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Cougs, Tigers vie for quarters

It looks to be a battle of strengths when the Cascade Cougars and La Grande Tigers meet Friday in the first round of the Class 4A state football playoffs.

Panthers begin tourney with familiar foe

Imbler volleyball head coach Jennifer Teeter wanted her team focused on a week-to-week basis and to not look ahead to the playoffs. Now, however, the team gets to bask in the glow of making it to the season’s final weekend.

Tradition gets richer

The Union/Cove boys cross country team won a team title at the Class 3A/2A/1A state cross country championships in Eugene Saturday. The Bobcats totaled 64 points to edge Catlin Gabel by four points for their sixth team title in the boys’ program’s history and first since 2012.
Another chapter was written Saturday in the lengthy history of the Union/Cove cross country program.

Dutto, Ricker spark Tigers to fifth at state

La Grande’s fifth-place cross country team from left: Dean Ricker, Wyatt Perry, Braden Crews, Bennett Welch, Nolan Clements, Keegan Dutto and Michael Shipman.
Entering Saturday’s Class 4A state cross country championships, La Grande head coach Alma Crow was hoping for a top-10 finish from her boys team. The Tigers more than exceeded her goal.

Badgers advance to state tourney

Leah Day had 10 kills, Megan Hufford, Ashlyn Calloway and Savannah Stephens had seven apiece and the Powder Valley volleyball team outlasted a scrappy Dufur squad to win in five sets, 25-21, 16-25, 25-15, 21-25, 15-12 Saturday in a Class 1A state playoff match at North Powder.

Tigers' season comes to an end

The La Grande volleyball team saw its season come to an end Friday night, losing in four close sets to Hidden Valley 25-22, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23 in a Class 4A state playoff match in La Grande.

Union/Cove boys win title

Bobcats victorious at Class 3A/2A/1A state cross country championships

Prep scoreboard

High school scores from the weekend

Powder Valley hosts Dufur for a berth in the final 8

Powder Valley’s Hallie Feik serves during the Old Oregon League tournament last weekend. Feik and the Badgers host Dufur in a Class 1A playoff match Saturday.
When Powder Valley head coach Marji Lind watched Dufur at a September tournament in Helix, she saw a team that reminded her of a familiar face from the Old Oregon League.

One win away

La Grande volleyball players, from left, McKenzie Tussey, Kali Avila, Larissa Jensen and Liz Cashell run a play during practice Wednesday. The Tigers host Hidden Valley tonight in a Class 4A state playoff match.
The La Grande volleyball team is in a familiar position.

Running for history

Union/Cove runners Harris Lackey, left, Samuel O’Reilly, center, and Jeremy Baxter, right, hope to lead the Bobcats to a state title Saturday at the 3A/2A/1A state cross country championships at Lane Community College in Eugene. (Observer file photo)
When you run down the Union/Cove boys cross country team’s results at the Class 3A/2A/1A District 5 championships last weekend, the results are impressive. Six of the top 16 individual finishers hailed from Union/Cove, led by Alex Graffunder and Jeremy Baxter in third and fourth, respectively, as the Bobcats easily won district.

Long wait is over

The La Grande football team celebrates its 46-43 win over Ontario Friday at Community Stadium. The Tigers captured their first outright Greater Oregon League title in a decade with the victory.
For the first time in a decade, the La Grande Tigers are the outright Greater Oregon League champions.

Taming the bears

Powder Valley’s Leah Day, right, attempts to get her attack past the arms of a Griswold defender Saturday at La Grande High School.
After coming back to defeat Joseph earlier Saturday, Powder Valley head coach Marji Lind saw the team she envisioned at the beginning of the season.

Bobcats sprint to district sweep

Union/Cove made it five straight seasons of complete domination of the 3A/2A/1A District 5 championships.

Tigers lock up GOL crown

For the first time since 2005, the La Grande Tigers are the outright Greater Oregon League champions.

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