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ELITE PLAYERS: La Grande's Alexis Baum, left, Amanda Schuft and Lindsey Carmichael all made All-State 3A girls soccer teams. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).
ELITE PLAYERS: La Grande's Alexis Baum, left, Amanda Schuft and Lindsey Carmichael all made All-State 3A girls soccer teams. (The Observer/PIERRE LaBOSSIERE).

By Pierre LaBossire

Observer Staff Reporter

La Grande's Lindsey Carmichael was one of three Tigers named last week by Oregon coaches onto the 3A All-State team.

Carmichael, who led the Tigers with 25 goals this season, made first team for the second time. She made first team her sophomore season and third team her junior year. Carmichael ended her high school career with a whopping 65 goals.

Though she's a veteran now of all-state recognition, Carmichael, also a very accomplished basketball player, said, "It's still an honor."

Also named to All-State teams were defenders Amanda Schuft and Alexis Baum. Schuft was named to the second team and Baum to the third team.

This trio helped the Tigers go undefeated through the regular season. La Grande made it all the way to the state quarterfinals, which the Tigers lost at home to eventual state champion Catlin Gabel 2-1 in a heartbreaker.

Schuft took the all-state selection with a bit of a grain of salt, saying the process sometimes becomes political. Still, she said, "I'm happy I got it."

Baum said she appreciated the honor saying that girls in La Grande don't get a lot of exposure because so many of the soccer schools are on the west side of the state. "I was surprised I made it. I'm happy with whatever (honors) comes my way," Baum said.

Carmichael said she would like to continue playing sports in college, either soccer or basketball (she doubts she could do both). Which sport she selects will likely depend on what scholarships she gets offered at which school.

Schuft, who is also a basketball teammate of Carmichael's, said she isn't necessarily looking at staying in sports after high school. She said she "loves playing (sports) in La Grande, and playing with your best friends makes it fun, too."

Baum would like to explore the idea of playing soccer in college, even if she plays at the club level. She has another year left at La Grande.

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