LA GRANDE EARNS OSSA CUP

June 04, 2001 11:00 pm
HEAD-TO-HEAD: In La Grande's only team matchup with marist this season, the tiger girls basketball team upset the top-ranked Spartans in the state tournament championship quarterfinals. (Observer file photo/C.J. GISH).
HEAD-TO-HEAD: In La Grande's only team matchup with marist this season, the tiger girls basketball team upset the top-ranked Spartans in the state tournament championship quarterfinals. (Observer file photo/C.J. GISH).

By The Observer

La Grande capped its first year in the Class 3A by winning the prestigious OSAA Cup Monday.

The Tigers, who dropped from the 4A last year, edged runner-up Marist 3,394 to 3,278. Marist won the Cup last year.

Were really happy. We didnt think we were going to do it, La Grande athletic director Verl Miller said.

The OSAA Cup, in its second year, recognizes overall school excellence in academics, activities and athletics.

The deciding edge came down to the spring term. La Grande trailed Marist by 63 points following winter term, but state titles in choir and band, coupled with the girls golf team taking fourth at the state tournament and top-eight performances from the softball and baseball teams propelled the Tigers into first place.

Our band and choir won, then we had placings by the softball, baseball and girls golf, Miller said. And our academics, too. We had a lot of scholar athletes who placed high.

La Grande had strong showings academically, with its speech team finishing first in the state in GPA. The girls tennis team, boys track and field team and girls soccer added second-place showings.

Athletically, the Tigers shined in their first year in the 3A after dropping down from the 4A level.

In the fall, girls soccer advanced to the semifinals, boys soccer made it to the quarterfinals and the volleyball team finished seventh at the state tournament.

The winter season garnered a state title from boys swimming, and third-place finishes by the girls basketball and girls swim teams.

The Cup will be presented to La Grande at an assembly in the fall.

Powder Valley finished second to two-time winner Ione. The Badgers scored 1,175 points while Ione tallied 1,665.

The Badgers had several strong showings in athletics. On the boys side, the track and field team won its fifth straight title, the football team took second and the basketball team finished fifth.

Powder Valleys girls also excelled, earning third place in track and field and fifth in volleyball.

Cove was 23rd with 286 points.

Enterprise earned third place in the 2A ranks scoring 2,027 points. Santiam Christian topped the 2A for the second straight year with 2,155.

Enterprise earned a state title in boys golf, finished second in girls basketball and boys cross country, fourth in volleyball, fifth in girls cross country and sixth in wrestling.

Wallowa was fifth in the 2A with 1,275 points. The top 10 featured four Wapiti League schools. Pine-Eagle took seventh and Nyssa eighth.

Other area 2A schools included Joseph (15th), Union (20th), Imbler (47th) and Elgin (56th).

Schools earn points based on their participation and finish in all OSAA-U.S. Bank State Championships and top 10 finishes in the OSAA-Dairy Farmers of Oregon Academic All-State program. The OSAA Cup weights academics, activities and athletics equally. Complete standings can be found on the OSAA Web site at www.osaa.org

OSAA Cup standings

3A

1. La Grande 3,394

2. Marist 3,278

3. Wilsonville 2,969

4. The Dalles 2,679

5. Astoria 2,599

6. Henley 2,052

7. Philomath 2,019

8. Tillamook 1,796

9. Seaside 1,734

10. Burns 1,689

2A

1. Santiam Christian 2,155

2. Regis 2,095

3. Enterprise 2,027

4. St. Marys 1,734

5. Wallowa 1,275

6. Catlin Gabel 1,268

7. Pine-Eagle 1,134

8. Nyssa 1,116

9. Salem Academy 1,025

10. Harrisburg 1,004

Other area schools

15. Joseph 847

20. Union 770

47. Imbler 387

56. Elgin 274

1A

1. Ione 1,665

2. Powder Valley 1,175

3. St. Paul 930

4. Canyonville Bible

Academy 748

(tie) Paisley 748

6. Umpqua 702

7. Crane 670

8. North Clackamas

Christian 668

9. Damascus Christian 659

10. Days Creek 620

Other area school

23. Cove 286

Coaches could not vote for their own teams. Teams received 35 points for first place, 30 for second, 25 for third, 20 for fourth, 15 for fifth, 10 for sixth and five for seventh. First-place votes in parenthesis.