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A key contributor

Elly Wells is shown during the 3,000 at the Pepsi Invitational April 23 in Union. Wells has been a key piece of Union’s cross country and track and field success during her career. (Observer file photo)
Elly Wells has been an integral part of both the track and field and cross country teams during her time at Union.

Wells, a senior for the Bobcats, was on cross country teams that won the state championship her first three years on the squad and took second last fall, and was part of a track team that took second two years ago, won state last year and will be in the running for another title later this month.

LadyCats roll over Culver

Top-ranked Union/Cove laid waste to yet another opponent, and will be undefeated as it heads into a trio of matchups with No. 2 Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii.

Records fall left and right at Pepsi Invite

Enterprise/Wallowa’s Nathaniel Perren clears the bar during the high jump Saturday. Perren cleared 5 feet, 8 inches to finish in a tie for third.
Records fell left and right at the 10th Annual Pepsi Invitational, as a total of nine meet records — five on the boys side and four on the girls — changed hands Saturday in Union.


Tiger baseball, softball rescheduled

The La Grande baseball and softball games at Ontario have been rescheduled due to weather. The games will we played at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.

Collman taking her talents to George Fox

La Grande’s Kylin Collman, shown in a game against The Dalles in December, has signed to play college basketball at NCAA Division III powerhouse George Fox University. Collman led the Tigers in scoring with 16.9 points per game. (Observer file photo)
La Grande’s Kylin Collman is getting the opportunity to continue her basketball career.

Tigers roll over Pioneers

La Grande’s Matt Wisdom returns a shot Thursday against McLoughlin. Wisdom and doubles teammate John Schiller won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. (Ronald Bond, The Observer)
La Grande continued to see progress on the tennis court as the boys tennis team won seven of its eight matches and the girls took the lone doubles match Thursday at home against McLoughlin.

A La Grande sports standout prepares to put a cap on her prep career

She has been a mainstay on the playing surfaces at La Grande High School since she was a freshman. 


Local trio earns all-state honors

Chase Houck from Union, and Brandon McGilvray and Trace VanCleave from Imbler, were named to the Class 2A boys all-state basketball team.


McCarthy keeps on winning for Tigers

La Grande’s Trinity McCarthy continued her winning ways, carding an 85 to take home the individual title Monday at the Baker Invitational.


Another split for Tigers

In their first Greater Oregon League doubleheader of 2016 against Baker/Powder Valley, the La Grande Tigers received consistent pitching but inconsistent offense.


Bobcats come in third, Cove fifth

Trevor Verhelst and Jayson Blackburn won individual events, the 4-by-100-meter relay team scooped up a victory and Union finished third at the Green and Gold  Invitational Friday in Pendleton.


Power surge leads ’Cats to sweep

Union/Cove may have a large group of young players and several new faces.


The Wright stuff

Jaiden Wright has become a dependable ace and leader for the Union/Cove softball team.


Union boys, Cove girls top meet despite elements

Track and field athletes from across the area endured hail and rain, yet still put on a show Thursday at the Union Twilight Meet.


Vote brings sigh of relief

Local athletic directors and coaches expressed relief at the vote by the Oregon School Activities Association delegate assembly earlier this week to table a proposal that would have removed the opportunity for the state’s individual sports programs to participate in cooperative sponsorships and replaced them with collective sponsorships.


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