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OOL: Badgers take down Panthers

BAKER CITY — Despite the wheels nearly falling off Powder Valley’s pursuit of the Old Oregon League postseason title, the Badgers were able to piece together an impressive win against Imbler.

The Badgers picked up three fouls in the first minute of the game, and stayed in constant foul trouble, but pulled out a 67-51 win to clinch the top seed into the state playoffs Saturday night in Baker City.

 

OOL: Panthers hold off Badgers to win tourney

BAKER CITY — Powder Valley’s gas tank was riding on empty during the championship game against Imbler Saturday.

A tight game turned the way of the Panthers in the final quarter. Imbler escaped with a 37-27 win to clinch the top seed into the state playoffs.

 

BMC: Bobcats advance with overtime win

HERMISTON — The Union boys basketball team went into the Blue Mountain Conference postseason tournament as the No. 2 seed, but a 49-39 loss to Stanfield in the opening round nearly derailed its chances of advancing to the state playoffs.

The Bobcats got some help by Weston-McEwen in a loser-out game Saturday to punch a ticket into the state play-in round. 

 

BMC: Bobcats bring home tourney title

HERMISTON — Goals do make great things happen. The Union girls basketball team proved Saturday when they won the district championships in one final grudge match against its only undefeated opponent, Pilot Rock, in double overtime. 

After weeks of practice and work, the Bobcats finally met their goal on the fourth try. This is the one that mattered. 

 

Tigers fill holes

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La Grande’s Madison Wilcox (15) takes a jumper in the paint against Ontario during a 52-50 win Saturday. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
Minus a starter, La Grande able to hold off Ontario in Greater Oregon League tourney

Even though it was short a starter, the La Grande girls basketball team amped it up and took another win from Ontario Saturday.  

 

Swimming big: Undermanned Tigers finish fifth at state

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La Grande sophomore Bryce Ebel brought home the state title in the 50 and took second in the 100 butterfly. (Courtesy photo)
GRESHAM —A young La Grande High School boys swim team took fifth place at the OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A state swimming championship meet held at Mount Hood Community College Friday and Saturday.  Three sophomores, Keegan Dutto, Bryce Ebel, and Josh Ebel combined with senior Emmitt Ambert to win medals in five events for the Tigers.  Medals (and team points) are given to the top six competitors in each event.  

“La Grande boys swam up in every event. I knew we could make some noise at state, but to finish fifth, just one place out of an award, was really awesome,” La Grande head coach Darren Dutto said.

 

Tigers take second at districts

LHS brings home two district titles by Middleton and Woodworth

LA PINE — La Grande head coach Klel Carson got what every head coach wants — improvement from the program. It has been coming all season long, and the momentum built into a second place finish at the Special District 4 wrestling tournament in La Pine Saturday.

 

LHS sets school record at state

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The La Grande girls swim team poses with its fourth-place trophy from the Class 4A state swim meet. (Courtesy photo)
Tigers win final event to grab fourth place at state meet

GRESHAM —The La Grande High School girls swim team captured fourth place in a field of 32 teams at the OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A state championship at Mount Hood Community College Saturday.  

 

Sweet Revenge

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La Grande senior Brandon Cederholm drives to the basket against Ontario during a 57-45 win in the postseason tournament Saturday. (Chris Baxter/The Observer)
La Grande deals Ontario a tough loss in Greater Oregon League postseason tourney

La Grande’s boys basketball team took its vengeance out on Ontario in a Greater Oregon League playoff game that ended 57-45 Saturday. 

 

OOL Tournament: Badgers blow by Joseph

BAKER CITY — Full-court pressure paved the way to another Powder Valley win Friday.

The Badgers boys basketball team forced 42 turnovers during an 87-48 win against Joseph in the semifinals of the Old Oregon League postseason tournament .

Some of those turnovers turned into highlight reel plays for Powder Valley. Tyler Robinson and Quin Stephens each finished the game with a fastbreak dunk.

Robinson, a 6-foot-2 post, showed off his range, making 3-of-4 attempts from behind the arc. The senior finished with a game-high 27 points, and added 10 rebounds. Stephens added 19 points, while Jason Benites finished with 12 points. Marcus Pratt did a little bit of everything. He finished with eight rebounds, seven points and seven steals.

The Badgers led 43-22 at the half and never looked back. Powder Valley built that lead by crashing the boards. The Badgers finished with a 48-32 advantage in rebounds, and held a 24-8 advantage on the offensive glass.

Joseph was led by Cayden DeLury with 20 points, on 4-of-8 shooting from behind the arc. Sam Beckman added 10 points.

Powder Valley will play Imbler in the championship game at 8:15 p.m. tonight.

Joseph will play Pine Eagle in the third place game at 2:15 p.m. today.

 

Tourney re-signs with Baker

BAKER CITY — Baker County Tournaments signed a new four-year contract with the District 7-1A Old Oregon League Thursday to hold the district boys and girls basketball tournaments at Baker High School through the 2017-18 season.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to work a contract for more than two years,” said Dale Curtis, Baker County Tournaments chairman.

 

La Grande gets another shot at Ontario

By all accounts it’s been a solid regular season for the La Grande boys basketball team. But the Tigers aren’t ready to call it a success just yet. There is still more the team is looking to accomplish.

“One of our goals was to make it to state,” Tigers head coach Mark Carollo said. 

 

Eagles swoop in

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Joseph’s Cayden DeLury (23) drives to the basket during a 58-43 win against Cove in the opening round of the Old Oregon League postseason tournament Thursday night. (KATHY ORR/WesCom News Service)

Joseph grabs opening round upset against Cove 

BAKER CITY — All tournaments should have at least one upset. The Joseph boys basketball provided it for the Old Oregon League postseason tournament in the final game of the day. 

The Eagles entered the game as the No. 6 seed, finishing the season 1-9 during the regular season in league play. It didn’t look that way during a 58-43 win against No. 3 seed Cove Thursday.

 

Teams head to Baker looking for state spots

With three spots into the state playoffs, two teams are nearly assured of punching tickets — Imbler and Powder Valley. Both teams cruised through the rest of the league schedule after splitting games against each other.

The Panthers achieved success while learning on the job. Powder Valley had the comfort of bringing back an experienced core of players. 

 

Tourney time

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Powder Valley’s Alexandra Colton (34) will try to help her team advance to the semifinals in a loser-out game against Pine Eagle at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Baker City. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)
 

Six teams battle for three spots into the state playoffs in Baker

The regular season is over, and after 10 games of league play, there’s not much separation at the top in the Old Oregon League. 

 
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