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2006-2007 Argus Observer Archive

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                               By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Led by senior Stephanie Babij, the Ontario girls tennis team won four of five matches and easily breezed past Baker Tuesday in Ontario.

                              Babij started things off right for Ontario as she dispatched Danica Hutton 6-2, 6-2, and teammate Hayley Tucker won her match in three grueling sets.

                              Tucker won the opener against Baker

                                 RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario tennis team had its hands full Wednesday with the defending Idaho 4A state champions.

                              Bishop Kelly swept through the Tigers, winning 10-0 in nonleague tennis action on Wednesday in Ontario.

                              Ontario, which is the two-time Oregon 3A/2A/1A girls state champions, could not match the Knights, who return state champions in the girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

                               

                              By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Tuesday turned into Friday the 13th for the Ontario baseball team in its nonleague game against Grant Union.

                              First, a bases-loaded balk, then a run scored after a botched pickoff attempt and a throwing error.

                              To add insult to injury, the Prospectors executed a triple play in the bottom of the seventh inning, closing out a wild day, which ended with Grant Union walking away with a 3-1 win Tuesday in Ontario.

                              Ryan Laubacher tossed a complete game, struck out six and scattered four singles. All three Grant Union runs were unearned as the Tigers committed five errors.

                               By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Kim Boyd and Sarah Wharton drove in two runs apiece to lead the Ontario softball team to the 9-2 win over Weiser Monday in softball action in Ontario.

                              The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings and that was all the support starting pitcher Kayla Park needed.

                              Park threw a complete game, struck out six and held Weiser to five hits.

                              Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                              Behind the scenes, nearly 160 employees work to keep the Ontario School District running. From teacher aids to nutritional staff,

                              By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                              The Ontario High School baseball varsity team opened the 2007 season on a rough note after Burns swept the Tigers 23-2 and 6-4 in a doubleheader Friday at OHS.

                              The Hilanders scored 10 runs in the second inning of the first game and added 11 more during the fourth and fifth innings to quickly dispatch Ontario.

                              The Tigers seemed to be destined for the same fate in the second game, falling behind 6-0 as Burns scored six third-inning runs on just two hits.

                              Burns

                              By Julie Engel - Argus Observer

                              The Ontario School Board of Directors approved a request for instructional materials for English language learning at its monthly board meeting Thursday night.

                              Sherri Hironaka

                              By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario softball team started out sluggish, but on the home stretch, they had plenty of steam.

                              The Tigers pounded out 12 hits and Yano tossed a complete game with five strike outs in Ontario's 6-3 win over Middleton in nonleague softball action Wednesday at Ore-Ida Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                              "I felt the first couple of innings we had some jitters, but we shook it off pretty well," Ontario head coach David hopper said. "We just came out and hit the ball. Defense was solid, Kayla Yano was on her game and she hit her spots."

                              The Tigers committed a couple of second inning miscues and the Vikings took advantage with two runs.

                              The lead could have increased, but Middleton had two runners gunned down on the basepaths.

                              After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom half of the second frame.

                              In the second inning, Ontario notched four runs and five hits to retake the lead, 4-2.

                              Ashley Moeller plated two runs with a double, Sarah Wharton singled in another run and Francene Hussey capped the inning with an RBI single.

                              "Ontario came out and hit the ball real well," Middleton head coach Randy Lyons said. "We came out with a couple of errors and got a little rattled."

                              The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Yano responded with three straight scoreless innings to finish things off.

                              Ontario's leadoff hitter Kim Boyd sparked the offense as she went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

                              Moeller and Wharton also went 3-for-4 as the top three hitters in the lineup finished the day going 9-for-12 with four runs scored.

                              Even with the win, Yano said the team needs to improve on several aspects of the game to be successful.

                              "We just need to keep playing better," Yano said. "We have to keep our errors down, keep hitting the ball and hit it hard. I think we'll be fine."

                              Ontario (1-0) takes on Bishop Kelly Friday.

                              By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The future is now for the Ontario Tiger softball squad.

                              Blessed with three solid pitchers and a potent offense, the Tigers have a shot at a state championship berth.

                              A season ago, Ontario (8-12 overall, 5-11 League) finished one game short of state-playoff contention after suffering a 13-3 loss in a tie-breaker game to Baker. The team also underwent a coaching change and overcame several off-field issues during the season.

                              By JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario Tigers may have had their 2006 through 2007 girls basketball campaign abruptly ended by Stayton this past weekend in a state play-in game, but already thoughts have turned to next season.

                              That is the nature of the girls on the basketball team, head coach Jon Buck said, although the dynamics of next season's team may look much different than this season's.

                              Although the Tigers had lost six seniors to graduation the year before and only returned one returning varsity player in Stephanie Babij coming into the 2006 through 2007 season, Buck said a lot of confidence in his new, untried team.

                              Early on, however, the Tigers proved up to the challenge when they opened regular season in the Greater Oregon League beating a ranked Baker High School team.

                              Two games later, Ontario handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season on the road, and Buck said he knew the Tigers were in good position for the rest of the season.

                              By Argus observer sports staff

                              Wade Douglas, a former Ontario High School standout basketball player and current player at Corban College, received an honorable mention by the Cascade Collegiate Conference for his efforts during his first season with the Warriors.

                              Douglas, a sophomore, led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and rebounding, averaging 6.7 boards per game, and shot a team-high 52.1 percent from the field.

                              By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                              Two of the top three teams in the state squared off in Ontario Saturday night, with a trip to next week

                              By Jennifer Colton - Argus Observer

                              Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter will interview Wednesday for the open superintendent position in the Hermiston School District.

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Astoria High School Fishermen escaped Ontario High School with a 59-48 win over a hungry Tiger team after hitting 14-of-17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal a 4A state boys basketball tournament opener victory Tuesday at Ontario.

                              The win sends Astoria (18-7 overall) to a second-round faceoff against Stayton Friday, while ending Ontario's season with an overall record of 8-17.

                              The victory was hard-fought for the Fishermen, however, who maintained only a slim four-point lead in the fourth quarter before Ontario sent them to the line to seal the win.

                              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                              The annual Alameda Spaghetti Feed will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Alameda Elementary School.

                              Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 4 through 12.

                              Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and dessert, and the event will also offer a performance by Alameda's Honor Choir and a silent auction.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              Jacob Haueter, Bryson Sap and Bryson Bottorff, cornerstones of the Ontario boys basketball program, were honored for their efforts in the 2006 through 2007 campaign.

                              All three players led Ontario to an 8-16 record and a state playoff berth.

                              Haueter, a junior, was selected as an All-Greater Oregon League first-team representative, and Sap and Bottorff were selected to represent the second team.

                              La Grande's Taylor Evans and Tim Hall were selected to the first team along with Mac-Hi's Saul Gonzalez.

                              Baker's Travis Mastrude and teammate Matt Duman round out the first-team selections for the GOL.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Ontario girls basketball team enjoyed an undefeated Greater Oregon League record and the Tigers were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

                              Stephanie Babij, the heart and soul of the Tigers, was honored with All-GOL Player of the Year honors, and Ontario's head coach Jon Buck was named the GOL's Coach of the Year.

                              Stephanie O'Connor was recognized for her strong defense and her deft point guard abilities with an All-GOL first- team selection.

                              Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, a junior, was named to the second team, along with teammate Tara O'Connor.

                              5-foot-9 inch senior Kristin Saito received an honorable mention for her work inside the paint.

                              Among the rest of the league, Baker's Katy Sullivan and Kate Vaughan were named to the first team along with La Grande's Mikell Woodfield. Seniors Lacey Carlson and Mackenzie Garton were selected to the first team for Mac-Hi.

                              Editor,

                              Some people in the Treasure Valley seem to have a skewed perception of Ontario High School. They have the belief that perhaps nothing good will ever come of Ontario High School because it is nothing more than

                              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                              Using everything from color shadow investigation to architectural design, elementary students throughout the Ontario School District are preparing for Destination ImagiNation, an international, interactive after school program.

                              Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                              Work to gain a professional planner's input on the direction for school buildings in the Ontario School District continues as the Ontario School Board of Directors approved a statement of work during its regular meeting Feb. 15.

                              The statement of work identifies what tasks need to be completed by the district and the contracting project manager, Crandall Arambula, Portland. The project has been identified as the

                              Babij leads Ontario with 13 points JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario girls basketball team finished its last home game much the way it began - with a win.

                              Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while sisters Stephanie and Tara O'Connor scored nine and eight points respectively on the way to Ontario's 46-31 win over league opponent La Grande Friday at home.

                              Ontario jumped out to a good start the first half, with the Tigers' defense holding La Grande to minimal scoring.

                              In the first quarter, Ontario held La Grande to only six points, and in the second, La Grande scored only four. Ontario, on the other hand, scored 13 points in each to take a comfortable 26-10 cushion into the locker room at half time.

                              Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              Despite outscoring La Grande 26-15 in the fourth quarter, the Ontario boys basketball team couldn't overcome a poor first half and wound up losing to Greater Oregon League opponent La Grande 64-56 Friday night at Ontario.

                              La Grande went on a 13-5 run the first quarter to start the game and built up to a 30-16 first-half lead, which Ontario coach Scott Helmick said hurt his Tigers.

                              Replacement of videotape security system will be just under $50,000    Julie Engel Argus Observer

                              Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter told the Ontario School Board Thursday night a new, computerized camera system will be installed at Ontario High School to upgrade the current antiquated videotape network.

                              The cost to replace the videotape security system is just under $50,000.

                              The funds to replace the system are in the budget, Carter told the board at its regular meeting, and the project should take place in the next few weeks.

                              The videotape system has poor quality images, Carter said, and the new system will provide more coverage with three times as many cameras throughout the school. OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said the video camera system is too old and is not going to be able to be used at another school.

                              In other school district news:

                              - Carter talked about two ideas floating around the district regarding restructuring of current educational practices.

                              For one, he said the school board could need to consider all-day kindergarten in the future. The district now offers all-day kindergarten at Alameda and May Roberts, he said, and if the Oregon Legislature approves an extra $300 million for the school budget it could help fund all-day kindergarten at the other schools.

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario High School basketball player Stephanie Babij has long been recognized locally for her talents on the basketball court. Now her abilities have gained her even greater attention.

                              Babij, a senior, is one of 20 female basketball players in Oregon to be nominated to the 2007 McDonald

                              Freshmen

                              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Karissa Adams, Matthew Anthony, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Adam Kolbaba, Justine Maeda, Gustavo Morales, Chaz Nakamura, Tommy Pitts, Samuel Plummer, Breanna Ribeiro, Adam Roberts, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Erica Sheppard-Sykes, David Toth, Jessica Troester and Allison Yano.

                              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Melissa Carbajal, Kylie Ceniga, Dereck Dittli, Octavio Estrada, Meganne Garner, Jessica Gastelum, Ryan Griffin, Ashley Hagon, John Hamman, Amelia Harrington, Erika Hopper, James (Riley) Horn, Derek Johnson, Seri Kimball, Shawna McAvoy, Marie Navarrete, Brady Oakes, Miguel Rios, Gloria Serrano, Dillon Starr-Jones, Anne Stults, Miren Urrea and Shelbi Widner.

                              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Sara Bond, Eathan Branom, Carlee Breidenbach, Nayelly Corona, Ken Frahm, Nicholas Harris, Kaylee Kittleson, Brian Kasper, Jordan Lang, Francisco Machuca, Andra Martarano, Nico Martinez, Keisha Mauer, Hayley Reever, Marisela Rodriguez and Victoria Vasquez.

                              Sophomores

                              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Christine Babij, Kamal Bagha, Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Melody Haidle, Eva Hime, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Robert Keyes, Jessica Martin, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Nagaki, Alicia Olsen, R.J. Olsen, Alexandria Osborn, Emily Price, Heather Rysenga, Sharen Stowe, Hayley Tucker, Jacob Turner and Allie Whittet.

                              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Sonia Contreras, Lucas Christiani, Amanda Helliwell, Chelsea Kee, Alexis Martinez, Samuel McMillen, Christopher Paulsen, Ishmael Ramirez, Salvador Sanchez and (Shawn) Michael Williams.

                              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Jose Becerril, Kimberly Boyd, Maria Castro, Jamie Cisneros, Alma Corona,Anali Escobedo, Erica Herrera, Jesus Lujan, Jordan Martinez, Ricardo Navarrete, Matthew Owens, Chalaine Reger, Kelcie Rupe, Nayeli Sanchez and Meghan Schram.

                              Juniors

                              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Monica Adams, Britany Babcock, Jaylene Bruner, DJ Clayton, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Blair Fletcher, Omar Gutierrez, Krista Holloway, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Bradley McGowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O

                              Eighth grade

                              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Alexandra Babij, Alma Barba, Jason Buttice, Rachel Corn, Enrique Cruz, Candace Diedrich, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Valerie Gallegos, Brenda Gamboa, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Jazmine Gordillo, Scotti Jo Helmick, Katie Hendon, Jose Hernandez, Holly Hopkins, Jonathan Hovey, Allie Huska, Jesse Jacuinde-Deleon, Ericka Johnson, Alexander Kameshige, Taylor Laubacher, Amanda Martin, Britney Martinez, Annika Olsen, Ali Patton, Laura J. Reyes, Karen Rodriguez, Mariah Saldivar, Cristian Sanchez, Kiley Shipley, Mariah Strobeck, Crista Strong, Berenice Trapero, Jennifer Yano and Jacob Ybarra.

                              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Cassandra Arias, Anthony Barron, Bradly Brewer, Melissa Buhlinger, Selena Carrasco, Carmen Corona, Katie Cummings, Andrea DeLaCruz, Rick Falk, Amber Fillman, Leslie Gonzalez, Sharianne Hart, Kristina Henderson, Kaila Hendon, Troy Henricks, Ashlie Hoffman, Shu Hua Huang, Luis Ibal, Eduardo Lopez, Jose Morales, Issaic Pena, Maricela Ramirez Perez, Paola Robles, Rubi Rojas, Juanita Roque, Mercedee Schwartz, Shawndelle Smith, Cody Spang, Antonio Trejo, Hayley White and Ren Wilson.

                              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Gerardo Arias, Manuel Becerra, Yolanda Cano, Vianca Carrillo, Jorden Ceniga, Henry Christiani, Jazmine Cruz, Tyler Ferguson, Keiton Gill, Cody Gray, Ryan Kee, Kayla Mable, Andrew Maeda, Connor Mahony, Chyanne McGraw, Brian Navarrete, Matthew Oliva, Edgar Rojas Perez, Stephen Pileggi, Maricella Ramirez Soto, Katrina Rangel, Jace Salutregui and Cheyanne Tyler.

                              Seventh grade


                              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Samantha Almodovar, Moses Alvarez, Hayley Baysinger, Maria Benites, Miranda Bourasa, Emilee Brockett, Veronica Carrington, Nicholas Cheatham, Jacob Corey-Merrill, Jillian Cote, Rebecca Dodson, Lila Elamry, Elena Farley, Kiara Gillett, Mikayla Keerins Guzman, Katie Haueter, Kendra Hiramatsu, Patrick Hopman, Kylie Iseri, Jade Iseri-Ramos, Jordyn Kessler, Garrett Kitamura, Gabrielle Kovach, Fani Lopez, Miguel Lujan, Anthony Machuca, Amanda Martarano, Kierston Martz, Patrick McCartan, Angela Monroe, Marivel Moreno, Angie Nagaki, Andrea Navarrete, Christopher Navarrete, Hunter Oakes, Aurelia Olsen, Katlin Plummer, Samuel Povar, Yaquelin Romero, Iovani Salgado, Frankie Sesker, Eunice Smith, Matt Smith, Trevor Smith, Denum Springer, Vanessa Suarez, Sam Sutton, Joshua Tolman, Tyson Trainor, Kayla Troester, Hailee Turner, Stephanie Vargas, Bailey White, Tiffani White, Kierston Wilson and Treya Yano.

                              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Jason Alvarado, Darian Barber, Monica Cedillo, Kaylee Contreras, Paul Erlebach, Nicole Fuentes, Cassandra Garcia, Reuben Garcia, Kishi Gibbs, Karina Graves, Brooke Harriman, Caden Hartley, Braulio Morales, Ashleigh Palmer, Vanessa Rodriguez, Demetreus Ronneburg and Ruby Zazueta.

                              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Brady Baker, Haley Barrett, Rodolfo Baustista, Scott Bentz, Brooke Bergam, Alicia Chavez, Juan Hernandez, Samantha Jennings, Chelsie Little, Sabrina Long, Devin Martinez, Codi Myers, Job Ochoa-Gonzalez, Kimberly Retamosa, Kaycee Suitter, Kieli Tracy and Kelon Waters.

                              Sixth Grade

                              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Kaycee Alcoser, Aaron Alexander, Tanner Alexander, Evencio Bautista, Molly Bond, Julia Brown, Andrew Camarena, Allison Cammack, Olivia Christiani, Reilly Collins, Sara Dockter, Michael Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Garrit Esplin, David Garner, Jannet Gastelum, Alloara Gauvain, Logan Hall, Jackie Harden, Ardella Hopman, Megh Huska, Ixia Johnson, Natalie Juarez, Delaney Kee, Jessica Lang, Emily Maeda, Kole Nakamura, Keston Nelson, Riley Newgen, Edgar Nunez, Eric Nunez, Katie Phelps, William Price, Iesha Ramirez, Yenni Ramirez, Jasmine Reyna, Roxanna Robles, Blanca Romero, Mayra Santana, Brityn Sauer, Anna Serano, Dianna Shigeta, Cody Smith, Ashton Stark, Joseph Suarez, Eric Tatlock, Christopher Torres, Ana Tovar, Airlen Trumble, Trampis Waite, Jacob Waller and London Wettstein.

                              3.75-3.50 G.P.A.: Marilyn Barba, Jaden Barber, Kirsten Bauer, Monique Cheatam, Jessica Cuna Colchado, Ivana Davila, Kenzie Deiter, Laura DeLaCruz, Victor Diedrich, Evan Erlebach, Cecilia Escobedo, Eric Fogle, Sebastian Gallegos, Drake Herrera, Larry Lewin, Aidan Mahoney, Briana Mejia, Armando Mendez, Valdemar Mendez, Kayleigh Pearce, Michelle Perez, Hannah Prentiss, Vicki Rivera, Irvin Rodriguez, Payton Ruberti, Hailey Skinner, Megan Sokolik, Justin Strong, Eli Toombs and Clarissa Vasquez-Valadez.

                              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Zach Acree, Carmen Banuelos (Gonzalez), Mayte Barrios Sanchez, Vianca Corona, Chaz Davis, Joseph Delgado, James Dionne, Austin Edwards, Jessica Galicia, Selena Gallegos, Brianna Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Oscar Lopez, Max Maeda, Derek Martin, Derek Maus, Scotty Morton, Jessica Navarrete, Gloria Olsen, Ryan Reever, Landon Saito, Jonathan Taroy, Micaela Thomas, Lacey Waters and Tristin Wishard.

                              Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              The Ontario girls basketball team secured the Greater Oregon League championship title Tuesday after defeating the Baker Bulldogs 49-35 in GOL action at Ontario.

                              Ontario head coach Jon Buck said the Tigers again played with great defense to earn them the win.

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Jacob Haueter scored 23 points to lead the game, but the Ontario boys basketball team fell at the hands of Greater Oregon League opponent Baker 67-59 anyway Tuesday at Ontario High School.

                              Haueter was the only Tiger to have a significant impact on the scoreboard, hitting five shots from the field, including three 3's, and shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during the game.

                              Despite his team showing moments of solid play, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said Baker's rebounding finally got the best of the Tigers in the second half, giving them plenty of opportunity to score from the paint.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              Six local football players will highlight this year

                              Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              The Ontario girls basketball team is one win away from the Greater Oregon League crown.

                              Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Ontario to the 39-28 win over Mac-Hi in GOL action Saturday in McLoughlin.

                              Even though the Tigers committed 20 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the field, Ontario was able to scratch out a tough road win from the charity stripe.

                              The Tigers shot 15-of-17 from the line, while the Pioneers hit 12-of-20.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Ontario wrestling team qualified 13 grapplers for the state tournament and also came away from La Grande with its first district title in four years, chalking up 307.5 team points and beating host La Grande by 33 points.

                              Tom Martinez (125) scored a 17-2 technical decision over Andrew Gettle, Baker, in the finals to solidify his spot at state. Chase Fields (112) won the individual title over teammate Nico Martinez as the two also earned state berths. Ten other wrestlers, including Juvenal Carrillo and Andrew Burnett (103), Danny Nunez (119), David Rangel (130), Andres Hernandez (135), Derek Galligar (140), Frank Lopez (145), Casey Erlebach (152), Anthony Rangel (189) and Mike Ortiz (215) all punched their tickets for the state competition.

                               Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              The Ontario girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscles Tuesday, holding the La Grande Tigers to 23 percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers in Ontario

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The running and gunning Ontario girls basketball team forced 24 turnovers and pestered Mac-Hi into shooting a miserable 15-of-48 from the field in its 61-41 win Saturday in Ontario.

                              Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                              Over 900 spoons dipped into hundreds of bowls of chili Thursday night at Cairo Elementary School during the annual Cairo Chili Feed. Including 500 take-home orders, the school served 1,393 meals.

                              Argus Observer sports staff

                              The Ontario boys basketball team put up a good fight but came away with a 59-54 loss to league opponent Baker Tuesday at Baker City.

                              Despite the loss, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick was more positive about Tuesday

                               Argus Observer sports staff

                              The Ontario girls basketball team defeated league rival Baker City for the second time this season, defeating the Bulldogs 59-44 in Greater Oregon League action Tuesday at Baker City.

                              Ontario coach Jon Buck said the matchup was a

                               Julie Engel   Argus Observer

                              Ideas from key players in Malheur County and the city of Ontario about the future of school buildings flowed freely at a special work session of the Ontario School Board of Directors Monday.

                              The session focused on plans to bring consultants to Ontario through the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to help the board decide on a direction for its school buildings.

                              The board chose two representatives for the Ontario School District to make initial contact with the ODLCD

                              Babij scores 16 in Tigers' 54-27 win RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              So much for being the underdogs.

                              The No. 8-ranked Ontario Tigers forced 23 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points, and defeated La Grande 54-27 in Greater Oregon League girls basketball Friday in Ontario.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              After losing 70-48 to La Grande Friday, the Ontario boys basketball team rebounded in style.

                              Jacob Haueter hit nine shots and all four of his free throws attempts for 25 points to lead the Tigers to a 58-48 win over Nyssa Saturday.

                              Argus Observer

                              The saying

                              Andy Gates   Argus Observer

                              Four Ontario Middle School students have been cited by police for disrupting the school process since a new city ordinance was activated Dec. 20, and three students have been expelled so far this school year.

                              The Ontario City Council passed an ordinance in late November which gave police the authority to cite juveniles in Ontario

                              Ontario girls defeat Baker    Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              The Ontario girls basketball team earned a key win Tuesday, opening its Greater Oregon League season with a 53-47 victory over the previously undefeated Baker Bulldogs at Ontario High School.

                              The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs for all but one quarter, but maintained enough of a lead throughout to hold off Baker

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario Tigers are officially on the winning track.

                              They needed 10 forfeits and five pins in their tri-dual meet sweep against Payette and Vale to do the trick.

                              Ontario defeated Payette 57-24 and slipped past Vale 45-32 Tuesday in nonleague wrestling action in Vale.

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario boys basketball team held its own with the Baker Bulldogs for two quarters but ultimately fell 72-52 in the opening game of Greater Oregon League play Tuesday at Ontario.

                              Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said his team knew the Bulldogs would be tough, and they didn

                              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Although the Ontario girls basketball team has racked up a combined record of 136-39 and three Co-Greater Oregon League titles in the past five years, the Tigers enter league play tonight against Baker High School in a different role.

                              As the underdog.

                              Baker, La Grande and Mac-Hi are the hunted in 2007, while Ontario looks forward to its new role as the hunter.

                              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                              Thanks to a special nomination, Ontario High School senior Cody Ables could soon be a Falcon - the mascot to the United States Air Force Academy.

                              Oregon U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, announced last week he had nominated Ables for acceptance into the academy.

                              The Ontario School Board has just completed its annual meetings with the Site Councils of the district

                              Ronald Bond Argus Observer

                              The Ontario wrestling team split a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Marsing 44-36 before falling to Vallivue's grapplers 52-11.

                              In the opener against Marsing, the Tigers scored eight wins, with five coming by forfeit, and held off a scrappy, yet undermanned Marsing squad. The Huskies racked up six wins of their own, including four pins.

                              Julie Engel Argus Observer

                              The libraries throughout the Ontario School District have received 5,400 new books through a grant from the United States Department of Education.

                              OSD School Improvement Specialist Sherri Hironaka presented a grant update to the Ontario School District Board of Directors at its regular meeting Thursday night.

                              The third time really is the charm, she said, as the district received the

                              Andy Gates Argus Observer

                              Expulsion hearings ended Tuesday for two Ontario Middle School students in connection to a December incident where a handgun was allegedly brought into the school and passed around to other students.

                              However, a final expulsion decision has not yet been made.

                              Ontario Middle School parents may receive letters regarding the incident, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Tuesday.

                              No letters have been sent out yet, Carter said, but letters may explain the incident and remind parents to not let children bring weapons to school.

                              Schools in Oregon are not required to disseminate letters to parents detailing guns-in-school incidents, Oregon Department of Education Spokesman Gene Evans said last week.

                              It is unclear why letters were not sent out directly after the incident. Carter said he did not have an answer as to why the district did not inform parents about the December incident by letter.

                              Information regarding the incident was relayed to the Argus Observer by a concerned resident last week, almost a month after it occurred.

                              Carter said last week that a student brought a handgun into the middle school and other students had their hands on the weapon.

                              An expulsion decision will probably be made within the next couple of days, Carter said.

                              Ontario police cited a 12-year-old boy in connection to the incident. The youth was cited for the felony crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building, Ontario Police Department Capt. Mark Alexander said Friday.

                              Ontario Police Chief Mike Kee said Tuesday the youth was arraigned on the possession charge in December.

                              It is unclear, though, how his case has progressed through court

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              For the past two seasons, the Ontario girls basketball team has been the bully and the Nyssa Bulldogs have been the beneficiary of several beat-downs.

                              Last year was especially sour for Nyssa, which lost two games to Ontario by a combined score of 122-79. Nyssa head coach Gabe Fuentes was the head coach for the last four square offs, all losses for the Bulldogs and all by at least double figures.

                              So there is no shortage of history between both squads.

                              Andy Gates Argus Observer

                              Ontario High School was placed on a watch list, under the school safety provisions of the federal No Child Left behind Act, along with 15 other schools throughout the state, according to an October press release from the Oregon Department of Education.

                              Ontario High School was put on the list, Oregon Department of Education Communications Director Gene Evans said because the number of expulsions for weapons and violent behavior exceeded the allowable threshold for the number of students in the school.

                              Eight students out of a student body of 784 were expelled from Ontario High School, Evans said, which exceeded the threshold of one expulsion for every 100 students.

                              Three of the expulsions were for violent behavior, Evans said, and five were for weapons such as knives, but not guns.

                              As a result of the listing, the Oregon Department of Education requires schools update their violence prevention plan, and prevention specialists from the state may also consult with schools, Evans said.

                              The watch list shows that school districts take

                              Andy Gates Argus Observer

                              Expulsion hearings are underway for an Ontario Middle School student who brought a handgun to school in mid-December and showed it to two other students who also handled the weapon, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Wednesday.

                              Carter said a parent called police about the incident, and police informed the school.

                              Information on the incident is very limited and no press releases were issued by the Ontario Police Department or the Ontario School District.

                              The incident was relayed to the Argus Observer Wednesday by a concerned resident.

                              Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Wednesday he cannot confirm or deny that the incident occurred because he is bound by legal constraints.

                              Juvenile files are not open to the media for review, according to the Malheur County Court Clerk

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Vale girls basketball team was plagued with foul trouble, which ultimately doomed the Vikings in a 68-47 loss to Ontario in nonleague play Tuesday at Ontario.

                              Vale committed 26 fouls in the game, 16 in the first half, in a closely-called game that left Viking head coach Jason Johnson frustrated.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Teamwork, tough second-half defense and solid free-throw shooting helped the Ontario Tigers get back on track.

                              Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Ontario made 15-of-19 free throws in the Tigers

                              Jennifer Colton  Argus Observer

                              Last year proved to be a roller coaster ride for the Ontario School District, as poor test results, safety concerns and high dropout rates marred positive events, like thriving red-ribbon week and food drives programs at Ontario Middle School, parent education and the opening of a new alternative school.
                               
                              Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said OSD will look to improve schools and focus on core concepts.

                              Tiger sophomore named Special District 7 Most Valuable Player   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              As a sophomore, Ontario girls soccer standout Kim Boyd had a breakout 2006 season. Boyd scored 13 goals, tallied four assists and led her team to an 11-2-2 overall record. The standout was rewarded for her efforts, winning three significant awards at the Tigers' year-end team banquet Wednesday.
                               
                              Boyd was named her team's best offensive player, most valuable player and she completed the trifecta after she earned Oregon's Special District 7 Most Valuable Player award.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              Although the Ontario wrestling team didn't place, the Tigers won two duals out of five and had several wrestlers fare well at the two-day Best of the West wrestling duals at Pasco, Wash. The Tigers opened up the tournament on a good note with a 41-29 win over Bonney Lake on Wednesday.
                               
                              The Tigers won nine matches against Bonney Lake, two on decisions, two pins and a 30-12 technical fall win by Casey Erlebach (152 pounds). Chase Fields (112) won a 4-1 decision, Griffin Gundle (160) notched a 11-5 decision, while Ray Rodriguez (125) and Michael Gonzalez (135) earned first round pins. Ontario scored the rest of its points on forfeits.
                               
                              The Tigers went on to win one other time in the next four duals. Ontario next lost 72-6 to host Pasco, with Danny Nunez (119) earning all of his teams points with a second round pinfall win over Pasco's Gerardo Castro. The Tigers quickly rebounded with a close 41-38 loss to the coop team of Wahtonka-The Dalles. In that dual, the Tigers notched five forfeit wins, while Tom Martinez (130) scored a 22-7 technical fall win over Quinn Simer and teammate Toby Smith (189) scored 6-0 decision.
                               
                              Ontario then defeated Federal Way 66-16 using seven pinfall wins and three forfeits. Nico Martinez (119), Rodriguez, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Martinez, Mark Anthony (140), Erlebach, Smith and Mike Ortiz (215) all won with first round pins. Tom Martinez pinned Blake Zimmerman in 23 seconds and Ortiz did his damage to Tomson Lee in 47 seconds. In their final dual Thursday, the Tigers squared off against Toppenish and lost 47-27.
                               
                              Three of the wins were by pinfall with Nico Martinez, Tom Martinez and Smith earning the honors. Ontario's Erlebach won his final match with a 10-6 decision over Andres Chavez and teammate Michael Gonzalez won by forfeit.

                              JESSICA KELLER | Argus Observer

                              The Ontario boys basketball team outscored Payette 24-9 in the fourth quarter to seal a 74-53 win over the Pirates Tuesday night in nonleague basketball action. It was not only the second win of the season for the Tigers but the second time they beat Payette.
                               
                              Francisco Chavez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and his teammates went a perfect 14-of-14 at the charity stripe to put the game away.
                               
                              Payette coach Shawn Scow said he thought, overall, the Tigers outdistanced the Pirates in the final stanza.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Maybe the coaches should scrap the weekly film study. Both Vale and Ontario's girls basketball teams combined to shoot 36-of-107 from the field and committed 37 turnovers, but the Tigers were able to walk away with the 54-46 win over the Vikings Tuesday in nonleague action in Vale.
                               
                              Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter, and the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to end with a 19-11 first quarter lead. That's all Ontario needed as both squads battled to a 35-35 draw through the next three quarters.

                              Julie Engel Argus Observer

                              Every year the Ontario School District must acquire two new buses because of a 150,000-mile, 12-year replacement schedule. The Ontario School Board approved the purchase of those two buses at its regular meeting Thursday night.
                               
                              The buses will be more expensive this year because of new and stringent emission standards, OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said. In addition to an extra $6,500 per bus, Clinton said the buses will be about two months late as a result of the emission standard changes. The buses will probably not be purchased before the end of the fiscal year, OSD Superintendent Dennis Carter said.
                               
                              As a result, Carter said board members will need to factor in those two buses plus two more in the next budget year. In other Ontario School District news, Personnel Director Carole Kitamura presented the debut of a secondary literacy project to the board. A handful of people in the Ontario School District attended a training in November through a $10,000 Oregon Department of Education/COSA State Improvement Grant - Supporting All Students in Reading.
                               
                              Kitamura said the aim of the grant is to teach administrators to address their own literacy issues throughout a particular district.
                               
                              The group completed the first step of the grant by collecting data from sixth- through ninth-grade students with an oral reading fluency screening, she said. Once the data is compiled, Kitamura said they will bring the information to another meeting with grant organizers to determine the implications of the data.

                               Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                              In a little more than a week, Ontario Middle School students brought in 3,000 food items during their annual food drive.

                              Argus Observer sports staff

                              The Ontario girls basketball team rebounded from a 45-28 loss to Stayton and ended the Junction City tournament with a 55-52 win over host Junction City Saturday.
                               
                              Four different Tigers hit double figures, and Alla Dzhidzhidyeshvili had an all-around game with 15 points, three assist and three steals.

