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Union/Cove advances to state championship

The Union/Cove softball advanced to the OSAA 1A state championship game today with a 6-4 road victory over North Douglas/Elkton in eight innings.

After giving up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to force the game into an extra inning, the Lady Cats avoided disaster scoring two runs in the top of the eighth inning, then holding the Warriors scoreless to clinch the victory.

No. 1 seed Weston-McEwen/Griswold suffered a 2-1 upset loss to No. 4 Bonanza in the other semifinal. As a result, the No. 3 Lady Cats will be the home team in the state championship game, which is currently set for a 1 p.m. first pitch in Corvallis. 

For the full story, see Wednesday's edition of The Observer.


CLASS 4A BASEBALL: Tigers season comes to an end in blowout loss

The La Grande baseball team suffered a blowout loss to end the season, falling at North Marion 12-3 in the OSAA 4A quarterfinals.

CLASS 1A SOFTBALL: Union/Cove advances to semis

The Union/Cove softball team advanced to the semifinals of the OSAA Class 1A state tournament with a 5-0 win over Prospect Charter/Butte Falls.

Wright can do no wrong

Union/Cove centerfielder Chelsea Houck successfully lays down the bunt that allowed shortstop Keesha Sarman to score the final run of the game in the sixth inning to beat Regis. The Lady Cats clinched the win as a result of the OSAA’s 10-run mercy rule. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Lady Cat sophomore goes 3-for-3 at the plate, throws a one-hitter to fuel opening round victory

Throughout each practice leading up to its playoff opener against Regis, Union/Cove head coach Paul Phillips constantly emphasized the importance of scoring early runs to put immediate pressure on the opposition.

Kindra Moore responded, clubbing a two-run home run that bounced off the top of the fence, then over to score. The Lady Cats never looked back and remained in complete control of the entire game at home to win 10-0 in six innings Wednesday. 


Tigers begin playoffs

Tyson Wicklander makes a leaping grab for the Tigers during a regular season game at Pioneer Park. Wicklander was named a first-team all-Greater Oregon League selection along with Tanner Stremcha and Jared Rogers. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Tigers travel to take on Scappoose Indians

Following an impressive 6-1 victory over Tillamook at Pioneer Park Thursday, the La Grande baseball squad qualified for the state playoffs after losing in the play-in game three consecutive years.

“It does feel like we got a monkey off our back with the win,” La Grande head coach Parker McKinley said.  


Outlaws enter postseason on hot streak

Once his team takes the field, Outlaws head coach Travis Huffman hopes everyone’s butterflies collectively fly away.

Enterprise/Joseph/Wallowa, the No. 7 seed in the 3A playoffs, hosts No. 10 Santiam Christian at Enterprise today at 1:30 p.m. in a first-round matchup.


White finishes career on a high

Senior saves her best for last in her final state meet for the Tigers

Track and field may not be her favorite sport, but you wouldn’t know it based on how Haley White performed at the OSAA 4A track and field state championships in Eugene.

In the 100 and 300-meter hurdles, the La Grande senior reeled off the two best times of her career, placing third in the 100 hurdles and fifth in the 300, spurring the Tigers to a 10th-place finish Saturday at Hayward Field. 


Tigers finish out strong

Shay Henderson, center, of La Grande races during a 100-meter preliminary Friday at the OSAA state track and field championships. The senior ended up taking ninth in the race, and was a part of the Tiger team that took seventh in the 4-by-100 meter relay. (JOSH BENHAM/The Observer)

A decisive final push helped the La Grande girls earn a top-10 finish Saturday at the OSAA 4A state track and field championships.

In the final race of the weekend, the 4-by-400 meter relay team ran a team-best time of 4 minutes, 6.68 seconds to claim fourth place. As a result, the Tigers finished with 26 team points to finish 10th Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.


STATE TRACK: Local teams fall short of titles

It was a day of runner-up finishes for local teams at the OSAA state track and field championships in Eugene.


Tigers swing and miss

Following a commanding sweep over Baker/Powder Valley to close the regular season, La Grande had plenty of reason to be confident coming off a season-high three-game winning streak.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, confidence quickly turned into exasperation, as they showed no signs of being able to recover from giving up four runs in the first inning. As a result, Stayton won Thursday’s state play-in game at Pioneer Park by an 8-1 margin.


Tigers feast on cheese

La Grande cruises past Tillamook in state play-in game off Tyson Wicklander’s surprise pitching heroics

After only pitching 11 innings all season, Tyson Wicklander was shocked when head coach Parker McKinley told him he would start La Grande’s play-in game against Tillamook.

“I showed up a little bit early to the game today, and Parker said you’re on the bump today,” Wicklander said. “I thought he was joking then he said, ‘No I’m serious, you’re on the mound.’” 


PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Tigers enjoy strong showing at district

The La Grande girls track and field team was neck-and-neck all day with Ridgeview, but in the end fell just short, finishing with 170 points for second place behind Ridgeview’s 176 Saturday at the 4A Greater Oregon League district championship in Baker City.



PREP SOFTBALL: Tigers use strong pitching, timely hitting to pound Baker

The La Grande softball team ended its regular season the best way possible, with a commanding Greater Oregon League sweep of Baker Friday in Baker City.



PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Union girls storm to district title

Backed by Elizabeth Herbes’ first-place finishes in the 200- and the 400-meter race, and wins from McKenzie Evans in the 1,500 and 3,000, Union rolled to a 2A Blue Mountain Conference girls track and field championship Friday in Union.



EOU graduate named top athletic director in Oregon

Eastern Oregon University graduate Jason Boyd has been named Oregon’s 4A Athletic Director of the Year for his work at Seaside High School.


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