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Tigers in second after first day

The La Grande boys golf team is in second place after the first day of the 4A Special District 4 tournament Monday at Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union.

Tiger teams place second

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Enterprise’s Carsen Sajonia watches a tee shot down the fairway Friday during the Buffalo Peak Invitational. The senior carded a round of 87 to take fifth individually.
More than 110 golfers from 15 schools embarked on Union’s Buffalo Peak Golf Course for the annual Buffalo Peak Invitational Friday.



Union/Cove bashes Burns

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Union/Cove first baseman Viki McCabe, left, stretches for a throw during a doubleheader against Burns Saturday in Union.
Week in and week out, Union/Cove displays a level of focus necessary to pull off a three-peat in Class 2A/1A. Burns was its latest victim Saturday.

Tigers roll on doubles’ strength

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La Grande’s John Schiller hits a forehand during a doubles match Friday.
A doubles’ sweep by the La Grande boys garnered three of the Tigers’ four wins in a dual with Pendleton Friday, as they knocked off the Buckaroos, 4-3.



Shining on a cloudy day

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Union’s Elizabeth Herbes, left, and Enterprise’s Eliza Irish, right, sprint to the finish during the 4-by-400-meter relay race Saturday in Union.
Saturday’s ninth annual Pepsi Invitational saw several photo finishes, wind and rain that came and went and even a hail storm. It also saw Union’s Trevor Verhelst set two meet records.



Huskies thump Bobcats

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Elgin/Imbler’s Joe Griffin steals third base as Union/Cove’s Landon Houck awaits a throw during Tuesday’s nonleague matchup in Elgin.
Reed Graves and Jordan Vermillion each hit home runs, Joe Griffin added three hits and three runs, and the Elgin/Imbler baseball team scored early and often in a 10-3 home win over Union/Cove Tuesday in Elgin to avenge a loss to the Bobcats earlier this season.

Smith departs Tigers


Tigers bury Cubs behind 14 hits

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La Grande catcher Kali Avila tags out Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa base runner Madison Plew at home Saturday.
Breann Givens scored three runs, Kali Avila and Delaney Lester each scored twice, and the La Grande softball team pounded out 14 hits on its way to an 11-1, five-inning victory over Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa Saturday at Pioneer Park.

Lady Cats suffer first defeat in thriller at home

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Union/Cove’s Ashten Wright rounds second base during a game against Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii Saturday.
Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii and Union/Cove were both undefeated going into their matchup Saturday, so the expectation was that their showdown could be a hotly contested battle.

Changing of the guard

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Imbler girls basketball head coach Barry Bowers talks to his team during a timeout this past season. Bowers was one of three head coaches for the Panthers who recently resigned.
There will be a changing of the guard at Imbler High School next year.



Young Eagles set for flight

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Joseph sophomore Isabelle Tingelstad is one of the top returning track and field athletes for the Eagles.
Youth will be served for the Joseph track team in 2015.



Success drives Panthers

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Imbler’s Kailey Smith is one of a number of returning track and field athletes trying to make the team’s transition from 1A to 2A a smooth one. The Panthers are coming off a second-place finish at last year’s 1A state track meet.
The 2014 edition of the Imbler girls track team tasted success with its second-place finish at state.



Tigers suffer heartbreaking loss

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La Grande senior Drew Hively, right, hugs teammate Connor Brandt after the Tigers were defeated by Cascade, 61-56, Friday in a 4A state tournament playoff game. (Tim Mustoe/The Observer)
Heartbreak. A missed opportunity. One that got away. 
Any one of those phrases could describe La Grande’s tough-to-swallow 61-56 home loss to Cascade in the 4A state tournament playoffs Friday.

Banks grounds La Grande

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La Grande’s Avery Albrecht, left, fights for a loose ball with a Banks’ player during the Braves’ 39-33 4A first round playoff win over the Tigers Saturday. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
Defensive prowess was on display by both Banks and La Grande in the 4A state tournament playoffs Saturday night.

Cats bounce back for third place at state

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Union seniors, from left, Laura Herbes, Carsyn Roberts, Keesha Sarman and Chelsie Houck converge after Herbes’ free throws in the final seconds of their 51-28 win over Kennedy for third place at the 2A girls state tournament. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
After Friday’s disappointment, it wasn’t the game Union had hoped to be playing in. But the Bobcats treated its third/fifth-place game with Kennedy like a title contest and it showed.

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