                              Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              The Ontario girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Cottage Grove 43-32 in the opening round of the Junction City tournament Thursday night.
                               
                              Cottage Grove came out strong and took a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter, but the Tigers fought back to take the lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Still, head coach Jon Buck said, Ontario didn't put the game away until the fourth quarter when the Tigers outscored Cottage Grove 11-4.
                               
                              The Tigers took a 10-point lead at one point in the fourth stanza after Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Stephanie Babij hit back-to-back threes to help seal the win.

                              Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              The Weiser boys basketball team outscored the Ontario Tigers 44-26 in the first half on the way to a 75-57 win in nonleague action Tuesday night.
                               
                              Up 18-14 going into the second quarter, the game remained close until the Wolverines broke it open, outscoring Ontario 26-12 to give them their 44-26 halftime lead.

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario football team came back from a dismal 2005 season to dominate in 2006, and the future looks bright for the Tigers.
                               
                              The Ontario Tigers wrapped up the season with an 8-4 record, losing in the 4A state semifinals to Siuslaw Dec. 2.

                              Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              Stephanie Babij scored a game high 23 points as the Ontario girls rolled over Columbia 78-19 Saturday night at Ontario High School.
                               
                              Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili chipped 16 points and had nine steals, and Stephanie O'Connor added 14 points and six steals.

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario girls basketball team improved its record to 4-0 after dominating Weiser in nonleague basketball action Thursday, defeating the Wolverines 53-36 at Ontario High School.
                               
                              The Tigers outscored Weiser 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-18 halftime lead and held the Wolverines to only two points in the third to stretch their lead to 40-20 going into the fourth.
                               
                              At one point Ontario enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 44-20 before Weiser made its last comeback of the night. The Wolverines outscored Ontario 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but their last push came too late to change the final outcome.

                              Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                              Honey bear guards, staggered walls and a blue ramen-package waterfall stood out on the

                              Argus Observer sports staff

                              Ontario

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team features many new looks for the upcoming season. Unlike last season's Tiger squad, which featured six seniors and finished 15-10 overall, only two seniors return this year. This season's team boasts a lot of new, younger faces who will see a lot of action on the court. Those players are also full of enthusiasm who are ready to work hard, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said.

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario boys basketball team overcame a 14-point deficit and scored 33 fourth-quarter points to come from behind and beat Payette 61-56 Tuesday in Payette. Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, and Jacob Haueter added nine of his 18 total to help put the Tigers up for good. Down 42-28 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers switched up their defense to stymie the Pirates, force turnovers and open up scoring opportunities. After the switch,

                              Ontario went on a 14-0 run in less than three minutes and eventually tied things up at 42 with 5:40 left on the clock. Although Payette took a slight lead again, the Tigers never let the game slip away from them and took the lead for good with 52 seconds left on the clock after a put-back shot and successful free throw by Chavez put them up 57-56.

                              After that, Ontario secured the win at the charity stripe on free throws by Haueter while Payette was held scoreless.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario wrestling team took its lumps last year, but is now a year older and wiser as it enters the 2006 campaign. Because football season is still in full swing, Ontario head coach Charlie Anthony has handed the reigns over to assistant coaches Dave Parsons and Jeremy Roberts, who are running practices for the time being, Anthony said.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              If the first two games are any indication, the Ontario girls basketball team is the real deal. Two days after defeating the defending 3A champion Burns Hilanders 57-47, the Tigers backed that up with a 79-44 drubbing of nonleague opponent Nampa Christian Thursday in Ontario. Five different Tigers scored in double-digits and senior standout Stephanie Babij scored a team-high 21 points and led the way with eight rebounds in 29 minutes of floor time.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Many high school sports fans didn't envision this, except maybe the Ontario Tigers football team. The Tigers (8-3 overall) are among the final four in the 4A state football championships, and they next square off against undefeated Siuslaw (11-0) of the Far West League Saturday at noon PST on the turf at Hillsboro Stadium. Siuslaw enters Saturday's action after shutting out Central 27-0 in quarterfinal action last Saturday and has shut out their opponents four times this season.

                              Defense is the name of the game for the Vikings, who have allowed a paltry 56 points in their 11 games this season, and in the playoffs they have outscored their opponents (Cottage Grove and Central) by a 82-7 clip.
                               

                               Deena Manning - Daily Courier

                              Seventh-ranked Hidden Valley saw more than enough of Ontario

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              What a turnaround it has been for the Ontario football team. Last year, the Tigers finished 1-8 overall and struggled to find their way, but this year the Tigers are entering uncharted territory. For the first time since 1997, the Tigers are in the quarterfinals round after defeating Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 in their opening game Nov. 18. Ontario (7-3) will now square off against Hidden Valley Saturday at 2 p.m. PST on the turf at Grants Pass High School. Hidden Valley finished in first place in the Skyline League and stands at 9-2 overall.

                              The Mustangs have won four games in a row by a combined margin of 145 to 42, and for the season they have racked up 308 points, while only giving up 150. The Mustangs are entering Saturday's quarterfinals action after defeating defending 3A state champion Marist 31-21 in second round action last Friday.

                              The quarterfinals berth is the furthest the Mustangs have advanced in school history. Hidden Valley has been running on all cylinders, using the duo of 6-foot-2 inch, 190-pound quarterback L.B. Draper and 6-foot-4 inch, 205-pound receiver Jordan Van Cleave.

                              Other weapons at Draper's disposal will be 6-foot-1 inch, 210-pound tight end/ split end Dustin Mathews and standout running back Jules DeVos. DeVos is entering action after posting 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Marist.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              Ontario running back Loren Stewart led the Tigers on the field all season, and was greatly rewarded for his efforts. The junior was one of 14 Tigers selected to the Greater Oregon League all-league team.
                               
                              Stewart was recognized as the Offensive Three Way Player of the Year and was also named first team all-GOL at running back.

                              Second annual

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                              Ontario's Bryson Sap just had one of those days. The junior quarterback ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, added another through the air and also forced a fumble to help Ontario come back from a 28-21 halftime deficit to defeat Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 at Tiger Stadium in Ontario.
                               

                              For three decades, Gary Thompson has taught chemistry and physics to Oregon high school students. Now in his 19th consecutive year at Ontario High School, the veteran teacher still connects with his students by making chemistry and physics fun despite changing technology.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              As they enter the second round of the 4A state football playoffs, the Ontario Tigers look to continue to build upon their improvement over last year's 1-8 mark. Their first playoff game in two years, will be against Yamhill-Carlton Saturday afternoon in Ontario at 2 p.m. Saturday's match up will be the team'sfirst playoff game for Ontario since the 2004 season.
                               
                              Yamhill-Carlton,the second place team out ofthe Cowapa League, comes in having won four of their last five games and hold a record of 8-2 overall. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a margin of 374-210 on the season.

                              May Roberts Elementary would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Heinz Frozen Foods. Heinz continues to show great support to the school and recently gave a generous financial donation. Our thanks to Heinz.
                               
                              OMS success is back The OMS Success Bakers are back. Let them do your Thanksgiving baking. This year they will be creating the

                              Plans for the Graduation Night Senior Party have begun and a web page with details, registration forms and other important information has been published. Seniors and their parents should review the link entitled "2007 Senior Class Party

                              Julie Engel   Argus Observer
                               
                              The Ontario School Board passed two resolutions adding grant funds to the 2006 to 2007 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night. The Ontario School District received a $4,000 K-3 Statewide Literacy Outreach grant to pay for a training workshop teachers attended Thursday and Friday, Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said.

                              The district sent 10 teachers to the workshops held in Pendleton, she said, which focus on getting the most from core reading programs.

                              - From the Ontario School Board   Special to the Argus Observer
                               
                              On Saturday, Oct. 28, the 8C District School Board met to review the five objectives it developed based on the community survey and prior board discussions. Those goals are: improving communication with our schools and between the district and patrons; building and maintenance needs; improving curriculum; building employee morale; and increasing Hispanic/Latino parent participation.
                               
                              Communication Communication within our schools and with district patrons is important. The board will develop better means of gathering community input through methods such as: better publication of activities; aggressive information and idea gathering; e-mail; blogs; question and answer sessions; and electronic drop boxes.
                               
                              Building and Maintenance Needs The need for school building maintenance and middle and high school building improvement was discussed. The community's voice, through the bond vote and subsequent survey, was carefully considered.
                               
                              The board believes it must refine its understanding of the condition of school facilities, the financial means of our community and the opportunities and obligations presented by these facts. Improvement of school facilities requires careful planning and a great deal of community input and understanding. Coordination with the city of Ontario, community leaders and county and state agencies is essential if a positive result is to be achieved.
                               
                              Curriculum Improvement Consideration and review of curriculum is ongoing. Improvement of academic performance is essential if our students are going to be prepared for college or vocational schools. Careful analysis of the reasons leading to current unacceptable AYP scores is also occurring. Improvement in Ontario students' test scores and preparation for post-secondary programs will occur only if the causes of their current performance are addressed.
                               
                              Employee Morale The board is concerned with teacher and employee morale and discussed the need for better listening, celebration of successes, attendance at school board meetings and visits of buildings and school sites as ways to interact with staff.
                               
                              The board wishes to recognize our outstanding staff and improve the relationship between staff and the board. Increasing Parent Participation Identifying children at risk for academic failure and those with social problems is key to improving academic scores and ensuring safe schools.
                               
                              The board is considering ideas to strengthen relationships with families, especially in the Hispanic/Latino community. An advisory group of interested Hispanic/Latino community members could improve the board's understanding of cultural differences and suggest ways to increase Hispanic/Latino parent participation at school.
                               
                              The board knows that our kids will be best served if we continue to seek community input and carefully utilize the information. While this board can suggest, guide, support and promote, it cannot take the place of involved parents. Please, come to our board meetings, talk to board members and volunteer to help at school. By working together, we can be an effective part of our children's education.

                              The parents of Ontario High School seniors have started planning the annual graduation party, to be held all night May 27. Parents interested in assisting with the plans are invited to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, in the OHS library. For more information, please contact Mary Hamman at (541) 889-4767, or Melody Davis at (541) 889-4044.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                               
                              After an opening round win against Seaside, the Ontario girls soccer team had its season cut short, suffering a 4-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                               
                              The Tigers weren't able to generate many scoring opportunities and only tallied two shots on goal, where the Aardvarks put up 13.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Ontario volleyball team's stay in the 4A Oregon state tournament was short-lived, as the Tigers lost to Henley in 3 games Saturday night in Henley. Henley jumped out to an early 10-1 lead in the first game, and went on to take the game 25-12.
                               
                              Ontario played tough in game two, but fell 25-21, before also falling in game three, 25-20.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Baker City football team scored 33 points in the second quarter on the way to a 61-26 blowout victory over Ontario Friday night.
                               
                              With the win the Bulldogs claimed the Greater Oregon League title. Bulldog quarterback Derek Howerton led the offensive onslaught with four touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and 222 yards total. Teammates Travis Mastrude and Grant Johnson each hauled in a pair of scoring passes for Baker City.
                               
                              For Ontario, Loren Stewart led the way, scoring all four Tiger touchdowns and rushing for 167 yards, including an 88-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 90-yard kickoff return in the second stanza.

                              JESSICA KELLER  ARGUS OBSERVER

                              A late, second-period goal by Ontario's Salvador Sanchez gave the Tigers the edge they needed to put away the Seaside Seagulls 2-1 in boys 4A opening round state soccer Saturday at Ontario.

                              The win advances Ontario to the state soccer second round while Seaside's season was cut short. With about 12 minutes left in Saturday's game, Sanchez's quick shot to the left side of the goal as Seaside goalkeeper John Morgan dove right unknotted the 1-1 tie and swung the momentum in the Tigers' favor for good.

                              Up until the second period, the game looked promising for the Seagulls, who scored quick and early on a Justin Morgan goal. Seaside coach Jon Broderick said he thought the Seagulls, who held off Ontario well during the first half, had a shot of pulling together a 1-0 win.
                               

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammates Christina Markee and Keila Nelson added one each to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout over Sutherlin in first round 4A girls soccer state action Saturday in Ontario.
                               
                              Sutherlin, playing in the state tournament for the first time, ended its season with the loss, while Ontario advances to play Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                               
                              Ontario took control of the game early after Boyd scored two minutes in with an assist by Markee. She posted Ontario's second goal of the afternoon after she was fouled in the box in the 12th minute, and her penalty kick hit its mark. The Tigers' play slowed down after they took their 2-0 lead, and the teams fought for possession the rest of the half.
                               
                              The second half featured much of the same, although Markee found the goal in the 57th minute. Jennifer Reyes started the play with a pass to Boyd whose shot bounced off the goal straight to Markee who finished it off. Reyes and Boyd were credited with assists on the play.
                               
                              Nelson's shot iced the game for Ontario in the last minute of the game.

                               JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Despite an early two-game deficit, the Ontario volleyball team overcame a poor performance to defeat Pleasant Hill 3-2 in the loser-out first round of the 4A state volleyball tournament Wednesday.
                               
                              After losing the first two games 25-22 and 25-11, the Tigers cleaned up their hitting, which coach Rod Williams said was all Ontario needed to do to play well. He said climbing out of a 2-0 hole would have been harder if the Tigers were playing their best and not making many mistakes, but that wasn't the case.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              Ontario cross country standout Matt Rankin is in a class of his own. Rankin finished first in Saturday's 4A district cross country meet in Baker with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds, over La Grande's Johnny Bullock (17:44).

                              Ontario claims state playoff slot   JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                               The Ontario football team guaranteed its spot in the 4A state football playoffs with a 41-28 win over the La Grande Tigers Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Ontario needs only to beat Baker City Friday at Baker to claim the Greater Oregon League title all-out and the No. 1 seed from the GOL to the state playoffs.
                               
                              If the Tigers lose and La Grande beats Mac-Hi, Ontario will take the No. 2 seed to the state playoffs, and the league title will be determined by points scored.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                               
                              Another match, another disappointing finish for the Ontario volleyball team Thursday in La Grande.

                              The Tigers lost in four games to La Grande in Greater Oregon League action in La Grande. Ontario couldn't get started on the right foot and lost the first two games, 25-21 and 25-14, before winning the third game 25-22.
                               
                              La Grande dominated the fourth game 25-9, sending Ontario packing. Tara Alvarado led with 17 digs and teammate Tara O'Connor dropped nine kills for Ontario. Once again, Stephanie O' Connor did everything possible to spark the team, to no avail.

                              JESSICA KELLER    ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario football team secured its first league win Friday with a 57-20 rout of Greater Oregon League opponent Maclaughlin High School at Tiger Stadium. An early fourth-quarter 5-yard touchdown run by Tad Anzaldua and successful point-after kick, iced the win, giving the Tigers an insurmountable 57-7 lead.
                               
                              Once Ontario reached that bench-mark, the 45-point mercy rule took effect, and the scoreboard clock only stopped for official timeouts. The Pioneers scored twice in the fourth quarter, having put up their first points in the first quarter on a 55-yard run by Jeffrey Stallings, but the clock ticked off the final seconds of the game before the Pioneers kicked their last point-after attempt.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario junior Stephanie O' Connor just had one of those nights as she led the Tigers with 25 assists, 23 digs, 10 kills and six service aces, but the rest of the Ontario volleyball team bumbled, stumbled and jumbled its way to a four-game loss to La Grande on senior night Tuesday in Ontario.

                              The night began with some emotional pregame festivities thanking seniors Tara Alvarado, Jordan Bainbridge, Rebecca McDannel, Tara O'Connor, Kristin Saito and Sami Stone for their hard work and dedication to Ontario athletics.
                               
                              The emotions were high and the stage was set. The Ontario Tigers used the emotion to their advantage, and started out by doing things right, using passing, teamwork and solid hitting to win the first game, 25-21. The momentum shifted in the second game, and Ontario's game came apart.
                               
                              Attempted spikes hit the net, passes missed their mark and communication unravelled.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Ontario volleyball squad clinched a spot in the state championship tournament for the third year in a row after sweeping past the Mac-Hi Pioneers in Greater Oregon League action in Milton-Freewater Saturday.
                               
                              The Tigers fought a close battle in the first game to start things out and slipped past with a 25-21 win. In the second game, the Tigers found their stride and dominated 25-14, before taking the win with a 25-15 win in the third game.

                              Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                              The Ontario School Board passed three resolutions opposing Oregon Ballot Measures 41, 45 and 48 at a special meeting Thursday night.
                               
                              The Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors passed similar resolutions at its September board meeting opposing the same three measures. Measures 41 and 48 will affect funding for school districts in the state, and Measure 45 will limit terms for legislators and senators.
                               
                              Measure 41 will cause a reduction in tax collections by matching up state income tax deductions with federal deductions, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said. The measure would reduce state revenues by $815 million, which in turn would cut educational funds by $350 million, OSBA Legislative and Public Affairs Specialist David Williams said Friday.
                               
                              The state expenditure for kindergarten through 12th grade school districts is 46 percent of Oregon's general fund, Williams said. The federal government only provides about 25 percent of school district funding, Williams said, with the rest of the 75 percent coming through the Oregon Legislature.

                              As for Ontario, Carter said the impact of Measure 41 would be about $2 million in revenues lost in the 2007 to 2009 biennium. That loss translates into a cut of 16 teachers in the school district per year, or 32 teachers in the biennium, Ontario School District Director of Personnel Carol Kitamura said.
                               
                              The Ontario School District currently has 175 teachers. Measure 48 is a spending limit proposal that would restrict state spending to the percentage of population increase plus inflation. The estimated affect on the state's educational budget is $4.9 billion for the biennium, Carter said, with Ontario's cut anywhere from $2.2 million to almost $5 million.
                               
                              Under Measure 48 the Ontario School District could lose anywhere from 32 to 72 teachers in the biennium depending on the final amount taken from the budget, Kitamura said.
                               
                              If both Measure 41 and 48 did pass, the cut in teachers would be cumulative but it would not result in the total loss of 104 teachers, Carter said. The problem with Measure 48, Carter said, is the state has gone through a recession, and if the spending limit is capped at the previous biennium entities become stuck in the low period.

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                              Hoping for redemption against a tough Baker City volleyball squad, the Ontario volleyball team instead suffered its third-straight conference loss as the Bulldogs swept the Tigers 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17 in Ontario Tuesday. It was the second time the undefeated Bulldogs (4-0 Greater Oregon League, 7-0 overall) swept the Tigers this season.
                               
                              With the loss, Ontario drops to 1-3 in the GOL, 8-4 overall. Unforced errors, giving up unearned points to Baker City to score, were the Tigers' downfall Tuesday night.
                               
                              The Tigers committed a whopping 30 unforced errors in the match - 18 hitting, seven serving and five receiving errors.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              Ontario's Matt Rankin once again put his best foot forward but was nipped at the wire at the Glen Crosby Cross Country Invitational on the campus of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario Thursday. Rankin finished in second place with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds behind Burns' Tommie Hooper to lead all local athletes.

                              Hooper, who has become sort of a rival for Rankin, finished just two seconds ahead of the young Ontario standout.

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario girls soccer team notched another win in the victory column as it continued its tear through the GOL, routing Baker City 6-2 Thursday afternoon. The final score was a bit of a surprise to the Bulldogs, coach DeeDee Clarke said after the game.

                              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              While this week's prep football matchup between Ontario and Fruitland high schools won't have an impact on the rest of the season for either team, both are prepared to do what's necessary to win.
                               
                              For Ontario coach Randy Waite, this week's game means one last shot for the Tigers to prepare for their Greater Oregon League opener next week.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario's Carlos Salgado had a memorable game Monday that sure spoiled the Payette boys soccer team's senior night. Salgado tallied two goals and added an assist to lead the Ontario soccer team to a 4-0 win over Payette Monday at Harmon Killebrew Field.

                              Before the game, Payette High School celebrated the athletic accomplishments of David Paredes, Matt Edwards, Eddie Serpa and Ingon Rodriguez. But, Ontario's Salgado sent his own message.

                              Ontario 4, Mac-Hi 2

                              After a scoreless first half, the Ontario girls soccer team came away with a hard fought 4-2 victory Saturday in Mac-Hi. Brea Ribeiro scored the first goal at the 52 minute mark to give Ontario the lead, but the Pioneers responded with a pair of penalty kick goals to go ahead 2-1.

                              Ashley Moeller scored to tie the game in the 66th minute, and Ashlee Captein scored the game winner off of a direct kick from Jennifer Reyes.

                                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario and Nyssa football teams are gearing up for their upcoming league seasons, and both will be using this Friday night's game to determine where they stand in further matches to come.

                              For head coach Rob Kassebaum's Nyssa Bulldogs, Friday night marks the last nonleague game of the season they will play.

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Taking advantage of a fatigued Vale volleyball team, the Ontario Tigers easily swept the Vikings in a nonleague match Tuesday in Ontario.

                              While the Vale girls put up a fight the first two games of the night, they couldn't match Ontario's aggressiveness as the Tigers won 25-18 and 25-20 respectively.

                              The Vikings began the third game with high intensity, taking a brief lead, but Ontario's offense swamped Vale at the net and shut the Vikings down 25-12. Vale coach Mary Ann Standage said her team had entered Tuesday's match fatigued after a weekend of tournament play at Sisters, where the Vikings placed fifth out of 25 mostly 4A- and 5A-division teams.

                              Standage said her players were still fatigued and sore from their busy weekend, and it showed against Ontario.

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Ontario volleyball team opened league play with a three-game sweep over Mac-Hi Saturday afternoon.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario sophomore Kim Boyd and teammate Jennifer Markee put on a show in prep soccer action Saturday.

                              Boyd scored two highlight-reel goals with assists by Markee to lead the Ontario Tigers to a 2-0 win over Greater Oregon League opponent Riverside at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                              At the 11-minute mark of the first half, Boyd started the scoring for the Tigers on a tic-tac-toe passing effort by her teammates.

                              Ontario halfback Ashlee Captein started the run down the right side of the field and fed Markee, who made a one-touch pass to Boyd and she hit the back of the net. For the remainder of the opening stanza, the Tigers and Pirates passed the ball back and forth at midfield in an attempt to create turnovers. The Tigers created several scoring opportunities and totaled 22 shots on goal.

                              Ontario head coach Greg Walk said he felt like the Tigers could have tallied more goals, but they couldn't make the necessary plays.

                              Julie Engel Argus Observer

                              One person's junk is can be another person's treasure.

                              And the Ontario School District has a lot of

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                               
                              The Ontario volleyball team struggled against non-league opponent Vale Tuesday but was able to wake up and focus just in time to defeat the Vikings 3-1 in Vale.
                               
                              The Vikings controlled the net early and won the first set 25-21, but the next three sets were all Tigers.
                               
                              Ontario won the second set 25-16 and squeaked by in the third set 25-21. In the final set, the Tigers dominated with a 25-17 win.
                               

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Ontario boys soccer team continued its dominant play and earned the 3-0 shutout over non-league opponent Fruitland Tuesday in Ontario.
                               
                              Salvador Sanchez scored two goals and teammate Brandon Collins scored another to lead the Tiger attack. The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 halftime lead, on Sanchez's tally and Collins gave Ontario a 2-0 cushion 30 minutes into the second half. Sanchez added the team's third goal with five minutes left in the contest.
                               

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ   ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                              All Ontario goalkeepers Sarah Wharton and Kayla Dean needed was a lawn chair and a sweater for their game Saturday.
                               
                              The Ontario girls soccer offense took care of everything.

                              Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammate Christina Markee chipped in a goal and two assists to lead the Tigers to a 10-0 drubbing of Irrigon High School at the Alameda Elementary School soccer fields in Ontario.
                               
                              The Tigers jumped out of the gate quickly against the Knights and answered the opening whistle with three goals in the first seven minutes of play.
                               
                              Ashley Moeller scored at the 3 minute mark after taking a shot from 15 feet outside the penalty area and bending it just inside the right goal post past Irrigon goalkeeper Maggie Alsup. Two minutes later, Markee scored and Ashlee Captein kicked the third goal at the 7 minute mark. Jennifer Reyes scored the team

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                              The Ontario High School volleyball team exacted some revenge Thursday night, beating the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-1 in non-league volleyball action at Ontario High School.
                               
                              Although the Tigers lost to Fruitland 3-2 on Grizzly turf in a match last week, last night's match, in front of a boisterous home crowd, had much different results.
                               
                              The intensity level was much higher than the last time the two teams met, Ontario coach Rod Williams said. After beating Fruitland in the first two sets of their last match, Ontario's energy lagged, allowing Fruitland to take the last three sets.

                              In the latest match, Williams said, his girls maintained their intensity throughout, and dominated the court all four sets, while Fruitland's energy waned at times.
                               
                              Fruitland claimed the first game, but the set was a battle throughout, with the Grizzlies coming out on top 30-28.
                               
                              The second game was much of the same, with the two teams deadlocked at 27 points each toward the end, but with Ontario taking the last two points and a 29-27 win.
                               
                              Ontario carried that intensity into the third set, while Fruitland floundered at the net and back court. The Tigers easily won the game 25-10. Williams said he told his team to take advantage of the Grizzlies' mistakes and continue directing shots to the middle of the court, an area Fruitland struggled defending against.

                              The fourth game promised to be a continuation of the third, with Ontario holding a 10-point lead mid-set, but Fruitland rallied, outscoring the Tigers 9-2 as Ontario was poised to claim the victory.
                               
                              The Grizzlies closed the point deficit to 24-23, and Fruitland coach Lisa O'Neal said she had high hopes her team would pull off an upset like last time.
                               

                              Andy Gates Argus Observer
                               
                              Should students be wearing uniforms at Ontario's high school and middle school?
                               
                              In a democratic display of curiosity, one Ontario High School parent polled a crowd of at least 60 community members, parents and students Monday, during a school safety presentation held by principals from the high school, middle school and Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter.
                               
                              At least 30 hands shot into the air regarding the uniform question and vocal murmurs of support from the crowd reverberated throughout the auditorium of the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
                               
                              One of the supporters was Ontario Police Department Chief Mike Kee.

                              Opposition to the idea, though, was far more limited, with approximately 10 hands raising in objection.

                              Ontario Middle School Principle LaVelle Cornwell said she would support uniforms in the middle school.

                              Children have different socioeconomic backgrounds, and uniforms could help level the playing field.

                              Also some of the gang activity in schools is apparent through insignias on clothing such as __ ,

                              Andy Gates Argus Observer
                               
                              Disabled by spastic cerebral palsy, Sherry Lane uses a wheelchair and walks with crutches.
                               
                              As a special education support specialist at Cairo Elementary School, Lane said her own disability often places her

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                               
                              Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                               
                              It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                               
                              The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                               
                              Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                              All Ontario girls head soccer coach Greg Walk wanted was for his girls to finally get to play a game. Otherwise, he said, they were going to explode.
                               
                              They exploded, all right, to the tune of 21 shots and four goals, while scoring in every shape, form and fashion in a 4-1 win over Fruitland Saturday at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                               
                              Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, and teammate Breanna Ribeiro dished out two assists to lead the Tigers.
                               

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                               
                              Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                               
                              It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                               
                              The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                               
                              Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                              Argus Observer sports staff Fruitland
                               
                              The Ontario Tigers came out with a roar but finished weakly, losing to the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-2 in barn-burning prep volleyball action Thursday night at Fruitland High School.
                               
                              For the Grizzlies, the win was both dramatic and significant. Down 2-0 after losing the first two sets 25-13 and 25-22, the Grizzlies rallied in the third set to stay alive, winning 25-17.
                               
                              Fruitland continued their tear through the fourth game, taking advantage of Ontario mistakes, coming out on top 25-20.
                               
                              The Tigers were not done for the night, however, and almost pulled off the win in the tie-breaking set. Ontario came out demonstrating the energy that had been missing at times in the match, and jumped out to a 13-8 lead, putting the game easily within their reach. Fruitland pulled together, however, found their focus, dug deep and strung together the next seven points to come back for the win.
                               

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                              The Ontario boys soccer team opened its season tying the McCall-Donnelly Vandals 2-2 Tuesday after gaining and losing the lead twice in the nonconference game.
                               
                              Ontario (0-0-1 overall) struggled to keep up with the Vandals, who played three games this season prior to last night's game, compared with Ontario's one.
                               
                              Much of the game was a defensive battle for both teams, although the Tigers had to work harder because the Vandals had control of the ball for much of the game.

                               RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER
                               
                              Tom Falash Gymnasium in Weiser played host to some personal history, a raucous crowd and barn-burning volleyball action between non-league opponents Nampa Christian, Weiser and Ontario Tuesday evening.
                               
                              In the marquee match of the night, Ontario beat Weiser 25-20, 24-26 and 15-10 in three grueling games.
                               
                              In the third set, Ontario held the early 9-4 lead, when Weiser head coach Ramir Rodriguez called a timeout. After the breather, Weiser closed the gap to 10-8.
                               
                              The comeback and the noisy crowd, however, did not bother the experienced Ontario squad. The Tigers answered back to score five of the next six points and closed down the persistent Wolverines.
                               

                                 RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              In his fourth year as the chief, Ontario High School girls golf coach Russ Leininger led his Tigers to greener pastures in 2006 and hopes to continue the winning tradition for years to come.

                              In 2005, the team fared well. The Ontario squad finished in seventh place at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore., with a 808 score.

                              This season the Tigers improved four spots to finish third overall with a score of 733, losing out to Marist (717) and Sutherlin (714).

                              The team had seniors Cecelia Garcia, Jennifer Jaramillo, April Patton and freshman standout Meghan Schram.They showed solid improvements fromthe previous year. Garcia finished with a 171, putting her in 14th place, while Jaramillo ended the tournament with a 177. Schram put together a first day score of 90, and ended the tournament with a 192. Patton carded a 193, to lead the Tigers to its best state championship finish in school history.

                              Last year, Garcia finished in 22nd place overall, while Jaramillo's effort put her in 25th place. Patton improved her showing, jumping up 23 spots from 59th place in 2005 to 36th place this year.

                              Coming in off a second- place finish to La Grande, which defeated the Tigers by 10 strokes in the district championships held in Pendleton in which they scored a 752, the Tigers accomplished the necessary improvements to bring home some hardware at the state tournament in Redmond.

                              The four key players displayed marked improvements, and they enjoyed a seven-shot lead in the second round over eventual state champion, Sutherlin.

                               

                                  JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                              In general, Ontario School District teachers supported the $30 million school bond venture voters scuttled last November.

                              Elementary and secondary education staff in the school district returned 199 responses for the bond survey generated by district officials to measure public support, or lack of, for the high school bond effort.

                              At the secondary school level, 64 staff members voted in favor of the bond election, 11 voted no, and 35 did not vote. At the elementary school level, 35 staff members voted in favor, 14 were opposed and 40 did not vote.

                               

                                   LARRY MEYER Argus Observer

                              Two teachers, a judge and a jail commander were honored Wednesday by the Mexican-American Citizens League for their contributions to the Latino community, its youth and to the community at large.

                              The event was the organization's annual awards dinner, held at the Sizzler in Ontario.

                              During the dinner, members also honored area Latino high school scholarship winners.

                              Jonathan Paulsen, Ontario High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, Karina Guerra Carbajal, Ontario High School, received $500 and Lindsee Padilla, Vale High School, received a $250 scholarship to use for college.

                              Efrain Rivas, a teacher at Ontario Middle School, was named

                                   JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The final deadline for Ontario School District students to complete annual yearly progress testing has passed, but results will not become available until the beginning of next school year.

                              For the past three years, Ontario has failed to meet adequate yearly progress standards required in the No Child Left Behind Act at the high school and middle school levels.

                              The 2004 through 2005 school year was also the first year Ontario elementary schools struggled, as both Aiken and May Roberts Elementary Schools failed to meet AYP standards.

                              Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said one of the reasons the middle and high schools have not met adequate yearly progress revolves around a lack of concentrated effort targeting secondary education improvement.

                               

                                   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              After one day of competition, the Ontario track and field squad had one individual and the 4x100- meter relay team left for the finals to earn medals in their respective events.

                              The top-eight finalists and the top three in each heat advanced to the finals. Jordan Bainbridge was still alive in three events for the Tigers. Bainbridge competed in the 200- and 400-meter races and ran the anchor leg of the girls 4x100 meter relay along with teammates Bianca Davis, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Kristen Hamman.

                              In the finals, the 4x100- relay team finished in fifth place with a time of 51.31 seconds, and Bainbridge earned fourth- place honors in the 400- meters, stopping the clock at 58.69 seconds. In her last race of the day, Bainbridge finished in sixth place with a total time of 26.80.

                               

                                     RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              When the Ontario tennis team walks on to a court, people now know who they are.

                              The Tigers, led by head coach Dennis Gill, have won 11 Special District 4 over the past 14 years and seven of the last eight. Now chalk up three straight Oregon 3A state championships.

                              This year the Ontario squad won by the slimmest of margins - half a point, slipping past Catlin Gables, 10.5 to 10.

                              For Gill, he was surprised with the win, noting the youth on the roster, graduating six seniors from last season's championship team. This year, the tennis team graduates two seniors and will have six returning freshmen.

                              Gill was recognized for his 14 years of hard work and was named this year's Oregon Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

                               

                                 JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Whether holding a baton, directing Ontario High School music students from the conductor's podium, or holding his alto sax, wailing with his bands, Ontario's Skip Bicknese is comfortable with his music.

