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Weiser leads after Day 1 of the Muilenburg

Day 1 of the Muilenburg Tournament at La Grande High School is in the books, and Weiser, Idaho, leads the way with 117.5 points, just ahead of Walla Walla, Washington, which had 109 points.

New-look Tigers display might in opening victory

La Grande’s Andrew Peasley dunks during the fourth quarter against The Dalles Saturday.
The debut of an almost entirely new roster for the La Grande boys basketball team was a success.

Continuing success

La Grande senior captain Bryce Ebel is one of 30 swimmers, including 20 boys, who are hoping to build off of solid 2014-15 campaign that saw the boys team place second at state and the girls take third. (Corrine Dutto photo)
Success has defined the La Grande swimming team in recent years.

La Grande grapplers back on mat

Corey Isaacson leads seven returning Tiger grapplers who reached the state meet last winter. (Observer file photo)
The La Grande wrestling team is going to be a little smaller than in recent years.

Hauling hardware

Imbler’s Brandon McGilvray fights for yardage in a game against Weston-McEwen last season. The junior was named for three all-Wapiti accolades for his play, including defensive player of the year. (Observer file photo)
A four-game winning streak led Imbler to a quarterfinal run in the Class 2A state playoffs, and it reaped the rewards in the postseason meetings.

Tigers hoard league honors

Ray Jimenez, left, and Andrew Peasley were both named to the all-Greater Oregon League first-team offense, with Peasley selected as Offensive Player of the Year. (Observer file photo)
La Grande’s impressive 2015 football season received a fitting cap as 13 Tigers were given all-Greater Oregon League honors and the team swept the Player of the Year award on both sides of the ball.

Pirates steal win from Cougars

The Wallowa Cougars had just taken a 22-point lead late in the third quarter and were in prime position to advance to the Class 1A football semifinals.

Wright leads eight Tigers

La Grande's Lewis Wright (9) was named Greater Oregon League Player of the Year. (Observer file photo)
The La Grande boys soccer team posted its best season since 2003, finishing 9-4-1, winning the Greater Oregon League and reaching the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Tigers land six on all-league

La Grande’s Kali Avila was chosen as Greater Oregon League Player of the Year and among six Tigers who were named all-league. (Observer file photo)
The La Grande volleyball team not only brought home its fifth consecutive Greater Oregon League championship this fall, but earned a nice share of individual hardware along the way.

Cascade brings Tigers' season to an end

Cascade's Garrett Coffey amassed 331 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns, leading the Cougars to a 42-27 victory over the La Grande Tigers Friday night in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.

Waiting his turn

Imbler senior Tyler Tandy busts through the Union/Cove defense for a touchdown earlier this season. The running back has racked up 1,393 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season. (Observer file photo)
As Imbler rolled to a Class 1A state title in 2013 and a 5-2 record last season, Tyler Tandy waited in the background behind an established star running back. Head coach Dustan Adams said he never complained or raised one word about playing time. He simply bided his time until his moment arrived.

Tigers' run ends

La Grande’s Brittany Hanson, center, tries to advance the ball against Henley’s defense during the Tigers’ 4-0 loss Wednesday.
A promising season came to a screeching halt Wednesday as the La Grande Tigers were ousted from the girls Class 4A soccer playoffs.

Wallowa readies for postseason push

Wallowa running back Noah Allen leads the Cougars’ ground game with 13 rushing touchdowns on the season. (Observer file photo)
The modus operandi for the  Wallowa Cougars this season has been simple: play physical and run the ball on offense, and stay disciplined and tackle on defense.

Badgers look to keep momentum

Powder Valley volleyball head coach Marji Lind said her team has had to fight for every victory it has earned in recent weeks, as the Badgers have taken the best punches from their Old Oregon League opponents and from Dufur in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.

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