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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.

Lighting finish as champs in Boise

The Union County Lightning 10-and-under softball team emerged as champions at the Boise Blast/Idaho Sporting Goods Shootout tournament over the weekend, beating the Idaho Sliders twice to win the championship.

Yost with the most

Adele Nash, left, member the Marr Flat team, won the individual women’s break roping event. Nash was also named the top Cowgirl at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Ranch Rodeo. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

Yost family repeats as champions in Joseph

JOSEPH — Ranch chores turned into rodeo events at Saturday evening’s Countdown to Chief Joseph Days ranch rodeo. The Yost Ranch team repeated its 2012 victory, dominating the team events.

Prize money was distributed to the top two teams in each event and to the top four overall teams.

Rodeo in Joseph set to create competition amongst neighbors


Ten local ranchers will compete at the Countdown to Chief Joseph Days Rodeo. (KATY NESBITT/The Observer)

The Countdown to Chief Joseph Days weekend kicks off at 2:30 p.m., Friday with a horseback ride from the rodeo grounds to the east moraine and back through Joseph. 

The ride is followed by social hour at the Thunder room at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 7 p.m. 


La Grande takes home title

The La Grande 14-and-under baseball team spent its Sunday at the Roaring Springs waterpark in the Boise, Idaho, area.

It was a well-deserved reward after a decisive weekend on the diamond.

Legacy Legends sputter against Corvallis

Legacy Legends lose to Corvallis at home following tournament win in Salem.

Jonasson takes home first ever Dirty Poker Run

Runners descend into the first mud paths of the day at the Dirty Poker 5K run Saturday morning at the Mount Emily Recreation Area. (CHRIS BAXTER/The Observer)

Heading into the inaugural Dirty Poker Run, organizers of the event were unsure of what to expect.

As it turned out, their expectations were exceeded with a solid gathering of running enthusiasts.

Special athletes thrive

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

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. 

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