                              A life-long Ontario resident and music lover, Bicknese said his jobs as both OHS music department director and musician in two local bands are a perfect fit and has never questioned his choices.

                               

                                 Tiesha Miller Argus observer

                              Mac-Hi gave the Ontario softball team a rough time Thursday in Greater Oregon League play in Ontario. The Tigers lost both games of a doubleheader 5-2, 11-1.

                              In the nightcap, Ontario trailed 2-1 through the first five innings, but in a detrimental fifth inning, Ontario committed three errors and allowed eight runs.

                               

                                Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                              The Ontario baseball team didn't let the rain get in its way.

                              Starting field preparation at 8 a.m., it borrowed field materials from the local little league in order to get in its doubleheader with Greater Oregon League opponent Burns Tuesday at 1 p.m.

                              The Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-1 GOL) came back from a deficit in both games to defeat Burns (3-6, 0-4), 4-3 and 15-5.

                              In the first game, Ontario's Jose Garcia pitched seven innings to strike out 10 batters, allow five hits and get the win. In the fifth inning, Garcia hit a double to deep center field for two RBIs, which tied the game at 3.

                               

                                 ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              The Ontario boys golf team finished in third place at the Burns Invitational Wednesday.

                              The Tigers had four golfers shoot a 94 to finish with a 376. Brad McGowan, Nick Rock, Dallas Brockett and Tommy Baker tied for 13th place out of 26 golfers in 3A/2A/1A Special District 4 play.

                               

                                 Tiesha Miller  Argus Observer

                              The Ontario baseball team had an up-and-down sort of day.

                              After struggling in the opener to get past La Grande starter Trent Evins, Ontario fell 6-1, and brought out its bats in the second game to win 13-11 in Greater Oregon League play Friday in Ontario.

                              Ontario stranded three runners in the top of the second inning, but it still held a 2-1 lead. The top of the third inning soon changed that after Ontario allowed La Grande three runs on five hits.

                              Things then began to look up for Ontario. Fielding problems plagued La Grande, and Ontario began hitting the ball. Five hits and seven runs later, Ontario reclaimed the lead with an 9-4 advantage.

                              Jose Garcia, who was 2-for-3 and had three RBIs on the day, drove in two runs in the inning as did Daniel Schram. Ontario had 11 hits in the second game with the help of Bryson Sap and Jace Nakamura, who each drove in two runs.

                               

                                     RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Tigers' Jordan Barnett shut down Nyssa, allowing three hits in five innings, and Ontario pounded out 10 hits in a 11-0 drubbing of the Bulldogs in nonleague softball at the Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                              Barnett struck out six batters and allowed just one runner to get as far as third base in the third inning when Nyssa made its biggest threat. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded and one out when Barnett went to work, striking out Tiffany Wentz and Crystal Contreras to end the inning and preserve the shutout.

                               

                                    Roy Hicks the Country Curmudgeon

                              Ontario should be proud. Not only is it one of the most thriving and growing communities in southeastern Oregon. It also has a solid record of citizen involvement in community affairs.

                              Ontario has resources unusual to such a relatively rural community: a major hospital (Holy Rosary) and attenuate emergency services; a community-oriented radio station (KSRV); and the only daily newspaper in Malheur County.

                              Another of Ontario's resources is its local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Lodge No. 1690 does a lot of state and local charitable work supporting such causes as veterans, the Boise Rehabilitation Center for medical patients, Babe Ruth baseball, the elementary school Hoop Shoot contest, the Children's Eye Clinic in Portland, the Meadowood Speech and Hearing Camp in Pendleton and the second-largest teen scholarship program in the nation (after the government) through the Elks National Foundation. Not to mention many other smaller programs such as its annual contribution to the Malheur County Fair, their Americanism Essay competition for young students and the teen Drug Awareness program.

                              One of its least-known activities is participation in the annual competition for ritual drill teams. A word of explanation here, friends.

                              The Oregon State Elks Association is divided into seven districts and includes 57 lodges. The Southeast District is geographically the largest; covering half the state from Ontario to Klamath Falls to Madras and includes Lakeview, Burns, Bend, Prineville and John Day. Ritual teams are comprised of the seven most visible officers who perform their ceremonial observances. The one measured in competition is the initiation of new members - a ceremony requiring about 35 minutes to perform, and the standards of judging are ruthlessly precise.

                              A ritual performance could best be described as being somewhat like a marching band or a military drill team in extreme slow-motion. There are spoken parts for each member which must be memorized verbatim, and countless small movements which must be made in an agonizingly precise sequence.

                              The Ontario lodge has a tradition of excellence in this exasperatingly difficult exercise. Its ritual teams regularly place either first or second in the annual District contest. The last time the team won was in 2003 when it went on to place fourth in the state. The next two years the team was edged out by excellent teams from the John Day lodge.

                              This year Ontario fielded a very good team and drilled for more than three months for the District contest, but progress was achingly slow. At times it seemed the team might never come together to realize their potential. Only in the last week of practice did it seem they might have a chance, and in this somewhat dubious hope they set sail for Prineville.

                              Ontario officers somehow manage to save their best performances for when it really counts, and they did it again last week. Going on last after several other very good teams, Ontario performed magnificently: winning four first-places and three seconds. Scores like that will win every time.

                              The Ontario ritual team will now go on to compete in the state contest at Grant's Pass in early June. They have a tough act to follow. John Day won all-state last year and went on to the national contest in Reno where the team scored very well among the 25 western states. Ontario's team will do their best to represent our community well again.

                              How do I know all of this? Now a fourth-year officer of the Ontario lodge, I'm a member of that prestigious ritual team, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

                                  Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                              Ontario's reliever pitcher Jordan Barnett walked two batters in the bottom of the sixth, and as Vale's Holly Helms came to bat with the bases loaded the Tigers' 12-11 lead was in jeopardy.

                              Barnett worked her way to a full count, eventually completing the strikeout and handing the Tigers the win Thursday.

                               

                                 Argus Observer sports staff

                              The Ontario baseball and softball teams faced off against each other in a scrimmage Saturday at TVCC's Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex.

                               

                                 Argus Observer sports staff

                              The Ontario baseball team shutout nonconference opponent McCall-Donnelly to take both games of a doubleheader, 11-0 and 10-0, on Monday at Ontario High School.

                              Ontario starting pitcher Jose Garcia ran the show in the first game, striking out 15 in the five inning game. The senior also hit a home run and tallied two RBIs.

                               

                                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                              Payette's Mandy Greif held off Ontario's Cecilia Garcia, winning in a play off Wednesday at the Weiser Girls Golf Invitational at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Weiser.

                              Greif and Garcia ended the round tied at 41, before Greif was able to pull away and earn the win out of the 37 individual golfers.

                              Despite Greif's individual win, Ontario won the team title, finishing with a final score of 181. Weiser took second with a score of 218, followed by Garden Valley (241), Vale (256) and Middleton (261).

                              Fruitland's Raquel Rode finished three shots back with a 44, while Ontario teammates Jennifer Jaramillo and April Paton notched a 46.

                              Jelisa Maret, competing for upstart Nyssa, finished nine shots back with a 50, while Middleton's Sandy Jefferies finishing 18 shots behind the leaders with a 59, and Vale's Ashley Snook had the lowest score on her team, shooting a 62.

                              Meghan Schram was the fourth Tiger golfer to score under a 50, with a 48 to help bring the Tigers' squad first-place honors.

                               

                                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario's Jose Garcia was a man amongst boys on Tuesday night in Ontario.

                              The Tigers took advantage of six Umatilla errors en route to a 13-2 win in opening round action of the 2006 Commercial Tire Challenge at Elks Memorial Field in Ontario.

                              Garcia, went all the way and overcame a sluggish start to cruise to the easy win, striking out 12 Vikings. The senior recorded the first three outs of the game by strikeout.

                              Things did not start so well for Garcia and the Tigers. Umatilla's Arron Trukositz and Calvin Hodge each had RBI singles in the first inning. The Vikings took advantage of some early wildness by Garcia, who issued two walks, two singles, and had Marcelo Estrada reach on an error.

                              That was the only offense Umatilla would muster, as Garcia shut down the Vikings the rest of the way.

                              Ontario scored eight runs in the first two innings and jumped out to an 8-2 lead, behind the help of four Viking errors.

                              Garcia helped his own cause with an RBI single and Nick Alvarado cashed in a run with a double. The second inning was different.

                              With one out in the inning, the Tigers used three singles and three errors, to score four more and left the rest to Garcia.

                              JT Davis went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Nick Alvarado enjoyed a 2-for-3 night driving in one run. Six different Tigers contributed a hit to the offensive attack.

                               

                                 Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                              Three 3-pointers by KJ Toombs in the fourth quarter could not save the Ontario boys basketball team on Tuesday against nonconference opponent Vale. After three quarters of back-and-forth play, the Vikings hit free throws down the stretch to seal a 65-58 victory in Vale.

                              The Vikings went 11-for-13 in the fourth quarter, getting a 4-for-4 contribution each from Brady Lovell and Kevin Nunn.

                              Lovell led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Tully Wagner added 12 points.

                               

                                  Andrew Cutler Argus Observer

                              A federal grant is helping teachers at Ontario Middle School cut down on the growing number of students that engage in risky behaviors.

                              Beginning last week, the school implemented All Stars, a science-based program that is designed to help prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug use, postpone sexual activity, and reduce fighting and bullying among middle school students.

                               

                                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario School District Migrant Education Program Home School Consultant Sam Lopez was recently honored as Title 1-C Employee of the year at the Oregon Association of Comprehensive Education conference Jan. 20.

                              Lopez, who has worked for the school district for seven years in the migrant education program, was nominated by Ontario School District's Migrant Education Program Director Andy Kovach for his

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The No. 3 ranked Ontario girls basketball squad is on a roll.

                              On Saturday, the Tigers beat LaGrande, 46-41, in Greater Oregon League action, earning their sixth-straight win.

                              Ontario's Stephanie Babij scored 11 points and Kylie Roberts added 10.

                              Both teams combined to miss a total of 27 free throws.

                              The Tigers' pressure defense held LaGrande to shooting a majority of its shots from the perimeter. Ontario outrebounded La Grande, 45-31.

                              LaGrande (7-11 overall, 2-5 GOL) mustered six field goals in the second half and was held to one in the third quarter.

                               

                                Tami Hart Argus Observer

                              Tim Cables began his Ontario Chamber of Commerce luncheon presentation in a unique way - he told the story of a teacher named Mrs. Thompson and her student named Teddy.

                              Teddy was the one student who always came to school in unwashed clothes, in need of a bath, and his schoolwork was always messy. Mrs. Thompson pretty much gave up on Teddy and wrote him off as a bad student until she went back to look at the comments Teddy's other teachers had written when Teddy was in their classroom. Teddy was bright, a good student, showed a lot of potential, but then a death in the family and the fallout from that death changed Teddy as a child and as a student. Recognizing that Teddy needed more help, Mrs. Thompson became a better teacher and also a better person because of Teddy.

                              They kept in touch over the years, and Teddy the student became

                                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              May Roberts Elementary School students followed the beat of a different drum and learned a little bit about a different culture as well this past week in music class, which took on a multicultural, African drumming theme led by a Ghanan musician.

                              Okaidja Afroso, a native of Ghana who now lives in Portland, teaches children about culture along with the beats and rhythms on the conga drum drumming and song at their schools through an Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council artist in residence program.

                              Afroso stayed in Ontario throughout the week, visiting May Roberts' music teacher Patricia Gartung's classes, teaching her students about Ghanan culture and the basic techniques of Ghanan drumming.

                               

                                Andrew Cutler - Argus Observer

                              However, no one is pushing the panic button. At least not yet.

                               

                                 Argus Observer Sports Staff

                              Jessica Clemens scored 26 points to lead top-ranked Burns to a 67-39 drubbing of No. 3 Ontario on Saturday in a 3A District 7 championship game at Burns High School.

                              The Tigers will be the No. 2 seed from the Greater Oregon League into this week's 3A state sub-tournament. Ontario wil host the No. 3 seed from the Val-Co League on Tuesday at Ontario High School, with the winner advancing to face Stayton. Burns, the top seed from the GOL, will host a second-round match-up on March 3.

                              The Hilanders also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Katie Torland, while Maria Clemens added 12 points, 11 steals and eight assists.

                              Stephanie Babij led the Tigers with 10 points.

                                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              When considering the future of the property designated as the site for a future new high school, the Ontario School District has a number of options.

                              At this point, however, school district officials say they intend to move forward with the plan agreed upon in June when the district purchased the 75 acres situated just outside city limits near Airport Corner.

                              The school district agreed to buy the property from Shingo and Emie Wada, who consented to sell to the school district two parcels of property for $1,064,750.

                              According to the sale agreement, the school district has already set aside $50,000 in earnest money, which is accumulating interest in escrow, to go toward the sale.

                              Once the sale closes, the $50,000 and whatever interest it accumulates will go toward the purchase cost.

                              According to the agreement, the school district has until the March 15 closing date to go through the proper channels, including land use authorities, which include the city of Ontario Planning Commission, City Council and the Malheur County Court.

                              If the school district has not received approval from the various land use boards to change the designation of the parcels from exclusive farm use to public use by the closing date, according to the agreement, the school district has the ability to extend the closing date to June 15.

                              The agreement also stipulates the school district's obligation to close on the purchase is

                                 RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Ontario head coach Scott Helmick thought he had enough gray hairs on his head. The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team squandered an early 11-point lead against the Payette Pirates holding on to a 60-57 win in non-conference action Tuesday night in Ontario.

                              The Pirates had possession of the ball, with 1.4 seconds left, down by three points. But, the Ontario defense played tough causing a five second call on an inbounds play and the Pirates weren't able to attempt a last second shot.

                              KJ Toombs hit one free throw to ice the ballgame, as the cardiac cats won the game, with coach Helmick wiping his brow.

                               

                                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              School district chiefs in Ontario, Nyssa and Vale said they do not oppose an effort to boost the required credits for math and language arts, but all foresee potential complications with the Oregon mandates.

                              During the 2006 to 2007 school year educational plans and profiles, along with career-related learning experience opportunities, will be required for high school students, although many school districts already meet those requirements in some form.

                              In addition, incoming freshman, graduating in the 2009 to 2010 school year, will be required to have 24 credits to graduate rather than 22 - four in language arts and three in math.

                              Vale School District Matthew Hawley said his school district will hopefully be able to accommodate the need for an additional math credit by adjusting current resources and classes without incurring any extra cost.

                               

                                 JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario School Board took its first step in deciding the direction of future improvements to school buildings by agreeing to present a survey to district voters in the next few months at a special session Tuesday night.

                              In the wake of the scuttled $30 million school bond effort in November, district elected leaders and officials held a number of discussions but failed to take any action until now.

                              The School Board agreed at last night's meeting something should be done by the board, and the first step should be to present a survey to voters, asking, among other things, what they would like to see the district do in the future.

                              The consensus was not easily reached, however, a survey was a common theme brought up by the board members.

                              The idea of presenting a survey to voters was mentioned at a previous meeting.

                              The Ontario School Board agreed each member should bring questions they would like to see addressed by the survey to next week's regularly scheduled board work session, before its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

                              Board members discussed a number of topics in relation to future capital improvements at Tuesday's meeting, touching on topics discussed previously such as what motivated voters in the previous election and whether it was wise to move forward with another plan after such a resounding defeat.

                              The board did not answer that question so much as determine what should be done to arrive at a conclusion, with each board member offering their thoughts. Ontario School Board member Cliff Bentz told the board he thought the district needed to complete a number of steps prior to going out for another bond including: laying out a long-term capital improvement plan; identifying current needs and prioritizing them; addressing the issue of the future school site; clarifying where the funds to purchase the land originated; clarifying the cost of alternatives; determining community support and focusing on public relations.

                               

                              Tigers cannot combat deficit in loss to Bulldogs   Tiesha Miller - Argus Observer

                              The Nyssa boys basketball team peaked with a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter, and despite Ontario's efforts, the Tigers couldn't dig themselves out, falling to Nyssa, 65-40, in nonconference play Tuesday.

                              From the first basket the Bulldogs led, but head coach Larry Ramirez said he was well aware of Ontario's habit this season of getting games close in the fourth and pulling ahead.

                               

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              Every time Vale thought it had a comeback in the works, Ontario's KJ Toombs hit a shot to stop the momentum.

                              Toombs scored 25 points, and Daniel Schram dropped 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with four assists to lead the Tigers over the Vikings, 57-43, in non-conference boys basketball action, Tuesday night in Ontario.

                              The Tigers got off to a quick start against the Vikings with Toombs scoring 14 of his points in the first half. The Tigers scored eight in the the first two and half minutes, before Vale finally got on the boards with a Tully Wagner jump shot.

                               

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario wrestling squad is showing signs of improvement with every competition.

                              The Tigers finished in second place with a total of 197.5 points, behind first-place Timberline High School, which finished with 216, at the Ontario Invitational on Saturday.

                              The tournament featured seven varsity squads and nine junior varsity.

                              The Tigers had six grapplers in the final round. Michael Gonzalez (103), Tom Martinez (119), and Andres Hernandez (140) all won their championship matches with Gonzalez and Hernandez winning by decision. Martinez won with a first-round pinfall over Timberline's Bennet Chadwick.

                               

                              The decision by the Ontario School District to pursue a survey regarding what voters within the district want for the future is a good move.

                              In December the board reached a consensus regarding whether to issue a survey. The board again considered the survey issue at its Jan. 19 session.

                              Still undecided, though, is just what form the survey will take. Will it focus on voter's views on a new high school? Or will be more general or more in-depth?

                              Boardmember Cliff Bentz rightly brought up a number of issues at the Jan. 19 meeting. Bentz asked the elected board what, exactly, it was trying to accomplish by issuing the survey. Bentz wanted to know if the board was going to ask voters whether they wanted a new High School, where it should be situated and how much voters were willing to pay.

                              All three of those questions were excellent and the board should ponder them carefully.

                              The basic idea, though, for a survey makes sense. It is a good first step and one the board should move forward on as soon as possible.

                              Yet, at the same time, the survey should not be the final answer. The board should seek other avenues of input and must not base its future decisions entirely on a survey. The survey should be just one, of many, methods to determine what the next, best course would be for the future.

                              The board, to some extent, has a fine line to walk on this issue and others. It must be a proper steward of taxpayer money but also address the very real district infrastructure problems in a forthright, realistic, fashion.

                              The school board must lead. The board has the ultimate responsibility to pave the way on this issue and others.

                              All and all, though, a survey is a good first step. It's a start. Hopefully it will help pave the way to a better understanding between elected leaders and patrons of the district.

                                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                              The Ontario High School band and orchestra programs will receive much needed equipment thanks to a $12,000 donation from Woodgrain Inc, Fruitland.

                              The funds are specifically earmarked for storage units, music stands, an orchestra music and file cabinet and a bass amplifier - all equipment the music department has had to do without for many years because of budget limitations.

                               

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                          March 2007

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                          Lady Tigers tame Bulldogs, March 21 2007

                           By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Led by senior Stephanie Babij, the Ontario girls tennis team won four of five matches and easily breezed past Baker Tuesday in Ontario.

                          Babij started things off right for Ontario as she dispatched Danica Hutton 6-2, 6-2, and teammate Hayley Tucker won her match in three grueling sets.

                          Tucker won the opener against Baker

                          Tigers take it on the chin, March 23, 2006

                             RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario tennis team had its hands full Wednesday with the defending Idaho 4A state champions.

                          Bishop Kelly swept through the Tigers, winning 10-0 in nonleague tennis action on Wednesday in Ontario.

                          Ontario, which is the two-time Oregon 3A/2A/1A girls state champions, could not match the Knights, who return state champions in the girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

                           

                          Tigers fall to G.U., March 21, 2007

                          By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Tuesday turned into Friday the 13th for the Ontario baseball team in its nonleague game against Grant Union.

                          First, a bases-loaded balk, then a run scored after a botched pickoff attempt and a throwing error.

                          To add insult to injury, the Prospectors executed a triple play in the bottom of the seventh inning, closing out a wild day, which ended with Grant Union walking away with a 3-1 win Tuesday in Ontario.

                          Ryan Laubacher tossed a complete game, struck out six and scattered four singles. All three Grant Union runs were unearned as the Tigers committed five errors.

                          Tigers get back on track, March 20, 2007

                           By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Kim Boyd and Sarah Wharton drove in two runs apiece to lead the Ontario softball team to the 9-2 win over Weiser Monday in softball action in Ontario.

                          The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings and that was all the support starting pitcher Kayla Park needed.

                          Park threw a complete game, struck out six and held Weiser to five hits.

                          Plummer helps district stay on track, March 19, 2007

                          Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                          Behind the scenes, nearly 160 employees work to keep the Ontario School District running. From teacher aids to nutritional staff,

                          Burns sweeps Ontario, March 18, 2007

                          By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                          The Ontario High School baseball varsity team opened the 2007 season on a rough note after Burns swept the Tigers 23-2 and 6-4 in a doubleheader Friday at OHS.

                          The Hilanders scored 10 runs in the second inning of the first game and added 11 more during the fourth and fifth innings to quickly dispatch Ontario.

                          The Tigers seemed to be destined for the same fate in the second game, falling behind 6-0 as Burns scored six third-inning runs on just two hits.

                          Burns

                          School board reviews ESL program, March 16, 2007

                          By Julie Engel - Argus Observer

                          The Ontario School Board of Directors approved a request for instructional materials for English language learning at its monthly board meeting Thursday night.

                          Sherri Hironaka

                          Tiger pitching seals win, March 15, 2007

                          By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario softball team started out sluggish, but on the home stretch, they had plenty of steam.

                          The Tigers pounded out 12 hits and Yano tossed a complete game with five strike outs in Ontario's 6-3 win over Middleton in nonleague softball action Wednesday at Ore-Ida Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                          "I felt the first couple of innings we had some jitters, but we shook it off pretty well," Ontario head coach David hopper said. "We just came out and hit the ball. Defense was solid, Kayla Yano was on her game and she hit her spots."

                          The Tigers committed a couple of second inning miscues and the Vikings took advantage with two runs.

                          The lead could have increased, but Middleton had two runners gunned down on the basepaths.

                          After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom half of the second frame.

                          In the second inning, Ontario notched four runs and five hits to retake the lead, 4-2.

                          Ashley Moeller plated two runs with a double, Sarah Wharton singled in another run and Francene Hussey capped the inning with an RBI single.

                          "Ontario came out and hit the ball real well," Middleton head coach Randy Lyons said. "We came out with a couple of errors and got a little rattled."

                          The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Yano responded with three straight scoreless innings to finish things off.

                          Ontario's leadoff hitter Kim Boyd sparked the offense as she went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

                          Moeller and Wharton also went 3-for-4 as the top three hitters in the lineup finished the day going 9-for-12 with four runs scored.

                          Even with the win, Yano said the team needs to improve on several aspects of the game to be successful.

                          "We just need to keep playing better," Yano said. "We have to keep our errors down, keep hitting the ball and hit it hard. I think we'll be fine."

                          Ontario (1-0) takes on Bishop Kelly Friday.

                          Tiger girls aim high in 2007, March 11, 2007

                          By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The future is now for the Ontario Tiger softball squad.

                          Blessed with three solid pitchers and a potent offense, the Tigers have a shot at a state championship berth.

                          A season ago, Ontario (8-12 overall, 5-11 League) finished one game short of state-playoff contention after suffering a 13-3 loss in a tie-breaker game to Baker. The team also underwent a coaching change and overcame several off-field issues during the season.

                          Tigers enjoy success, March 6, 2007

                          By JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario Tigers may have had their 2006 through 2007 girls basketball campaign abruptly ended by Stayton this past weekend in a state play-in game, but already thoughts have turned to next season.

                          That is the nature of the girls on the basketball team, head coach Jon Buck said, although the dynamics of next season's team may look much different than this season's.

                          Although the Tigers had lost six seniors to graduation the year before and only returned one returning varsity player in Stephanie Babij coming into the 2006 through 2007 season, Buck said a lot of confidence in his new, untried team.

                          Early on, however, the Tigers proved up to the challenge when they opened regular season in the Greater Oregon League beating a ranked Baker High School team.

                          Two games later, Ontario handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season on the road, and Buck said he knew the Tigers were in good position for the rest of the season.

                          OHS grad Douglas honored, March 4, 2007

                          By Argus observer sports staff

                          Wade Douglas, a former Ontario High School standout basketball player and current player at Corban College, received an honorable mention by the Cascade Collegiate Conference for his efforts during his first season with the Warriors.

                          Douglas, a sophomore, led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and rebounding, averaging 6.7 boards per game, and shot a team-high 52.1 percent from the field.

                          Stayton girls deny Tigers trip to state, March 4, 2007

                          By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                          Two of the top three teams in the state squared off in Ontario Saturday night, with a trip to next week

                          Ontario school chief candidate for job, March 4, 2007

                          By Jennifer Colton - Argus Observer

                          Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter will interview Wednesday for the open superintendent position in the Hermiston School District.

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                          February 2007

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                          Tiger boys' season ends, February 28, 2007

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Astoria High School Fishermen escaped Ontario High School with a 59-48 win over a hungry Tiger team after hitting 14-of-17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal a 4A state boys basketball tournament opener victory Tuesday at Ontario.

                          The win sends Astoria (18-7 overall) to a second-round faceoff against Stayton Friday, while ending Ontario's season with an overall record of 8-17.

                          The victory was hard-fought for the Fishermen, however, who maintained only a slim four-point lead in the fourth quarter before Ontario sent them to the line to seal the win.

                          Local school gears up for spaghetti feed, February 28, 2007

                          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                          The annual Alameda Spaghetti Feed will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Alameda Elementary School.

                          Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 4 through 12.

                          Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and dessert, and the event will also offer a performance by Alameda's Honor Choir and a silent auction.

                          Ontario boys honored in GOL, February 27, 2007

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          Jacob Haueter, Bryson Sap and Bryson Bottorff, cornerstones of the Ontario boys basketball program, were honored for their efforts in the 2006 through 2007 campaign.

                          All three players led Ontario to an 8-16 record and a state playoff berth.

                          Haueter, a junior, was selected as an All-Greater Oregon League first-team representative, and Sap and Bottorff were selected to represent the second team.

                          La Grande's Taylor Evans and Tim Hall were selected to the first team along with Mac-Hi's Saul Gonzalez.

                          Baker's Travis Mastrude and teammate Matt Duman round out the first-team selections for the GOL.

                          Ontario girls receive all-league accolades, February 27, 2007

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Ontario girls basketball team enjoyed an undefeated Greater Oregon League record and the Tigers were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

                          Stephanie Babij, the heart and soul of the Tigers, was honored with All-GOL Player of the Year honors, and Ontario's head coach Jon Buck was named the GOL's Coach of the Year.

                          Stephanie O'Connor was recognized for her strong defense and her deft point guard abilities with an All-GOL first- team selection.

                          Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, a junior, was named to the second team, along with teammate Tara O'Connor.

                          5-foot-9 inch senior Kristin Saito received an honorable mention for her work inside the paint.

                          Among the rest of the league, Baker's Katy Sullivan and Kate Vaughan were named to the first team along with La Grande's Mikell Woodfield. Seniors Lacey Carlson and Mackenzie Garton were selected to the first team for Mac-Hi.

                          Ontario High School is a great place to be, February 23, 2007

                          Editor,

                          Some people in the Treasure Valley seem to have a skewed perception of Ontario High School. They have the belief that perhaps nothing good will ever come of Ontario High School because it is nothing more than

                          Just imagine, February 22, 2007

                          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                          Using everything from color shadow investigation to architectural design, elementary students throughout the Ontario School District are preparing for Destination ImagiNation, an international, interactive after school program.

                          School board approves initial school task list, February 22, 2007

                          Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                          Work to gain a professional planner's input on the direction for school buildings in the Ontario School District continues as the Ontario School Board of Directors approved a statement of work during its regular meeting Feb. 15.

                          The statement of work identifies what tasks need to be completed by the district and the contracting project manager, Crandall Arambula, Portland. The project has been identified as the

                          Tiger girls maul La Grande 46-31, February 18, 2007

                          Babij leads Ontario with 13 points JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario girls basketball team finished its last home game much the way it began - with a win.

                          Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while sisters Stephanie and Tara O'Connor scored nine and eight points respectively on the way to Ontario's 46-31 win over league opponent La Grande Friday at home.

                          Ontario jumped out to a good start the first half, with the Tigers' defense holding La Grande to minimal scoring.

                          In the first quarter, Ontario held La Grande to only six points, and in the second, La Grande scored only four. Ontario, on the other hand, scored 13 points in each to take a comfortable 26-10 cushion into the locker room at half time.

                          Ontario boys fall to La Grande 64-56, February 18, 2007

                          Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          Despite outscoring La Grande 26-15 in the fourth quarter, the Ontario boys basketball team couldn't overcome a poor first half and wound up losing to Greater Oregon League opponent La Grande 64-56 Friday night at Ontario.

                          La Grande went on a 13-5 run the first quarter to start the game and built up to a 30-16 first-half lead, which Ontario coach Scott Helmick said hurt his Tigers.

                          OSD to install new camera system at high school, February 18, 2007

                          Replacement of videotape security system will be just under $50,000    Julie Engel Argus Observer

                          Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter told the Ontario School Board Thursday night a new, computerized camera system will be installed at Ontario High School to upgrade the current antiquated videotape network.

                          The cost to replace the videotape security system is just under $50,000.

                          The funds to replace the system are in the budget, Carter told the board at its regular meeting, and the project should take place in the next few weeks.

                          The videotape system has poor quality images, Carter said, and the new system will provide more coverage with three times as many cameras throughout the school. OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said the video camera system is too old and is not going to be able to be used at another school.

                          In other school district news:

                          - Carter talked about two ideas floating around the district regarding restructuring of current educational practices.

                          For one, he said the school board could need to consider all-day kindergarten in the future. The district now offers all-day kindergarten at Alameda and May Roberts, he said, and if the Oregon Legislature approves an extra $300 million for the school budget it could help fund all-day kindergarten at the other schools.

                          Rising to the top, Febrary 15, 2007

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario High School basketball player Stephanie Babij has long been recognized locally for her talents on the basketball court. Now her abilities have gained her even greater attention.

                          Babij, a senior, is one of 20 female basketball players in Oregon to be nominated to the 2007 McDonald

                          OHS First Semester Honor Roll, February 15, 2007

                          Freshmen

                          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Karissa Adams, Matthew Anthony, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Adam Kolbaba, Justine Maeda, Gustavo Morales, Chaz Nakamura, Tommy Pitts, Samuel Plummer, Breanna Ribeiro, Adam Roberts, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Erica Sheppard-Sykes, David Toth, Jessica Troester and Allison Yano.

                          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Melissa Carbajal, Kylie Ceniga, Dereck Dittli, Octavio Estrada, Meganne Garner, Jessica Gastelum, Ryan Griffin, Ashley Hagon, John Hamman, Amelia Harrington, Erika Hopper, James (Riley) Horn, Derek Johnson, Seri Kimball, Shawna McAvoy, Marie Navarrete, Brady Oakes, Miguel Rios, Gloria Serrano, Dillon Starr-Jones, Anne Stults, Miren Urrea and Shelbi Widner.

                          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Sara Bond, Eathan Branom, Carlee Breidenbach, Nayelly Corona, Ken Frahm, Nicholas Harris, Kaylee Kittleson, Brian Kasper, Jordan Lang, Francisco Machuca, Andra Martarano, Nico Martinez, Keisha Mauer, Hayley Reever, Marisela Rodriguez and Victoria Vasquez.

                          Sophomores

                          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Christine Babij, Kamal Bagha, Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Melody Haidle, Eva Hime, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Robert Keyes, Jessica Martin, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Nagaki, Alicia Olsen, R.J. Olsen, Alexandria Osborn, Emily Price, Heather Rysenga, Sharen Stowe, Hayley Tucker, Jacob Turner and Allie Whittet.

                          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Sonia Contreras, Lucas Christiani, Amanda Helliwell, Chelsea Kee, Alexis Martinez, Samuel McMillen, Christopher Paulsen, Ishmael Ramirez, Salvador Sanchez and (Shawn) Michael Williams.

                          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Jose Becerril, Kimberly Boyd, Maria Castro, Jamie Cisneros, Alma Corona,Anali Escobedo, Erica Herrera, Jesus Lujan, Jordan Martinez, Ricardo Navarrete, Matthew Owens, Chalaine Reger, Kelcie Rupe, Nayeli Sanchez and Meghan Schram.

                          Juniors

                          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Monica Adams, Britany Babcock, Jaylene Bruner, DJ Clayton, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Blair Fletcher, Omar Gutierrez, Krista Holloway, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Bradley McGowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O

                          OMS Honor Roll Second Quarter, February 15, 2007

                          Eighth grade

                          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Alexandra Babij, Alma Barba, Jason Buttice, Rachel Corn, Enrique Cruz, Candace Diedrich, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Valerie Gallegos, Brenda Gamboa, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Jazmine Gordillo, Scotti Jo Helmick, Katie Hendon, Jose Hernandez, Holly Hopkins, Jonathan Hovey, Allie Huska, Jesse Jacuinde-Deleon, Ericka Johnson, Alexander Kameshige, Taylor Laubacher, Amanda Martin, Britney Martinez, Annika Olsen, Ali Patton, Laura J. Reyes, Karen Rodriguez, Mariah Saldivar, Cristian Sanchez, Kiley Shipley, Mariah Strobeck, Crista Strong, Berenice Trapero, Jennifer Yano and Jacob Ybarra.

