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Tigers feast on cheese

La Grande cruises past Tillamook in state play-in game off Tyson Wicklander’s surprise pitching heroics

After only pitching 11 innings all season, Tyson Wicklander was shocked when head coach Parker McKinley told him he would start La Grande’s play-in game against Tillamook.

“I showed up a little bit early to the game today, and Parker said you’re on the bump today,” Wicklander said. “I thought he was joking then he said, ‘No I’m serious, you’re on the mound.’” 


PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Tigers enjoy strong showing at district

The La Grande girls track and field team was neck-and-neck all day with Ridgeview, but in the end fell just short, finishing with 170 points for second place behind Ridgeview’s 176 Saturday at the 4A Greater Oregon League district championship in Baker City.

 


PREP SOFTBALL: Tigers use strong pitching, timely hitting to pound Baker

The La Grande softball team ended its regular season the best way possible, with a commanding Greater Oregon League sweep of Baker Friday in Baker City.

 


PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Union girls storm to district title

Backed by Elizabeth Herbes’ first-place finishes in the 200- and the 400-meter race, and wins from McKenzie Evans in the 1,500 and 3,000, Union rolled to a 2A Blue Mountain Conference girls track and field championship Friday in Union.

 


EOU graduate named top athletic director in Oregon

Eastern Oregon University graduate Jason Boyd has been named Oregon’s 4A Athletic Director of the Year for his work at Seaside High School.

 


Tigers close out final test before district golf play

La Grande's Jake Girard fired a team-best 82 at the Hermiston Invite Thursday to pace the Tigers.



Leading the pack

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Union’s McKenzie Evans was named one of the athletes to watch during the track and field season.
 

Union runner earns state wide honor that helps put her on the map

Most young kids don’t grasp the idea of investing. It doesn’t compute in the information now age. Money and time are something spent immediately — not left to grow and mature with time. 

Union’s McKenzie Evans is the exception to the norm. The high school runner has invested countless hours into something many people see as torture — running for fun. But, it’s paid off.  


State recognition

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Tyson Wicklander
 
Troy Williams
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La Grande lands two players on the Class 4A all-state basketball team

The La Grande boys basketball team can finally sit back and think about the season that was.

A 16-game winning streak, advancing to Corvallis for the first time since 2010 and bringing home hardware — a fifth-place trophy. 


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.


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