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La Grande brings home team title


After just missing a Muilenburg Tournament title by four points past season, La Grande didn't take any chances at its home wrestling event Saturday.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Mountaineers rally past Whitworth

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Brittney Newcomb scored 18 of her 27 points in the first half to lead the Eastern Oregon University women's basketball team to a 77-71 victory over Whitworth College Friday. 

Mat mastery

La Grandeís Tyler Isaacson will be hoping to bring home one of the championship belt buckles from the 36th annual Muilenburg Tournament.

Wrestlers flock to Muilenburg Tournament looking for belt buckles

La Grande will host its annual event beginning today, and running through Saturday’s championship matches underneath the spotlight after clearing out all but one wrestling mat — it’s Muilenburg time.

Union, Cove closing in on co-op

UNION — Union and Cove high schools are almost set to combine forces on the gridiron next fall.

School boards in both communities voted unanimously to approve a football co-op between the high schools. The Cove School Board approved the proposal by a 5-0 vote at a special meeting on Thursday, while the Union School Board voted 4-0 in support of the proposed co-op with their Union County neighbors Wednesday. 

Imbler boys, girls notch wins

Panther rein in Mustangs

IMBLER — Trace Vancleave had a huge night for the Imbler boys basketball team, which is still trying to get used to playing with a full team.

Tigers hold home court

La Grandeís Kurt Boyd crosses over a Nyssa defender during the first half of the Tigers home opener. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

La Grande played a game of hot and cold, and fortunately the latter was in the middle two quarters. The Tigers jumped out early, and had to fight back for a 50-38 win against Nyssa in their home opener Tuesday, and the fifth straight win against the Bulldogs.

Captain comeback

Unionís Johnny Kennon returned to the court after missing last season due to multiple ACL injuries. He helped key a win against Crane, scoring 13 points, in the season opener. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Kennon battles back despite suffering two serious knee injuries

Union may be a little tougher this season, and the credit goes to senior Johnny Kennon, who hustled up and down the floor, looking half robotic with a heavy brace on each knee during the opening weekend of the basketball season at the Union Lions Club Tournament. 

WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Mountaineers clip Eagles

Brittney Newcomb led the her team in scoring for the second straight night, and the Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team used a 22-2 second-half run to pick up a conference win.


Tony Eackles Jr. tried to be the hero, hitting a big shot, but it wasn’t enough as the Eastern Oregon University men’s basketball team dropped a conference contest at Northwest.

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bobcats take home tourney

Unionís Courtney Rynearson drives around a Crane defender during a 51-44 win Friday. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

UNION — Sarah Good was bottled up and ready to break out, but the explosion took about 16 minutes to happen. The Union senior helped lead her team to a 52-35 win against Powder Valley in the girls championship game of the Union Lions Club Tournament. 


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