                          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Cassandra Arias, Anthony Barron, Bradly Brewer, Melissa Buhlinger, Selena Carrasco, Carmen Corona, Katie Cummings, Andrea DeLaCruz, Rick Falk, Amber Fillman, Leslie Gonzalez, Sharianne Hart, Kristina Henderson, Kaila Hendon, Troy Henricks, Ashlie Hoffman, Shu Hua Huang, Luis Ibal, Eduardo Lopez, Jose Morales, Issaic Pena, Maricela Ramirez Perez, Paola Robles, Rubi Rojas, Juanita Roque, Mercedee Schwartz, Shawndelle Smith, Cody Spang, Antonio Trejo, Hayley White and Ren Wilson.

                          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Gerardo Arias, Manuel Becerra, Yolanda Cano, Vianca Carrillo, Jorden Ceniga, Henry Christiani, Jazmine Cruz, Tyler Ferguson, Keiton Gill, Cody Gray, Ryan Kee, Kayla Mable, Andrew Maeda, Connor Mahony, Chyanne McGraw, Brian Navarrete, Matthew Oliva, Edgar Rojas Perez, Stephen Pileggi, Maricella Ramirez Soto, Katrina Rangel, Jace Salutregui and Cheyanne Tyler.

                          Seventh grade


                          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Samantha Almodovar, Moses Alvarez, Hayley Baysinger, Maria Benites, Miranda Bourasa, Emilee Brockett, Veronica Carrington, Nicholas Cheatham, Jacob Corey-Merrill, Jillian Cote, Rebecca Dodson, Lila Elamry, Elena Farley, Kiara Gillett, Mikayla Keerins Guzman, Katie Haueter, Kendra Hiramatsu, Patrick Hopman, Kylie Iseri, Jade Iseri-Ramos, Jordyn Kessler, Garrett Kitamura, Gabrielle Kovach, Fani Lopez, Miguel Lujan, Anthony Machuca, Amanda Martarano, Kierston Martz, Patrick McCartan, Angela Monroe, Marivel Moreno, Angie Nagaki, Andrea Navarrete, Christopher Navarrete, Hunter Oakes, Aurelia Olsen, Katlin Plummer, Samuel Povar, Yaquelin Romero, Iovani Salgado, Frankie Sesker, Eunice Smith, Matt Smith, Trevor Smith, Denum Springer, Vanessa Suarez, Sam Sutton, Joshua Tolman, Tyson Trainor, Kayla Troester, Hailee Turner, Stephanie Vargas, Bailey White, Tiffani White, Kierston Wilson and Treya Yano.

                          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Jason Alvarado, Darian Barber, Monica Cedillo, Kaylee Contreras, Paul Erlebach, Nicole Fuentes, Cassandra Garcia, Reuben Garcia, Kishi Gibbs, Karina Graves, Brooke Harriman, Caden Hartley, Braulio Morales, Ashleigh Palmer, Vanessa Rodriguez, Demetreus Ronneburg and Ruby Zazueta.

                          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Brady Baker, Haley Barrett, Rodolfo Baustista, Scott Bentz, Brooke Bergam, Alicia Chavez, Juan Hernandez, Samantha Jennings, Chelsie Little, Sabrina Long, Devin Martinez, Codi Myers, Job Ochoa-Gonzalez, Kimberly Retamosa, Kaycee Suitter, Kieli Tracy and Kelon Waters.

                          Sixth Grade

                          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Kaycee Alcoser, Aaron Alexander, Tanner Alexander, Evencio Bautista, Molly Bond, Julia Brown, Andrew Camarena, Allison Cammack, Olivia Christiani, Reilly Collins, Sara Dockter, Michael Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Garrit Esplin, David Garner, Jannet Gastelum, Alloara Gauvain, Logan Hall, Jackie Harden, Ardella Hopman, Megh Huska, Ixia Johnson, Natalie Juarez, Delaney Kee, Jessica Lang, Emily Maeda, Kole Nakamura, Keston Nelson, Riley Newgen, Edgar Nunez, Eric Nunez, Katie Phelps, William Price, Iesha Ramirez, Yenni Ramirez, Jasmine Reyna, Roxanna Robles, Blanca Romero, Mayra Santana, Brityn Sauer, Anna Serano, Dianna Shigeta, Cody Smith, Ashton Stark, Joseph Suarez, Eric Tatlock, Christopher Torres, Ana Tovar, Airlen Trumble, Trampis Waite, Jacob Waller and London Wettstein.

                          3.75-3.50 G.P.A.: Marilyn Barba, Jaden Barber, Kirsten Bauer, Monique Cheatam, Jessica Cuna Colchado, Ivana Davila, Kenzie Deiter, Laura DeLaCruz, Victor Diedrich, Evan Erlebach, Cecilia Escobedo, Eric Fogle, Sebastian Gallegos, Drake Herrera, Larry Lewin, Aidan Mahoney, Briana Mejia, Armando Mendez, Valdemar Mendez, Kayleigh Pearce, Michelle Perez, Hannah Prentiss, Vicki Rivera, Irvin Rodriguez, Payton Ruberti, Hailey Skinner, Megan Sokolik, Justin Strong, Eli Toombs and Clarissa Vasquez-Valadez.

                          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Zach Acree, Carmen Banuelos (Gonzalez), Mayte Barrios Sanchez, Vianca Corona, Chaz Davis, Joseph Delgado, James Dionne, Austin Edwards, Jessica Galicia, Selena Gallegos, Brianna Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Oscar Lopez, Max Maeda, Derek Martin, Derek Maus, Scotty Morton, Jessica Navarrete, Gloria Olsen, Ryan Reever, Landon Saito, Jonathan Taroy, Micaela Thomas, Lacey Waters and Tristin Wishard.

                          Ontario girls claim GOL title, February 14, 2007

                          Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          The Ontario girls basketball team secured the Greater Oregon League championship title Tuesday after defeating the Baker Bulldogs 49-35 in GOL action at Ontario.

                          Ontario head coach Jon Buck said the Tigers again played with great defense to earn them the win.

                          Tigers fall to Bulldog, February, 14, 2007

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Jacob Haueter scored 23 points to lead the game, but the Ontario boys basketball team fell at the hands of Greater Oregon League opponent Baker 67-59 anyway Tuesday at Ontario High School.

                          Haueter was the only Tiger to have a significant impact on the scoreboard, hitting five shots from the field, including three 3's, and shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during the game.

                          Despite his team showing moments of solid play, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said Baker's rebounding finally got the best of the Tigers in the second half, giving them plenty of opportunity to score from the paint.

                          Local players selected for East-West Shrine game, February 13, 2007

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          Six local football players will highlight this year

                          Ontario girls defeat Mac-Hi during weekend, February 12, 2007

                          Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          The Ontario girls basketball team is one win away from the Greater Oregon League crown.

                          Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Ontario to the 39-28 win over Mac-Hi in GOL action Saturday in McLoughlin.

                          Even though the Tigers committed 20 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the field, Ontario was able to scratch out a tough road win from the charity stripe.

                          The Tigers shot 15-of-17 from the line, while the Pioneers hit 12-of-20.

                          Tigers win 4A tourney, February 11, 2007

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Ontario wrestling team qualified 13 grapplers for the state tournament and also came away from La Grande with its first district title in four years, chalking up 307.5 team points and beating host La Grande by 33 points.

                          Tom Martinez (125) scored a 17-2 technical decision over Andrew Gettle, Baker, in the finals to solidify his spot at state. Chase Fields (112) won the individual title over teammate Nico Martinez as the two also earned state berths. Ten other wrestlers, including Juvenal Carrillo and Andrew Burnett (103), Danny Nunez (119), David Rangel (130), Andres Hernandez (135), Derek Galligar (140), Frank Lopez (145), Casey Erlebach (152), Anthony Rangel (189) and Mike Ortiz (215) all punched their tickets for the state competition.

                          Tiger defense stops La Grande, February 7, 2007

                           Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          The Ontario girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscles Tuesday, holding the La Grande Tigers to 23 percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers in Ontario

                          Tigers rout Pioneers, February 4, 2007

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The running and gunning Ontario girls basketball team forced 24 turnovers and pestered Mac-Hi into shooting a miserable 15-of-48 from the field in its 61-41 win Saturday in Ontario.

                          Chili feed marks another successful year, February 4, 2007

                          Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                          Over 900 spoons dipped into hundreds of bowls of chili Thursday night at Cairo Elementary School during the annual Cairo Chili Feed. Including 500 take-home orders, the school served 1,393 meals.

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                          Tiger boys fall in close game, January 31, 2007

                          Argus Observer sports staff

                          The Ontario boys basketball team put up a good fight but came away with a 59-54 loss to league opponent Baker Tuesday at Baker City.

                          Despite the loss, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick was more positive about Tuesday

                          Tigers trounce Baker, January 31, 2007

                           Argus Observer sports staff

                          The Ontario girls basketball team defeated league rival Baker City for the second time this season, defeating the Bulldogs 59-44 in Greater Oregon League action Tuesday at Baker City.

                          Ontario coach Jon Buck said the matchup was a

                          Area leaders discuss future school building blueprint, January 31, 2007

                           Julie Engel   Argus Observer

                          Ideas from key players in Malheur County and the city of Ontario about the future of school buildings flowed freely at a special work session of the Ontario School Board of Directors Monday.

                          The session focused on plans to bring consultants to Ontario through the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to help the board decide on a direction for its school buildings.

                          The board chose two representatives for the Ontario School District to make initial contact with the ODLCD

                          Ontario girls rout hapless La Grande, January 28, 2007

                          Babij scores 16 in Tigers' 54-27 win RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          So much for being the underdogs.

                          The No. 8-ranked Ontario Tigers forced 23 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points, and defeated La Grande 54-27 in Greater Oregon League girls basketball Friday in Ontario.

                          Tigers shock Nyssa Bulldogs fall to Ontario 58-48, January 28, 2007

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          After losing 70-48 to La Grande Friday, the Ontario boys basketball team rebounded in style.

                          Jacob Haueter hit nine shots and all four of his free throws attempts for 25 points to lead the Tigers to a 58-48 win over Nyssa Saturday.

                          School board reviews Julie Engel, January 24, 2007

                          Argus Observer

                          The saying

                          Ontario ordinance targets middle school crime, Janurary 24, 2007

                          Andy Gates   Argus Observer

                          Four Ontario Middle School students have been cited by police for disrupting the school process since a new city ordinance was activated Dec. 20, and three students have been expelled so far this school year.

                          The Ontario City Council passed an ordinance in late November which gave police the authority to cite juveniles in Ontario

                          Prep Girls Roundup, January 24, 2007

                          Ontario girls defeat Baker    Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          The Ontario girls basketball team earned a key win Tuesday, opening its Greater Oregon League season with a 53-47 victory over the previously undefeated Baker Bulldogs at Ontario High School.

                          The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs for all but one quarter, but maintained enough of a lead throughout to hold off Baker

                          Tiger wrestlers sweep Payette, Vale, January 24, 2007

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario Tigers are officially on the winning track.

                          They needed 10 forfeits and five pins in their tri-dual meet sweep against Payette and Vale to do the trick.

                          Ontario defeated Payette 57-24 and slipped past Vale 45-32 Tuesday in nonleague wrestling action in Vale.

                          Tigers take a tumble, January 24, 2007

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario boys basketball team held its own with the Baker Bulldogs for two quarters but ultimately fell 72-52 in the opening game of Greater Oregon League play Tuesday at Ontario.

                          Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said his team knew the Bulldogs would be tough, and they didn

                          Crucial program, January 23, 2007

                          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                          Tigers ready to rumble, Janurary 23, 2007

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Although the Ontario girls basketball team has racked up a combined record of 136-39 and three Co-Greater Oregon League titles in the past five years, the Tigers enter league play tonight against Baker High School in a different role.

                          As the underdog.

                          Baker, La Grande and Mac-Hi are the hunted in 2007, while Ontario looks forward to its new role as the hunter.

                          OHS senior receives congressional nomination, January 23, 2007

                          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                          Thanks to a special nomination, Ontario High School senior Cody Ables could soon be a Falcon - the mascot to the United States Air Force Academy.

                          Oregon U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, announced last week he had nominated Ables for acceptance into the academy.

                          Board of directors reviews plans, Janurary 22, 2007

                          The Ontario School Board has just completed its annual meetings with the Site Councils of the district

                          Tiger wrestlers split home meet Ontario beats Marsing, loses to Vallivue Friday, January 21, 2007

                          Ronald Bond Argus Observer

                          The Ontario wrestling team split a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Marsing 44-36 before falling to Vallivue's grapplers 52-11.

                          In the opener against Marsing, the Tigers scored eight wins, with five coming by forfeit, and held off a scrappy, yet undermanned Marsing squad. The Huskies racked up six wins of their own, including four pins.

                          Ontario School Board garners grant update, January 21, 2007

                          Julie Engel Argus Observer

                          The libraries throughout the Ontario School District have received 5,400 new books through a grant from the United States Department of Education.

                          OSD School Improvement Specialist Sherri Hironaka presented a grant update to the Ontario School District Board of Directors at its regular meeting Thursday night.

                          The third time really is the charm, she said, as the district received the

                          Hearings completed in school gun case, January 18, 2007

                          Andy Gates Argus Observer

                          Expulsion hearings ended Tuesday for two Ontario Middle School students in connection to a December incident where a handgun was allegedly brought into the school and passed around to other students.

                          However, a final expulsion decision has not yet been made.

                          Ontario Middle School parents may receive letters regarding the incident, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Tuesday.

                          No letters have been sent out yet, Carter said, but letters may explain the incident and remind parents to not let children bring weapons to school.

                          Schools in Oregon are not required to disseminate letters to parents detailing guns-in-school incidents, Oregon Department of Education Spokesman Gene Evans said last week.

                          It is unclear why letters were not sent out directly after the incident. Carter said he did not have an answer as to why the district did not inform parents about the December incident by letter.

                          Information regarding the incident was relayed to the Argus Observer by a concerned resident last week, almost a month after it occurred.

                          Carter said last week that a student brought a handgun into the middle school and other students had their hands on the weapon.

                          An expulsion decision will probably be made within the next couple of days, Carter said.

                          Ontario police cited a 12-year-old boy in connection to the incident. The youth was cited for the felony crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building, Ontario Police Department Capt. Mark Alexander said Friday.

                          Ontario Police Chief Mike Kee said Tuesday the youth was arraigned on the possession charge in December.

                          It is unclear, though, how his case has progressed through court

                          Nyssa girls seek revenge over Tigers, January 16, 2007

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          For the past two seasons, the Ontario girls basketball team has been the bully and the Nyssa Bulldogs have been the beneficiary of several beat-downs.

                          Last year was especially sour for Nyssa, which lost two games to Ontario by a combined score of 122-79. Nyssa head coach Gabe Fuentes was the head coach for the last four square offs, all losses for the Bulldogs and all by at least double figures.

                          So there is no shortage of history between both squads.

                          Ontario school put on state watch list, January 15, 2007

                          Andy Gates Argus Observer

                          Ontario High School was placed on a watch list, under the school safety provisions of the federal No Child Left behind Act, along with 15 other schools throughout the state, according to an October press release from the Oregon Department of Education.

                          Ontario High School was put on the list, Oregon Department of Education Communications Director Gene Evans said because the number of expulsions for weapons and violent behavior exceeded the allowable threshold for the number of students in the school.

                          Eight students out of a student body of 784 were expelled from Ontario High School, Evans said, which exceeded the threshold of one expulsion for every 100 students.

                          Three of the expulsions were for violent behavior, Evans said, and five were for weapons such as knives, but not guns.

                          As a result of the listing, the Oregon Department of Education requires schools update their violence prevention plan, and prevention specialists from the state may also consult with schools, Evans said.

                          The watch list shows that school districts take

                          OMS gun case sparks questions, January 11, 2007

                          Andy Gates Argus Observer

                          Expulsion hearings are underway for an Ontario Middle School student who brought a handgun to school in mid-December and showed it to two other students who also handled the weapon, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Wednesday.

                          Carter said a parent called police about the incident, and police informed the school.

                          Information on the incident is very limited and no press releases were issued by the Ontario Police Department or the Ontario School District.

                          The incident was relayed to the Argus Observer Wednesday by a concerned resident.

                          Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Wednesday he cannot confirm or deny that the incident occurred because he is bound by legal constraints.

                          Juvenile files are not open to the media for review, according to the Malheur County Court Clerk

                          Ontario clobbers Vikings, January 10, 2007

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Vale girls basketball team was plagued with foul trouble, which ultimately doomed the Vikings in a 68-47 loss to Ontario in nonleague play Tuesday at Ontario.

                          Vale committed 26 fouls in the game, 16 in the first half, in a closely-called game that left Viking head coach Jason Johnson frustrated.

                          Ontario boys stop Vikings, January 10, 2007

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Teamwork, tough second-half defense and solid free-throw shooting helped the Ontario Tigers get back on track.

                          Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Ontario made 15-of-19 free throws in the Tigers

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                          Oregon schools face obstacles, find success in 2006, December 31, 2006

                          Jennifer Colton  Argus Observer

                          Last year proved to be a roller coaster ride for the Ontario School District, as poor test results, safety concerns and high dropout rates marred positive events, like thriving red-ribbon week and food drives programs at Ontario Middle School, parent education and the opening of a new alternative school.
                           
                          Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said OSD will look to improve schools and focus on core concepts.

                          Ontario's Boyd honored for play, December 24, 2006

                          Tiger sophomore named Special District 7 Most Valuable Player   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          As a sophomore, Ontario girls soccer standout Kim Boyd had a breakout 2006 season. Boyd scored 13 goals, tallied four assists and led her team to an 11-2-2 overall record. The standout was rewarded for her efforts, winning three significant awards at the Tigers' year-end team banquet Wednesday.
                           
                          Boyd was named her team's best offensive player, most valuable player and she completed the trifecta after she earned Oregon's Special District 7 Most Valuable Player award.

                          Tiger wrestlers win two of five in Pasco tourney, December 22, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          Although the Ontario wrestling team didn't place, the Tigers won two duals out of five and had several wrestlers fare well at the two-day Best of the West wrestling duals at Pasco, Wash. The Tigers opened up the tournament on a good note with a 41-29 win over Bonney Lake on Wednesday.
                           
                          The Tigers won nine matches against Bonney Lake, two on decisions, two pins and a 30-12 technical fall win by Casey Erlebach (152 pounds). Chase Fields (112) won a 4-1 decision, Griffin Gundle (160) notched a 11-5 decision, while Ray Rodriguez (125) and Michael Gonzalez (135) earned first round pins. Ontario scored the rest of its points on forfeits.
                           
                          The Tigers went on to win one other time in the next four duals. Ontario next lost 72-6 to host Pasco, with Danny Nunez (119) earning all of his teams points with a second round pinfall win over Pasco's Gerardo Castro. The Tigers quickly rebounded with a close 41-38 loss to the coop team of Wahtonka-The Dalles. In that dual, the Tigers notched five forfeit wins, while Tom Martinez (130) scored a 22-7 technical fall win over Quinn Simer and teammate Toby Smith (189) scored 6-0 decision.
                           
                          Ontario then defeated Federal Way 66-16 using seven pinfall wins and three forfeits. Nico Martinez (119), Rodriguez, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Martinez, Mark Anthony (140), Erlebach, Smith and Mike Ortiz (215) all won with first round pins. Tom Martinez pinned Blake Zimmerman in 23 seconds and Ortiz did his damage to Tomson Lee in 47 seconds. In their final dual Thursday, the Tigers squared off against Toppenish and lost 47-27.
                           
                          Three of the wins were by pinfall with Nico Martinez, Tom Martinez and Smith earning the honors. Ontario's Erlebach won his final match with a 10-6 decision over Andres Chavez and teammate Michael Gonzalez won by forfeit.

                          Tigers trounce Payette, December 20, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER | Argus Observer

                          The Ontario boys basketball team outscored Payette 24-9 in the fourth quarter to seal a 74-53 win over the Pirates Tuesday night in nonleague basketball action. It was not only the second win of the season for the Tigers but the second time they beat Payette.
                           
                          Francisco Chavez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and his teammates went a perfect 14-of-14 at the charity stripe to put the game away.
                           
                          Payette coach Shawn Scow said he thought, overall, the Tigers outdistanced the Pirates in the final stanza.

                          Ontario girls defeat Vale, December 20, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Maybe the coaches should scrap the weekly film study. Both Vale and Ontario's girls basketball teams combined to shoot 36-of-107 from the field and committed 37 turnovers, but the Tigers were able to walk away with the 54-46 win over the Vikings Tuesday in nonleague action in Vale.
                           
                          Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter, and the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to end with a 19-11 first quarter lead. That's all Ontario needed as both squads battled to a 35-35 draw through the next three quarters.

                          New buses set for district, December 17, 2006

                          Julie Engel Argus Observer

                          Every year the Ontario School District must acquire two new buses because of a 150,000-mile, 12-year replacement schedule. The Ontario School Board approved the purchase of those two buses at its regular meeting Thursday night.
                           
                          The buses will be more expensive this year because of new and stringent emission standards, OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said. In addition to an extra $6,500 per bus, Clinton said the buses will be about two months late as a result of the emission standard changes. The buses will probably not be purchased before the end of the fiscal year, OSD Superintendent Dennis Carter said.
                           
                          As a result, Carter said board members will need to factor in those two buses plus two more in the next budget year. In other Ontario School District news, Personnel Director Carole Kitamura presented the debut of a secondary literacy project to the board. A handful of people in the Ontario School District attended a training in November through a $10,000 Oregon Department of Education/COSA State Improvement Grant - Supporting All Students in Reading.
                           
                          Kitamura said the aim of the grant is to teach administrators to address their own literacy issues throughout a particular district.
                           
                          The group completed the first step of the grant by collecting data from sixth- through ninth-grade students with an oral reading fluency screening, she said. Once the data is compiled, Kitamura said they will bring the information to another meeting with grant organizers to determine the implications of the data.

                          OMS student food drive hits a high gear, December 17, 2006

                           Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                          In a little more than a week, Ontario Middle School students brought in 3,000 food items during their annual food drive.

                          Ontario girls end tourney with win, December 17, 2006

                          Argus Observer sports staff

                          The Ontario girls basketball team rebounded from a 45-28 loss to Stayton and ended the Junction City tournament with a 55-52 win over host Junction City Saturday.
                           
                          Four different Tigers hit double figures, and Alla Dzhidzhidyeshvili had an all-around game with 15 points, three assist and three steals.

                          Tiger girls win tourney opener, December 15, 2006

                          Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          The Ontario girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Cottage Grove 43-32 in the opening round of the Junction City tournament Thursday night.
                           
                          Cottage Grove came out strong and took a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter, but the Tigers fought back to take the lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Still, head coach Jon Buck said, Ontario didn't put the game away until the fourth quarter when the Tigers outscored Cottage Grove 11-4.
                           
                          The Tigers took a 10-point lead at one point in the fourth stanza after Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Stephanie Babij hit back-to-back threes to help seal the win.

                          Weiser boys shut down Ontario, December 13, 2006

                          Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          The Weiser boys basketball team outscored the Ontario Tigers 44-26 in the first half on the way to a 75-57 win in nonleague action Tuesday night.
                           
                          Up 18-14 going into the second quarter, the game remained close until the Wolverines broke it open, outscoring Ontario 26-12 to give them their 44-26 halftime lead.

                          Tigers full of surprises in 2006, December 12, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario football team came back from a dismal 2005 season to dominate in 2006, and the future looks bright for the Tigers.
                           
                          The Ontario Tigers wrapped up the season with an 8-4 record, losing in the 4A state semifinals to Siuslaw Dec. 2.

                          Tigers maul Wildcats, December 10, 2006

                          Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          Stephanie Babij scored a game high 23 points as the Ontario girls rolled over Columbia 78-19 Saturday night at Ontario High School.
                           
                          Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili chipped 16 points and had nine steals, and Stephanie O'Connor added 14 points and six steals.

                          Tigers dominate Wolverines, December 8, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario girls basketball team improved its record to 4-0 after dominating Weiser in nonleague basketball action Thursday, defeating the Wolverines 53-36 at Ontario High School.
                           
                          The Tigers outscored Weiser 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-18 halftime lead and held the Wolverines to only two points in the third to stretch their lead to 40-20 going into the fourth.
                           
                          At one point Ontario enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 44-20 before Weiser made its last comeback of the night. The Wolverines outscored Ontario 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but their last push came too late to change the final outcome.

                          OHS students pitch in to make food drive a success, December 8, 2006

                          Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                          Honey bear guards, staggered walls and a blue ramen-package waterfall stood out on the

                          Columbia boys hold off Ontario, December 8, 2006

                          Argus Observer sports staff

                          Ontario

                          A bright outlook, December 7, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team features many new looks for the upcoming season. Unlike last season's Tiger squad, which featured six seniors and finished 15-10 overall, only two seniors return this year. This season's team boasts a lot of new, younger faces who will see a lot of action on the court. Those players are also full of enthusiasm who are ready to work hard, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said.

                          Tigers sink Pirates, December 6, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario boys basketball team overcame a 14-point deficit and scored 33 fourth-quarter points to come from behind and beat Payette 61-56 Tuesday in Payette. Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, and Jacob Haueter added nine of his 18 total to help put the Tigers up for good. Down 42-28 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers switched up their defense to stymie the Pirates, force turnovers and open up scoring opportunities. After the switch,

                          Ontario went on a 14-0 run in less than three minutes and eventually tied things up at 42 with 5:40 left on the clock. Although Payette took a slight lead again, the Tigers never let the game slip away from them and took the lead for good with 52 seconds left on the clock after a put-back shot and successful free throw by Chavez put them up 57-56.

                          After that, Ontario secured the win at the charity stripe on free throws by Haueter while Payette was held scoreless.

                          Ontario grapplers ready to hit the mat, December 4, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario wrestling team took its lumps last year, but is now a year older and wiser as it enters the 2006 campaign. Because football season is still in full swing, Ontario head coach Charlie Anthony has handed the reigns over to assistant coaches Dave Parsons and Jeremy Roberts, who are running practices for the time being, Anthony said.

                          Ontario smokes Nampa Christian, December 1, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          If the first two games are any indication, the Ontario girls basketball team is the real deal. Two days after defeating the defending 3A champion Burns Hilanders 57-47, the Tigers backed that up with a 79-44 drubbing of nonleague opponent Nampa Christian Thursday in Ontario. Five different Tigers scored in double-digits and senior standout Stephanie Babij scored a team-high 21 points and led the way with eight rebounds in 29 minutes of floor time.

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                          Turning up the heat, November 30, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Many high school sports fans didn't envision this, except maybe the Ontario Tigers football team. The Tigers (8-3 overall) are among the final four in the 4A state football championships, and they next square off against undefeated Siuslaw (11-0) of the Far West League Saturday at noon PST on the turf at Hillsboro Stadium. Siuslaw enters Saturday's action after shutting out Central 27-0 in quarterfinal action last Saturday and has shut out their opponents four times this season.

                          Defense is the name of the game for the Vikings, who have allowed a paltry 56 points in their 11 games this season, and in the playoffs they have outscored their opponents (Cottage Grove and Central) by a 82-7 clip.
                           

                          Ontario holds off Hidden Valley, November 26, 2006

                           Deena Manning - Daily Courier

                          Seventh-ranked Hidden Valley saw more than enough of Ontario

                          Ontario looks to take charge, November 22, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          What a turnaround it has been for the Ontario football team. Last year, the Tigers finished 1-8 overall and struggled to find their way, but this year the Tigers are entering uncharted territory. For the first time since 1997, the Tigers are in the quarterfinals round after defeating Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 in their opening game Nov. 18. Ontario (7-3) will now square off against Hidden Valley Saturday at 2 p.m. PST on the turf at Grants Pass High School. Hidden Valley finished in first place in the Skyline League and stands at 9-2 overall.

                          The Mustangs have won four games in a row by a combined margin of 145 to 42, and for the season they have racked up 308 points, while only giving up 150. The Mustangs are entering Saturday's quarterfinals action after defeating defending 3A state champion Marist 31-21 in second round action last Friday.

                          The quarterfinals berth is the furthest the Mustangs have advanced in school history. Hidden Valley has been running on all cylinders, using the duo of 6-foot-2 inch, 190-pound quarterback L.B. Draper and 6-foot-4 inch, 205-pound receiver Jordan Van Cleave.

                          Other weapons at Draper's disposal will be 6-foot-1 inch, 210-pound tight end/ split end Dustin Mathews and standout running back Jules DeVos. DeVos is entering action after posting 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Marist.

                          Ontario players named All-GOL, November 21, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          Ontario running back Loren Stewart led the Tigers on the field all season, and was greatly rewarded for his efforts. The junior was one of 14 Tigers selected to the Greater Oregon League all-league team.
                           
                          Stewart was recognized as the Offensive Three Way Player of the Year and was also named first team all-GOL at running back.

                          The Score, November 19, 2006

                          Second annual

                          Tigers tear up Yamhill, November 19, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                          Ontario's Bryson Sap just had one of those days. The junior quarterback ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, added another through the air and also forced a fumble to help Ontario come back from a 28-21 halftime deficit to defeat Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 at Tiger Stadium in Ontario.
                           

                          Making a connection, November 19, 2006

                          For three decades, Gary Thompson has taught chemistry and physics to Oregon high school students. Now in his 19th consecutive year at Ontario High School, the veteran teacher still connects with his students by making chemistry and physics fun despite changing technology.

                          Ontario Tigers ready to roar, November 17, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          As they enter the second round of the 4A state football playoffs, the Ontario Tigers look to continue to build upon their improvement over last year's 1-8 mark. Their first playoff game in two years, will be against Yamhill-Carlton Saturday afternoon in Ontario at 2 p.m. Saturday's match up will be the team'sfirst playoff game for Ontario since the 2004 season.
                           
                          Yamhill-Carlton,the second place team out ofthe Cowapa League, comes in having won four of their last five games and hold a record of 8-2 overall. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a margin of 374-210 on the season.

                          Ontario School District thanks Heinz Frozen Foods, November 17, 2006

                          May Roberts Elementary would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Heinz Frozen Foods. Heinz continues to show great support to the school and recently gave a generous financial donation. Our thanks to Heinz.
                           
                          OMS success is back The OMS Success Bakers are back. Let them do your Thanksgiving baking. This year they will be creating the

                          Grad party slated, November 17, 2006

                          Plans for the Graduation Night Senior Party have begun and a web page with details, registration forms and other important information has been published. Seniors and their parents should review the link entitled "2007 Senior Class Party

                          Ontario School Board OK s resolutions regarding funds, November 17, 2006

                          Julie Engel   Argus Observer
                           
                          The Ontario School Board passed two resolutions adding grant funds to the 2006 to 2007 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night. The Ontario School District received a $4,000 K-3 Statewide Literacy Outreach grant to pay for a training workshop teachers attended Thursday and Friday, Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said.

                          The district sent 10 teachers to the workshops held in Pendleton, she said, which focus on getting the most from core reading programs.

                          School board retreat nets results, November 13, 2006

                          - From the Ontario School Board   Special to the Argus Observer
                           
                          On Saturday, Oct. 28, the 8C District School Board met to review the five objectives it developed based on the community survey and prior board discussions. Those goals are: improving communication with our schools and between the district and patrons; building and maintenance needs; improving curriculum; building employee morale; and increasing Hispanic/Latino parent participation.
                           
                          Communication Communication within our schools and with district patrons is important. The board will develop better means of gathering community input through methods such as: better publication of activities; aggressive information and idea gathering; e-mail; blogs; question and answer sessions; and electronic drop boxes.
                           
                          Building and Maintenance Needs The need for school building maintenance and middle and high school building improvement was discussed. The community's voice, through the bond vote and subsequent survey, was carefully considered.
                           
                          The board believes it must refine its understanding of the condition of school facilities, the financial means of our community and the opportunities and obligations presented by these facts. Improvement of school facilities requires careful planning and a great deal of community input and understanding. Coordination with the city of Ontario, community leaders and county and state agencies is essential if a positive result is to be achieved.
                           
                          Curriculum Improvement Consideration and review of curriculum is ongoing. Improvement of academic performance is essential if our students are going to be prepared for college or vocational schools. Careful analysis of the reasons leading to current unacceptable AYP scores is also occurring. Improvement in Ontario students' test scores and preparation for post-secondary programs will occur only if the causes of their current performance are addressed.
                           
                          Employee Morale The board is concerned with teacher and employee morale and discussed the need for better listening, celebration of successes, attendance at school board meetings and visits of buildings and school sites as ways to interact with staff.
                           
                          The board wishes to recognize our outstanding staff and improve the relationship between staff and the board. Increasing Parent Participation Identifying children at risk for academic failure and those with social problems is key to improving academic scores and ensuring safe schools.
                           
                          The board is considering ideas to strengthen relationships with families, especially in the Hispanic/Latino community. An advisory group of interested Hispanic/Latino community members could improve the board's understanding of cultural differences and suggest ways to increase Hispanic/Latino parent participation at school.
                           
                          The board knows that our kids will be best served if we continue to seek community input and carefully utilize the information. While this board can suggest, guide, support and promote, it cannot take the place of involved parents. Please, come to our board meetings, talk to board members and volunteer to help at school. By working together, we can be an effective part of our children's education.

