Observer staff


La Grande trounces Baker: Parker Robinson threw for 190 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 71 yards, leading La Grande to a 39-6 blowout win over Baker Friday in its Greater Oregon League opener.

“I thought the kids played well. Parker Robinson had a great game, again,” head coach Harold Shannon said.

All three of Robinson’s TDs passes — which went for 43, 76 and eight yards — went to G.T. Blackman, who had 157 yards receiving. Robinson also recovered a fumble in the end zone for the first score of the game. The Tigers never let up, and went on to build a 30-0 halftime lead.

Isaac Chamberlain added a one-yard first-quarter rushing touchdown, and a was instrumental on defense, according to Shannon.

“He’s done a really good job at outside linebacker,” Shannon said of Chamberlain.

Robinson, who took over early in the game after starting quarterback Andrew Peasley left an injury, was 9-for-12 passing.

Cade Reed added 68 yards rushing for La Grande.

The Tigers (5-1 overall, 1-0 GOL) return home Friday to face McLoughlin, which lost its GOL opener to Ontario 50-6.

Also Friday

Huskies roll over Bobcats: Brandon Howes caught five passes — all of them for touchdowns — and finished with 145 yards receiving as Elgin rambled past Union, 50-21.

Howes also returned a blocked punt for a score, giving him six TDs on the night.

“I felt that our team came out focused and ready to play on Friday night, and our team had a lot to prove this week,” Huskies head coach Jeff Rysdam said.

Tristan Simpson passed for 211 yards and four touchdowns, and Wyatt Hallgarth added 120 yards and a score on the ground. The Huskies rolled up 458 yards — 236 passing, 222 rushing.

Tate Lantis rushed for 195 yards and three touchdowns in the loss for Union.

The Huskies (4-2 overall) visit Mitchell/Spray/Wheeler Friday, while Union (0-5) opens Wapiti League play Friday against Enterprise.

Cougars annihilate Spartans: Austin Brockamp and Gus Ramsden both scored three touchdowns, and Wallowa held Pine Eagle to just 91 yards in a 68-6 beatdown in Old Oregon League play.

Ramsden scored on runs of seven, 31 and 42 yards. Brockamp, who led the Cougars with 164 yards rushing, added a 59-yard touchdown runs and returned two fumbles for scores. Patrick Ritthaler chipped in with 114 yards rushing and two touchdown.

Wallowa four touchdowns in each of the first two quarters en route to a 62-0 halftime lead and eclipsed 60 points for the third time this season.

“We are competing. I am proud of the boys with how they are playing,” head coach Matt Brockamp said.

The Cougars (5-1 overall, 3-0 OOL) host Cove Friday, and can lock up the OOL title and a playoff berth with the win.

Leopards keep rolling: Cove continued its impressive turnaround with a third straight blowout win, taking it to Joseph, 80-36 in Old Oregon League action.

The Leopards received five touchdowns from Bryson Stitzel, three from Emilio Ortiz and two from Wacey Fite, and churned out 594 yards of offense, including 529 on the ground.

The offensive output was the highest for Cove since also scoring 80 in an 80-20 win at Pine Eagle in 2012. The Leopards also moved to 5-1 overall, matching their highest win total since 2012.

Joseph stats were not provided.

The Leopards (3-0 OOL) visit Wallowa Friday, and could clinch no worse than a share of the OOL title with a win. Joseph (2-4, 0-3) travels to Echo Friday.

Badgers fall on road: Powder Valley couldn’t maintain the momentum from its first win, falling to Echo on the road in Old Oregon League play, 68-38.

Stats were not provided.

The Badgers (1-4 overall, 1-2 OOL) host Pine Eagle Friday in OOL play.


Tiger girls closer to GOL title: La Grande is one win away from a seventh straight Greater Oregon League title.

Alaina Carson recorded a hat trick, twice weaving her way through the defense for a goal, and La Grande recorded its sixth shutout, blanking Baker, 3-0 Saturday.

“Once we got that first goal everything settled down,” head coach Kristen Rice said. “We just dominated and found our groove.”

Carson first found the net midway through the first half, then added a second goal for a 2-0 halftime lead. The Bulldogs never recovered.

