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BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bobcats pick up big win

Unionís Kenneth Sipp shoots over the top of a defender during a 47-43 win Tuesday night. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

UNION — The Union boys basketball team grabbed a better hold on its second-place standing in the Blue Mountain Conference standings Tuesday night.

After grabbing a 40-29 lead through three quarters, the Bobcats held on to win the game 47-43 against Weston-McEwen.

Tigers sink Bulldogs

La Grandeís Kylin Collman drives to the basket during a recent game. The Tigers won a non-league contest against Nyssa 53-32 Tuesday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande beats Nyssa in a non-league matchup

On La Grande’s home court, the Tigers girls basketball team beat the Nyssa Bulldogs (16-4 overall, 4-1 EOL) 53-32 in a non-league game Tuesday. 

The last time the two teams squared off, La Grande lost to Nyssa. This time around, after a rocky start, the Tigers pulled it together and defeated the Bulldogs. 

La Grande wins nail-biter 60-59

La Grandeís Avery Albrecht drives to the rim during a win against Ontario Saturday.
BURNS –– The La Grande girls basketball team (11-5 overall, 3-0 GOL) beat the Burns (13-7 overall, 1-3 EOL) in a non-league game 60-59 Saturday. 

The Tigers’ defense was slow coming out allowing the Highlanders to end the first quarter with a 13-point lead. La Grande made some adjustments and started to close the deficit, but Burns pulled away again in the last two minutes of the second with an eight-point run, ending the first half leading 35-22. 

Back on track

Eastern Oregon University's Kyllian Wood shoots over the top of No.21 Concordia's Esvan Middleton during an 82-80 win Saturday night.
Eackles Jr. delivers last second win to complete EOU sweep

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.

Cavaliers snap EOUís home winning streak

Eastern Oregon University's Kelsey Hill had 20 points in her team's 83-59 win Friday.
The Concordia University women’s basketball team came into the weekend with just one conference win. After an impressive offensive stretch, the Cavaliers now are now 3-9 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play.

Led by a season-high seven 3-pointers from Janae Klarich, Concordia picked up an 85-78 win over Eastern Oregon University in Quinn Coliseum Saturday. It’s a feat that another team hadn’t accomplished for 33 games.

EOU sets new records

The Eastern Oregon University men’s and women’s track and field team set new school records on day two of the Washington Invite and Ed Jacoby Invite. The Mountaineers broke three school records in two events.

Washington Invite

On day two at the Washington Invite, the Mountaineers saw two school records get broken Saturday. For the second straight day, Damion Flores broke a school record. This time he broke the school record in the mile by 18 tenths of a second. He finished the mile in 4:10.67, which meets the NAIA “A” standard.

Badgers win rematch with Panthers

NORTH POWDER —Speed and pressure fueled the Powder Valley boys basketball team’s win Saturday night.

The Badgers used their full-court press to jump out to a 23-1 lead against Joseph after one quarter, and finished with an 83-34 win.

Perseverance pays off for Badger senior

Powder Valley's Bailee Allen goes up for a shot against Imbler Friday. The Badgers won the game 43-41 on a last second shot by Allen Bingham.
A natural instinct would be to shy away when something isn’t going your way. But, scorers don’t have that mindset. They keep firing at the basket, despite a little frustration. 

Without the mentality from Bailee Allen, the Powder Valley girls basketball team wouldn’t be sitting at the top of the Old Oregon League standings with a 5-2 record. 

Tigers keep the streak going with two wins

La Grande's Brandon Dall puts up a jumper against Ontario Friday night. La Grande picked up the Greater Oregon League win 55-47.
La Grande extends winning streak to 13 games 

BURNS –– The La Grande boys basketball team (14-2 overall, 3-0 GOL) won a non-league game against the Burns Highlanders (9-11 overall, 3-1 EOL) 55-47 Saturday. 

Saturday Women's College Basketball: EOU streak comes to an end

The Concordia University women’s basketball came into the weekend with just one conference win. After an impressive offensive stretch, the Cavaliers now are now 3-9 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play.

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