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Cats bounce back for third place at state

Union seniors, from left, Laura Herbes, Carsyn Roberts, Keesha Sarman and Chelsie Houck converge after Herbes’ free throws in the final seconds of their 51-28 win over Kennedy for third place at the 2A girls state tournament. (Cherise Kaechele/The Observer)
After Friday’s disappointment, it wasn’t the game Union had hoped to be playing in. But the Bobcats treated its third/fifth-place game with Kennedy like a title contest and it showed.

‘Cats claw way to semis

Union’s Carsyn Roberts splits the defense of Monroe Thursday during a quarterfinal game at the 2A state tournament in Pendleton. The Bobcats won, 44-33, to advance to the semifinals today against Western Mennonite.
PENDLETON — The No. 4 ranked Union High Lady Bobcats will finally get the rematch that they’ve been seeking for a year.

Cats head back to state

Union’s Delanie Kohr (20) battles with Bonanza’s Sage Woodworth for a rebound during a 2A playoff game Saturday in Union.
Union was ahead at halftime, 36-29, but it wasn’t playing its best and knew it. And the longer Bonanza hung around, the Bobcats knew the momentum would start swinging to the visitors’ side.

Excellent Ebel

La Grande junior Bryce Ebel won a pair of individual state titles at the 4A/3A/2A/1A state meet last weekend in the 50-yard freestyle race and the 100 butterfly.
Bryce Ebel first began participating in swimming when he was 7 years old. He said, at first, it felt more like a chore than a good time.

Badgers batter Rangers late

Powder Valley’s Savanah Stephens hounds Dufur’s Sydney Reed during the Badgers’ 48-30 1A playoff win Wednesday in North Powder.
A perfectly executed inbounds strike pulled Powder Valley out of its funk in the third quarter.

Third time's the charm

Union’s Delanie Kohr attempts a second-half shot Saturday against Burns in the 2A Wapiti League district tournament championship.
After two close regular season losses, Union turned the tables on Burns.

Tigers stand tall

La Grande’s Jake Powell surveys the Baker defense during the Tigers’ 45-41 victory in the Greater Oregon League district championship at La Grande High Saturday.
It wasn’t a perfect game, by any means.

Down to the buzzer

Wallowa’s Calli Miller, left, and Lauren Makin, right, defend against Powder Valley’s Amanda Feik Saturday in Wallowa.
Wallowa knew it would be in store for a battle against Powder Valley.

Fearsome frontcourt

Union’s Landon Houck, left, J.D. Graves, center, and Chase Houck, right, comprise a post trio for the Bobocats that has led to a surge in the second half of the season. Union has won nine of 11 games and sit in second place in the Wapiti League.
A three-headed monster down low has propelled Union to a stellar regular season.

Tiger seniors put Pioneers away

La Grande’s Kurt Boyd dishes to a teammate Tuesday during the Tigers’ 57-24 Greater Oregon League win over McLoughlin.
For the latter portion of the third quarter and the entirety of the fourth, the La Grande seniors were able to get some well-deserved rest on the bench.

Cruising Cougars

Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson instructs his team during a timeout at a recent game. The Cougars started the season slow, but have gone 7-1 in 2015 to turn the season around.
Wallowa head coach Greg Oveson points to a specific moment in time when the Cougars’ season took a turn for the better.

Staking his claim

Union/Cove wrestler Chad Witty has won the past two 2A/1A Special District 4 tournaments, advancing to the state tournament the past two seasons. The junior is looking to make it three years in a row this season
His brother paved a path to glory before him. Now, Union/Cove’s Chad Witty hopes to join his brother as a state wrestling champion.

La Grande storms back for road win

After a slow start, the La Grande girls basketball team responded and pulled away from its rival Baker for a 54-37 win Friday in Baker City.

Leaving his mark

La Grande senior Cole Rohan, top, controls McLoughlin’s Deazon Zerba during a match in the 106-pound division during a dual Thursday at La Grande High. Rohan earned a 17-4 major decision victory in his final home match of his career.
La Grande suffered a tough loss to McLoughlin in its final home dual of the season, but a decorated Tiger senior was able to go out on top.

County pride on the line

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.

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