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Daugereau rides to second straight Eagle Cap win

An extremely fast course and bright, sunny skies provided new challenges for even seasoned mushers at the 10th Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race this weekend. (Katy Nesbitt photo)
JOSEPH — An extremely fast course and bright, sunny skies provided new challenges for even seasoned mushers at the 10th Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race this weekend.

Laura Daugereau of Stockett, Mont., returned with her team of Alaskan Huskies for a two-peat — winning the 200-mile race for the second year in a row and breaking the course record in a time of 33 hours, 43 minutes — barely edging out Brett Bruggeman of Great Falls, Mont., who finished second in 33 hours, 52 minutes. 


Tigers send six into finals in Parma

Mountaineers play their first home conference games 

PARMA, Idaho — Led by six wrestlers in the finals, La Grande took home the first-place trophy at the Padilla Wrestling Tournament in Parma, Idaho, Saturday.

Senior swimming sendoff

La Grande freshman Tony Clay took first in the 200 individual medley at the Tigers’ final home meet of the season Saturday. As a team, La Grande finished second to Pendleton. (Chris Baxter photo)
La Grande smashes records, sends off seniors at home meet 

While the La Grande swimming team skipped the formalities of sending off the seniors, at least for one more week, there was still something to see at the final home meet of the season Saturday.

Tiger Corner: La Grande picks up a pair of wins

The La Grande boys basketball team cruised to a 67-41 non-league win against Class 5A Dalles-Wahtonka Saturday night, extending its winning streak to 10 games. 

Tyson Wicklander had the hot hand for the Tigers, scoring 11 points in the first quarter. The senior finished with 21 points, a game-high.

La Grande jumped out to a 10-1 lead in the opening quarter, but the Eagle-Indians rallied back to within four points, 17-13, after one quarter. The Tigers used a 13-3 run to push the lead to 32-18 at the half.

La Grande junior Jake Powell fueled the run, scoring eight of his 10 points in the second quarter.

Wicklander and Brandon Dall kept the heat on in the third quarter. Wicklander added nine points to his total, while Dall scored 11 points in the quarter. The junior finished the game with 15 points.

“I thought we played a little sloppy the night before,” Tigers head coach Mark Carollo said. “It was a rivalry game against Baker, so the emotions were running high. I thought we did a lot of things right tonight. I was happy with the way the boys executed.”

Friday Boys Basketball Roundup: Pratt, Benites lead Badgers past Wallowa

POWDER VALLEY — Seniors Marcus Pratt and Jason Benites each scored 17 points, and the Powder Valley Badgers boys basketball team picked up an 89-30 win against Wallowa Friday night.

Pratt scored 11 of those points in the first quarter, helping the Badgers jump out to a 24-4 lead after the first eight minutes of play. Pratt nearly outscored Wallowa at the half, 13-11, and as a team Powder Valley had 40 points on the board.

Benites’ big quarter came in the third, scoring eight points.

Chaz Murray led Wallowa with 10 points, while Cole Hafer added six points.

Tyler Robinson and Brock Jones each added 11 points for the Badgers.

Powder Valley (13-1 overall, 3-1) will host Cove at 5:30 p.m. tonight. The Leopards enter the game with a 50-33 win against Pine Eagle Friday night.

Wallowa (2-13, overall, 1-4 OOL) will have Saturday off, and will travel to Pine Eagle for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday.

Observer Athlete of the Day

La Grande senior Dylan Reece helped his team steamroll rival Baker City in the lone home dual on the schedule this season.

Eagle Cap sled race under way

JOSEPH — The Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Races got their start under blue skies Thursday afternoon at Ferguson Ridge Ski Area outside of Joseph. Six 200-mile teams, 10 100-mile teams and three teams in the 62-mile pot race  took off for the hills in front of hundreds of cheering fans.

Tigers trounce rival Baker City in dual

La Grande had every reason to come into Thursday night’s dual against Baker with a little extra confidence. The Tigers had just placed second at the Oregon Wrestling Classic, also known as the state championship of dual meets, according to La Grande head coach Klel Carson.

Wrestling up

You can call Dylan Reece a team player. The La Grande senior performed the old sports cliche of taking one for the team during a dual against Baker City Thursday night. But, Reece turned an obstacle into a chance to get better.

La Grande returns home, opens league with a win against Pioneers

La Grande boys basketball fans saw a little bit of everything in the first home game since Jan. 2 against Pendleton.

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