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La Grande graduate will play close to home next season

Most babies have cute mobiles hanging over their cribs, with a stuffed animal sitting in the corner. There are those babies, and then there’s Alora Brown. 

The La Grande High School senior grew up with a soccer ball in her crib. Her parents, Sam and Kathleen, encouraged the passion they share.

GIRLS PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Union keeps hold on second place in BMC

Enterprise guard Carson Sajonia (15) is bottled up by the Union defense Saturday. The Bobcats came away with a 67-39 win.

UNION — A all-around team effort led the Union girls basketball team to a 67-39 win against Enterprise Saturday.

The Bobcats had four players in double figures, helping lock up the second seed into the Blue Mountain Conference postseason tournament with an 12-2 conference mark.

BOYS PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bobcats cruise to weekend sweep

Unionís Chase Houck (21) splits through the Enterprise defense on the way to the basket Saturday.

UNION — It didn’t matter where the shots were coming from, the Union boys basketball team knocked them down against Enterprise Saturday.

The Bobcats continued their push towards a second-place finish in the Blue Mountain Conference with an 81-47 win against the Outlaws. 

Mountaineers continue to break records

NAMPA, Idaho — The Eastern Oregon University men’s and women’s track and field team continued its success as three school records were broken, and three more qualified for the national championships at the Boise State University Invitational Saturday.

The first school record that fell for EOU came in the women’s 60-meter dash. 

Mountaineers fall to Whitman

Eastern Oregon University's Brittney Newcomb drives to the basket during a recent game. The Mountaineers fell to College of Idaho 67-64 Friday.
For the first time this season the Eastern Oregon University women’s basketball team lost back-to-back games.

The Mountaineers’ 3-pointer fell short at the buzzer that could have tied the game, giving College of Idaho a 67-64 win Friday night in the J.A. Albertson Center. 

Tigers take down Baker in final meeting

La Grandeís Auslin McDaniel-Perrin puts up a contested shot in the lane against Baker Friday.
A nearly a week after pulling away from Baker City on the road in the fourth quarter, the La Grande girls basketball team followed the same recipe to sweep the season series Saturday night.

Trailing by five points for most of the first half, the Tigers used a strong fourth quarter push to grab a 52-40 win at home on Senior Night.

Wicklander leads surge past Bulldogs

La Grande Andrew Kevan goes up for a shot during a 55-50 win against Baker City Friday.
Wicklander comes through in final regular season home game for La Grande

With 41 seconds left in the game, Baker had a chance to grab a late lead against the La Grande, but a jump ball gave possession to the Tigers, and with the lost possession went a chance to win the game.

Staying Positive

La Grande freshman Lacey Miles (left) is still rooting on her team despite not being able to play. Miles tore her ACL this winter, her second major injury this year.
Miles rehabbing once again with plans to suit up next season 

Despite of two injuries setting back her high school athletic career, La Grande freshman Lacey Miles has stayed positive and dedicated to her team. 

La Grande Mat Club takes first

PORTLAND — Last weekend Parkrose High School in Portland was filled with more than 1,000 wrestlers representing 128 wrestling clubs from around Oregon.

All wrestlers and their teams were vying for the coveted Oregon Kids Wrestling State Championship.

GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Bobcats keep hold on second place in conference

The Union girls basketball team celebrates a 57-56 win Tuesday night. The Bobcats improved to 10-2 in conference play with the win. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

UNION — Weston-McEwen got the look it needed at the end of the game, but Ammarae Broncheau’s baseline jumper came up short at the buzzer, giving Union a win Tuesday.

The Bobcats girls basketball team pulled out a 57-56 win against Weston-McEwen in a battle for second place in the Blue Mountain Conference. Both teams entered the game with nine conference wins, trailing Pilot Rock by two games for first.

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