“They were ready. They wanted to get this win,” Rice said.

The win moves the Tigers to a spotless 4-0-0 in GOL play, and in need of a win in just one of their final two league games for the crown.

La Grande (8-0-0 overall) hosts Riverside in nonleague play Tuesday.

Tiger boys explode on offense

La Grande scored three goals in the first seven minutes and never looked back as it rolled to a 7-2 win over Baker Saturday in Greater Oregon League action.

“We attacked them right off the bat then sat back and possessed the ball a bit,” head coach Wade Wright said.

Nick Tsiatsos scored two goals, the first of which came in the opening minute. Cristian Miramontes and Luke Bloodgood also scored early — both off of assists from Adam Endress.

Omar Benites scored on a penalty kick for Baker to make it 3-1 at the break before La Grande scored two early goals in the second half from Tsiatsos and Simon Maille to put the game out of reach.

Endress and Callum Ebel also scored.

“We were working on getting the ball into a dangerous position. That was our focus,” Wright said.

The win means Mac-Hi, which is 4-0-0, and La Grande, which is 3-1-0, meet Saturday in a contest that could decide the GOL. A win or a tie by the Pioneers would give them the title outright. A win by La Grande, though, would pull the two teams even atop the GOL with one league game to play.


Powder goes 2-0, Cove 1-1 in three-way match: Maggie Ledbetter had nine assists and six kills as Cove topped Pine Eagle during an Old Oregon League three-way, 25-12, 25-19, 25-9 Saturday.

Raegan Duby had eight digs. Austen Kendall added five kills and three blocks.

The Leopards later lost 25-18, 25-17, 25-14 loss to Powder Valley.

Ledbetter had 12 kills, 10 digs, five assists. Rebekah Farrell had nine kills and eight digs.

Powder Valley had 35 kills and 34 assists.

The Badgers added a 25-7, 25-16, 25-6 win over Pine Eagle. The team had 26 aces and 21 kills. Individual stats were not provided.

Cove (9-12 overall, 5-7 OOL) visits Wallowa Friday. Powder Valley (19-10 overall, 10-1 OOL) faces Pine Eagle again Friday.

Also Saturday

Tigers compete at North Marion: La Grande fell to Estacada in the quarterfinals of the North Marion Tournament, 25-19, 25-20. Earlier, The Tigers split with Culver and Douglas in pool play, and lost to Hidden Valley.

Claire Hardy had 16 kills in the tournament, Liz Cashell had 45 digs and nine aces, and both Kenzie Williams and Haley Hatley had 18 assists and four aces.

The Tigers (7-8 overall) visit Ontario Thursday.

Huskies swept: Elgin fell to Wapiti League-leading Grant Union, 25-8, 25-15, 25-9.

Ashley Gentry had 13 digs and both Tymra Anderson and Kaelin Evans had three blocks.

Elgin (3-14 overall, 0-7 Wapiti) hosts the La Grande JV today.

Outlaws fall to Grant Union: Riley Gray had 15 digs, but it was not enough for Enterprise in a 25-7, 25-15, 25-16 loss in Wapiti League action to Grant Union Saturday.

Reece Christman had 11 digs and eight assists. Ashley Exon added 12 digs.

The Outlaws (6-11 overall, 2-4 Wapiti) travel to Imbler Tuesday.

Cougars split: Wallowa earned a split in Old Oregon League action with a 25-6, 25-12, 25-10 win over Nixyaawii and a 25-13, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12 loss to Griswold.

Against Nixyaawii ShannaRae Tillery had seven kills. Riley Ferre added six kills.

Against Griswold Jamie Johnston had 13 kills and 12 blocks. Ashlyn Young had 36 digs.

The Cougars (6-9 overall, 5-6 OOL) host Cove Friday.

Joseph takes two: Emma Hite had 16 kills, 16 digs, nine aces and four aces, leading Joseph to a 25-17, 25-20, 25-27, 25-16 win in Old Oregon League action over Echo.

Alexis Sykora had 15 kills and 12 digs.

The Eagles later added a 25-19, 25-23,
25-10 win over Griswold.

Hite had 12 kills, five digs, three blocks and three aces. Sykora had had 12 kills.

