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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.

Cove sprints to Wapiti win

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Cove’s Bailey Hill (1) looks for an open teammate while Elgin’s Gavin Christenson defends Saturday during a Wapiti League game in Cove.
When the game got to crunch time, Cove secured the key loose balls and offensive rebounds when it needed to. Its team leader did the rest.

Buckaroos edge Tigers

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La Grande’s Lacey Miles (35) prepares to attack the Pendleton defense while teammate Madison Wilcox (15) sets a screen. The Tigers were defeated 50-45 by the Buckaroos Thursday.
Despite a loss, La Grande head coach Doug Girdner saw a breakthrough, nonetheless.

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.

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