                          Plans underway for annual OHS senior graduation party, November 13, 2006

                          The parents of Ontario High School seniors have started planning the annual graduation party, to be held all night May 27. Parents interested in assisting with the plans are invited to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, in the OHS library. For more information, please contact Mary Hamman at (541) 889-4767, or Melody Davis at (541) 889-4044.

                          Ontario girls, boys lose at state, November 8, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                           
                          After an opening round win against Seaside, the Ontario girls soccer team had its season cut short, suffering a 4-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                           
                          The Tigers weren't able to generate many scoring opportunities and only tallied two shots on goal, where the Aardvarks put up 13.

                          Ontario swept by Henley, November 5, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Ontario volleyball team's stay in the 4A Oregon state tournament was short-lived, as the Tigers lost to Henley in 3 games Saturday night in Henley. Henley jumped out to an early 10-1 lead in the first game, and went on to take the game 25-12.
                           
                          Ontario played tough in game two, but fell 25-21, before also falling in game three, 25-20.

                          Ontario Tigers fall flat in Baker City, November 5, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Baker City football team scored 33 points in the second quarter on the way to a 61-26 blowout victory over Ontario Friday night.
                           
                          With the win the Bulldogs claimed the Greater Oregon League title. Bulldog quarterback Derek Howerton led the offensive onslaught with four touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and 222 yards total. Teammates Travis Mastrude and Grant Johnson each hauled in a pair of scoring passes for Baker City.
                           
                          For Ontario, Loren Stewart led the way, scoring all four Tiger touchdowns and rushing for 167 yards, including an 88-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 90-yard kickoff return in the second stanza.

                          Tigers sneak past Seaside, November 5, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER  ARGUS OBSERVER

                          A late, second-period goal by Ontario's Salvador Sanchez gave the Tigers the edge they needed to put away the Seaside Seagulls 2-1 in boys 4A opening round state soccer Saturday at Ontario.

                          The win advances Ontario to the state soccer second round while Seaside's season was cut short. With about 12 minutes left in Saturday's game, Sanchez's quick shot to the left side of the goal as Seaside goalkeeper John Morgan dove right unknotted the 1-1 tie and swung the momentum in the Tigers' favor for good.

                          Up until the second period, the game looked promising for the Seagulls, who scored quick and early on a Justin Morgan goal. Seaside coach Jon Broderick said he thought the Seagulls, who held off Ontario well during the first half, had a shot of pulling together a 1-0 win.
                           

                          Ontario blanks Sutherlin in opener, November 5, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammates Christina Markee and Keila Nelson added one each to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout over Sutherlin in first round 4A girls soccer state action Saturday in Ontario.
                           
                          Sutherlin, playing in the state tournament for the first time, ended its season with the loss, while Ontario advances to play Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                           
                          Ontario took control of the game early after Boyd scored two minutes in with an assist by Markee. She posted Ontario's second goal of the afternoon after she was fouled in the box in the 12th minute, and her penalty kick hit its mark. The Tigers' play slowed down after they took their 2-0 lead, and the teams fought for possession the rest of the half.
                           
                          The second half featured much of the same, although Markee found the goal in the 57th minute. Jennifer Reyes started the play with a pass to Boyd whose shot bounced off the goal straight to Markee who finished it off. Reyes and Boyd were credited with assists on the play.
                           
                          Nelson's shot iced the game for Ontario in the last minute of the game.

                          Tigers rally to triumph, November 2, 2006

                           JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Despite an early two-game deficit, the Ontario volleyball team overcame a poor performance to defeat Pleasant Hill 3-2 in the loser-out first round of the 4A state volleyball tournament Wednesday.
                           
                          After losing the first two games 25-22 and 25-11, the Tigers cleaned up their hitting, which coach Rod Williams said was all Ontario needed to do to play well. He said climbing out of a 2-0 hole would have been harder if the Tigers were playing their best and not making many mistakes, but that wasn't the case.

                          Tigers send six runners to state, November 1, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          Ontario cross country standout Matt Rankin is in a class of his own. Rankin finished first in Saturday's 4A district cross country meet in Baker with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds, over La Grande's Johnny Bullock (17:44).

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                          Ontario Tigers stuff La Grande 41-28, October 29, 2006

                          Ontario claims state playoff slot   JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                           The Ontario football team guaranteed its spot in the 4A state football playoffs with a 41-28 win over the La Grande Tigers Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Ontario needs only to beat Baker City Friday at Baker to claim the Greater Oregon League title all-out and the No. 1 seed from the GOL to the state playoffs.
                           
                          If the Tigers lose and La Grande beats Mac-Hi, Ontario will take the No. 2 seed to the state playoffs, and the league title will be determined by points scored.

                          Ontario falls to La Grande Thursday, October 27, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                           
                          Another match, another disappointing finish for the Ontario volleyball team Thursday in La Grande.

                          The Tigers lost in four games to La Grande in Greater Oregon League action in La Grande. Ontario couldn't get started on the right foot and lost the first two games, 25-21 and 25-14, before winning the third game 25-22.
                           
                          La Grande dominated the fourth game 25-9, sending Ontario packing. Tara Alvarado led with 17 digs and teammate Tara O'Connor dropped nine kills for Ontario. Once again, Stephanie O' Connor did everything possible to spark the team, to no avail.

                          Ontario sends Pioneers packing, October 22, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER    ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario football team secured its first league win Friday with a 57-20 rout of Greater Oregon League opponent Maclaughlin High School at Tiger Stadium. An early fourth-quarter 5-yard touchdown run by Tad Anzaldua and successful point-after kick, iced the win, giving the Tigers an insurmountable 57-7 lead.
                           
                          Once Ontario reached that bench-mark, the 45-point mercy rule took effect, and the scoreboard clock only stopped for official timeouts. The Pioneers scored twice in the fourth quarter, having put up their first points in the first quarter on a 55-yard run by Jeffrey Stallings, but the clock ticked off the final seconds of the game before the Pioneers kicked their last point-after attempt.

                          Ontario Tigers fall short, October 18, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario junior Stephanie O' Connor just had one of those nights as she led the Tigers with 25 assists, 23 digs, 10 kills and six service aces, but the rest of the Ontario volleyball team bumbled, stumbled and jumbled its way to a four-game loss to La Grande on senior night Tuesday in Ontario.

                          The night began with some emotional pregame festivities thanking seniors Tara Alvarado, Jordan Bainbridge, Rebecca McDannel, Tara O'Connor, Kristin Saito and Sami Stone for their hard work and dedication to Ontario athletics.
                           
                          The emotions were high and the stage was set. The Ontario Tigers used the emotion to their advantage, and started out by doing things right, using passing, teamwork and solid hitting to win the first game, 25-21. The momentum shifted in the second game, and Ontario's game came apart.
                           
                          Attempted spikes hit the net, passes missed their mark and communication unravelled.

                          Ontario volleyball clinches state berth, October 16, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Ontario volleyball squad clinched a spot in the state championship tournament for the third year in a row after sweeping past the Mac-Hi Pioneers in Greater Oregon League action in Milton-Freewater Saturday.
                           
                          The Tigers fought a close battle in the first game to start things out and slipped past with a 25-21 win. In the second game, the Tigers found their stride and dominated 25-14, before taking the win with a 25-15 win in the third game.

                          Ontario School Board opposes Measures 41, 45 and 48, October 16, 2006

                          Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                          The Ontario School Board passed three resolutions opposing Oregon Ballot Measures 41, 45 and 48 at a special meeting Thursday night.
                           
                          The Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors passed similar resolutions at its September board meeting opposing the same three measures. Measures 41 and 48 will affect funding for school districts in the state, and Measure 45 will limit terms for legislators and senators.
                           
                          Measure 41 will cause a reduction in tax collections by matching up state income tax deductions with federal deductions, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said. The measure would reduce state revenues by $815 million, which in turn would cut educational funds by $350 million, OSBA Legislative and Public Affairs Specialist David Williams said Friday.
                           
                          The state expenditure for kindergarten through 12th grade school districts is 46 percent of Oregon's general fund, Williams said. The federal government only provides about 25 percent of school district funding, Williams said, with the rest of the 75 percent coming through the Oregon Legislature.

                          As for Ontario, Carter said the impact of Measure 41 would be about $2 million in revenues lost in the 2007 to 2009 biennium. That loss translates into a cut of 16 teachers in the school district per year, or 32 teachers in the biennium, Ontario School District Director of Personnel Carol Kitamura said.
                           
                          The Ontario School District currently has 175 teachers. Measure 48 is a spending limit proposal that would restrict state spending to the percentage of population increase plus inflation. The estimated affect on the state's educational budget is $4.9 billion for the biennium, Carter said, with Ontario's cut anywhere from $2.2 million to almost $5 million.
                           
                          Under Measure 48 the Ontario School District could lose anywhere from 32 to 72 teachers in the biennium depending on the final amount taken from the budget, Kitamura said.
                           
                          If both Measure 41 and 48 did pass, the cut in teachers would be cumulative but it would not result in the total loss of 104 teachers, Carter said. The problem with Measure 48, Carter said, is the state has gone through a recession, and if the spending limit is capped at the previous biennium entities become stuck in the low period.

                          Tigers suffer third straight loss, October 11, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                          Hoping for redemption against a tough Baker City volleyball squad, the Ontario volleyball team instead suffered its third-straight conference loss as the Bulldogs swept the Tigers 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17 in Ontario Tuesday. It was the second time the undefeated Bulldogs (4-0 Greater Oregon League, 7-0 overall) swept the Tigers this season.
                           
                          With the loss, Ontario drops to 1-3 in the GOL, 8-4 overall. Unforced errors, giving up unearned points to Baker City to score, were the Tigers' downfall Tuesday night.
                           
                          The Tigers committed a whopping 30 unforced errors in the match - 18 hitting, seven serving and five receiving errors.

                          Area athletes race in Ontario meet, October 6, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          Ontario's Matt Rankin once again put his best foot forward but was nipped at the wire at the Glen Crosby Cross Country Invitational on the campus of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario Thursday. Rankin finished in second place with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds behind Burns' Tommie Hooper to lead all local athletes.

                          Hooper, who has become sort of a rival for Rankin, finished just two seconds ahead of the young Ontario standout.

                          Ontario ousts Bulldogs, October 6, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario girls soccer team notched another win in the victory column as it continued its tear through the GOL, routing Baker City 6-2 Thursday afternoon. The final score was a bit of a surprise to the Bulldogs, coach DeeDee Clarke said after the game.

                          Grizzlies, Tigers face off, October 5, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          While this week's prep football matchup between Ontario and Fruitland high schools won't have an impact on the rest of the season for either team, both are prepared to do what's necessary to win.
                           
                          For Ontario coach Randy Waite, this week's game means one last shot for the Tigers to prepare for their Greater Oregon League opener next week.

                          Ontario deflates Payette boys, October 3, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario's Carlos Salgado had a memorable game Monday that sure spoiled the Payette boys soccer team's senior night. Salgado tallied two goals and added an assist to lead the Ontario soccer team to a 4-0 win over Payette Monday at Harmon Killebrew Field.

                          Before the game, Payette High School celebrated the athletic accomplishments of David Paredes, Matt Edwards, Eddie Serpa and Ingon Rodriguez. But, Ontario's Salgado sent his own message.

                          Prep late game roundup, October 2, 2006

                          Ontario 4, Mac-Hi 2

                          After a scoreless first half, the Ontario girls soccer team came away with a hard fought 4-2 victory Saturday in Mac-Hi. Brea Ribeiro scored the first goal at the 52 minute mark to give Ontario the lead, but the Pioneers responded with a pair of penalty kick goals to go ahead 2-1.

                          Ashley Moeller scored to tie the game in the 66th minute, and Ashlee Captein scored the game winner off of a direct kick from Jennifer Reyes.

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                          Tigers, Bulldogs to square off Friday, September 28, 2006

                            JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario and Nyssa football teams are gearing up for their upcoming league seasons, and both will be using this Friday night's game to determine where they stand in further matches to come.

                          For head coach Rob Kassebaum's Nyssa Bulldogs, Friday night marks the last nonleague game of the season they will play.

                          Tigers clean up Vale, September 27, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Taking advantage of a fatigued Vale volleyball team, the Ontario Tigers easily swept the Vikings in a nonleague match Tuesday in Ontario.

                          While the Vale girls put up a fight the first two games of the night, they couldn't match Ontario's aggressiveness as the Tigers won 25-18 and 25-20 respectively.

                          The Vikings began the third game with high intensity, taking a brief lead, but Ontario's offense swamped Vale at the net and shut the Vikings down 25-12. Vale coach Mary Ann Standage said her team had entered Tuesday's match fatigued after a weekend of tournament play at Sisters, where the Vikings placed fifth out of 25 mostly 4A- and 5A-division teams.

                          Standage said her players were still fatigued and sore from their busy weekend, and it showed against Ontario.

                          Tigers win two straight, September 24, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Ontario volleyball team opened league play with a three-game sweep over Mac-Hi Saturday afternoon.

                          Ontario girls blank Pirates in league opener, September 24, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario sophomore Kim Boyd and teammate Jennifer Markee put on a show in prep soccer action Saturday.

                          Boyd scored two highlight-reel goals with assists by Markee to lead the Ontario Tigers to a 2-0 win over Greater Oregon League opponent Riverside at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                          At the 11-minute mark of the first half, Boyd started the scoring for the Tigers on a tic-tac-toe passing effort by her teammates.

                          Ontario halfback Ashlee Captein started the run down the right side of the field and fed Markee, who made a one-touch pass to Boyd and she hit the back of the net. For the remainder of the opening stanza, the Tigers and Pirates passed the ball back and forth at midfield in an attempt to create turnovers. The Tigers created several scoring opportunities and totaled 22 shots on goal.

                          Ontario head coach Greg Walk said he felt like the Tigers could have tallied more goals, but they couldn't make the necessary plays.

                          Ontario School Board slates auction, September 24, 2006

                          Julie Engel Argus Observer

                          One person's junk is can be another person's treasure.

                          And the Ontario School District has a lot of

                          Tigers come back to beat Vale, September 20, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                           
                          The Ontario volleyball team struggled against non-league opponent Vale Tuesday but was able to wake up and focus just in time to defeat the Vikings 3-1 in Vale.
                           
                          The Vikings controlled the net early and won the first set 25-21, but the next three sets were all Tigers.
                           
                          Ontario won the second set 25-16 and squeaked by in the third set 25-21. In the final set, the Tigers dominated with a 25-17 win.
                           

                          Ontario boys shut out Fruitland, September 20, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Ontario boys soccer team continued its dominant play and earned the 3-0 shutout over non-league opponent Fruitland Tuesday in Ontario.
                           
                          Salvador Sanchez scored two goals and teammate Brandon Collins scored another to lead the Tiger attack. The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 halftime lead, on Sanchez's tally and Collins gave Ontario a 2-0 cushion 30 minutes into the second half. Sanchez added the team's third goal with five minutes left in the contest.
                           

                          Ontario girls roll over upstart Irrigon, September 17, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ   ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                          All Ontario goalkeepers Sarah Wharton and Kayla Dean needed was a lawn chair and a sweater for their game Saturday.
                           
                          The Ontario girls soccer offense took care of everything.

                          Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammate Christina Markee chipped in a goal and two assists to lead the Tigers to a 10-0 drubbing of Irrigon High School at the Alameda Elementary School soccer fields in Ontario.
                           
                          The Tigers jumped out of the gate quickly against the Knights and answered the opening whistle with three goals in the first seven minutes of play.
                           
                          Ashley Moeller scored at the 3 minute mark after taking a shot from 15 feet outside the penalty area and bending it just inside the right goal post past Irrigon goalkeeper Maggie Alsup. Two minutes later, Markee scored and Ashlee Captein kicked the third goal at the 7 minute mark. Jennifer Reyes scored the team

                          Tigers fight back, September 15, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                          The Ontario High School volleyball team exacted some revenge Thursday night, beating the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-1 in non-league volleyball action at Ontario High School.
                           
                          Although the Tigers lost to Fruitland 3-2 on Grizzly turf in a match last week, last night's match, in front of a boisterous home crowd, had much different results.
                           
                          The intensity level was much higher than the last time the two teams met, Ontario coach Rod Williams said. After beating Fruitland in the first two sets of their last match, Ontario's energy lagged, allowing Fruitland to take the last three sets.

                          In the latest match, Williams said, his girls maintained their intensity throughout, and dominated the court all four sets, while Fruitland's energy waned at times.
                           
                          Fruitland claimed the first game, but the set was a battle throughout, with the Grizzlies coming out on top 30-28.
                           
                          The second game was much of the same, with the two teams deadlocked at 27 points each toward the end, but with Ontario taking the last two points and a 29-27 win.
                           
                          Ontario carried that intensity into the third set, while Fruitland floundered at the net and back court. The Tigers easily won the game 25-10. Williams said he told his team to take advantage of the Grizzlies' mistakes and continue directing shots to the middle of the court, an area Fruitland struggled defending against.

                          The fourth game promised to be a continuation of the third, with Ontario holding a 10-point lead mid-set, but Fruitland rallied, outscoring the Tigers 9-2 as Ontario was poised to claim the victory.
                           
                          The Grizzlies closed the point deficit to 24-23, and Fruitland coach Lisa O'Neal said she had high hopes her team would pull off an upset like last time.
                           

                          Ontario school parents ponder uniform policy, September 14, 2006

                          Andy Gates Argus Observer
                           
                          Should students be wearing uniforms at Ontario's high school and middle school?
                           
                          In a democratic display of curiosity, one Ontario High School parent polled a crowd of at least 60 community members, parents and students Monday, during a school safety presentation held by principals from the high school, middle school and Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter.
                           
                          At least 30 hands shot into the air regarding the uniform question and vocal murmurs of support from the crowd reverberated throughout the auditorium of the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
                           
                          One of the supporters was Ontario Police Department Chief Mike Kee.

                          Opposition to the idea, though, was far more limited, with approximately 10 hands raising in objection.

                          Ontario Middle School Principle LaVelle Cornwell said she would support uniforms in the middle school.

                          Children have different socioeconomic backgrounds, and uniforms could help level the playing field.

                          Also some of the gang activity in schools is apparent through insignias on clothing such as __ ,

                          Cairo teacher relates to her students, September 12, 2006

                          Andy Gates Argus Observer
                           
                          Disabled by spastic cerebral palsy, Sherry Lane uses a wheelchair and walks with crutches.
                           
                          As a special education support specialist at Cairo Elementary School, Lane said her own disability often places her

                          Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                           
                          Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                           
                          It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                           
                          The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                           
                          Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                          Ontario wins opener, September 10, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                          All Ontario girls head soccer coach Greg Walk wanted was for his girls to finally get to play a game. Otherwise, he said, they were going to explode.
                           
                          They exploded, all right, to the tune of 21 shots and four goals, while scoring in every shape, form and fashion in a 4-1 win over Fruitland Saturday at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                           
                          Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, and teammate Breanna Ribeiro dished out two assists to lead the Tigers.
                           

                          Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                           
                          Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                           
                          It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                           
                          The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                           
                          Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                          Grizzlies take bite out of Ontario Tigers, September 8, 2006

                          Argus Observer sports staff Fruitland
                           
                          The Ontario Tigers came out with a roar but finished weakly, losing to the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-2 in barn-burning prep volleyball action Thursday night at Fruitland High School.
                           
                          For the Grizzlies, the win was both dramatic and significant. Down 2-0 after losing the first two sets 25-13 and 25-22, the Grizzlies rallied in the third set to stay alive, winning 25-17.
                           
                          Fruitland continued their tear through the fourth game, taking advantage of Ontario mistakes, coming out on top 25-20.
                           
                          The Tigers were not done for the night, however, and almost pulled off the win in the tie-breaking set. Ontario came out demonstrating the energy that had been missing at times in the match, and jumped out to a 13-8 lead, putting the game easily within their reach. Fruitland pulled together, however, found their focus, dug deep and strung together the next seven points to come back for the win.
                           

                          Ontario ties in season opener, September 6, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                          The Ontario boys soccer team opened its season tying the McCall-Donnelly Vandals 2-2 Tuesday after gaining and losing the lead twice in the nonconference game.
                           
                          Ontario (0-0-1 overall) struggled to keep up with the Vandals, who played three games this season prior to last night's game, compared with Ontario's one.
                           
                          Much of the game was a defensive battle for both teams, although the Tigers had to work harder because the Vandals had control of the ball for much of the game.

                          Tigers win in Weiser, September 6, 2006

                           RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER
                           
                          Tom Falash Gymnasium in Weiser played host to some personal history, a raucous crowd and barn-burning volleyball action between non-league opponents Nampa Christian, Weiser and Ontario Tuesday evening.
                           
                          In the marquee match of the night, Ontario beat Weiser 25-20, 24-26 and 15-10 in three grueling games.
                           
                          In the third set, Ontario held the early 9-4 lead, when Weiser head coach Ramir Rodriguez called a timeout. After the breather, Weiser closed the gap to 10-8.
                           
                          The comeback and the noisy crowd, however, did not bother the experienced Ontario squad. The Tigers answered back to score five of the next six points and closed down the persistent Wolverines.
                           

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                          June 2006

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                          Tigers end successful season, June 5, 2006

                             RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          In his fourth year as the chief, Ontario High School girls golf coach Russ Leininger led his Tigers to greener pastures in 2006 and hopes to continue the winning tradition for years to come.

                          In 2005, the team fared well. The Ontario squad finished in seventh place at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore., with a 808 score.

                          This season the Tigers improved four spots to finish third overall with a score of 733, losing out to Marist (717) and Sutherlin (714).

                          The team had seniors Cecelia Garcia, Jennifer Jaramillo, April Patton and freshman standout Meghan Schram.They showed solid improvements fromthe previous year. Garcia finished with a 171, putting her in 14th place, while Jaramillo ended the tournament with a 177. Schram put together a first day score of 90, and ended the tournament with a 192. Patton carded a 193, to lead the Tigers to its best state championship finish in school history.

                          Last year, Garcia finished in 22nd place overall, while Jaramillo's effort put her in 25th place. Patton improved her showing, jumping up 23 spots from 59th place in 2005 to 36th place this year.

                          Coming in off a second- place finish to La Grande, which defeated the Tigers by 10 strokes in the district championships held in Pendleton in which they scored a 752, the Tigers accomplished the necessary improvements to bring home some hardware at the state tournament in Redmond.

                          The four key players displayed marked improvements, and they enjoyed a seven-shot lead in the second round over eventual state champion, Sutherlin.

                           

                          Most Ontario teachers backed bond effort, June 4, 2006

                              JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                          In general, Ontario School District teachers supported the $30 million school bond venture voters scuttled last November.

                          Elementary and secondary education staff in the school district returned 199 responses for the bond survey generated by district officials to measure public support, or lack of, for the high school bond effort.

                          At the secondary school level, 64 staff members voted in favor of the bond election, 11 voted no, and 35 did not vote. At the elementary school level, 35 staff members voted in favor, 14 were opposed and 40 did not vote.

                           

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                          May 2006

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                          Mexican-American league awards locals, May 30, 2006

                               LARRY MEYER Argus Observer

                          Two teachers, a judge and a jail commander were honored Wednesday by the Mexican-American Citizens League for their contributions to the Latino community, its youth and to the community at large.

                          The event was the organization's annual awards dinner, held at the Sizzler in Ontario.

                          During the dinner, members also honored area Latino high school scholarship winners.

                          Jonathan Paulsen, Ontario High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, Karina Guerra Carbajal, Ontario High School, received $500 and Lindsee Padilla, Vale High School, received a $250 scholarship to use for college.

                          Efrain Rivas, a teacher at Ontario Middle School, was named

                          Ontario School District continues to struggle to meet progress goals, May 28, 2006

                               JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The final deadline for Ontario School District students to complete annual yearly progress testing has passed, but results will not become available until the beginning of next school year.

                          For the past three years, Ontario has failed to meet adequate yearly progress standards required in the No Child Left Behind Act at the high school and middle school levels.

                          The 2004 through 2005 school year was also the first year Ontario elementary schools struggled, as both Aiken and May Roberts Elementary Schools failed to meet AYP standards.

                          Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said one of the reasons the middle and high schools have not met adequate yearly progress revolves around a lack of concentrated effort targeting secondary education improvement.

                           

                          Tigers leave tracks at state, May. 28, 2006

                               ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          After one day of competition, the Ontario track and field squad had one individual and the 4x100- meter relay team left for the finals to earn medals in their respective events.

                          The top-eight finalists and the top three in each heat advanced to the finals. Jordan Bainbridge was still alive in three events for the Tigers. Bainbridge competed in the 200- and 400-meter races and ran the anchor leg of the girls 4x100 meter relay along with teammates Bianca Davis, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Kristen Hamman.

                          In the finals, the 4x100- relay team finished in fifth place with a time of 51.31 seconds, and Bainbridge earned fourth- place honors in the 400- meters, stopping the clock at 58.69 seconds. In her last race of the day, Bainbridge finished in sixth place with a total time of 26.80.

                           

                          Queens of the court, May. 24, 2006

                                 RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          When the Ontario tennis team walks on to a court, people now know who they are.

                          The Tigers, led by head coach Dennis Gill, have won 11 Special District 4 over the past 14 years and seven of the last eight. Now chalk up three straight Oregon 3A state championships.

                          This year the Ontario squad won by the slimmest of margins - half a point, slipping past Catlin Gables, 10.5 to 10.

                          For Gill, he was surprised with the win, noting the youth on the roster, graduating six seniors from last season's championship team. This year, the tennis team graduates two seniors and will have six returning freshmen.

                          Gill was recognized for his 14 years of hard work and was named this year's Oregon Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

                           

                          Born to teach music. OHS music director Skip Bicknese knew at an early age he wanted to teach music, May 8, 2006

                             JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Whether holding a baton, directing Ontario High School music students from the conductor's podium, or holding his alto sax, wailing with his bands, Ontario's Skip Bicknese is comfortable with his music.

                          A life-long Ontario resident and music lover, Bicknese said his jobs as both OHS music department director and musician in two local bands are a perfect fit and has never questioned his choices.

                           

                          Ontario gets swept by Mac-Hi, May 5, 2006

                             Tiesha Miller Argus observer

                          Mac-Hi gave the Ontario softball team a rough time Thursday in Greater Oregon League play in Ontario. The Tigers lost both games of a doubleheader 5-2, 11-1.

                          In the nightcap, Ontario trailed 2-1 through the first five innings, but in a detrimental fifth inning, Ontario committed three errors and allowed eight runs.

                           

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                          April 2006

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                          Ontario earns pair of wins, April 5, 2006

                            Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                          The Ontario baseball team didn't let the rain get in its way.

                          Starting field preparation at 8 a.m., it borrowed field materials from the local little league in order to get in its doubleheader with Greater Oregon League opponent Burns Tuesday at 1 p.m.

                          The Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-1 GOL) came back from a deficit in both games to defeat Burns (3-6, 0-4), 4-3 and 15-5.

                          In the first game, Ontario's Jose Garcia pitched seven innings to strike out 10 batters, allow five hits and get the win. In the fifth inning, Garcia hit a double to deep center field for two RBIs, which tied the game at 3.

                           

                          Ontario golf comes in third, April 20, 2006

                             ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          The Ontario boys golf team finished in third place at the Burns Invitational Wednesday.

                          The Tigers had four golfers shoot a 94 to finish with a 376. Brad McGowan, Nick Rock, Dallas Brockett and Tommy Baker tied for 13th place out of 26 golfers in 3A/2A/1A Special District 4 play.

                           

                          Ontario splits with La Grande, April 23, 2006

                             Tiesha Miller  Argus Observer

                          The Ontario baseball team had an up-and-down sort of day.

                          After struggling in the opener to get past La Grande starter Trent Evins, Ontario fell 6-1, and brought out its bats in the second game to win 13-11 in Greater Oregon League play Friday in Ontario.

                          Ontario stranded three runners in the top of the second inning, but it still held a 2-1 lead. The top of the third inning soon changed that after Ontario allowed La Grande three runs on five hits.

                          Things then began to look up for Ontario. Fielding problems plagued La Grande, and Ontario began hitting the ball. Five hits and seven runs later, Ontario reclaimed the lead with an 9-4 advantage.

                          Jose Garcia, who was 2-for-3 and had three RBIs on the day, drove in two runs in the inning as did Daniel Schram. Ontario had 11 hits in the second game with the help of Bryson Sap and Jace Nakamura, who each drove in two runs.

                           

                          Barnett leads Tigers, April 26, 2006

                                 RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Tigers' Jordan Barnett shut down Nyssa, allowing three hits in five innings, and Ontario pounded out 10 hits in a 11-0 drubbing of the Bulldogs in nonleague softball at the Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                          Barnett struck out six batters and allowed just one runner to get as far as third base in the third inning when Nyssa made its biggest threat. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded and one out when Barnett went to work, striking out Tiffany Wentz and Crystal Contreras to end the inning and preserve the shutout.

                           

                          Ontario wins again, April 27, 2006

                                Roy Hicks the Country Curmudgeon

                          Ontario should be proud. Not only is it one of the most thriving and growing communities in southeastern Oregon. It also has a solid record of citizen involvement in community affairs.

                          Ontario has resources unusual to such a relatively rural community: a major hospital (Holy Rosary) and attenuate emergency services; a community-oriented radio station (KSRV); and the only daily newspaper in Malheur County.

                          Another of Ontario's resources is its local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Lodge No. 1690 does a lot of state and local charitable work supporting such causes as veterans, the Boise Rehabilitation Center for medical patients, Babe Ruth baseball, the elementary school Hoop Shoot contest, the Children's Eye Clinic in Portland, the Meadowood Speech and Hearing Camp in Pendleton and the second-largest teen scholarship program in the nation (after the government) through the Elks National Foundation. Not to mention many other smaller programs such as its annual contribution to the Malheur County Fair, their Americanism Essay competition for young students and the teen Drug Awareness program.

                          One of its least-known activities is participation in the annual competition for ritual drill teams. A word of explanation here, friends.

                          The Oregon State Elks Association is divided into seven districts and includes 57 lodges. The Southeast District is geographically the largest; covering half the state from Ontario to Klamath Falls to Madras and includes Lakeview, Burns, Bend, Prineville and John Day. Ritual teams are comprised of the seven most visible officers who perform their ceremonial observances. The one measured in competition is the initiation of new members - a ceremony requiring about 35 minutes to perform, and the standards of judging are ruthlessly precise.

                          A ritual performance could best be described as being somewhat like a marching band or a military drill team in extreme slow-motion. There are spoken parts for each member which must be memorized verbatim, and countless small movements which must be made in an agonizingly precise sequence.

                          The Ontario lodge has a tradition of excellence in this exasperatingly difficult exercise. Its ritual teams regularly place either first or second in the annual District contest. The last time the team won was in 2003 when it went on to place fourth in the state. The next two years the team was edged out by excellent teams from the John Day lodge.

                          This year Ontario fielded a very good team and drilled for more than three months for the District contest, but progress was achingly slow. At times it seemed the team might never come together to realize their potential. Only in the last week of practice did it seem they might have a chance, and in this somewhat dubious hope they set sail for Prineville.

                          Ontario officers somehow manage to save their best performances for when it really counts, and they did it again last week. Going on last after several other very good teams, Ontario performed magnificently: winning four first-places and three seconds. Scores like that will win every time.

                          The Ontario ritual team will now go on to compete in the state contest at Grant's Pass in early June. They have a tough act to follow. John Day won all-state last year and went on to the national contest in Reno where the team scored very well among the 25 western states. Ontario's team will do their best to represent our community well again.

                          How do I know all of this? Now a fourth-year officer of the Ontario lodge, I'm a member of that prestigious ritual team, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

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                          March 2006

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                          Tigers squeak past Vale, March 17, 2006

                              Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                          Ontario's reliever pitcher Jordan Barnett walked two batters in the bottom of the sixth, and as Vale's Holly Helms came to bat with the bases loaded the Tigers' 12-11 lead was in jeopardy.

                          Barnett worked her way to a full count, eventually completing the strikeout and handing the Tigers the win Thursday.

                           

                          Ontario battles itself, March 19, 2006

                             Argus Observer sports staff

                          The Ontario baseball and softball teams faced off against each other in a scrimmage Saturday at TVCC's Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex.

                           

                          Tigers blank McCall-Donnelly in twinbill, March 21, 2006

                             Argus Observer sports staff

                          The Ontario baseball team shutout nonconference opponent McCall-Donnelly to take both games of a doubleheader, 11-0 and 10-0, on Monday at Ontario High School.

                          Ontario starting pitcher Jose Garcia ran the show in the first game, striking out 15 in the five inning game. The senior also hit a home run and tallied two RBIs.

                           

                          Greif holds off Garcia in playoff, March 23, 2006

                              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                          Payette's Mandy Greif held off Ontario's Cecilia Garcia, winning in a play off Wednesday at the Weiser Girls Golf Invitational at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Weiser.

                          Greif and Garcia ended the round tied at 41, before Greif was able to pull away and earn the win out of the 37 individual golfers.

                          Despite Greif's individual win, Ontario won the team title, finishing with a final score of 181. Weiser took second with a score of 218, followed by Garden Valley (241), Vale (256) and Middleton (261).

                          Fruitland's Raquel Rode finished three shots back with a 44, while Ontario teammates Jennifer Jaramillo and April Paton notched a 46.

                          Jelisa Maret, competing for upstart Nyssa, finished nine shots back with a 50, while Middleton's Sandy Jefferies finishing 18 shots behind the leaders with a 59, and Vale's Ashley Snook had the lowest score on her team, shooting a 62.

