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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.

‘Cats claw way to semis

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Union’s Carsyn Roberts splits the defense of Monroe Thursday during a quarterfinal game at the 2A state tournament in Pendleton. The Bobcats won, 44-33, to advance to the semifinals today against Western Mennonite.
PENDLETON — The No. 4 ranked Union High Lady Bobcats will finally get the rematch that they’ve been seeking for a year.



Cats head back to state

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Union’s Delanie Kohr (20) battles with Bonanza’s Sage Woodworth for a rebound during a 2A playoff game Saturday in Union.
Union was ahead at halftime, 36-29, but it wasn’t playing its best and knew it. And the longer Bonanza hung around, the Bobcats knew the momentum would start swinging to the visitors’ side.



Excellent Ebel

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La Grande junior Bryce Ebel won a pair of individual state titles at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet last weekend in the 50-yard freestyle race and the 100 butterfly.
Bryce Ebel first began participating in swimming when he was 7 years old. He said, at first, it felt more like a chore than a good time.



Badgers batter Rangers late

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Powder Valley’s Savanah Stephens hounds Dufur’s Sydney Reed during the Badgers’ 48-30 1A playoff win Wednesday in North Powder.
A perfectly executed inbounds strike pulled Powder Valley out of its funk in the third quarter.



Third time's the charm

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Union’s Delanie Kohr attempts a second-half shot Saturday against Burns in the 2A Wapiti League district tournament championship.
After two close regular season losses, Union turned the tables on Burns.

Tigers stand tall

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La Grande’s Jake Powell surveys the Baker defense during the Tigers’ 45-41 victory in the Greater Oregon League district championship at La Grande High Saturday.
It wasn’t a perfect game, by any means.

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.

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