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Competing with the best

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From left: Adam Endress, Cristian Miramontes, Kale Weis and Lewis Wright participated in the Olympic Development Program’s Region IV Championships.
A quartet from little ol’ La Grande stood toe-to-toe with the best youth soccer players in the West last week, while receiving hands-on teaching from first-class coaches.

La Grande can’t get over the hump in loss to Pendleton

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Andrew Peasley finishes at the rim during a fastbreak opportunity in the first quarter against Pendleton.
Four points separated La Grande and Pendleton Tuesday, making it the closest Tigers’ game this season. And despite the Buckaroos coming out on top, La Grande head coach Mark Carollo believes it will prepare his team for the stretch run.

Sibling rivalry fueling wrestler

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Imbler junior wrestler Taylor Tandy is 12-5 on the season, and is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he won 28 matches.
Despite 50 pounds, give or take, separating the two, Imbler juniors Taylor and Tyler Tandy are twins. And even with the typical issues of siblings, a lifetime of competition has fueled their athletic careers.

Down to the wire in Cove

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Cove’s Kayla Johnson surveys the court for a teammate to pass to during the Leopards’ Wapiti League game with Enterprise Saturday.
Sometimes, perfect results stem from plans gone awry, like Saturday in Cove.

La Grande enjoys perfect homestand

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La Grande's Brandon Dall attacks the rim Friday against Skyview, Idaho.
La Grande had a successful weekend against visitors from Idaho, defeating Homedale, 75-56, Saturday, and Skyview, 67-54, Friday.

Union juggernaut

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Union is off to an undefeated start this season after defeating Cove, 48-17 Friday, and Elgin, 50-20, Saturday to open Wapiti League play. The Bobcats have outscored their opponents 646-358 through the first 12 games.
With a boatload of experience this season, the Union girl’s basketball team has been pointing to this season for a few years. The Bobcats are poised to make the most of it.

Houck, Graves spark Union victory

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Union senior J.D. Graves (35) contests the shot of Elgin’s Gavin Christenson (3) Saturday in Elgin.
Union had two players earn double-doubles, and the Bobcats doubled their Wapiti League win total with a 60-45 win over Elgin Saturday in Elgin.

‘Cats cruise to title at Eastern

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Union senior Keesha Sarman goes up to block a shot by Pilot Rock’s Madison Dave Wednesday at Eastern Oregon University.
Union dominated the first two games of the Optimist Christmas Classic from start to finish — and Wednesday’s 51-30 championship win over Pilot Rock at Eastern Oregon was no different.

Imbler revs offensive engines early in win

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Imbler sophomore Marshal Whitaker makes a pass during the Panthers’ win over Pilot Rock Wednesday.
After struggling offensively in the early stages during  its first two games at the Optimist Christmas Classic, Imbler put up points right away Wednesday in the tournament championship. 


Union, Imbler win titles at EOU


Union girls, Imbler boys advance to Optimist Christmas Classic Finals

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Derrick Murchison looks to penetrate during Wallowa's 39-36 win over Cove Tuesday at Eastern Oregon University. (Eric Avissar/ The Observer)
The 2014 Optimist Christmas Classic resumed on Tuesday, with the Union girls advancing to the finals with a 36-20 win over Imbler and the Panther boys earning a 42-35 win over the Bobcats.

La Grande boys win opener at Stayton


La Grande girls win close one at Sisters

Tigers win fifth straight game.

Optimist Tournament tips off at Eastern Oregon University

A dozen local teams take the floor at Quinn Coliseum.

Converging at Quinn

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Union's Elly Wells dribbles toward the basket on a fast break during the Bobcats 54-26 win over Powder Valley in the semifinals of the Union Lion's Club Tournament Dec. 6.
As the head coach of Union girls basketball, Rhondie Rickman-Johansen knows that her team has a target on its back as the only undefeated team in the field of the La Grande Optimist Tournament starting today at Eastern Oregon.

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