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Tigers hoard league honors

Ray Jimenez, left, and Andrew Peasley were both named to the all-Greater Oregon League first-team offense, with Peasley selected as Offensive Player of the Year. (Observer file photo)
La Grande’s impressive 2015 football season received a fitting cap as 13 Tigers were given all-Greater Oregon League honors and the team swept the Player of the Year award on both sides of the ball.

Pirates steal win from Cougars

The Wallowa Cougars had just taken a 22-point lead late in the third quarter and were in prime position to advance to the Class 1A football semifinals.

Wright leads eight Tigers

La Grande's Lewis Wright (9) was named Greater Oregon League Player of the Year. (Observer file photo)
The La Grande boys soccer team posted its best season since 2003, finishing 9-4-1, winning the Greater Oregon League and reaching the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Tigers land six on all-league

La Grande’s Kali Avila was chosen as Greater Oregon League Player of the Year and among six Tigers who were named all-league. (Observer file photo)
The La Grande volleyball team not only brought home its fifth consecutive Greater Oregon League championship this fall, but earned a nice share of individual hardware along the way.

Cascade brings Tigers' season to an end

Cascade's Garrett Coffey amassed 331 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns, leading the Cougars to a 42-27 victory over the La Grande Tigers Friday night in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.

Waiting his turn

Imbler senior Tyler Tandy busts through the Union/Cove defense for a touchdown earlier this season. The running back has racked up 1,393 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. (Observer file photo)
As Imbler rolled to a Class 1A state title in 2013 and a 5-2 record last season, Tyler Tandy waited in the background behind an established star running back. Head coach Dustan Adams said he never complained or raised one word about playing time. He simply bided his time until his moment arrived.

Tigers' run ends

La Grande’s Brittany Hanson, center, tries to advance the ball against Henley’s defense during the Tigers’ 4-0 loss Wednesday.
A promising season came to a screeching halt Wednesday as the La Grande Tigers were ousted from the girls Class 4A soccer playoffs.

Wallowa readies for postseason push

Wallowa running back Noah Allen leads the Cougars’ ground game with 13 rushing touchdowns on the season. (Observer file photo)
The modus operandi for the  Wallowa Cougars this season has been simple: play physical and run the ball on offense, and stay disciplined and tackle on defense.

Badgers look to keep momentum

Powder Valley volleyball head coach Marji Lind said her team has had to fight for every victory it has earned in recent weeks, as the Badgers have taken the best punches from their Old Oregon League opponents and from Dufur in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.

Tigers maul Madras

Read more...The La Grande boys soccer team couldn’t have asked for a much better start to its playoff run.

Cougs, Tigers vie for quarters

It looks to be a battle of strengths when the Cascade Cougars and La Grande Tigers meet Friday in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.

Panthers begin tourney with familiar foe

Imbler volleyball head coach Jennifer Teeter wanted her team focused on a week-to-week basis and to not look ahead to the playoffs. Now, however, the team gets to bask in the glow of making it to the season’s final weekend.

Tradition gets richer

The Union/Cove boys cross country team won a team title at the Class 3A/2A/1A state cross country championships in Eugene Saturday. The Bobcats totaled 64 points to edge Catlin Gabel by four points for their sixth team title in the boys’ program’s history and first since 2012.
Another chapter was written Saturday in the lengthy history of the Union/Cove cross country program.

Dutto, Ricker spark Tigers to fifth at state

La Grande’s fifth-place cross country team from left: Dean Ricker, Wyatt Perry, Braden Crews, Bennett Welch, Nolan Clements, Keegan Dutto and Michael Shipman.
Entering Saturday’s Class 4A state cross country championships, La Grande head coach Alma Crow was hoping for a top-10 finish from her boys team. The Tigers more than exceeded her goal.

Badgers advance to state tourney

Leah Day had 10 kills, Megan Hufford, Ashlyn Calloway and Savannah Stephens had seven apiece and the Powder Valley volleyball team outlasted a scrappy Dufur squad to win in five sets, 25-21, 16-25, 25-15, 21-25, 15-12 Saturday in a Class 1A state playoff match at North Powder.

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