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Down to the buzzer

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Wallowa’s Calli Miller, left, and Lauren Makin, right, defend against Powder Valley’s Amanda Feik Saturday in Wallowa.
Wallowa knew it would be in store for a battle against Powder Valley.

Fearsome frontcourt

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Union’s Landon Houck, left, J.D. Graves, center, and Chase Houck, right, comprise a post trio for the Bobocats that has led to a surge in the second half of the season. Union has won nine of 11 games and sit in second place in the Wapiti League.
A three-headed monster down low has propelled Union to a stellar regular season.

Tiger seniors put Pioneers away

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La Grande’s Kurt Boyd dishes to a teammate Tuesday during the Tigers’ 57-24 Greater Oregon League win over McLoughlin.
For the latter portion of the third quarter and the entirety of the fourth, the La Grande seniors were able to get some well-deserved rest on the bench.

Cruising Cougars

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Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson instructs his team during a timeout at a recent game. The Cougars started the season slow, but have gone 7-1 in 2015 to turn the season around.
Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson points to a specific moment in time when the Cougars’ season took a turn for the better.

Staking his claim

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Union/Cove wrestler Chad Witty has won the past two 2A/1A Special District 4 tournaments, advancing to the state tournament the past two seasons. The junior is looking to make it three years in a row this season
His brother paved a path to glory before him. Now, Union/Cove’s Chad Witty hopes to join his brother as a state wrestling champion.

La Grande storms back for road win

After a slow start, the La Grande girls basketball team responded and pulled away from its rival Baker for a 54-37 win Friday in Baker City.

Leaving his mark

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La Grande senior Cole Rohan, top, controls McLoughlin’s Deazon Zerba during a match in the 106-pound division during a dual Thursday at La Grande High. Rohan earned a 17-4 major decision victory in his final home match of his career.
La Grande suffered a tough loss to McLoughlin in its final home dual of the season, but a decorated Tiger senior was able to go out on top.

County pride on the line

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Joseph’s Jared Wilcox, left, squares off with Elgin’s Jordan Vermillion, right, during a dual between teams from Union County and Wallowa County Thursday at Union High School. Union County won the dual, 42-25.
Instead of competing for their school, high school wrestlers were wrestling for their counties Thursday night.

Team viewing sparks unselfish play for Tigers

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La Grande senior Rachel Alexander attacks the Nyssa defense in transition Tuesday during a nonleague game at home. The Tigers won, 75-32, for their fifth straight victory.
A video tribute of last season’s NBA champions inspired La Grande’s play against Nyssa.

Allen sparks Badgers in final quarter

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Powder Valley’s Bailee Allen breaks the pressure of the Joseph defense Friday during an Old Oregon League matchup.
Even though she was frustrated at halftime, Powder Valley’s Bailee Allen did just what her coach told her to.

Eyes on the prize

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Elgin wrestler Damian Hernandez is 21-3 on the season so far. After reaching the state tournament last season, the senior is focused on getting back to state.
The Elgin wrestling team made warmup T-shirts for their season, with “Band of Brothers” emblazoned across the front.

Tigers seize GOL lead

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La Grande's Madison Wilcox shoots over the outstretched arm of Baker's Kylie Severson Friday.
The La Grande girls basketball team used a tenacious defensive effort to claim sole possession of first place in the Greater Oregon League Friday, cruising to a 45-33 win over Baker City.

Cats prevail late for win

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Union's J.D. Graves tries to block the shot of Imbler's Hunter VanLeuven Friday in Union.
It was a three-point game with a minute left, and the ball was up for grabs.

Tiger by blood

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La Grande senior Brandon Dall leads the Tigers with 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game through the first 15 games of the season for the Tigers, who have compiled an 11-4 record.
As a kid who looked up to and watched La Grande players from the stands, the career of Brandon Dall has been one big dream fulfilled.

Driven to succeed

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Joseph wrestler Raymond Seal participates in a number activities and organizations, including wrestling. He has won 24 matches so far this season and is coming off a first-place showing in the 145-pound division at Friday and Saturday’s Orofino Tournament in Idaho.
To say that Joseph’s Raymond Seal is busy would not do him justice.

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