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Bailey bounces back

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Joseph native and Eastern Oregon alum Lane Bailey holds tight as he is bucked backwards during the Elgin Stampede Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association event Saturday evening. (ERIC AVISSAR/The Observer)
 

Bailey able to hang on after Elgin struggles

Joseph native and Eastern Oregon alum Lane Bailey entered the bullriding competition at the Elgin Stampede Saturday hoping to take another step in his pro career.

After a steady couple of seconds to open his ride, Bailey was flung backwards and fell off the bull after just over four seconds.


Elgin gets petition approved

Elgin athletic director Paul Willmarth announced that the school’s football program has succesfully petitioned the OSAA to compete as an independent 8-man squad in the upcoming season, rendering the program ineligible to compete in any postseason. 

The move comes after Elgin went 5-3 playing 8-man football at the Class 1A level last season. Elgin head coach Brock Eckstein said he is not worried about keeping his players in spite of having no postseason to play for.


Johnson keeps kicking

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Eric Avissar/ The Observer Grande Ronde Kung Fu and Karate School founder Ken Johnson, right, provides instruction to Isabel Brooker on how to effectively land a kick during training Wednesday. Johnson currently has 35 students in the school. (ERIC AVISSAR/The Observer)
 

Johnson takes two world titles in Las Vegas

Since moving to La Grande in 1991, Ken Johnson has held numerous martial arts world championships and has never lost a title match. Johnson has fought competitively since 1969, and never had to pull out of a competition until his most recent one at the International Martial Arts Councils World Championships June 27-29 at the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

 


Legacy Legends split doubleheader

Legacy Legends split doubleheader against Burns at Pioneer Park.

Legends struggle through Spokane

The La Grande Legacy Legends struggled over the weekend at the Spokane Woodbat Classic in Spokane, Wash., as they lost their first three games before winning 8-0 against the Spokane Cannons Saturday.

Tanner Stremcha pitched a complete game to close the tournament, throwing seven strikeouts while giving up two walks and six hits in six innings on the mound.


Crow finishes on top

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Runners take off to begin the one-mile race at the Lostine River Run. Ben Shaw of Deer Park, Wash., won the race, while La Grande’s Andrew Lackey, Maia Vandervlugt and Taylor Fox finished second, third and fourth, respectively. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Eastern Oregon grad Alma Crow wins 5k race

LOSTINE — Less than a year after giving birth to her daughter Riley, Eastern Oregon graduate Alma Crow emerged as the winner at the Lostine River Run 5k Saturday with a time of 18 minutes, 49 seconds.

“I was really nervous. I just wanted to place in the top 10,” Crow said. 


Legends falter twice at Woodbat Classic Invite

Mud Dogs also lose pair in Spokane

It was a brutal start of the Woodbat Classic Invitation in Spokane, Wash., for the La Grande Legacy Legends, as they suffered two one-run defeats on the opening day Thursday.


Tingelstad, Ribich race to wins at Hafer Run

ENTERPRISE — A record turnout of runners faced cool temperatures at the annual Amy Hafer Run in Enterprise Saturday morning.

Recent Enterprise High School graduate David Ribich, who will run track and cross country for Western Oregon University this fall, won the men’s 5k in a time of 16 minutes, 43 seconds. 


Earp powers Wolfpack to finals

The 12-and-under La Grande Wolfpack found more trouble than head coach Shane Frederick expected Tuesday, but managed to pull out a 9-5 victory over Milton-Freewater at the Pendleton Tournament semifinals.

“We did not play our best today,” Frederick said. “Milton-Freewater really came to play, but we were still able to find a way to win.”


Fox, Lathrop and Baxter shine in Eugene

A trio of area athletes enjoyed superb showings at Saturday’s Hershey’s Track and Field Oregon state finals at Hayward Field in Eugene. 

La Grande’s Alisa Fox took second place in both the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races in the 13- and 14-year-old age groups, clocking in at 2 minutes, 42 seconds, and 5 minutes, 44 seconds, respectively. Fox also placed in the standing long jump, where she finished 10th.


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