swim team to victory at Saturday’s La Grande Invitational.


Tigers can't escape

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La Grandeís Elijah Livingston, right, tries to break out of the grasp of Bakerís Clay Keller Thursday during a dual at La Grande High School. Keller won the bout by a 6-3 decision, and the Bulldogs won the dual, 55-10. (Cherise Kaechele, The Observer)
The La Grande wrestling team suffered a tough 55-10 loss in its home dual against Great Oregon League rival Baker Thursday night.


Tigers win, but lose starter

The La Grande Tigers did just what was expected in a blowout win of Greater Oregon League rival Ontario, but now face the prospect of not having one of their top scorers for a couple of weeks.


Getting on track

La Grande may not have solved all its early season issues just yet, but Friday’s decimation of Greater Oregon League rival Ontario is an indicator that the team is righting the ship.


La Grande boys, girls earn blowout wins

Andrew Peasley scored 12 points, G.T. Blackman added 11, and 10 La Grande players scored as the Tigers routed Greater Oregon League rival Ontario, 62-26, Friday night in La Grande.

A surprising start

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Enterpriseís Shane Lund attempts to pin Bakerís Alejandro Duran-Puente in the consolation title match Dec. 12, 2015 at the Muilenburg Tournament in La Grande. Lund, a freshman, has already collected five tournament titles this season and has compiled a 26-3 record on the mat. (Observer file photo)
Enterprise wrestler Shane Lund has surprised himself with how well he has started his high school career.

Union, Imbler collide again

Union and Imbler’s first Wapiti League basketball game of the season was expected to have major implications.

Outlaws win seven in Wallowa

Enterprise’s lightweight wrestlers continued their winning ways Wednesday at the Border Battle in Wallowa.


A calm competitor

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Unionís Delanie Kohr, left, pulls down a rebound in a game last weekend against Joseph. The junior, who finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the win, is a three-sport standout for the Bobcats, and has taken on a greater leadership role on the basketball court this season.
Union’s Delanie Kohr represents a fairly stark contrast to the typical high school player. While many prep athletes ride emotional roller coasters, Kohr is exactly the opposite.



Bobcats earn decisive victory

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Union senior Elly Wells whips a pass out of a Joseph double-team Saturday during the Bobcats 54-26 nonleague win.
Joseph came out with the full-court pressure, but it was Union’s defense that wreaked havoc on its opponent’s offense.



Panthers knock off Huskies

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Imblerís Anu Kanoho, right, sets to go up for a shot against Elginís Devin Packard.
As it has done much of the season, Imbler received contributions throughout the lineup as it began Wapiti League action with a home victory.



A Trace of excellence

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Imbler senior Trace VanCleave is back for the Panthers after being named first-team all-league in the Class 2A Wapiti League last season. (Josh Benham, The Observer)
The term ‘basketball junkie’ gets tossed around quite often in the sport. But for Imbler’s Trace VanCleave, it fits him to a ‘T’.


Taking their game up a level

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La Grandeís Josh Ebel, shown in a game against Ontario Oct. 17, will sign to play for the Eastern Oregon University menís soccer team and is one of three Tigers from last yearís squad signing with the Mountaineers. (Observer file photo)
A trio of La Grande boys soccer players are trading in their blue and white uniforms for the navy and gold combination of Eastern Oregon University.


Cove back to 8-man

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The Cove football team, pictured here during a game against Imbler in 2013, will be back at the Class 1A 8-man level after the Cove School Board approved to halt the co-op with Union in 2A. The decision comes on the heels of the OSAA approving Coveís petition to go back down to 1A for all sports beginning in the fall of 2016. (Observer file photo)
It’s official: the Cove football team will be back competing at the Class 1A level.


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