                          Meghan Schram was the fourth Tiger golfer to score under a 50, with a 48 to help bring the Tigers' squad first-place honors.

                           

                          Tigers roll past Umatilla, March 29, 2006

                              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario's Jose Garcia was a man amongst boys on Tuesday night in Ontario.

                          The Tigers took advantage of six Umatilla errors en route to a 13-2 win in opening round action of the 2006 Commercial Tire Challenge at Elks Memorial Field in Ontario.

                          Garcia, went all the way and overcame a sluggish start to cruise to the easy win, striking out 12 Vikings. The senior recorded the first three outs of the game by strikeout.

                          Things did not start so well for Garcia and the Tigers. Umatilla's Arron Trukositz and Calvin Hodge each had RBI singles in the first inning. The Vikings took advantage of some early wildness by Garcia, who issued two walks, two singles, and had Marcelo Estrada reach on an error.

                          That was the only offense Umatilla would muster, as Garcia shut down the Vikings the rest of the way.

                          Ontario scored eight runs in the first two innings and jumped out to an 8-2 lead, behind the help of four Viking errors.

                          Garcia helped his own cause with an RBI single and Nick Alvarado cashed in a run with a double. The second inning was different.

                          With one out in the inning, the Tigers used three singles and three errors, to score four more and left the rest to Garcia.

                          JT Davis went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Nick Alvarado enjoyed a 2-for-3 night driving in one run. Six different Tigers contributed a hit to the offensive attack.

                           

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                          February 2006

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                          Vikings edge ahead of Tigers, February 1, 2006

                             Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                          Three 3-pointers by KJ Toombs in the fourth quarter could not save the Ontario boys basketball team on Tuesday against nonconference opponent Vale. After three quarters of back-and-forth play, the Vikings hit free throws down the stretch to seal a 65-58 victory in Vale.

                          The Vikings went 11-for-13 in the fourth quarter, getting a 4-for-4 contribution each from Brady Lovell and Kevin Nunn.

                          Lovell led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Tully Wagner added 12 points.

                           

                          Grant fuels crucial program at middle school, February 1, 2006

                              Andrew Cutler Argus Observer

                          A federal grant is helping teachers at Ontario Middle School cut down on the growing number of students that engage in risky behaviors.

                          Beginning last week, the school implemented All Stars, a science-based program that is designed to help prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug use, postpone sexual activity, and reduce fighting and bullying among middle school students.

                           

                          School district consultant secures top award, February 3, 2006

                            JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario School District Migrant Education Program Home School Consultant Sam Lopez was recently honored as Title 1-C Employee of the year at the Oregon Association of Comprehensive Education conference Jan. 20.

                          Lopez, who has worked for the school district for seven years in the migrant education program, was nominated by Ontario School District's Migrant Education Program Director Andy Kovach for his

                          Ontario furthers streak, February 5, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The No. 3 ranked Ontario girls basketball squad is on a roll.

                          On Saturday, the Tigers beat LaGrande, 46-41, in Greater Oregon League action, earning their sixth-straight win.

                          Ontario's Stephanie Babij scored 11 points and Kylie Roberts added 10.

                          Both teams combined to miss a total of 27 free throws.

                          The Tigers' pressure defense held LaGrande to shooting a majority of its shots from the perimeter. Ontario outrebounded La Grande, 45-31.

                          LaGrande (7-11 overall, 2-5 GOL) mustered six field goals in the second half and was held to one in the third quarter.

                           

                          Local man pushes prevention for gang issue, February 7, 2006

                            Tami Hart Argus Observer

                          Tim Cables began his Ontario Chamber of Commerce luncheon presentation in a unique way - he told the story of a teacher named Mrs. Thompson and her student named Teddy.

                          Teddy was the one student who always came to school in unwashed clothes, in need of a bath, and his schoolwork was always messy. Mrs. Thompson pretty much gave up on Teddy and wrote him off as a bad student until she went back to look at the comments Teddy's other teachers had written when Teddy was in their classroom. Teddy was bright, a good student, showed a lot of potential, but then a death in the family and the fallout from that death changed Teddy as a child and as a student. Recognizing that Teddy needed more help, Mrs. Thompson became a better teacher and also a better person because of Teddy.

                          They kept in touch over the years, and Teddy the student became

                          Beat of a different drum, February 12, 2006

                              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          May Roberts Elementary School students followed the beat of a different drum and learned a little bit about a different culture as well this past week in music class, which took on a multicultural, African drumming theme led by a Ghanan musician.

                          Okaidja Afroso, a native of Ghana who now lives in Portland, teaches children about culture along with the beats and rhythms on the conga drum drumming and song at their schools through an Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council artist in residence program.

                          Afroso stayed in Ontario throughout the week, visiting May Roberts' music teacher Patricia Gartung's classes, teaching her students about Ghanan culture and the basic techniques of Ghanan drumming.

                           

                          Officials keep focus on safety in wake of enticement cases, February 13, 2006

                            Andrew Cutler - Argus Observer

                          However, no one is pushing the panic button. At least not yet.

                           

                          Burns thumps Tigers, February 26, 2006

                             Argus Observer Sports Staff

                          Jessica Clemens scored 26 points to lead top-ranked Burns to a 67-39 drubbing of No. 3 Ontario on Saturday in a 3A District 7 championship game at Burns High School.

                          The Tigers will be the No. 2 seed from the Greater Oregon League into this week's 3A state sub-tournament. Ontario wil host the No. 3 seed from the Val-Co League on Tuesday at Ontario High School, with the winner advancing to face Stayton. Burns, the top seed from the GOL, will host a second-round match-up on March 3.

                          The Hilanders also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Katie Torland, while Maria Clemens added 12 points, 11 steals and eight assists.

                          Stephanie Babij led the Tigers with 10 points.

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                          January 2006

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                          Back to the future?, January 4, 2006

                            JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          When considering the future of the property designated as the site for a future new high school, the Ontario School District has a number of options.

                          At this point, however, school district officials say they intend to move forward with the plan agreed upon in June when the district purchased the 75 acres situated just outside city limits near Airport Corner.

                          The school district agreed to buy the property from Shingo and Emie Wada, who consented to sell to the school district two parcels of property for $1,064,750.

                          According to the sale agreement, the school district has already set aside $50,000 in earnest money, which is accumulating interest in escrow, to go toward the sale.

                          Once the sale closes, the $50,000 and whatever interest it accumulates will go toward the purchase cost.

                          According to the agreement, the school district has until the March 15 closing date to go through the proper channels, including land use authorities, which include the city of Ontario Planning Commission, City Council and the Malheur County Court.

                          If the school district has not received approval from the various land use boards to change the designation of the parcels from exclusive farm use to public use by the closing date, according to the agreement, the school district has the ability to extend the closing date to June 15.

                          The agreement also stipulates the school district's obligation to close on the purchase is

                          Tigers continue to skim by opponents, January 4, 2006

                             RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Ontario head coach Scott Helmick thought he had enough gray hairs on his head. The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team squandered an early 11-point lead against the Payette Pirates holding on to a 60-57 win in non-conference action Tuesday night in Ontario.

                          The Pirates had possession of the ball, with 1.4 seconds left, down by three points. But, the Ontario defense played tough causing a five second call on an inbounds play and the Pirates weren't able to attempt a last second shot.

                          KJ Toombs hit one free throw to ice the ballgame, as the cardiac cats won the game, with coach Helmick wiping his brow.

                           

                          School officials praise new grad requirements, January 9, 2006

                            JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          School district chiefs in Ontario, Nyssa and Vale said they do not oppose an effort to boost the required credits for math and language arts, but all foresee potential complications with the Oregon mandates.

                          During the 2006 to 2007 school year educational plans and profiles, along with career-related learning experience opportunities, will be required for high school students, although many school districts already meet those requirements in some form.

                          In addition, incoming freshman, graduating in the 2009 to 2010 school year, will be required to have 24 credits to graduate rather than 22 - four in language arts and three in math.

                          Vale School District Matthew Hawley said his school district will hopefully be able to accommodate the need for an additional math credit by adjusting current resources and classes without incurring any extra cost.

                           

                          School district opts for voter survey effort, January 11, 2006

                             JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario School Board took its first step in deciding the direction of future improvements to school buildings by agreeing to present a survey to district voters in the next few months at a special session Tuesday night.

                          In the wake of the scuttled $30 million school bond effort in November, district elected leaders and officials held a number of discussions but failed to take any action until now.

                          The School Board agreed at last night's meeting something should be done by the board, and the first step should be to present a survey to voters, asking, among other things, what they would like to see the district do in the future.

                          The consensus was not easily reached, however, a survey was a common theme brought up by the board members.

                          The idea of presenting a survey to voters was mentioned at a previous meeting.

                          The Ontario School Board agreed each member should bring questions they would like to see addressed by the survey to next week's regularly scheduled board work session, before its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

                          Board members discussed a number of topics in relation to future capital improvements at Tuesday's meeting, touching on topics discussed previously such as what motivated voters in the previous election and whether it was wise to move forward with another plan after such a resounding defeat.

                          The board did not answer that question so much as determine what should be done to arrive at a conclusion, with each board member offering their thoughts. Ontario School Board member Cliff Bentz told the board he thought the district needed to complete a number of steps prior to going out for another bond including: laying out a long-term capital improvement plan; identifying current needs and prioritizing them; addressing the issue of the future school site; clarifying where the funds to purchase the land originated; clarifying the cost of alternatives; determining community support and focusing on public relations.

                           

                          Nyssa buries Ontario, January 11, 2006

                          Tigers cannot combat deficit in loss to Bulldogs   Tiesha Miller - Argus Observer

                          The Nyssa boys basketball team peaked with a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter, and despite Ontario's efforts, the Tigers couldn't dig themselves out, falling to Nyssa, 65-40, in nonconference play Tuesday.

                          From the first basket the Bulldogs led, but head coach Larry Ramirez said he was well aware of Ontario's habit this season of getting games close in the fourth and pulling ahead.

                           

                          Toombs leads tigers to win, January 18, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          Every time Vale thought it had a comeback in the works, Ontario's KJ Toombs hit a shot to stop the momentum.

                          Toombs scored 25 points, and Daniel Schram dropped 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with four assists to lead the Tigers over the Vikings, 57-43, in non-conference boys basketball action, Tuesday night in Ontario.

                          The Tigers got off to a quick start against the Vikings with Toombs scoring 14 of his points in the first half. The Tigers scored eight in the the first two and half minutes, before Vale finally got on the boards with a Tully Wagner jump shot.

                           

                          Ontario places second at own invitational, January 22, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario wrestling squad is showing signs of improvement with every competition.

                          The Tigers finished in second place with a total of 197.5 points, behind first-place Timberline High School, which finished with 216, at the Ontario Invitational on Saturday.

                          The tournament featured seven varsity squads and nine junior varsity.

                          The Tigers had six grapplers in the final round. Michael Gonzalez (103), Tom Martinez (119), and Andres Hernandez (140) all won their championship matches with Gonzalez and Hernandez winning by decision. Martinez won with a first-round pinfall over Timberline's Bennet Chadwick.

                           

                          School board makes the right call on voter survey, January 25, 2006

                          The decision by the Ontario School District to pursue a survey regarding what voters within the district want for the future is a good move.

                          In December the board reached a consensus regarding whether to issue a survey. The board again considered the survey issue at its Jan. 19 session.

                          Still undecided, though, is just what form the survey will take. Will it focus on voter's views on a new high school? Or will be more general or more in-depth?

                          Boardmember Cliff Bentz rightly brought up a number of issues at the Jan. 19 meeting. Bentz asked the elected board what, exactly, it was trying to accomplish by issuing the survey. Bentz wanted to know if the board was going to ask voters whether they wanted a new High School, where it should be situated and how much voters were willing to pay.

                          All three of those questions were excellent and the board should ponder them carefully.

                          The basic idea, though, for a survey makes sense. It is a good first step and one the board should move forward on as soon as possible.

                          Yet, at the same time, the survey should not be the final answer. The board should seek other avenues of input and must not base its future decisions entirely on a survey. The survey should be just one, of many, methods to determine what the next, best course would be for the future.

                          The board, to some extent, has a fine line to walk on this issue and others. It must be a proper steward of taxpayer money but also address the very real district infrastructure problems in a forthright, realistic, fashion.

                          The school board must lead. The board has the ultimate responsibility to pave the way on this issue and others.

                          All and all, though, a survey is a good first step. It's a start. Hopefully it will help pave the way to a better understanding between elected leaders and patrons of the district.

                          A timely donation, January 31, 2006

                            JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                          The Ontario High School band and orchestra programs will receive much needed equipment thanks to a $12,000 donation from Woodgrain Inc, Fruitland.

                          The funds are specifically earmarked for storage units, music stands, an orchestra music and file cabinet and a bass amplifier - all equipment the music department has had to do without for many years because of budget limitations.

                           

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                      Lady Tigers tame Bulldogs, March 21 2007

                       By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Led by senior Stephanie Babij, the Ontario girls tennis team won four of five matches and easily breezed past Baker Tuesday in Ontario.

                      Babij started things off right for Ontario as she dispatched Danica Hutton 6-2, 6-2, and teammate Hayley Tucker won her match in three grueling sets.

                      Tucker won the opener against Baker

                      Tigers take it on the chin, March 23, 2006

                         RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario tennis team had its hands full Wednesday with the defending Idaho 4A state champions.

                      Bishop Kelly swept through the Tigers, winning 10-0 in nonleague tennis action on Wednesday in Ontario.

                      Ontario, which is the two-time Oregon 3A/2A/1A girls state champions, could not match the Knights, who return state champions in the girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

                       

                      Tigers fall to G.U., March 21, 2007

                      By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Tuesday turned into Friday the 13th for the Ontario baseball team in its nonleague game against Grant Union.

                      First, a bases-loaded balk, then a run scored after a botched pickoff attempt and a throwing error.

                      To add insult to injury, the Prospectors executed a triple play in the bottom of the seventh inning, closing out a wild day, which ended with Grant Union walking away with a 3-1 win Tuesday in Ontario.

                      Ryan Laubacher tossed a complete game, struck out six and scattered four singles. All three Grant Union runs were unearned as the Tigers committed five errors.

                      Tigers get back on track, March 20, 2007

                       By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Kim Boyd and Sarah Wharton drove in two runs apiece to lead the Ontario softball team to the 9-2 win over Weiser Monday in softball action in Ontario.

                      The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings and that was all the support starting pitcher Kayla Park needed.

                      Park threw a complete game, struck out six and held Weiser to five hits.

                      Plummer helps district stay on track, March 19, 2007

                      Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                      Behind the scenes, nearly 160 employees work to keep the Ontario School District running. From teacher aids to nutritional staff,

                      Burns sweeps Ontario, March 18, 2007

                      By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                      The Ontario High School baseball varsity team opened the 2007 season on a rough note after Burns swept the Tigers 23-2 and 6-4 in a doubleheader Friday at OHS.

                      The Hilanders scored 10 runs in the second inning of the first game and added 11 more during the fourth and fifth innings to quickly dispatch Ontario.

                      The Tigers seemed to be destined for the same fate in the second game, falling behind 6-0 as Burns scored six third-inning runs on just two hits.

                      Burns

                      School board reviews ESL program, March 16, 2007

                      By Julie Engel - Argus Observer

                      The Ontario School Board of Directors approved a request for instructional materials for English language learning at its monthly board meeting Thursday night.

                      Sherri Hironaka

                      Tiger pitching seals win, March 15, 2007

                      By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario softball team started out sluggish, but on the home stretch, they had plenty of steam.

                      The Tigers pounded out 12 hits and Yano tossed a complete game with five strike outs in Ontario's 6-3 win over Middleton in nonleague softball action Wednesday at Ore-Ida Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                      "I felt the first couple of innings we had some jitters, but we shook it off pretty well," Ontario head coach David hopper said. "We just came out and hit the ball. Defense was solid, Kayla Yano was on her game and she hit her spots."

                      The Tigers committed a couple of second inning miscues and the Vikings took advantage with two runs.

                      The lead could have increased, but Middleton had two runners gunned down on the basepaths.

                      After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom half of the second frame.

                      In the second inning, Ontario notched four runs and five hits to retake the lead, 4-2.

                      Ashley Moeller plated two runs with a double, Sarah Wharton singled in another run and Francene Hussey capped the inning with an RBI single.

                      "Ontario came out and hit the ball real well," Middleton head coach Randy Lyons said. "We came out with a couple of errors and got a little rattled."

                      The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Yano responded with three straight scoreless innings to finish things off.

                      Ontario's leadoff hitter Kim Boyd sparked the offense as she went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

                      Moeller and Wharton also went 3-for-4 as the top three hitters in the lineup finished the day going 9-for-12 with four runs scored.

                      Even with the win, Yano said the team needs to improve on several aspects of the game to be successful.

                      "We just need to keep playing better," Yano said. "We have to keep our errors down, keep hitting the ball and hit it hard. I think we'll be fine."

                      Ontario (1-0) takes on Bishop Kelly Friday.

                      Tiger girls aim high in 2007, March 11, 2007

                      By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The future is now for the Ontario Tiger softball squad.

                      Blessed with three solid pitchers and a potent offense, the Tigers have a shot at a state championship berth.

                      A season ago, Ontario (8-12 overall, 5-11 League) finished one game short of state-playoff contention after suffering a 13-3 loss in a tie-breaker game to Baker. The team also underwent a coaching change and overcame several off-field issues during the season.

                      Tigers enjoy success, March 6, 2007

                      By JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario Tigers may have had their 2006 through 2007 girls basketball campaign abruptly ended by Stayton this past weekend in a state play-in game, but already thoughts have turned to next season.

                      That is the nature of the girls on the basketball team, head coach Jon Buck said, although the dynamics of next season's team may look much different than this season's.

                      Although the Tigers had lost six seniors to graduation the year before and only returned one returning varsity player in Stephanie Babij coming into the 2006 through 2007 season, Buck said a lot of confidence in his new, untried team.

                      Early on, however, the Tigers proved up to the challenge when they opened regular season in the Greater Oregon League beating a ranked Baker High School team.

                      Two games later, Ontario handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season on the road, and Buck said he knew the Tigers were in good position for the rest of the season.

                      OHS grad Douglas honored, March 4, 2007

                      By Argus observer sports staff

                      Wade Douglas, a former Ontario High School standout basketball player and current player at Corban College, received an honorable mention by the Cascade Collegiate Conference for his efforts during his first season with the Warriors.

                      Douglas, a sophomore, led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and rebounding, averaging 6.7 boards per game, and shot a team-high 52.1 percent from the field.

                      Stayton girls deny Tigers trip to state, March 4, 2007

                      By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                      Two of the top three teams in the state squared off in Ontario Saturday night, with a trip to next week

                      Ontario school chief candidate for job, March 4, 2007

                      By Jennifer Colton - Argus Observer

                      Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter will interview Wednesday for the open superintendent position in the Hermiston School District.

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                      Tiger boys' season ends, February 28, 2007

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Astoria High School Fishermen escaped Ontario High School with a 59-48 win over a hungry Tiger team after hitting 14-of-17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal a 4A state boys basketball tournament opener victory Tuesday at Ontario.

                      The win sends Astoria (18-7 overall) to a second-round faceoff against Stayton Friday, while ending Ontario's season with an overall record of 8-17.

                      The victory was hard-fought for the Fishermen, however, who maintained only a slim four-point lead in the fourth quarter before Ontario sent them to the line to seal the win.

                      Local school gears up for spaghetti feed, February 28, 2007

                      Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                      The annual Alameda Spaghetti Feed will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Alameda Elementary School.

                      Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 4 through 12.

                      Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and dessert, and the event will also offer a performance by Alameda's Honor Choir and a silent auction.

                      Ontario boys honored in GOL, February 27, 2007

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      Jacob Haueter, Bryson Sap and Bryson Bottorff, cornerstones of the Ontario boys basketball program, were honored for their efforts in the 2006 through 2007 campaign.

                      All three players led Ontario to an 8-16 record and a state playoff berth.

                      Haueter, a junior, was selected as an All-Greater Oregon League first-team representative, and Sap and Bottorff were selected to represent the second team.

                      La Grande's Taylor Evans and Tim Hall were selected to the first team along with Mac-Hi's Saul Gonzalez.

                      Baker's Travis Mastrude and teammate Matt Duman round out the first-team selections for the GOL.

                      Ontario girls receive all-league accolades, February 27, 2007

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Ontario girls basketball team enjoyed an undefeated Greater Oregon League record and the Tigers were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

                      Stephanie Babij, the heart and soul of the Tigers, was honored with All-GOL Player of the Year honors, and Ontario's head coach Jon Buck was named the GOL's Coach of the Year.

                      Stephanie O'Connor was recognized for her strong defense and her deft point guard abilities with an All-GOL first- team selection.

                      Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, a junior, was named to the second team, along with teammate Tara O'Connor.

                      5-foot-9 inch senior Kristin Saito received an honorable mention for her work inside the paint.

                      Among the rest of the league, Baker's Katy Sullivan and Kate Vaughan were named to the first team along with La Grande's Mikell Woodfield. Seniors Lacey Carlson and Mackenzie Garton were selected to the first team for Mac-Hi.

                      Ontario High School is a great place to be, February 23, 2007

                      Editor,

                      Some people in the Treasure Valley seem to have a skewed perception of Ontario High School. They have the belief that perhaps nothing good will ever come of Ontario High School because it is nothing more than

                      Just imagine, February 22, 2007

                      Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                      Using everything from color shadow investigation to architectural design, elementary students throughout the Ontario School District are preparing for Destination ImagiNation, an international, interactive after school program.

                      School board approves initial school task list, February 22, 2007

                      Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                      Work to gain a professional planner's input on the direction for school buildings in the Ontario School District continues as the Ontario School Board of Directors approved a statement of work during its regular meeting Feb. 15.

                      The statement of work identifies what tasks need to be completed by the district and the contracting project manager, Crandall Arambula, Portland. The project has been identified as the

                      Tiger girls maul La Grande 46-31, February 18, 2007

                      Babij leads Ontario with 13 points JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario girls basketball team finished its last home game much the way it began - with a win.

                      Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while sisters Stephanie and Tara O'Connor scored nine and eight points respectively on the way to Ontario's 46-31 win over league opponent La Grande Friday at home.

                      Ontario jumped out to a good start the first half, with the Tigers' defense holding La Grande to minimal scoring.

                      In the first quarter, Ontario held La Grande to only six points, and in the second, La Grande scored only four. Ontario, on the other hand, scored 13 points in each to take a comfortable 26-10 cushion into the locker room at half time.

                      Ontario boys fall to La Grande 64-56, February 18, 2007

                      Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      Despite outscoring La Grande 26-15 in the fourth quarter, the Ontario boys basketball team couldn't overcome a poor first half and wound up losing to Greater Oregon League opponent La Grande 64-56 Friday night at Ontario.

                      La Grande went on a 13-5 run the first quarter to start the game and built up to a 30-16 first-half lead, which Ontario coach Scott Helmick said hurt his Tigers.

                      OSD to install new camera system at high school, February 18, 2007

                      Replacement of videotape security system will be just under $50,000    Julie Engel Argus Observer

                      Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter told the Ontario School Board Thursday night a new, computerized camera system will be installed at Ontario High School to upgrade the current antiquated videotape network.

                      The cost to replace the videotape security system is just under $50,000.

                      The funds to replace the system are in the budget, Carter told the board at its regular meeting, and the project should take place in the next few weeks.

                      The videotape system has poor quality images, Carter said, and the new system will provide more coverage with three times as many cameras throughout the school. OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said the video camera system is too old and is not going to be able to be used at another school.

                      In other school district news:

                      - Carter talked about two ideas floating around the district regarding restructuring of current educational practices.

                      For one, he said the school board could need to consider all-day kindergarten in the future. The district now offers all-day kindergarten at Alameda and May Roberts, he said, and if the Oregon Legislature approves an extra $300 million for the school budget it could help fund all-day kindergarten at the other schools.

                      Rising to the top, Febrary 15, 2007

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario High School basketball player Stephanie Babij has long been recognized locally for her talents on the basketball court. Now her abilities have gained her even greater attention.

                      Babij, a senior, is one of 20 female basketball players in Oregon to be nominated to the 2007 McDonald

                      OHS First Semester Honor Roll, February 15, 2007

                      Freshmen

                      4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Karissa Adams, Matthew Anthony, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Adam Kolbaba, Justine Maeda, Gustavo Morales, Chaz Nakamura, Tommy Pitts, Samuel Plummer, Breanna Ribeiro, Adam Roberts, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Erica Sheppard-Sykes, David Toth, Jessica Troester and Allison Yano.

                      3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Melissa Carbajal, Kylie Ceniga, Dereck Dittli, Octavio Estrada, Meganne Garner, Jessica Gastelum, Ryan Griffin, Ashley Hagon, John Hamman, Amelia Harrington, Erika Hopper, James (Riley) Horn, Derek Johnson, Seri Kimball, Shawna McAvoy, Marie Navarrete, Brady Oakes, Miguel Rios, Gloria Serrano, Dillon Starr-Jones, Anne Stults, Miren Urrea and Shelbi Widner.

                      3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Sara Bond, Eathan Branom, Carlee Breidenbach, Nayelly Corona, Ken Frahm, Nicholas Harris, Kaylee Kittleson, Brian Kasper, Jordan Lang, Francisco Machuca, Andra Martarano, Nico Martinez, Keisha Mauer, Hayley Reever, Marisela Rodriguez and Victoria Vasquez.

                      Sophomores

                      4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Christine Babij, Kamal Bagha, Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Melody Haidle, Eva Hime, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Robert Keyes, Jessica Martin, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Nagaki, Alicia Olsen, R.J. Olsen, Alexandria Osborn, Emily Price, Heather Rysenga, Sharen Stowe, Hayley Tucker, Jacob Turner and Allie Whittet.

                      3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Sonia Contreras, Lucas Christiani, Amanda Helliwell, Chelsea Kee, Alexis Martinez, Samuel McMillen, Christopher Paulsen, Ishmael Ramirez, Salvador Sanchez and (Shawn) Michael Williams.

                      3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Jose Becerril, Kimberly Boyd, Maria Castro, Jamie Cisneros, Alma Corona,Anali Escobedo, Erica Herrera, Jesus Lujan, Jordan Martinez, Ricardo Navarrete, Matthew Owens, Chalaine Reger, Kelcie Rupe, Nayeli Sanchez and Meghan Schram.

                      Juniors

                      4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Monica Adams, Britany Babcock, Jaylene Bruner, DJ Clayton, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Blair Fletcher, Omar Gutierrez, Krista Holloway, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Bradley McGowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O

                      OMS Honor Roll Second Quarter, February 15, 2007

                      Eighth grade

                      4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Alexandra Babij, Alma Barba, Jason Buttice, Rachel Corn, Enrique Cruz, Candace Diedrich, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Valerie Gallegos, Brenda Gamboa, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Jazmine Gordillo, Scotti Jo Helmick, Katie Hendon, Jose Hernandez, Holly Hopkins, Jonathan Hovey, Allie Huska, Jesse Jacuinde-Deleon, Ericka Johnson, Alexander Kameshige, Taylor Laubacher, Amanda Martin, Britney Martinez, Annika Olsen, Ali Patton, Laura J. Reyes, Karen Rodriguez, Mariah Saldivar, Cristian Sanchez, Kiley Shipley, Mariah Strobeck, Crista Strong, Berenice Trapero, Jennifer Yano and Jacob Ybarra.

                      3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Cassandra Arias, Anthony Barron, Bradly Brewer, Melissa Buhlinger, Selena Carrasco, Carmen Corona, Katie Cummings, Andrea DeLaCruz, Rick Falk, Amber Fillman, Leslie Gonzalez, Sharianne Hart, Kristina Henderson, Kaila Hendon, Troy Henricks, Ashlie Hoffman, Shu Hua Huang, Luis Ibal, Eduardo Lopez, Jose Morales, Issaic Pena, Maricela Ramirez Perez, Paola Robles, Rubi Rojas, Juanita Roque, Mercedee Schwartz, Shawndelle Smith, Cody Spang, Antonio Trejo, Hayley White and Ren Wilson.

                      3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Gerardo Arias, Manuel Becerra, Yolanda Cano, Vianca Carrillo, Jorden Ceniga, Henry Christiani, Jazmine Cruz, Tyler Ferguson, Keiton Gill, Cody Gray, Ryan Kee, Kayla Mable, Andrew Maeda, Connor Mahony, Chyanne McGraw, Brian Navarrete, Matthew Oliva, Edgar Rojas Perez, Stephen Pileggi, Maricella Ramirez Soto, Katrina Rangel, Jace Salutregui and Cheyanne Tyler.

                      Seventh grade


                      4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Samantha Almodovar, Moses Alvarez, Hayley Baysinger, Maria Benites, Miranda Bourasa, Emilee Brockett, Veronica Carrington, Nicholas Cheatham, Jacob Corey-Merrill, Jillian Cote, Rebecca Dodson, Lila Elamry, Elena Farley, Kiara Gillett, Mikayla Keerins Guzman, Katie Haueter, Kendra Hiramatsu, Patrick Hopman, Kylie Iseri, Jade Iseri-Ramos, Jordyn Kessler, Garrett Kitamura, Gabrielle Kovach, Fani Lopez, Miguel Lujan, Anthony Machuca, Amanda Martarano, Kierston Martz, Patrick McCartan, Angela Monroe, Marivel Moreno, Angie Nagaki, Andrea Navarrete, Christopher Navarrete, Hunter Oakes, Aurelia Olsen, Katlin Plummer, Samuel Povar, Yaquelin Romero, Iovani Salgado, Frankie Sesker, Eunice Smith, Matt Smith, Trevor Smith, Denum Springer, Vanessa Suarez, Sam Sutton, Joshua Tolman, Tyson Trainor, Kayla Troester, Hailee Turner, Stephanie Vargas, Bailey White, Tiffani White, Kierston Wilson and Treya Yano.

                      3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Jason Alvarado, Darian Barber, Monica Cedillo, Kaylee Contreras, Paul Erlebach, Nicole Fuentes, Cassandra Garcia, Reuben Garcia, Kishi Gibbs, Karina Graves, Brooke Harriman, Caden Hartley, Braulio Morales, Ashleigh Palmer, Vanessa Rodriguez, Demetreus Ronneburg and Ruby Zazueta.

                      3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Brady Baker, Haley Barrett, Rodolfo Baustista, Scott Bentz, Brooke Bergam, Alicia Chavez, Juan Hernandez, Samantha Jennings, Chelsie Little, Sabrina Long, Devin Martinez, Codi Myers, Job Ochoa-Gonzalez, Kimberly Retamosa, Kaycee Suitter, Kieli Tracy and Kelon Waters.

                      Sixth Grade

                      4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Kaycee Alcoser, Aaron Alexander, Tanner Alexander, Evencio Bautista, Molly Bond, Julia Brown, Andrew Camarena, Allison Cammack, Olivia Christiani, Reilly Collins, Sara Dockter, Michael Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Garrit Esplin, David Garner, Jannet Gastelum, Alloara Gauvain, Logan Hall, Jackie Harden, Ardella Hopman, Megh Huska, Ixia Johnson, Natalie Juarez, Delaney Kee, Jessica Lang, Emily Maeda, Kole Nakamura, Keston Nelson, Riley Newgen, Edgar Nunez, Eric Nunez, Katie Phelps, William Price, Iesha Ramirez, Yenni Ramirez, Jasmine Reyna, Roxanna Robles, Blanca Romero, Mayra Santana, Brityn Sauer, Anna Serano, Dianna Shigeta, Cody Smith, Ashton Stark, Joseph Suarez, Eric Tatlock, Christopher Torres, Ana Tovar, Airlen Trumble, Trampis Waite, Jacob Waller and London Wettstein.

                      3.75-3.50 G.P.A.: Marilyn Barba, Jaden Barber, Kirsten Bauer, Monique Cheatam, Jessica Cuna Colchado, Ivana Davila, Kenzie Deiter, Laura DeLaCruz, Victor Diedrich, Evan Erlebach, Cecilia Escobedo, Eric Fogle, Sebastian Gallegos, Drake Herrera, Larry Lewin, Aidan Mahoney, Briana Mejia, Armando Mendez, Valdemar Mendez, Kayleigh Pearce, Michelle Perez, Hannah Prentiss, Vicki Rivera, Irvin Rodriguez, Payton Ruberti, Hailey Skinner, Megan Sokolik, Justin Strong, Eli Toombs and Clarissa Vasquez-Valadez.

                      3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Zach Acree, Carmen Banuelos (Gonzalez), Mayte Barrios Sanchez, Vianca Corona, Chaz Davis, Joseph Delgado, James Dionne, Austin Edwards, Jessica Galicia, Selena Gallegos, Brianna Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Oscar Lopez, Max Maeda, Derek Martin, Derek Maus, Scotty Morton, Jessica Navarrete, Gloria Olsen, Ryan Reever, Landon Saito, Jonathan Taroy, Micaela Thomas, Lacey Waters and Tristin Wishard.

                      Ontario girls claim GOL title, February 14, 2007

                      Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      The Ontario girls basketball team secured the Greater Oregon League championship title Tuesday after defeating the Baker Bulldogs 49-35 in GOL action at Ontario.

                      Ontario head coach Jon Buck said the Tigers again played with great defense to earn them the win.