Joseph (15-8 overall, 9-2 OOL) hosts Nixyaawii Thursday.


Badgers handed rare loss: Powder Valley had a total of 35 digs while suffering a 25-21, 23-25, 26-24, 25-22 loss to Echo in Old Oregon League play. The team had18 aces and five blocks. Individual stats were not provided.

Wallowa fares well: Tillery had seven aces and three kills, leading the Cougars to a 25-4, 25-7, 25-11 win in Old Oregon League action over Pine Eagle Friday. Ferre added seven aces.

Bobcats sweep competition: Union concluded a busy week with a sweep of a three-way match in Stanfield Friday, topping the host Tigers, 25-11, 25-18, 25-13, and Nyssa, 25-10, 25-23, 25-18.

Ashten Wright has seven kills, eight digs and five aces against the Tigers. Ellie Clark had 10 kills and nine assists, Brianna Kohr had six aces. Against the Bulldogs, Clark had nine digs, seven kills and seven assists, Wright had eight kills and Kohr had three aces.

The Bobcats (16-2 overall) travel to Elgin Tuesday.

Eagles top Cove: Emma Hite had 11 kills and 10 digs leading Joseph to a 25-22, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17 Old Oregon League win Cove.

Hite also had six aces. Sykora added nine kills, nine digs, four blocks and two assists.

Ledbetter had 17 kills, 16 digs, eight assists and four blocks for Cove. Duby had 29 digs.


Union/Cove was nearly perfect again.

Led by Alex Graffunder, the Bobcats took the top four spots on their way to a dominating win at the Tigers Invitational Saturday at Buffalo Peak Golf Course.

Graffunder (16 minutes, 10.8 seconds), Tim Stevens (16:17.2), Jeremy Baxter (17:23.0) and Jack Silveira (17:55.5) finished first through fourth as Union/Cove scored 17 points for the second week in a row. Baker (54 points) and La Grande (68) were a distant second and third.

Andrew Lackey rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats in eighth with a time of 18:43.7. Seven Union/Cove runners, in fact, finished in the top 12.

Bennett Welch led the third-place Tigers with a time of 18:18.1, taking seventh. Calvin Smith (18:48.5) was 10th. Eli McLean (19:57.4) followed in 20th, while Garrett Street (21:07.4) and Braxton Bisenius (21:13.8) finished 28th and 30th.

Micah Flippo took 26th in a time of 20:45.7 to lead Elgin, which was fourth with 116 points. Elisha Madsen (21:38.1) came in 33rd, and a trio of Huskies — Jordan Palmer (21:54.7), Kenneth Terry (22:00.8) and Timothy Flippo (22:07.1) finished 36th, 38th and 40th.

Enterprise, which took sixth (146) was led by James Madsen, who finished 21st in 20:07.2. Daniel Delaney (22:23.7) followed in 42nd. Devin Greer (22:30.1) was 45th.

The Union/Cove girls also dominated, placing three runners in the top four en route to 28 points and a victory.

Alisa Fox (21:04.1), Jaimee Baxter (21:10.4) and Michelle Herbes (21:22.9) turned in a 2-3-4 finish for the Bobcats. Abriel O’Reilly (22:05.6) also cracked the top 10, taking eighth, and Landry Gaertner (23:00.4) was 12th.

La Grande (44), which took second, filled in the top-10 gap between Union/Cove runners. Abby Crews (21:32.8), Kendra Blake (21:44.0) and Maia Vandervlugt (21:51.2) came in with a 5-6-7 finish. Ashton Gilbert (23:05.8) took 13th and Anika Jacobson (23:25.3) was 15th.

Kyla Hook ran away with the individual title to lead Enterprise, which took third with 61 points. The freshman completed the race in 20:29.2, winning by nearly 35 seconds. Ellyse Tingelstad (22:08.2) broke into the top 10 in ninth. Ashley Wilson (22:52.5) followed in 11th, and Karli Bedard (24:37.4) and Hero Peters (24:47.3) were 24th and 25th.

Enterprise and Union/Cove next run at the Helix Stubblebuster Thursday. La Grande is at the Gutbuster in Milton Freewater Friday. Elgin is off until the Kyle Burnside Wildhorse Invite Oct. 19.