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Tigers saddled with losses

MILTON-FREEWATER — The La Grande softball team came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel against Taft in the final game of the Mac-Hi Tournament on Saturday. 

Taft got on the board with two runs in the top of the first, and those runs held up during a 2-0 win over the Tigers. 

 

Lady Cats’ hot start continues Saturday

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Union/Cove’s Keesha Sarman tries to complete a double play during an 11-3 win against Elgin/Imbler Saturday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

UNION — The quick start to the season continued for Union/Cove during a doubleheader Saturday, picking up a pair of non-league wins.

The LadyCats improved to 8-0 on the season, capping the day with an 11-3 win against Elgin/Imbler. 

 

Finding the Wright fit

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Union/Cove’s Jaiden Wright delivers a pitch against Elgin/Imbler Saturday. Wright picked up a win in seven innings of work. The sophomore has helped fill a need in the circle for the LadyCats after the graduation of the Class 2A/1A state player of the year, Dani Sturm, off last year’s state title team. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Union/Cove softball team searching to fill hole in the circle

Everyone knows that defense wins championships. But in the game of softball, sometimes the defense doesn’t need to work as hard with a dominant pitcher in the circle. 

 

Hitting the field

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La Grande’s Caleb Woodworth is ready to take aim at the top marks in the state. Woodworth currently owns to top throw of the season in Class 4A.
 

Tigers are loaded with talent and ready for the track and field season

La Grande head coach Julie Bodfish is stuck with a problem. However, it’s a problem that most coaches would love to have — too much talent. 

The Tigers track and field team is loaded and ready to take aim at boys and girls Greater Oregon League titles once again, and a little more.

 

Tigers continue winning ways

BAKER CITY — La Grande jumped out early and held on to run its winning streak to six games to open the season.

The Tigers baseball team capped the Baker Spring Tournament with a 6-3 win over Weiser, Idaho, Tuesday.

 

LHS takes down Wolverines

BAKER CITY — The La Grande girls softball team capped the Baker Spring Tournament with a 5-3 win over Weiser, Idaho, Tuesday.

Mattie Spencer settled into the circle after allowing three runs, two of which were earned, on four hits in the opening inning. She allowed just two hits in the final six innings. Spencer struck out three and walked three. 

 

Huskies open season at Sherman

SHERMAN — Elgin High School opened the track and field season at the Sherman Invitational Saturday.

The boys finished seventh in a 13-team field with 30 points. Goldendale, Wash., took first with 134 points, while Corbett took second with 109 points.

 

Tigers roll to perfect weekend, tourney title

ONTARIO — A little wildness in the bottom of the seventh allowed the La Grande baseball team to come home with the championship trophy Saturday at the Treasure Valley Classic. 

Isaiah Cranford raced home on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to give the Tigers a 4-3 win over Scappoose.

 

Young Tigers meet goal

THE DALLES — For the first time out this season, La Grande girls golf coach Ron Evans didn’t put too much pressure on his young team. The goal was simply to finish what they started.

“The girls did a great job,” Evans said. “Considering the experience we have, we set a goal we could reach. They all handled it really well for the first time out.”

 

Wait and see

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La Grande senior first baseman Kendall Kirkland is one of few upperclassmen returning to the softball team this season. The Tigers went 12-10 overall last season.

La Grande is loaded with youth on the softball diamond, and time will tell how it handles pressure

La Grande head coach Lin Casciato is keeping most of his thoughts to himself, but he can’t help talk about one thing — potential.

 

Experience laden

La Grande hungry to get back on the diamond with five seniors returning

Trial by fire. That’s what will be in store for the La Grande baseball team this season. With only three practices spent outside as of Tuesday, the Tigers will open the season Friday at Fruitland, Idaho. 

 

Scott brings home swimming medals from Moscow

MOSCOW, Idaho — The La Grande Swim club sent nine swimmers to compete in the Inland Empire Swimming short course championship meet in Moscow, Idaho, Feb. 28 through March 2.

“Riana Scott had an outstanding meet,” coach Darren Dutto said.  

 

Program turnaround

Carollo brings Tigers back to state tournament

Getting young athletes to buy in to a new head coach can be quite a battle. 

Thankfully, the La Grande’s boys basketball program didn’t have to worry about that. And now, the hours of instruction through three seasons is showing. 

 

La Grande brings home hardware from state

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La Grande senior Troy Williams (12) splits the Tillamook defense during the third-place game Saturday. (PAUL HARDER/The Observer)
 

CORVALLIS — La Grande’s Class 4A tournament run lost its legs in the second half against Tillamook in the third-place game Saturday.

The Tigers boys basketball team led by five at the half, but couldn’t get a shot to drop through most of the second half during a 52-42 loss.

 

Trophy time: Tigers take fifth

 

 CORVALLIS — La Grande’s Class 4A tournament run lost its legs in the second half against Tillamook in the third-place game Saturday.

 

 
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