                      Tigers fall to Bulldog, February, 14, 2007

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Jacob Haueter scored 23 points to lead the game, but the Ontario boys basketball team fell at the hands of Greater Oregon League opponent Baker 67-59 anyway Tuesday at Ontario High School.

                      Haueter was the only Tiger to have a significant impact on the scoreboard, hitting five shots from the field, including three 3's, and shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during the game.

                      Despite his team showing moments of solid play, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said Baker's rebounding finally got the best of the Tigers in the second half, giving them plenty of opportunity to score from the paint.

                      Local players selected for East-West Shrine game, February 13, 2007

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      Six local football players will highlight this year

                      Ontario girls defeat Mac-Hi during weekend, February 12, 2007

                      Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      The Ontario girls basketball team is one win away from the Greater Oregon League crown.

                      Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Ontario to the 39-28 win over Mac-Hi in GOL action Saturday in McLoughlin.

                      Even though the Tigers committed 20 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the field, Ontario was able to scratch out a tough road win from the charity stripe.

                      The Tigers shot 15-of-17 from the line, while the Pioneers hit 12-of-20.

                      Tigers win 4A tourney, February 11, 2007

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Ontario wrestling team qualified 13 grapplers for the state tournament and also came away from La Grande with its first district title in four years, chalking up 307.5 team points and beating host La Grande by 33 points.

                      Tom Martinez (125) scored a 17-2 technical decision over Andrew Gettle, Baker, in the finals to solidify his spot at state. Chase Fields (112) won the individual title over teammate Nico Martinez as the two also earned state berths. Ten other wrestlers, including Juvenal Carrillo and Andrew Burnett (103), Danny Nunez (119), David Rangel (130), Andres Hernandez (135), Derek Galligar (140), Frank Lopez (145), Casey Erlebach (152), Anthony Rangel (189) and Mike Ortiz (215) all punched their tickets for the state competition.

                      Tiger defense stops La Grande, February 7, 2007

                       Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      The Ontario girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscles Tuesday, holding the La Grande Tigers to 23 percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers in Ontario

                      Tigers rout Pioneers, February 4, 2007

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The running and gunning Ontario girls basketball team forced 24 turnovers and pestered Mac-Hi into shooting a miserable 15-of-48 from the field in its 61-41 win Saturday in Ontario.

                      Chili feed marks another successful year, February 4, 2007

                      Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                      Over 900 spoons dipped into hundreds of bowls of chili Thursday night at Cairo Elementary School during the annual Cairo Chili Feed. Including 500 take-home orders, the school served 1,393 meals.

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                      Tiger boys fall in close game, January 31, 2007

                      Argus Observer sports staff

                      The Ontario boys basketball team put up a good fight but came away with a 59-54 loss to league opponent Baker Tuesday at Baker City.

                      Despite the loss, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick was more positive about Tuesday

                      Tigers trounce Baker, January 31, 2007

                       Argus Observer sports staff

                      The Ontario girls basketball team defeated league rival Baker City for the second time this season, defeating the Bulldogs 59-44 in Greater Oregon League action Tuesday at Baker City.

                      Ontario coach Jon Buck said the matchup was a

                      Area leaders discuss future school building blueprint, January 31, 2007

                       Julie Engel   Argus Observer

                      Ideas from key players in Malheur County and the city of Ontario about the future of school buildings flowed freely at a special work session of the Ontario School Board of Directors Monday.

                      The session focused on plans to bring consultants to Ontario through the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to help the board decide on a direction for its school buildings.

                      The board chose two representatives for the Ontario School District to make initial contact with the ODLCD

                      Ontario girls rout hapless La Grande, January 28, 2007

                      Babij scores 16 in Tigers' 54-27 win RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      So much for being the underdogs.

                      The No. 8-ranked Ontario Tigers forced 23 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points, and defeated La Grande 54-27 in Greater Oregon League girls basketball Friday in Ontario.

                      Tigers shock Nyssa Bulldogs fall to Ontario 58-48, January 28, 2007

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      After losing 70-48 to La Grande Friday, the Ontario boys basketball team rebounded in style.

                      Jacob Haueter hit nine shots and all four of his free throws attempts for 25 points to lead the Tigers to a 58-48 win over Nyssa Saturday.

                      School board reviews Julie Engel, January 24, 2007

                      Argus Observer

                      The saying

                      Ontario ordinance targets middle school crime, Janurary 24, 2007

                      Andy Gates   Argus Observer

                      Four Ontario Middle School students have been cited by police for disrupting the school process since a new city ordinance was activated Dec. 20, and three students have been expelled so far this school year.

                      The Ontario City Council passed an ordinance in late November which gave police the authority to cite juveniles in Ontario

                      Prep Girls Roundup, January 24, 2007

                      Ontario girls defeat Baker    Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      The Ontario girls basketball team earned a key win Tuesday, opening its Greater Oregon League season with a 53-47 victory over the previously undefeated Baker Bulldogs at Ontario High School.

                      The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs for all but one quarter, but maintained enough of a lead throughout to hold off Baker

                      Tiger wrestlers sweep Payette, Vale, January 24, 2007

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario Tigers are officially on the winning track.

                      They needed 10 forfeits and five pins in their tri-dual meet sweep against Payette and Vale to do the trick.

                      Ontario defeated Payette 57-24 and slipped past Vale 45-32 Tuesday in nonleague wrestling action in Vale.

                      Tigers take a tumble, January 24, 2007

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario boys basketball team held its own with the Baker Bulldogs for two quarters but ultimately fell 72-52 in the opening game of Greater Oregon League play Tuesday at Ontario.

                      Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said his team knew the Bulldogs would be tough, and they didn

                      Crucial program, January 23, 2007

                      Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                      Tigers ready to rumble, Janurary 23, 2007

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Although the Ontario girls basketball team has racked up a combined record of 136-39 and three Co-Greater Oregon League titles in the past five years, the Tigers enter league play tonight against Baker High School in a different role.

                      As the underdog.

                      Baker, La Grande and Mac-Hi are the hunted in 2007, while Ontario looks forward to its new role as the hunter.

                      OHS senior receives congressional nomination, January 23, 2007

                      Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                      Thanks to a special nomination, Ontario High School senior Cody Ables could soon be a Falcon - the mascot to the United States Air Force Academy.

                      Oregon U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, announced last week he had nominated Ables for acceptance into the academy.

                      Board of directors reviews plans, Janurary 22, 2007

                      The Ontario School Board has just completed its annual meetings with the Site Councils of the district

                      Tiger wrestlers split home meet Ontario beats Marsing, loses to Vallivue Friday, January 21, 2007

                      Ronald Bond Argus Observer

                      The Ontario wrestling team split a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Marsing 44-36 before falling to Vallivue's grapplers 52-11.

                      In the opener against Marsing, the Tigers scored eight wins, with five coming by forfeit, and held off a scrappy, yet undermanned Marsing squad. The Huskies racked up six wins of their own, including four pins.

                      Ontario School Board garners grant update, January 21, 2007

                      Julie Engel Argus Observer

                      The libraries throughout the Ontario School District have received 5,400 new books through a grant from the United States Department of Education.

                      OSD School Improvement Specialist Sherri Hironaka presented a grant update to the Ontario School District Board of Directors at its regular meeting Thursday night.

                      The third time really is the charm, she said, as the district received the

                      Hearings completed in school gun case, January 18, 2007

                      Andy Gates Argus Observer

                      Expulsion hearings ended Tuesday for two Ontario Middle School students in connection to a December incident where a handgun was allegedly brought into the school and passed around to other students.

                      However, a final expulsion decision has not yet been made.

                      Ontario Middle School parents may receive letters regarding the incident, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Tuesday.

                      No letters have been sent out yet, Carter said, but letters may explain the incident and remind parents to not let children bring weapons to school.

                      Schools in Oregon are not required to disseminate letters to parents detailing guns-in-school incidents, Oregon Department of Education Spokesman Gene Evans said last week.

                      It is unclear why letters were not sent out directly after the incident. Carter said he did not have an answer as to why the district did not inform parents about the December incident by letter.

                      Information regarding the incident was relayed to the Argus Observer by a concerned resident last week, almost a month after it occurred.

                      Carter said last week that a student brought a handgun into the middle school and other students had their hands on the weapon.

                      An expulsion decision will probably be made within the next couple of days, Carter said.

                      Ontario police cited a 12-year-old boy in connection to the incident. The youth was cited for the felony crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building, Ontario Police Department Capt. Mark Alexander said Friday.

                      Ontario Police Chief Mike Kee said Tuesday the youth was arraigned on the possession charge in December.

                      It is unclear, though, how his case has progressed through court

                      Nyssa girls seek revenge over Tigers, January 16, 2007

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      For the past two seasons, the Ontario girls basketball team has been the bully and the Nyssa Bulldogs have been the beneficiary of several beat-downs.

                      Last year was especially sour for Nyssa, which lost two games to Ontario by a combined score of 122-79. Nyssa head coach Gabe Fuentes was the head coach for the last four square offs, all losses for the Bulldogs and all by at least double figures.

                      So there is no shortage of history between both squads.

                      Ontario school put on state watch list, January 15, 2007

                      Andy Gates Argus Observer

                      Ontario High School was placed on a watch list, under the school safety provisions of the federal No Child Left behind Act, along with 15 other schools throughout the state, according to an October press release from the Oregon Department of Education.

                      Ontario High School was put on the list, Oregon Department of Education Communications Director Gene Evans said because the number of expulsions for weapons and violent behavior exceeded the allowable threshold for the number of students in the school.

                      Eight students out of a student body of 784 were expelled from Ontario High School, Evans said, which exceeded the threshold of one expulsion for every 100 students.

                      Three of the expulsions were for violent behavior, Evans said, and five were for weapons such as knives, but not guns.

                      As a result of the listing, the Oregon Department of Education requires schools update their violence prevention plan, and prevention specialists from the state may also consult with schools, Evans said.

                      The watch list shows that school districts take

                      OMS gun case sparks questions, January 11, 2007

                      Andy Gates Argus Observer

                      Expulsion hearings are underway for an Ontario Middle School student who brought a handgun to school in mid-December and showed it to two other students who also handled the weapon, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Wednesday.

                      Carter said a parent called police about the incident, and police informed the school.

                      Information on the incident is very limited and no press releases were issued by the Ontario Police Department or the Ontario School District.

                      The incident was relayed to the Argus Observer Wednesday by a concerned resident.

                      Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Wednesday he cannot confirm or deny that the incident occurred because he is bound by legal constraints.

                      Juvenile files are not open to the media for review, according to the Malheur County Court Clerk

                      Ontario clobbers Vikings, January 10, 2007

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Vale girls basketball team was plagued with foul trouble, which ultimately doomed the Vikings in a 68-47 loss to Ontario in nonleague play Tuesday at Ontario.

                      Vale committed 26 fouls in the game, 16 in the first half, in a closely-called game that left Viking head coach Jason Johnson frustrated.

                      Ontario boys stop Vikings, January 10, 2007

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Teamwork, tough second-half defense and solid free-throw shooting helped the Ontario Tigers get back on track.

                      Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Ontario made 15-of-19 free throws in the Tigers

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                      Oregon schools face obstacles, find success in 2006, December 31, 2006

                      Jennifer Colton  Argus Observer

                      Last year proved to be a roller coaster ride for the Ontario School District, as poor test results, safety concerns and high dropout rates marred positive events, like thriving red-ribbon week and food drives programs at Ontario Middle School, parent education and the opening of a new alternative school.
                       
                      Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said OSD will look to improve schools and focus on core concepts.

                      Ontario's Boyd honored for play, December 24, 2006

                      Tiger sophomore named Special District 7 Most Valuable Player   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      As a sophomore, Ontario girls soccer standout Kim Boyd had a breakout 2006 season. Boyd scored 13 goals, tallied four assists and led her team to an 11-2-2 overall record. The standout was rewarded for her efforts, winning three significant awards at the Tigers' year-end team banquet Wednesday.
                       
                      Boyd was named her team's best offensive player, most valuable player and she completed the trifecta after she earned Oregon's Special District 7 Most Valuable Player award.

                      Tiger wrestlers win two of five in Pasco tourney, December 22, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      Although the Ontario wrestling team didn't place, the Tigers won two duals out of five and had several wrestlers fare well at the two-day Best of the West wrestling duals at Pasco, Wash. The Tigers opened up the tournament on a good note with a 41-29 win over Bonney Lake on Wednesday.
                       
                      The Tigers won nine matches against Bonney Lake, two on decisions, two pins and a 30-12 technical fall win by Casey Erlebach (152 pounds). Chase Fields (112) won a 4-1 decision, Griffin Gundle (160) notched a 11-5 decision, while Ray Rodriguez (125) and Michael Gonzalez (135) earned first round pins. Ontario scored the rest of its points on forfeits.
                       
                      The Tigers went on to win one other time in the next four duals. Ontario next lost 72-6 to host Pasco, with Danny Nunez (119) earning all of his teams points with a second round pinfall win over Pasco's Gerardo Castro. The Tigers quickly rebounded with a close 41-38 loss to the coop team of Wahtonka-The Dalles. In that dual, the Tigers notched five forfeit wins, while Tom Martinez (130) scored a 22-7 technical fall win over Quinn Simer and teammate Toby Smith (189) scored 6-0 decision.
                       
                      Ontario then defeated Federal Way 66-16 using seven pinfall wins and three forfeits. Nico Martinez (119), Rodriguez, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Martinez, Mark Anthony (140), Erlebach, Smith and Mike Ortiz (215) all won with first round pins. Tom Martinez pinned Blake Zimmerman in 23 seconds and Ortiz did his damage to Tomson Lee in 47 seconds. In their final dual Thursday, the Tigers squared off against Toppenish and lost 47-27.
                       
                      Three of the wins were by pinfall with Nico Martinez, Tom Martinez and Smith earning the honors. Ontario's Erlebach won his final match with a 10-6 decision over Andres Chavez and teammate Michael Gonzalez won by forfeit.

                      Tigers trounce Payette, December 20, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER | Argus Observer

                      The Ontario boys basketball team outscored Payette 24-9 in the fourth quarter to seal a 74-53 win over the Pirates Tuesday night in nonleague basketball action. It was not only the second win of the season for the Tigers but the second time they beat Payette.
                       
                      Francisco Chavez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and his teammates went a perfect 14-of-14 at the charity stripe to put the game away.
                       
                      Payette coach Shawn Scow said he thought, overall, the Tigers outdistanced the Pirates in the final stanza.

                      Ontario girls defeat Vale, December 20, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Maybe the coaches should scrap the weekly film study. Both Vale and Ontario's girls basketball teams combined to shoot 36-of-107 from the field and committed 37 turnovers, but the Tigers were able to walk away with the 54-46 win over the Vikings Tuesday in nonleague action in Vale.
                       
                      Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter, and the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to end with a 19-11 first quarter lead. That's all Ontario needed as both squads battled to a 35-35 draw through the next three quarters.

                      New buses set for district, December 17, 2006

                      Julie Engel Argus Observer

                      Every year the Ontario School District must acquire two new buses because of a 150,000-mile, 12-year replacement schedule. The Ontario School Board approved the purchase of those two buses at its regular meeting Thursday night.
                       
                      The buses will be more expensive this year because of new and stringent emission standards, OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said. In addition to an extra $6,500 per bus, Clinton said the buses will be about two months late as a result of the emission standard changes. The buses will probably not be purchased before the end of the fiscal year, OSD Superintendent Dennis Carter said.
                       
                      As a result, Carter said board members will need to factor in those two buses plus two more in the next budget year. In other Ontario School District news, Personnel Director Carole Kitamura presented the debut of a secondary literacy project to the board. A handful of people in the Ontario School District attended a training in November through a $10,000 Oregon Department of Education/COSA State Improvement Grant - Supporting All Students in Reading.
                       
                      Kitamura said the aim of the grant is to teach administrators to address their own literacy issues throughout a particular district.
                       
                      The group completed the first step of the grant by collecting data from sixth- through ninth-grade students with an oral reading fluency screening, she said. Once the data is compiled, Kitamura said they will bring the information to another meeting with grant organizers to determine the implications of the data.

                      OMS student food drive hits a high gear, December 17, 2006

                       Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                      In a little more than a week, Ontario Middle School students brought in 3,000 food items during their annual food drive.

                      Ontario girls end tourney with win, December 17, 2006

                      Argus Observer sports staff

                      The Ontario girls basketball team rebounded from a 45-28 loss to Stayton and ended the Junction City tournament with a 55-52 win over host Junction City Saturday.
                       
                      Four different Tigers hit double figures, and Alla Dzhidzhidyeshvili had an all-around game with 15 points, three assist and three steals.

                      Tiger girls win tourney opener, December 15, 2006

                      Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      The Ontario girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Cottage Grove 43-32 in the opening round of the Junction City tournament Thursday night.
                       
                      Cottage Grove came out strong and took a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter, but the Tigers fought back to take the lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Still, head coach Jon Buck said, Ontario didn't put the game away until the fourth quarter when the Tigers outscored Cottage Grove 11-4.
                       
                      The Tigers took a 10-point lead at one point in the fourth stanza after Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Stephanie Babij hit back-to-back threes to help seal the win.

                      Weiser boys shut down Ontario, December 13, 2006

                      Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      The Weiser boys basketball team outscored the Ontario Tigers 44-26 in the first half on the way to a 75-57 win in nonleague action Tuesday night.
                       
                      Up 18-14 going into the second quarter, the game remained close until the Wolverines broke it open, outscoring Ontario 26-12 to give them their 44-26 halftime lead.

                      Tigers full of surprises in 2006, December 12, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario football team came back from a dismal 2005 season to dominate in 2006, and the future looks bright for the Tigers.
                       
                      The Ontario Tigers wrapped up the season with an 8-4 record, losing in the 4A state semifinals to Siuslaw Dec. 2.

                      Tigers maul Wildcats, December 10, 2006

                      Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      Stephanie Babij scored a game high 23 points as the Ontario girls rolled over Columbia 78-19 Saturday night at Ontario High School.
                       
                      Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili chipped 16 points and had nine steals, and Stephanie O'Connor added 14 points and six steals.

                      Tigers dominate Wolverines, December 8, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario girls basketball team improved its record to 4-0 after dominating Weiser in nonleague basketball action Thursday, defeating the Wolverines 53-36 at Ontario High School.
                       
                      The Tigers outscored Weiser 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-18 halftime lead and held the Wolverines to only two points in the third to stretch their lead to 40-20 going into the fourth.
                       
                      At one point Ontario enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 44-20 before Weiser made its last comeback of the night. The Wolverines outscored Ontario 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but their last push came too late to change the final outcome.

                      OHS students pitch in to make food drive a success, December 8, 2006

                      Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                      Honey bear guards, staggered walls and a blue ramen-package waterfall stood out on the

                      Columbia boys hold off Ontario, December 8, 2006

                      Argus Observer sports staff

                      Ontario

                      A bright outlook, December 7, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team features many new looks for the upcoming season. Unlike last season's Tiger squad, which featured six seniors and finished 15-10 overall, only two seniors return this year. This season's team boasts a lot of new, younger faces who will see a lot of action on the court. Those players are also full of enthusiasm who are ready to work hard, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said.

                      Tigers sink Pirates, December 6, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario boys basketball team overcame a 14-point deficit and scored 33 fourth-quarter points to come from behind and beat Payette 61-56 Tuesday in Payette. Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, and Jacob Haueter added nine of his 18 total to help put the Tigers up for good. Down 42-28 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers switched up their defense to stymie the Pirates, force turnovers and open up scoring opportunities. After the switch,

                      Ontario went on a 14-0 run in less than three minutes and eventually tied things up at 42 with 5:40 left on the clock. Although Payette took a slight lead again, the Tigers never let the game slip away from them and took the lead for good with 52 seconds left on the clock after a put-back shot and successful free throw by Chavez put them up 57-56.

                      After that, Ontario secured the win at the charity stripe on free throws by Haueter while Payette was held scoreless.

                      Ontario grapplers ready to hit the mat, December 4, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario wrestling team took its lumps last year, but is now a year older and wiser as it enters the 2006 campaign. Because football season is still in full swing, Ontario head coach Charlie Anthony has handed the reigns over to assistant coaches Dave Parsons and Jeremy Roberts, who are running practices for the time being, Anthony said.

                      Ontario smokes Nampa Christian, December 1, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      If the first two games are any indication, the Ontario girls basketball team is the real deal. Two days after defeating the defending 3A champion Burns Hilanders 57-47, the Tigers backed that up with a 79-44 drubbing of nonleague opponent Nampa Christian Thursday in Ontario. Five different Tigers scored in double-digits and senior standout Stephanie Babij scored a team-high 21 points and led the way with eight rebounds in 29 minutes of floor time.

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                      Turning up the heat, November 30, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Many high school sports fans didn't envision this, except maybe the Ontario Tigers football team. The Tigers (8-3 overall) are among the final four in the 4A state football championships, and they next square off against undefeated Siuslaw (11-0) of the Far West League Saturday at noon PST on the turf at Hillsboro Stadium. Siuslaw enters Saturday's action after shutting out Central 27-0 in quarterfinal action last Saturday and has shut out their opponents four times this season.

                      Defense is the name of the game for the Vikings, who have allowed a paltry 56 points in their 11 games this season, and in the playoffs they have outscored their opponents (Cottage Grove and Central) by a 82-7 clip.
                       

                      Ontario holds off Hidden Valley, November 26, 2006

                       Deena Manning - Daily Courier

                      Seventh-ranked Hidden Valley saw more than enough of Ontario

                      Ontario looks to take charge, November 22, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      What a turnaround it has been for the Ontario football team. Last year, the Tigers finished 1-8 overall and struggled to find their way, but this year the Tigers are entering uncharted territory. For the first time since 1997, the Tigers are in the quarterfinals round after defeating Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 in their opening game Nov. 18. Ontario (7-3) will now square off against Hidden Valley Saturday at 2 p.m. PST on the turf at Grants Pass High School. Hidden Valley finished in first place in the Skyline League and stands at 9-2 overall.

                      The Mustangs have won four games in a row by a combined margin of 145 to 42, and for the season they have racked up 308 points, while only giving up 150. The Mustangs are entering Saturday's quarterfinals action after defeating defending 3A state champion Marist 31-21 in second round action last Friday.

                      The quarterfinals berth is the furthest the Mustangs have advanced in school history. Hidden Valley has been running on all cylinders, using the duo of 6-foot-2 inch, 190-pound quarterback L.B. Draper and 6-foot-4 inch, 205-pound receiver Jordan Van Cleave.

                      Other weapons at Draper's disposal will be 6-foot-1 inch, 210-pound tight end/ split end Dustin Mathews and standout running back Jules DeVos. DeVos is entering action after posting 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Marist.

                      Ontario players named All-GOL, November 21, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      Ontario running back Loren Stewart led the Tigers on the field all season, and was greatly rewarded for his efforts. The junior was one of 14 Tigers selected to the Greater Oregon League all-league team.
                       
                      Stewart was recognized as the Offensive Three Way Player of the Year and was also named first team all-GOL at running back.

                      The Score, November 19, 2006

                      Second annual

                      Tigers tear up Yamhill, November 19, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                      Ontario's Bryson Sap just had one of those days. The junior quarterback ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, added another through the air and also forced a fumble to help Ontario come back from a 28-21 halftime deficit to defeat Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 at Tiger Stadium in Ontario.
                       

                      Making a connection, November 19, 2006

                      For three decades, Gary Thompson has taught chemistry and physics to Oregon high school students. Now in his 19th consecutive year at Ontario High School, the veteran teacher still connects with his students by making chemistry and physics fun despite changing technology.

                      Ontario Tigers ready to roar, November 17, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      As they enter the second round of the 4A state football playoffs, the Ontario Tigers look to continue to build upon their improvement over last year's 1-8 mark. Their first playoff game in two years, will be against Yamhill-Carlton Saturday afternoon in Ontario at 2 p.m. Saturday's match up will be the team'sfirst playoff game for Ontario since the 2004 season.
                       
                      Yamhill-Carlton,the second place team out ofthe Cowapa League, comes in having won four of their last five games and hold a record of 8-2 overall. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a margin of 374-210 on the season.

                      Ontario School District thanks Heinz Frozen Foods, November 17, 2006

                      May Roberts Elementary would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Heinz Frozen Foods. Heinz continues to show great support to the school and recently gave a generous financial donation. Our thanks to Heinz.
                       
                      OMS success is back The OMS Success Bakers are back. Let them do your Thanksgiving baking. This year they will be creating the

                      Grad party slated, November 17, 2006

                      Plans for the Graduation Night Senior Party have begun and a web page with details, registration forms and other important information has been published. Seniors and their parents should review the link entitled "2007 Senior Class Party

                      Ontario School Board OK s resolutions regarding funds, November 17, 2006

                      Julie Engel   Argus Observer
                       
                      The Ontario School Board passed two resolutions adding grant funds to the 2006 to 2007 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night. The Ontario School District received a $4,000 K-3 Statewide Literacy Outreach grant to pay for a training workshop teachers attended Thursday and Friday, Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said.

                      The district sent 10 teachers to the workshops held in Pendleton, she said, which focus on getting the most from core reading programs.

                      School board retreat nets results, November 13, 2006

                      - From the Ontario School Board   Special to the Argus Observer
                       
                      On Saturday, Oct. 28, the 8C District School Board met to review the five objectives it developed based on the community survey and prior board discussions. Those goals are: improving communication with our schools and between the district and patrons; building and maintenance needs; improving curriculum; building employee morale; and increasing Hispanic/Latino parent participation.
                       
                      Communication Communication within our schools and with district patrons is important. The board will develop better means of gathering community input through methods such as: better publication of activities; aggressive information and idea gathering; e-mail; blogs; question and answer sessions; and electronic drop boxes.
                       
                      Building and Maintenance Needs The need for school building maintenance and middle and high school building improvement was discussed. The community's voice, through the bond vote and subsequent survey, was carefully considered.
                       
                      The board believes it must refine its understanding of the condition of school facilities, the financial means of our community and the opportunities and obligations presented by these facts. Improvement of school facilities requires careful planning and a great deal of community input and understanding. Coordination with the city of Ontario, community leaders and county and state agencies is essential if a positive result is to be achieved.
                       
                      Curriculum Improvement Consideration and review of curriculum is ongoing. Improvement of academic performance is essential if our students are going to be prepared for college or vocational schools. Careful analysis of the reasons leading to current unacceptable AYP scores is also occurring. Improvement in Ontario students' test scores and preparation for post-secondary programs will occur only if the causes of their current performance are addressed.
                       
                      Employee Morale The board is concerned with teacher and employee morale and discussed the need for better listening, celebration of successes, attendance at school board meetings and visits of buildings and school sites as ways to interact with staff.
                       
                      The board wishes to recognize our outstanding staff and improve the relationship between staff and the board. Increasing Parent Participation Identifying children at risk for academic failure and those with social problems is key to improving academic scores and ensuring safe schools.
                       
                      The board is considering ideas to strengthen relationships with families, especially in the Hispanic/Latino community. An advisory group of interested Hispanic/Latino community members could improve the board's understanding of cultural differences and suggest ways to increase Hispanic/Latino parent participation at school.
                       
                      The board knows that our kids will be best served if we continue to seek community input and carefully utilize the information. While this board can suggest, guide, support and promote, it cannot take the place of involved parents. Please, come to our board meetings, talk to board members and volunteer to help at school. By working together, we can be an effective part of our children's education.

                      Plans underway for annual OHS senior graduation party, November 13, 2006

                      The parents of Ontario High School seniors have started planning the annual graduation party, to be held all night May 27. Parents interested in assisting with the plans are invited to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, in the OHS library. For more information, please contact Mary Hamman at (541) 889-4767, or Melody Davis at (541) 889-4044.

                      Ontario girls, boys lose at state, November 8, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                       
                      After an opening round win against Seaside, the Ontario girls soccer team had its season cut short, suffering a 4-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                       
                      The Tigers weren't able to generate many scoring opportunities and only tallied two shots on goal, where the Aardvarks put up 13.

                      Ontario swept by Henley, November 5, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Ontario volleyball team's stay in the 4A Oregon state tournament was short-lived, as the Tigers lost to Henley in 3 games Saturday night in Henley. Henley jumped out to an early 10-1 lead in the first game, and went on to take the game 25-12.
                       
                      Ontario played tough in game two, but fell 25-21, before also falling in game three, 25-20.

                      Ontario Tigers fall flat in Baker City, November 5, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Baker City football team scored 33 points in the second quarter on the way to a 61-26 blowout victory over Ontario Friday night.
                       
                      With the win the Bulldogs claimed the Greater Oregon League title. Bulldog quarterback Derek Howerton led the offensive onslaught with four touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and 222 yards total. Teammates Travis Mastrude and Grant Johnson each hauled in a pair of scoring passes for Baker City.
                       
                      For Ontario, Loren Stewart led the way, scoring all four Tiger touchdowns and rushing for 167 yards, including an 88-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 90-yard kickoff return in the second stanza.

                      Tigers sneak past Seaside, November 5, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER  ARGUS OBSERVER

                      A late, second-period goal by Ontario's Salvador Sanchez gave the Tigers the edge they needed to put away the Seaside Seagulls 2-1 in boys 4A opening round state soccer Saturday at Ontario.

                      The win advances Ontario to the state soccer second round while Seaside's season was cut short. With about 12 minutes left in Saturday's game, Sanchez's quick shot to the left side of the goal as Seaside goalkeeper John Morgan dove right unknotted the 1-1 tie and swung the momentum in the Tigers' favor for good.

                      Up until the second period, the game looked promising for the Seagulls, who scored quick and early on a Justin Morgan goal. Seaside coach Jon Broderick said he thought the Seagulls, who held off Ontario well during the first half, had a shot of pulling together a 1-0 win.
                       

                      Ontario blanks Sutherlin in opener, November 5, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammates Christina Markee and Keila Nelson added one each to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout over Sutherlin in first round 4A girls soccer state action Saturday in Ontario.
                       
                      Sutherlin, playing in the state tournament for the first time, ended its season with the loss, while Ontario advances to play Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                       
                      Ontario took control of the game early after Boyd scored two minutes in with an assist by Markee. She posted Ontario's second goal of the afternoon after she was fouled in the box in the 12th minute, and her penalty kick hit its mark. The Tigers' play slowed down after they took their 2-0 lead, and the teams fought for possession the rest of the half.
                       
                      The second half featured much of the same, although Markee found the goal in the 57th minute. Jennifer Reyes started the play with a pass to Boyd whose shot bounced off the goal straight to Markee who finished it off. Reyes and Boyd were credited with assists on the play.
                       
                      Nelson's shot iced the game for Ontario in the last minute of the game.

                      Tigers rally to triumph, November 2, 2006

                       JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Despite an early two-game deficit, the Ontario volleyball team overcame a poor performance to defeat Pleasant Hill 3-2 in the loser-out first round of the 4A state volleyball tournament Wednesday.
                       
                      After losing the first two games 25-22 and 25-11, the Tigers cleaned up their hitting, which coach Rod Williams said was all Ontario needed to do to play well. He said climbing out of a 2-0 hole would have been harder if the Tigers were playing their best and not making many mistakes, but that wasn't the case.

                      Tigers send six runners to state, November 1, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      Ontario cross country standout Matt Rankin is in a class of his own. Rankin finished first in Saturday's 4A district cross country meet in Baker with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds, over La Grande's Johnny Bullock (17:44).

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                      Ontario Tigers stuff La Grande 41-28, October 29, 2006

                      Ontario claims state playoff slot   JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                       The Ontario football team guaranteed its spot in the 4A state football playoffs with a 41-28 win over the La Grande Tigers Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Ontario needs only to beat Baker City Friday at Baker to claim the Greater Oregon League title all-out and the No. 1 seed from the GOL to the state playoffs.
                       
                      If the Tigers lose and La Grande beats Mac-Hi, Ontario will take the No. 2 seed to the state playoffs, and the league title will be determined by points scored.

                      Ontario falls to La Grande Thursday, October 27, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                       
                      Another match, another disappointing finish for the Ontario volleyball team Thursday in La Grande.

                      The Tigers lost in four games to La Grande in Greater Oregon League action in La Grande. Ontario couldn't get started on the right foot and lost the first two games, 25-21 and 25-14, before winning the third game 25-22.
                       
                      La Grande dominated the fourth game 25-9, sending Ontario packing. Tara Alvarado led with 17 digs and teammate Tara O'Connor dropped nine kills for Ontario. Once again, Stephanie O' Connor did everything possible to spark the team, to no avail.

                      Ontario sends Pioneers packing, October 22, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER    ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario football team secured its first league win Friday with a 57-20 rout of Greater Oregon League opponent Maclaughlin High School at Tiger Stadium. An early fourth-quarter 5-yard touchdown run by Tad Anzaldua and successful point-after kick, iced the win, giving the Tigers an insurmountable 57-7 lead.
                       
                      Once Ontario reached that bench-mark, the 45-point mercy rule took effect, and the scoreboard clock only stopped for official timeouts. The Pioneers scored twice in the fourth quarter, having put up their first points in the first quarter on a 55-yard run by Jeffrey Stallings, but the clock ticked off the final seconds of the game before the Pioneers kicked their last point-after attempt.

                      Ontario Tigers fall short, October 18, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario junior Stephanie O' Connor just had one of those nights as she led the Tigers with 25 assists, 23 digs, 10 kills and six service aces, but the rest of the Ontario volleyball team bumbled, stumbled and jumbled its way to a four-game loss to La Grande on senior night Tuesday in Ontario.

