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Errors plague Legacy Legends

The La Grande Legacy Legends reached the semifinals of the Walla Walla Tournament in Walla Walla, Wash., before losing to the hosts 10-5 and falling 6-3 to Bellevue, Wash., in the third place game.

Despite outhitting Walla Walla 13-6 in the semifinals, the Legends could not recover from seven costly defensive errors.

 

Scoring attention

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La Grande attacking midfielder/forward Lewis Wright, right, defends center back Kale Weis, left, during Friday morning practice at La Grande Middle School. Both earned places in the Olympic Development Program. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

La Grande duo prove they are among the best players in the West

With the fall high school soccer season approaching, La Grande High School midfielder/forward Lewis Wright and center back Kale Weis have gained the experience of playing in one of the most competitive development programs in the U.S.

 

Lightning strikes four times for title

The La Grande Lightning, a 16-and-under club softball team, made short work of the field at the Amateur Softball Association Gals Invitational in Caldwell, Idaho, winning all four games handily to claim the team title this past weekend.

After cruising past the Magic Valley Sooners 14-2 in four innings in the semifinals, the Lightning dusted off Meridian, Idaho, 12-3 in the championship to claim the title, ending the finale on a 10-0 run. The Lightning outscored their opponents 51-11 over the weekend.

 

Legends fall at home

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La Grande second baseman Daniel Cribbs concentrates to make a successful bare-handed throw to first base during the third inning of La Grande’s loss Monday at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

La Grande fails to consolidate momentum, loses to Corvallis

After winning the Saxon Tournament in Salem Sunday, the La Grande Legacy Legends were unable to maintain momentum Monday at Pioneer Park, losing 5-1 to Corvallis.

Both teams struggled offensively, as La Grande and Corvallis each got one hit in the first three innings. Eventually, Corvallis made the offensive breakthrough in the fourth inning. 

 

Imbler trio cap off high school careers with All-Star Game loss

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Kyle Johnson throws a pass during the OACA 1A All-Star Game Saturday at EOU. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

The Oregon Athletic Coaches Association 1A All-Star Game at Eastern Oregon Saturday was a final opportunity for several recent standout graduates to cap off their careers with former high school teammates and foes. Unfortunately for Imbler’s Kyle Johnson, Cole Campbell and Riley Merrigan, the West walloped the East by a 43-6 margin.

As a quarterback for the East, Johnson scored the lone touchdown for the team, making a 2-yard run down the middle to cut the West’s lead to 20-6. Johnson said scoring gave him a sense of nostalgia after Imbler won last season’s 1A state championship.

 

Mills, Teeter move on

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Imbler duo keys 3-1 win at OACA 1A All-Star game Saturday

After playing volleyball together competitively for the past six years, Imbler’s Malia Mills and Jacey Teeter played their last game together for the East at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association 1A All-Star game at Eastern Oregon University Saturday. Under the direction of their former head coach Jennifer Teeter, the East won convincingly, 3-1. 

 

Griswold joins 1A Old Oregon League

The Griswold High School volleyball, boys basketball and girls basketball teams will experience new competition next season, as all three teams have left the Class 1A Big Sky League to join the 1A Old Oregon League.

Griswold Athletic Director Wayne Miller said he was asked to move the programs into new leagues after Cove and Imber were both forced to reclassify from 1A up to 2A next season. All other sports at Griswold will remain in the same leagues, as the football team will stay put in the Blue Mountain Conference, while all other sports will remain in their respective special districts.

 

Hulse has high hopes

Cove senior makes U.S. High Performance team

When Hannah Hulse tried out for the USA High Performance Volleyball teams, she was just hopeful to get a few looks from college coaches.

Instead, she earned a place amongst the top volleyball players in the country. 

 

Four Tigers earn all-state honors

Four La Grande High School baseball players were honored for their contributions over the past season, as Tyson Wicklander, Jared Rogers, Jake Chamberlain and Tanner Stremcha earned OSAA 4A all-state honors.

Wicklander was named a second team all-state infielder after batting a team-high .438 as the leadoff hitter. After playing catcher for every inning last season, Rogers was named as an honorable mention catcher along with first baseman Chamberlain as an infielder and Stremcha as a utility player. 

 

Legends finish perfect

The La Grande Legacy Legends had a successful outing in Meridian, Idaho, winning the Smokey Mountain Wood Bat Invitational.

In the championship game, Eli Wisdom threw a complete game for the Legacy Legends, giving up six hits and no walks in a 4-1 win over Vallivue, Idaho.

 

Former Union star Evans commits to EOU

McKenzie Evans will be sticking around the area for college after a decorated high school track career.

The recent Union graduate inked a letter of intent to compete in both cross country and track and field for Eastern Oregon University, track and field head coach Ben Welch announced Thursday.

 

Sarman a selfless star

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Union point guard Keesha Sarman goes up for a shot against Oakland to open the 2A playoffs last season. The Bobcats won by a 75-45 margin, and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Western Mennonite, 66-40. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Sarman aims to play basketball in college 

After finishing her junior year at Union High School, Keesha Sarman will have one more year to star in volleyball, basketball and softball. While Sarman said she loves all three sports, basketball is her potential ticket to a college scholarship and the sport she loves the most. 

 

Wicklander tosses a no-hitter in 15-0 victory

 

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Tyson Wicklander throws a fastball for the La Grande High School baseball team during a 5-1 win over Tillamook in the OSAA 4A play-in game. Wicklander graduated from La Grande after playing football, basketball and baseball all four years for the Tigers. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

The La Grande Legacy Legends got off to a terrific start to open the Smokey Mountain Invitational in Caldwell, Idaho Thursday, beating Vallivue, Idaho, 15-0 in five innings.

Tyson Wicklander enjoyed a highly efficient performance pitching for the Legacy Legends, throwing a no-hitter with six strikeouts and two walks in the win.

 

SPORTS BRIEFS: Tennis lesson sign-ups open

Former La Grande High School tennis coach and University of Idaho player Tim Hoffnagle will host tennis lessons on Monday and Thursday nights at 6 p.m. at the La Grande High School tennis courts.

 

Bean brings his best for the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show

Even though Doug Bean largely performs in rodeos and stock shows for fun, it was tough to tell he wasn’t a professional over the weekend.

 
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