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Crow takes over Tigers

Alma Crow takes the reigns as the new cross country coach at La Grande High School. 

West wins Shrine Bowl

Baker's Lukas Higgins, right, has his pass broken up by West defender Nolan Hill during the first half of the East-West Oregon Shrine Bowl. (Josh Benham The Observer)
Playing through three and a half hours of lightning delays, the West was able to defeat the East.

West wins Shrine Game

The West defeated the East in Saturday's East-West Shrine game in Baker City.

Mud Dogs dominate

La Grande’s Jon Gonzalez slides safely into second base during the first inning of the Mud Dogs’ 14-1 victory over the Milton-Freewater Blazers Monday at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande 16-and-under squad finishes with doubleheader sweep

The first inning of the opening game of La Grande’s doubleheader against Milton-Freewater Monday was literally a walk in the park.

In a half inning that took over 40 minutes to complete, the Mud Dogs scored nine runs, four of which came off walks with an additional two coming off wild pitches. As a result, the Mud Dogs only needed five innings to defeat the Blazers by a 14-1 margin in the first game. La Grande completed the sweep with a 9-3 win in the nightcap. 

Legacy Legends earn sweep over Hermiston at Pioneer Park

Kurt Boyd delivers a fastball for the Legacy Legends against Hermiston Friday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Kurt Boyd was confident in his defense heading into Friday’s doubleheader against Hermiston Friday, and justifiably so.

Pitching all seven innings for the La Grande Legacy Legends in the first game of the twinbill, Boyd’s throwing was supported with a pair of double plays and flawless glove work in the field to spark a 7-2 victory at Pioneer Park. 

Miramontes is hungry

La Grande High School freshman to-be Cristian Miramontes receives a pass during training Wednesday at La Grande Middle School. Miramontes could be selected to the highest level of the Olympic Development Program. (CHERISE KAECHELE/The Observer)

Future Tiger awaits prestigious invite

When La Grande High School freshman-to-be Cristian Miramontes talks about his goals as a soccer player, he makes no secret of the fact that he aims to play professionally one day. While the 14-year-old has a long way to go, all of his coaches believe the central midfielder has what it takes.

A cool head prevails

Recent La Grande High School graduate Jake Girard tees it off during a high school meet this past year. Girard will be competing for Southwestern Oregon Community College this fall after accepting a scholarship this summer.

Channeling emotions leads to success for Girard 

Over the course of Jake Girard’s recently completed high school golf career, patience has been his biggest virtue.

After going through issues with his temper early on, some words of wisdom from his head coach, Ron Evans, helped smooth out the La Grande High School graduate’s mental approach. His new attitude led to a positive finish to his Tiger career and ensured his career didn’t end at his final state meet.

Seymour shoots a career-best score

Anna Seymour and the rest of the golfers did what they set out to do during Friday’s junior golf tournament — have fun, but also stay sharp for their high school seasons.

La Grande High School’s Seymour finished with the best score in the girl’s 15- to 18-year-old age group at a Northeast Oregon Junior Golf Association tournament held at La Grande Country Club.

Lightning strike at Stars 'n' Stripes

Union County did not make it easy on themselves, but they still walked away with its second consecutive tournament crown.

After dropping their three pool-play games Saturday, the Lightning stormed back in bracket play, winning three straight — including a 10-9 thriller against Northwest Reign in the championship game — to earn the 16/18A title at the Stars ‘n’ Stripes Tournament in Salem.

Special Olympics golfers gear up

The Special Olympics Union County golf team will head to the state tournament at the Chehalem Golf Course in Newberg beginning Friday.

Under the Special Olympics golf format, one special Olympian will play with a partner while alternating shots over a nine-hole course. Union County will field four teams as Sam Altenburg will play with his father, George, Ian Altenburg will play with Pat Vaughn, Alex Weissensluh will pair up with his grandfather, Allen, and Terry Bolken will team up with Scott Hayes. Coach Pam Thompson said she is eager to see the golfers in action.

Legends split at home

La Grande Legacy Legend Eli Wisdom successfully advances to second base during the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, as the Legends split the twinbill with Burns. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande wins opener, falls in second game

The La Grande Legacy Legends split a doubleheader Tuesday at Pioneer Park against Burns, winning, 14-6 before falling, 8-6.

In both games, the winning team took control with a six-run inning. The Legacy Legends scored six runs in the third inning, a surge that Eli Childs sparked after hitting a two-run double.

Mud Dogs romp

Mud Dogs center fielder Isaiah Cranford successfully steals second base during the bottom of the second inning in La Grande’s 14-7 win over Baker Tuesday at Pioneer Park. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Fourth-inning outburst propels La Grande to win

The La Grande Mud Dogs only needed seven hits to score 14 runs en route to a 14-7 victory over Baker Tuesday at Pioneer Park.

While La Grande and Baker originally agreed to play a doubleheader, the teams later agreed to play one nine-inning game instead. Baker had played six games in a tournament last weekend. None of the five Baker pitchers who threw against the Mud Dogs could establish their command, as the Mud Dogs were walked 17 times.

Mud Dogs pound Baker

The La Grande Mud Dogs steamrolled Baker en route to a 14-6 victory.

Errors plague Legacy Legends

The La Grande Legacy Legends reached the semifinals of the Walla Walla Tournament in Walla Walla, Wash., before losing to the hosts 10-5 and falling 6-3 to Bellevue, Wash., in the third place game.

Despite outhitting Walla Walla 13-6 in the semifinals, the Legends could not recover from seven costly defensive errors.

Scoring attention

La Grande attacking midfielder/forward Lewis Wright, right, defends center back Kale Weis, left, during Friday morning practice at La Grande Middle School. Both earned places in the Olympic Development Program. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande duo prove they are among the best players in the West

With the fall high school soccer season approaching, La Grande High School midfielder/forward Lewis Wright and center back Kale Weis have gained the experience of playing in one of the most competitive development programs in the U.S.

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