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Saturday Men's College Basketball: Mountaineers pull off upset

Tony Eackles Jr. hung in the air for what seemed like minutes. He contemplated passing for a brief second only because the defense was glued to him. In the end, somehow, Eackles Jr. lofted the shot high enough to hit what turned out to be the game-winning shot with six seconds on the clock.

Friday Boys Basketball Roundup: La Grande stays unbeaten in league play

Badgers take down Panthers 

Inspite of a stellar effort by Ontario’s Jason Hauter, the La Grande boys basketball team picked up a 65-50 win in a battle between the Greater Oregon Leagues only undefeated teams.

The rest of Ontario’s roster couldn’t seem to find the bottom of the basket. La Grande (13-2 overall, 3-0 GOL) on the other hand, kept the passing tight and set up one basket after another.

Brandon Dall had a team-high 18 points for La Grande. Troy Williams added 14 points, making 5-of-8 free-throws attempts. Jake Powell scored all nine of his points in the second quarter.

Hauter finished with a game-high 27 points. Ryan Hawker added seven points for Ontario (12-5 overall, 2-1 GOL).

No. 5 La Grande will travel to Burns for a 5:30 pm. game tonight.

 

 


Friday Girls Prep Roundup: La Grande wins league battle

The La Grande girls basketball team beat Ontario in a Greater Oregon League matchup 56-44 Friday.

For La Grande, Avery Albrecht scored a game high 19 points, making 7-of-10 from the free-throw line. Auslin McDaniel-Perrin finished with 15 points, while Kylin Collman added 14 points.

Ontario’s Riley Helmick finished with 15 points, while Cheye Anderson added nine points. Rylee Salutregui scored five points.

The Tigers (10-5 overall, 3-0 GOL) will travel to Burns for a 4 p.m tipoff today.

 




Griffin shares POY honor

The postseason awards were finalized, and it ended with something everyone already knew —Imbler running back Joe Griffin had an amazing football season. 

The junior was named Co-player of the Year for Class 1A. He shared the honor with Josh Cardwell, a senior, of Lowell. 


Tigers bring back win from Idaho

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La Grandeís Brandon Cederholm drives during a recent game. The Tigers defeated Fruitland, Idaho, 63-47 Tuesday night.

No. 9 La Grande road win extends streak to 11 games   

FRUITLAND, Idaho — For the first time in his three years at the helm of the La Grande boys basketball team Mark Carollo brought a win back from Fruitland, Idaho. 

The Tigers bounced back from a slow start to pick up their second win against the Grizzlies this season, 63-46 Tuesday night, extending La Grande’s winning streak to 11 games.  


Bobcats try to make third time the charm

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Unionís Keesha Sarman drives to the basket against Pilot Rock. The Rockets defeated Union 56-49 in the last meeting. (NANCY CAMPBELL photo)
 

Union head coach Rhondie Johansen is excited to see how far her team has come since the first half of the basketball season. The No. 6 Bobcats will get a good measuring-stick game against Pilot Rock Friday night.

The Rockets are No. 3 in the OSAA state ranking with a 15-3 overall record and are on top of the Blue Mountain Conference with a 9-1 record.


Rematch Friday

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Powder Valleyís Marcus Pratt (24) meets with Imblerís Luke Silbernagle (10) in the lane during the first Old Oregon League meeting between the teams Jan. 11. The Panthers won that game 53-49. (NANCY CAMPBELL photo)
 

Badgers look to defend home court  against Panthers

Round three of what should be at least a four-round bout is the featured game in the area when No. 3 Imbler travels to No. 2 Powder Valley Friday night. 

These two teams are familiar with this scenario. Last season, they finished the season with identical records, 21-4. In league play, each team won at home. The big win came in the postseason tournament, a 53-39 win by Imbler.


Tigers split weekend games

La Grande beats Baker City, falls to The Dalles-Wahtonka 

The Dalles-Wahtonka showcased how it got to its 13-2 record in front of a Grande girls basketball fans Saturday.

The Eagle-Indians used their 3-2 zone to overpower La Grande 64-44. 


Huskies hold off hard-charging Irrigon

ELGIN — The Elgin girls basketball team squeaked out a close win against Irrigon 44-42 Friday night. The two teams were locked 19-all at the half. The Huskies found their rhythm to take a 35-29 lead after the third quarter.

Jordyn Anderson and Katie Witherspoon led the Huskies with 11 points apiece. 

 


Union defends home court, drops Stanfield

UNION — Union is having little trouble winning on its home court.

The Bobcats boys basketball team improved to 5-0 in Blue Mountain Conference play at home with a 65-61 win against Stanfield Saturday.


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