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Special athletes thrive

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From left to right: Jason Marks, Mary Lee and Braden Trice practice running the 100-meter dash Saturday at La Grande High School to prepare for the upcoming Special Olympics Oregon Summer Games next month. (ERIC AVISSAR/The Observer)

Local athletes gear up for upcoming state meet

The Union County Special Olympics team is preparing for the Special Olympics Oregon Summer Games next montha at Newberg High School after what head coach Doug Trice called a very successful showing at the regional meet at Milton-Freewater June 7-8.

In both the 100-meter dash and the softball throw, Justin Bowling earned silver medals. Jennie Coppin earned gold medals in both the 100-meter race walk and the softball throw, while Jason Franks took gold in the 100 dash and silver in the standing long jump. In the 100-meter race walk, Fred Jordan earned bronze and also finished fourth in the softball throw. 


Wolfpack wins third championship

The La Grande Wolfpack 12-and-under youth baseball team won its third tournament of the season, winning the Boise Summer Classic in Boise, Idaho, Sunday.

After scoring 34 runs in pool play, the Wolfpack defeated Caldwell, Idaho, All-Stars, 6-3, before beating the host Boise Cobras in the championship by an 8-3 margin.


Riding for the money

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Riley Freeman of Middleton, Idaho, was the lone bull rider ride to 8 seconds and was the sole winner of the purse over the weekend at the 10th annual Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Rodeo in Enterprise. (KATIE NESBITT/The Observer)
 

23 saddle bronc and 15 bull riders competed 

ENTERPRISE — Spring showers broke in time for the 10th annual Mountain High Broncs and Bulls Rodeo at the Wallowa County Fairgrounds in Enterprise. Oregon was chosen to host the 11-state Western States Ranch Rodeo Association’s pro tour, attracting 23 bronc riders. 


AT A GLANCE: Countdown to Chief Joseph

Countdown to Chief Joseph

The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days weekend kicks off at 2 p.m. June 27 with a horseback ride from the rodeo grounds to the east moraine and back through Joseph. 


Mile High Broncs and Bulls Pro Rodeo set for this weekend

ENTERPRISE — Wallowa County’s kick-off rodeo of the summer is now the only rodeo in Oregon chosen for a national tour of bronc riders, which is set to start at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mike McBeth of Emmett, Idaho, 2013 Western States World Champion Bronc Rider is scheduled to appear along with at least eight national finals qualifiers.

Wallowa County native sons Lane Bailey and Cade Steen are signed up for bull riding. 


Bulls get last laugh

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Cody Campbell, who was born in Summerville, scores a 68 during the first round of the Ed Miller Xtreme Bull Riding Event at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Thursday evening in Union. Campbell ended up in seventh place. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Weiser, Idaho, native only rider to make it eight seconds in the second round 

Cody Campbell did not put on the show he had hoped for, but it was still a pleasant homecoming for the cowboy.

The Summerville native placed seventh in the fifth annual Ed Miller Xtreme Bull Riding Event at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show Thursday night in Union. 


Youth team wins title

La Grande 14-under team takes Meridian tournament

Even a step up in age groups did not deter the La Grande under-14 baseball team.

Last weekend La Grande went undefeated at the Memorial Day Invitational in Meridian, Idaho, with its 6-5 win in the bottom of the seventh against Meridian Youth Baseball in the championship game.


On Deck: Thursday May, 22


WEEK AHEAD: April 18, 19


Local wrestlers set for semifinals

PORTLAND — With the opening day of the Class 4A wrestling tournament in the books, La Grande still has seven wrestlers hoping to bring home a medal.

The Tigers currently sit in four place as a team with 40 points. Crook County closed out the opening day with 180 points, while Henley is in second with 93.


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