                      The night began with some emotional pregame festivities thanking seniors Tara Alvarado, Jordan Bainbridge, Rebecca McDannel, Tara O'Connor, Kristin Saito and Sami Stone for their hard work and dedication to Ontario athletics.
                       
                      The emotions were high and the stage was set. The Ontario Tigers used the emotion to their advantage, and started out by doing things right, using passing, teamwork and solid hitting to win the first game, 25-21. The momentum shifted in the second game, and Ontario's game came apart.
                       
                      Attempted spikes hit the net, passes missed their mark and communication unravelled.

                      Ontario volleyball clinches state berth, October 16, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Ontario volleyball squad clinched a spot in the state championship tournament for the third year in a row after sweeping past the Mac-Hi Pioneers in Greater Oregon League action in Milton-Freewater Saturday.
                       
                      The Tigers fought a close battle in the first game to start things out and slipped past with a 25-21 win. In the second game, the Tigers found their stride and dominated 25-14, before taking the win with a 25-15 win in the third game.

                      Ontario School Board opposes Measures 41, 45 and 48, October 16, 2006

                      Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                      The Ontario School Board passed three resolutions opposing Oregon Ballot Measures 41, 45 and 48 at a special meeting Thursday night.
                       
                      The Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors passed similar resolutions at its September board meeting opposing the same three measures. Measures 41 and 48 will affect funding for school districts in the state, and Measure 45 will limit terms for legislators and senators.
                       
                      Measure 41 will cause a reduction in tax collections by matching up state income tax deductions with federal deductions, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said. The measure would reduce state revenues by $815 million, which in turn would cut educational funds by $350 million, OSBA Legislative and Public Affairs Specialist David Williams said Friday.
                       
                      The state expenditure for kindergarten through 12th grade school districts is 46 percent of Oregon's general fund, Williams said. The federal government only provides about 25 percent of school district funding, Williams said, with the rest of the 75 percent coming through the Oregon Legislature.

                      As for Ontario, Carter said the impact of Measure 41 would be about $2 million in revenues lost in the 2007 to 2009 biennium. That loss translates into a cut of 16 teachers in the school district per year, or 32 teachers in the biennium, Ontario School District Director of Personnel Carol Kitamura said.
                       
                      The Ontario School District currently has 175 teachers. Measure 48 is a spending limit proposal that would restrict state spending to the percentage of population increase plus inflation. The estimated affect on the state's educational budget is $4.9 billion for the biennium, Carter said, with Ontario's cut anywhere from $2.2 million to almost $5 million.
                       
                      Under Measure 48 the Ontario School District could lose anywhere from 32 to 72 teachers in the biennium depending on the final amount taken from the budget, Kitamura said.
                       
                      If both Measure 41 and 48 did pass, the cut in teachers would be cumulative but it would not result in the total loss of 104 teachers, Carter said. The problem with Measure 48, Carter said, is the state has gone through a recession, and if the spending limit is capped at the previous biennium entities become stuck in the low period.

                      Tigers suffer third straight loss, October 11, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                      Hoping for redemption against a tough Baker City volleyball squad, the Ontario volleyball team instead suffered its third-straight conference loss as the Bulldogs swept the Tigers 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17 in Ontario Tuesday. It was the second time the undefeated Bulldogs (4-0 Greater Oregon League, 7-0 overall) swept the Tigers this season.
                       
                      With the loss, Ontario drops to 1-3 in the GOL, 8-4 overall. Unforced errors, giving up unearned points to Baker City to score, were the Tigers' downfall Tuesday night.
                       
                      The Tigers committed a whopping 30 unforced errors in the match - 18 hitting, seven serving and five receiving errors.

                      Area athletes race in Ontario meet, October 6, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      Ontario's Matt Rankin once again put his best foot forward but was nipped at the wire at the Glen Crosby Cross Country Invitational on the campus of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario Thursday. Rankin finished in second place with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds behind Burns' Tommie Hooper to lead all local athletes.

                      Hooper, who has become sort of a rival for Rankin, finished just two seconds ahead of the young Ontario standout.

                      Ontario ousts Bulldogs, October 6, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario girls soccer team notched another win in the victory column as it continued its tear through the GOL, routing Baker City 6-2 Thursday afternoon. The final score was a bit of a surprise to the Bulldogs, coach DeeDee Clarke said after the game.

                      Grizzlies, Tigers face off, October 5, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      While this week's prep football matchup between Ontario and Fruitland high schools won't have an impact on the rest of the season for either team, both are prepared to do what's necessary to win.
                       
                      For Ontario coach Randy Waite, this week's game means one last shot for the Tigers to prepare for their Greater Oregon League opener next week.

                      Ontario deflates Payette boys, October 3, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario's Carlos Salgado had a memorable game Monday that sure spoiled the Payette boys soccer team's senior night. Salgado tallied two goals and added an assist to lead the Ontario soccer team to a 4-0 win over Payette Monday at Harmon Killebrew Field.

                      Before the game, Payette High School celebrated the athletic accomplishments of David Paredes, Matt Edwards, Eddie Serpa and Ingon Rodriguez. But, Ontario's Salgado sent his own message.

                      Prep late game roundup, October 2, 2006

                      Ontario 4, Mac-Hi 2

                      After a scoreless first half, the Ontario girls soccer team came away with a hard fought 4-2 victory Saturday in Mac-Hi. Brea Ribeiro scored the first goal at the 52 minute mark to give Ontario the lead, but the Pioneers responded with a pair of penalty kick goals to go ahead 2-1.

                      Ashley Moeller scored to tie the game in the 66th minute, and Ashlee Captein scored the game winner off of a direct kick from Jennifer Reyes.

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                      September 2006

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                      Tigers, Bulldogs to square off Friday, September 28, 2006

                        JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario and Nyssa football teams are gearing up for their upcoming league seasons, and both will be using this Friday night's game to determine where they stand in further matches to come.

                      For head coach Rob Kassebaum's Nyssa Bulldogs, Friday night marks the last nonleague game of the season they will play.

                      Tigers clean up Vale, September 27, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Taking advantage of a fatigued Vale volleyball team, the Ontario Tigers easily swept the Vikings in a nonleague match Tuesday in Ontario.

                      While the Vale girls put up a fight the first two games of the night, they couldn't match Ontario's aggressiveness as the Tigers won 25-18 and 25-20 respectively.

                      The Vikings began the third game with high intensity, taking a brief lead, but Ontario's offense swamped Vale at the net and shut the Vikings down 25-12. Vale coach Mary Ann Standage said her team had entered Tuesday's match fatigued after a weekend of tournament play at Sisters, where the Vikings placed fifth out of 25 mostly 4A- and 5A-division teams.

                      Standage said her players were still fatigued and sore from their busy weekend, and it showed against Ontario.

                      Tigers win two straight, September 24, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Ontario volleyball team opened league play with a three-game sweep over Mac-Hi Saturday afternoon.

                      Ontario girls blank Pirates in league opener, September 24, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario sophomore Kim Boyd and teammate Jennifer Markee put on a show in prep soccer action Saturday.

                      Boyd scored two highlight-reel goals with assists by Markee to lead the Ontario Tigers to a 2-0 win over Greater Oregon League opponent Riverside at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                      At the 11-minute mark of the first half, Boyd started the scoring for the Tigers on a tic-tac-toe passing effort by her teammates.

                      Ontario halfback Ashlee Captein started the run down the right side of the field and fed Markee, who made a one-touch pass to Boyd and she hit the back of the net. For the remainder of the opening stanza, the Tigers and Pirates passed the ball back and forth at midfield in an attempt to create turnovers. The Tigers created several scoring opportunities and totaled 22 shots on goal.

                      Ontario head coach Greg Walk said he felt like the Tigers could have tallied more goals, but they couldn't make the necessary plays.

                      Ontario School Board slates auction, September 24, 2006

                      Julie Engel Argus Observer

                      One person's junk is can be another person's treasure.

                      And the Ontario School District has a lot of

                      Tigers come back to beat Vale, September 20, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                       
                      The Ontario volleyball team struggled against non-league opponent Vale Tuesday but was able to wake up and focus just in time to defeat the Vikings 3-1 in Vale.
                       
                      The Vikings controlled the net early and won the first set 25-21, but the next three sets were all Tigers.
                       
                      Ontario won the second set 25-16 and squeaked by in the third set 25-21. In the final set, the Tigers dominated with a 25-17 win.
                       

                      Ontario boys shut out Fruitland, September 20, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Ontario boys soccer team continued its dominant play and earned the 3-0 shutout over non-league opponent Fruitland Tuesday in Ontario.
                       
                      Salvador Sanchez scored two goals and teammate Brandon Collins scored another to lead the Tiger attack. The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 halftime lead, on Sanchez's tally and Collins gave Ontario a 2-0 cushion 30 minutes into the second half. Sanchez added the team's third goal with five minutes left in the contest.
                       

                      Ontario girls roll over upstart Irrigon, September 17, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ   ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                      All Ontario goalkeepers Sarah Wharton and Kayla Dean needed was a lawn chair and a sweater for their game Saturday.
                       
                      The Ontario girls soccer offense took care of everything.

                      Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammate Christina Markee chipped in a goal and two assists to lead the Tigers to a 10-0 drubbing of Irrigon High School at the Alameda Elementary School soccer fields in Ontario.
                       
                      The Tigers jumped out of the gate quickly against the Knights and answered the opening whistle with three goals in the first seven minutes of play.
                       
                      Ashley Moeller scored at the 3 minute mark after taking a shot from 15 feet outside the penalty area and bending it just inside the right goal post past Irrigon goalkeeper Maggie Alsup. Two minutes later, Markee scored and Ashlee Captein kicked the third goal at the 7 minute mark. Jennifer Reyes scored the team

                      Tigers fight back, September 15, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                      The Ontario High School volleyball team exacted some revenge Thursday night, beating the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-1 in non-league volleyball action at Ontario High School.
                       
                      Although the Tigers lost to Fruitland 3-2 on Grizzly turf in a match last week, last night's match, in front of a boisterous home crowd, had much different results.
                       
                      The intensity level was much higher than the last time the two teams met, Ontario coach Rod Williams said. After beating Fruitland in the first two sets of their last match, Ontario's energy lagged, allowing Fruitland to take the last three sets.

                      In the latest match, Williams said, his girls maintained their intensity throughout, and dominated the court all four sets, while Fruitland's energy waned at times.
                       
                      Fruitland claimed the first game, but the set was a battle throughout, with the Grizzlies coming out on top 30-28.
                       
                      The second game was much of the same, with the two teams deadlocked at 27 points each toward the end, but with Ontario taking the last two points and a 29-27 win.
                       
                      Ontario carried that intensity into the third set, while Fruitland floundered at the net and back court. The Tigers easily won the game 25-10. Williams said he told his team to take advantage of the Grizzlies' mistakes and continue directing shots to the middle of the court, an area Fruitland struggled defending against.

                      The fourth game promised to be a continuation of the third, with Ontario holding a 10-point lead mid-set, but Fruitland rallied, outscoring the Tigers 9-2 as Ontario was poised to claim the victory.
                       
                      The Grizzlies closed the point deficit to 24-23, and Fruitland coach Lisa O'Neal said she had high hopes her team would pull off an upset like last time.
                       

                      Ontario school parents ponder uniform policy, September 14, 2006

                      Andy Gates Argus Observer
                       
                      Should students be wearing uniforms at Ontario's high school and middle school?
                       
                      In a democratic display of curiosity, one Ontario High School parent polled a crowd of at least 60 community members, parents and students Monday, during a school safety presentation held by principals from the high school, middle school and Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter.
                       
                      At least 30 hands shot into the air regarding the uniform question and vocal murmurs of support from the crowd reverberated throughout the auditorium of the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
                       
                      One of the supporters was Ontario Police Department Chief Mike Kee.

                      Opposition to the idea, though, was far more limited, with approximately 10 hands raising in objection.

                      Ontario Middle School Principle LaVelle Cornwell said she would support uniforms in the middle school.

                      Children have different socioeconomic backgrounds, and uniforms could help level the playing field.

                      Also some of the gang activity in schools is apparent through insignias on clothing such as __ ,

                      Cairo teacher relates to her students, September 12, 2006

                      Andy Gates Argus Observer
                       
                      Disabled by spastic cerebral palsy, Sherry Lane uses a wheelchair and walks with crutches.
                       
                      As a special education support specialist at Cairo Elementary School, Lane said her own disability often places her

                      Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                       
                      Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                       
                      It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                       
                      The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                       
                      Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                      Ontario wins opener, September 10, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                      All Ontario girls head soccer coach Greg Walk wanted was for his girls to finally get to play a game. Otherwise, he said, they were going to explode.
                       
                      They exploded, all right, to the tune of 21 shots and four goals, while scoring in every shape, form and fashion in a 4-1 win over Fruitland Saturday at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                       
                      Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, and teammate Breanna Ribeiro dished out two assists to lead the Tigers.
                       

                      Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                       
                      Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                       
                      It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                       
                      The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                       
                      Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                      Grizzlies take bite out of Ontario Tigers, September 8, 2006

                      Argus Observer sports staff Fruitland
                       
                      The Ontario Tigers came out with a roar but finished weakly, losing to the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-2 in barn-burning prep volleyball action Thursday night at Fruitland High School.
                       
                      For the Grizzlies, the win was both dramatic and significant. Down 2-0 after losing the first two sets 25-13 and 25-22, the Grizzlies rallied in the third set to stay alive, winning 25-17.
                       
                      Fruitland continued their tear through the fourth game, taking advantage of Ontario mistakes, coming out on top 25-20.
                       
                      The Tigers were not done for the night, however, and almost pulled off the win in the tie-breaking set. Ontario came out demonstrating the energy that had been missing at times in the match, and jumped out to a 13-8 lead, putting the game easily within their reach. Fruitland pulled together, however, found their focus, dug deep and strung together the next seven points to come back for the win.
                       

                      Ontario ties in season opener, September 6, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                      The Ontario boys soccer team opened its season tying the McCall-Donnelly Vandals 2-2 Tuesday after gaining and losing the lead twice in the nonconference game.
                       
                      Ontario (0-0-1 overall) struggled to keep up with the Vandals, who played three games this season prior to last night's game, compared with Ontario's one.
                       
                      Much of the game was a defensive battle for both teams, although the Tigers had to work harder because the Vandals had control of the ball for much of the game.

                      Tigers win in Weiser, September 6, 2006

                       RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER
                       
                      Tom Falash Gymnasium in Weiser played host to some personal history, a raucous crowd and barn-burning volleyball action between non-league opponents Nampa Christian, Weiser and Ontario Tuesday evening.
                       
                      In the marquee match of the night, Ontario beat Weiser 25-20, 24-26 and 15-10 in three grueling games.
                       
                      In the third set, Ontario held the early 9-4 lead, when Weiser head coach Ramir Rodriguez called a timeout. After the breather, Weiser closed the gap to 10-8.
                       
                      The comeback and the noisy crowd, however, did not bother the experienced Ontario squad. The Tigers answered back to score five of the next six points and closed down the persistent Wolverines.
                       

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                      June 2006

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                      Tigers end successful season, June 5, 2006

                         RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      In his fourth year as the chief, Ontario High School girls golf coach Russ Leininger led his Tigers to greener pastures in 2006 and hopes to continue the winning tradition for years to come.

                      In 2005, the team fared well. The Ontario squad finished in seventh place at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore., with a 808 score.

                      This season the Tigers improved four spots to finish third overall with a score of 733, losing out to Marist (717) and Sutherlin (714).

                      The team had seniors Cecelia Garcia, Jennifer Jaramillo, April Patton and freshman standout Meghan Schram.They showed solid improvements fromthe previous year. Garcia finished with a 171, putting her in 14th place, while Jaramillo ended the tournament with a 177. Schram put together a first day score of 90, and ended the tournament with a 192. Patton carded a 193, to lead the Tigers to its best state championship finish in school history.

                      Last year, Garcia finished in 22nd place overall, while Jaramillo's effort put her in 25th place. Patton improved her showing, jumping up 23 spots from 59th place in 2005 to 36th place this year.

                      Coming in off a second- place finish to La Grande, which defeated the Tigers by 10 strokes in the district championships held in Pendleton in which they scored a 752, the Tigers accomplished the necessary improvements to bring home some hardware at the state tournament in Redmond.

                      The four key players displayed marked improvements, and they enjoyed a seven-shot lead in the second round over eventual state champion, Sutherlin.

                       

                      Most Ontario teachers backed bond effort, June 4, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                      In general, Ontario School District teachers supported the $30 million school bond venture voters scuttled last November.

                      Elementary and secondary education staff in the school district returned 199 responses for the bond survey generated by district officials to measure public support, or lack of, for the high school bond effort.

                      At the secondary school level, 64 staff members voted in favor of the bond election, 11 voted no, and 35 did not vote. At the elementary school level, 35 staff members voted in favor, 14 were opposed and 40 did not vote.

                       

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                      May 2006

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                      Mexican-American league awards locals, May 30, 2006

                           LARRY MEYER Argus Observer

                      Two teachers, a judge and a jail commander were honored Wednesday by the Mexican-American Citizens League for their contributions to the Latino community, its youth and to the community at large.

                      The event was the organization's annual awards dinner, held at the Sizzler in Ontario.

                      During the dinner, members also honored area Latino high school scholarship winners.

                      Jonathan Paulsen, Ontario High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, Karina Guerra Carbajal, Ontario High School, received $500 and Lindsee Padilla, Vale High School, received a $250 scholarship to use for college.

                      Efrain Rivas, a teacher at Ontario Middle School, was named

                      Ontario School District continues to struggle to meet progress goals, May 28, 2006

                           JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The final deadline for Ontario School District students to complete annual yearly progress testing has passed, but results will not become available until the beginning of next school year.

                      For the past three years, Ontario has failed to meet adequate yearly progress standards required in the No Child Left Behind Act at the high school and middle school levels.

                      The 2004 through 2005 school year was also the first year Ontario elementary schools struggled, as both Aiken and May Roberts Elementary Schools failed to meet AYP standards.

                      Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said one of the reasons the middle and high schools have not met adequate yearly progress revolves around a lack of concentrated effort targeting secondary education improvement.

                       

                      Tigers leave tracks at state, May. 28, 2006

                           ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      After one day of competition, the Ontario track and field squad had one individual and the 4x100- meter relay team left for the finals to earn medals in their respective events.

                      The top-eight finalists and the top three in each heat advanced to the finals. Jordan Bainbridge was still alive in three events for the Tigers. Bainbridge competed in the 200- and 400-meter races and ran the anchor leg of the girls 4x100 meter relay along with teammates Bianca Davis, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Kristen Hamman.

                      In the finals, the 4x100- relay team finished in fifth place with a time of 51.31 seconds, and Bainbridge earned fourth- place honors in the 400- meters, stopping the clock at 58.69 seconds. In her last race of the day, Bainbridge finished in sixth place with a total time of 26.80.

                       

                      Queens of the court, May. 24, 2006

                             RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      When the Ontario tennis team walks on to a court, people now know who they are.

                      The Tigers, led by head coach Dennis Gill, have won 11 Special District 4 over the past 14 years and seven of the last eight. Now chalk up three straight Oregon 3A state championships.

                      This year the Ontario squad won by the slimmest of margins - half a point, slipping past Catlin Gables, 10.5 to 10.

                      For Gill, he was surprised with the win, noting the youth on the roster, graduating six seniors from last season's championship team. This year, the tennis team graduates two seniors and will have six returning freshmen.

                      Gill was recognized for his 14 years of hard work and was named this year's Oregon Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

                       

                      Born to teach music. OHS music director Skip Bicknese knew at an early age he wanted to teach music, May 8, 2006

                         JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Whether holding a baton, directing Ontario High School music students from the conductor's podium, or holding his alto sax, wailing with his bands, Ontario's Skip Bicknese is comfortable with his music.

                      A life-long Ontario resident and music lover, Bicknese said his jobs as both OHS music department director and musician in two local bands are a perfect fit and has never questioned his choices.

                       

                      Ontario gets swept by Mac-Hi, May 5, 2006

                         Tiesha Miller Argus observer

                      Mac-Hi gave the Ontario softball team a rough time Thursday in Greater Oregon League play in Ontario. The Tigers lost both games of a doubleheader 5-2, 11-1.

                      In the nightcap, Ontario trailed 2-1 through the first five innings, but in a detrimental fifth inning, Ontario committed three errors and allowed eight runs.

                       

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                      April 2006

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                      Ontario earns pair of wins, April 5, 2006

                        Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                      The Ontario baseball team didn't let the rain get in its way.

                      Starting field preparation at 8 a.m., it borrowed field materials from the local little league in order to get in its doubleheader with Greater Oregon League opponent Burns Tuesday at 1 p.m.

                      The Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-1 GOL) came back from a deficit in both games to defeat Burns (3-6, 0-4), 4-3 and 15-5.

                      In the first game, Ontario's Jose Garcia pitched seven innings to strike out 10 batters, allow five hits and get the win. In the fifth inning, Garcia hit a double to deep center field for two RBIs, which tied the game at 3.

                       

                      Ontario golf comes in third, April 20, 2006

                         ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      The Ontario boys golf team finished in third place at the Burns Invitational Wednesday.

                      The Tigers had four golfers shoot a 94 to finish with a 376. Brad McGowan, Nick Rock, Dallas Brockett and Tommy Baker tied for 13th place out of 26 golfers in 3A/2A/1A Special District 4 play.

                       

                      Ontario splits with La Grande, April 23, 2006

                         Tiesha Miller  Argus Observer

                      The Ontario baseball team had an up-and-down sort of day.

                      After struggling in the opener to get past La Grande starter Trent Evins, Ontario fell 6-1, and brought out its bats in the second game to win 13-11 in Greater Oregon League play Friday in Ontario.

                      Ontario stranded three runners in the top of the second inning, but it still held a 2-1 lead. The top of the third inning soon changed that after Ontario allowed La Grande three runs on five hits.

                      Things then began to look up for Ontario. Fielding problems plagued La Grande, and Ontario began hitting the ball. Five hits and seven runs later, Ontario reclaimed the lead with an 9-4 advantage.

                      Jose Garcia, who was 2-for-3 and had three RBIs on the day, drove in two runs in the inning as did Daniel Schram. Ontario had 11 hits in the second game with the help of Bryson Sap and Jace Nakamura, who each drove in two runs.

                       

                      Barnett leads Tigers, April 26, 2006

                             RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Tigers' Jordan Barnett shut down Nyssa, allowing three hits in five innings, and Ontario pounded out 10 hits in a 11-0 drubbing of the Bulldogs in nonleague softball at the Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                      Barnett struck out six batters and allowed just one runner to get as far as third base in the third inning when Nyssa made its biggest threat. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded and one out when Barnett went to work, striking out Tiffany Wentz and Crystal Contreras to end the inning and preserve the shutout.

                       

                      Ontario wins again, April 27, 2006

                            Roy Hicks the Country Curmudgeon

                      Ontario should be proud. Not only is it one of the most thriving and growing communities in southeastern Oregon. It also has a solid record of citizen involvement in community affairs.

                      Ontario has resources unusual to such a relatively rural community: a major hospital (Holy Rosary) and attenuate emergency services; a community-oriented radio station (KSRV); and the only daily newspaper in Malheur County.

                      Another of Ontario's resources is its local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Lodge No. 1690 does a lot of state and local charitable work supporting such causes as veterans, the Boise Rehabilitation Center for medical patients, Babe Ruth baseball, the elementary school Hoop Shoot contest, the Children's Eye Clinic in Portland, the Meadowood Speech and Hearing Camp in Pendleton and the second-largest teen scholarship program in the nation (after the government) through the Elks National Foundation. Not to mention many other smaller programs such as its annual contribution to the Malheur County Fair, their Americanism Essay competition for young students and the teen Drug Awareness program.

                      One of its least-known activities is participation in the annual competition for ritual drill teams. A word of explanation here, friends.

                      The Oregon State Elks Association is divided into seven districts and includes 57 lodges. The Southeast District is geographically the largest; covering half the state from Ontario to Klamath Falls to Madras and includes Lakeview, Burns, Bend, Prineville and John Day. Ritual teams are comprised of the seven most visible officers who perform their ceremonial observances. The one measured in competition is the initiation of new members - a ceremony requiring about 35 minutes to perform, and the standards of judging are ruthlessly precise.

                      A ritual performance could best be described as being somewhat like a marching band or a military drill team in extreme slow-motion. There are spoken parts for each member which must be memorized verbatim, and countless small movements which must be made in an agonizingly precise sequence.

                      The Ontario lodge has a tradition of excellence in this exasperatingly difficult exercise. Its ritual teams regularly place either first or second in the annual District contest. The last time the team won was in 2003 when it went on to place fourth in the state. The next two years the team was edged out by excellent teams from the John Day lodge.

                      This year Ontario fielded a very good team and drilled for more than three months for the District contest, but progress was achingly slow. At times it seemed the team might never come together to realize their potential. Only in the last week of practice did it seem they might have a chance, and in this somewhat dubious hope they set sail for Prineville.

                      Ontario officers somehow manage to save their best performances for when it really counts, and they did it again last week. Going on last after several other very good teams, Ontario performed magnificently: winning four first-places and three seconds. Scores like that will win every time.

                      The Ontario ritual team will now go on to compete in the state contest at Grant's Pass in early June. They have a tough act to follow. John Day won all-state last year and went on to the national contest in Reno where the team scored very well among the 25 western states. Ontario's team will do their best to represent our community well again.

                      How do I know all of this? Now a fourth-year officer of the Ontario lodge, I'm a member of that prestigious ritual team, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

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                      March 2006

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                      Tigers squeak past Vale, March 17, 2006

                          Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                      Ontario's reliever pitcher Jordan Barnett walked two batters in the bottom of the sixth, and as Vale's Holly Helms came to bat with the bases loaded the Tigers' 12-11 lead was in jeopardy.

                      Barnett worked her way to a full count, eventually completing the strikeout and handing the Tigers the win Thursday.

                       

                      Ontario battles itself, March 19, 2006

                         Argus Observer sports staff

                      The Ontario baseball and softball teams faced off against each other in a scrimmage Saturday at TVCC's Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex.

                       

                      Tigers blank McCall-Donnelly in twinbill, March 21, 2006

                         Argus Observer sports staff

                      The Ontario baseball team shutout nonconference opponent McCall-Donnelly to take both games of a doubleheader, 11-0 and 10-0, on Monday at Ontario High School.

                      Ontario starting pitcher Jose Garcia ran the show in the first game, striking out 15 in the five inning game. The senior also hit a home run and tallied two RBIs.

                       

                      Greif holds off Garcia in playoff, March 23, 2006

                          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                      Payette's Mandy Greif held off Ontario's Cecilia Garcia, winning in a play off Wednesday at the Weiser Girls Golf Invitational at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Weiser.

                      Greif and Garcia ended the round tied at 41, before Greif was able to pull away and earn the win out of the 37 individual golfers.

                      Despite Greif's individual win, Ontario won the team title, finishing with a final score of 181. Weiser took second with a score of 218, followed by Garden Valley (241), Vale (256) and Middleton (261).

                      Fruitland's Raquel Rode finished three shots back with a 44, while Ontario teammates Jennifer Jaramillo and April Paton notched a 46.

                      Jelisa Maret, competing for upstart Nyssa, finished nine shots back with a 50, while Middleton's Sandy Jefferies finishing 18 shots behind the leaders with a 59, and Vale's Ashley Snook had the lowest score on her team, shooting a 62.

                      Meghan Schram was the fourth Tiger golfer to score under a 50, with a 48 to help bring the Tigers' squad first-place honors.

                       

                      Tigers roll past Umatilla, March 29, 2006

                          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario's Jose Garcia was a man amongst boys on Tuesday night in Ontario.

                      The Tigers took advantage of six Umatilla errors en route to a 13-2 win in opening round action of the 2006 Commercial Tire Challenge at Elks Memorial Field in Ontario.

                      Garcia, went all the way and overcame a sluggish start to cruise to the easy win, striking out 12 Vikings. The senior recorded the first three outs of the game by strikeout.

                      Things did not start so well for Garcia and the Tigers. Umatilla's Arron Trukositz and Calvin Hodge each had RBI singles in the first inning. The Vikings took advantage of some early wildness by Garcia, who issued two walks, two singles, and had Marcelo Estrada reach on an error.

                      That was the only offense Umatilla would muster, as Garcia shut down the Vikings the rest of the way.

                      Ontario scored eight runs in the first two innings and jumped out to an 8-2 lead, behind the help of four Viking errors.

                      Garcia helped his own cause with an RBI single and Nick Alvarado cashed in a run with a double. The second inning was different.

                      With one out in the inning, the Tigers used three singles and three errors, to score four more and left the rest to Garcia.

                      JT Davis went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Nick Alvarado enjoyed a 2-for-3 night driving in one run. Six different Tigers contributed a hit to the offensive attack.

                       

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                      February 2006

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                      Vikings edge ahead of Tigers, February 1, 2006

                         Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                      Three 3-pointers by KJ Toombs in the fourth quarter could not save the Ontario boys basketball team on Tuesday against nonconference opponent Vale. After three quarters of back-and-forth play, the Vikings hit free throws down the stretch to seal a 65-58 victory in Vale.

                      The Vikings went 11-for-13 in the fourth quarter, getting a 4-for-4 contribution each from Brady Lovell and Kevin Nunn.

                      Lovell led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Tully Wagner added 12 points.

                       

                      Grant fuels crucial program at middle school, February 1, 2006

                          Andrew Cutler Argus Observer

                      A federal grant is helping teachers at Ontario Middle School cut down on the growing number of students that engage in risky behaviors.

                      Beginning last week, the school implemented All Stars, a science-based program that is designed to help prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug use, postpone sexual activity, and reduce fighting and bullying among middle school students.

                       

                      School district consultant secures top award, February 3, 2006

                        JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario School District Migrant Education Program Home School Consultant Sam Lopez was recently honored as Title 1-C Employee of the year at the Oregon Association of Comprehensive Education conference Jan. 20.

                      Lopez, who has worked for the school district for seven years in the migrant education program, was nominated by Ontario School District's Migrant Education Program Director Andy Kovach for his

                      Ontario furthers streak, February 5, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The No. 3 ranked Ontario girls basketball squad is on a roll.

                      On Saturday, the Tigers beat LaGrande, 46-41, in Greater Oregon League action, earning their sixth-straight win.

                      Ontario's Stephanie Babij scored 11 points and Kylie Roberts added 10.

                      Both teams combined to miss a total of 27 free throws.

                      The Tigers' pressure defense held LaGrande to shooting a majority of its shots from the perimeter. Ontario outrebounded La Grande, 45-31.

                      LaGrande (7-11 overall, 2-5 GOL) mustered six field goals in the second half and was held to one in the third quarter.

                       

                      Local man pushes prevention for gang issue, February 7, 2006

                        Tami Hart Argus Observer

                      Tim Cables began his Ontario Chamber of Commerce luncheon presentation in a unique way - he told the story of a teacher named Mrs. Thompson and her student named Teddy.

                      Teddy was the one student who always came to school in unwashed clothes, in need of a bath, and his schoolwork was always messy. Mrs. Thompson pretty much gave up on Teddy and wrote him off as a bad student until she went back to look at the comments Teddy's other teachers had written when Teddy was in their classroom. Teddy was bright, a good student, showed a lot of potential, but then a death in the family and the fallout from that death changed Teddy as a child and as a student. Recognizing that Teddy needed more help, Mrs. Thompson became a better teacher and also a better person because of Teddy.

                      They kept in touch over the years, and Teddy the student became

                      Beat of a different drum, February 12, 2006

                          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      May Roberts Elementary School students followed the beat of a different drum and learned a little bit about a different culture as well this past week in music class, which took on a multicultural, African drumming theme led by a Ghanan musician.

                      Okaidja Afroso, a native of Ghana who now lives in Portland, teaches children about culture along with the beats and rhythms on the conga drum drumming and song at their schools through an Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council artist in residence program.

                      Afroso stayed in Ontario throughout the week, visiting May Roberts' music teacher Patricia Gartung's classes, teaching her students about Ghanan culture and the basic techniques of Ghanan drumming.

                       

                      Officials keep focus on safety in wake of enticement cases, February 13, 2006

                        Andrew Cutler - Argus Observer

                      However, no one is pushing the panic button. At least not yet.

                       

                      Burns thumps Tigers, February 26, 2006

                         Argus Observer Sports Staff

                      Jessica Clemens scored 26 points to lead top-ranked Burns to a 67-39 drubbing of No. 3 Ontario on Saturday in a 3A District 7 championship game at Burns High School.

                      The Tigers will be the No. 2 seed from the Greater Oregon League into this week's 3A state sub-tournament. Ontario wil host the No. 3 seed from the Val-Co League on Tuesday at Ontario High School, with the winner advancing to face Stayton. Burns, the top seed from the GOL, will host a second-round match-up on March 3.

                      The Hilanders also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Katie Torland, while Maria Clemens added 12 points, 11 steals and eight assists.

                      Stephanie Babij led the Tigers with 10 points.

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                      January 2006

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                      Back to the future?, January 4, 2006

                        JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      When considering the future of the property designated as the site for a future new high school, the Ontario School District has a number of options.

                      At this point, however, school district officials say they intend to move forward with the plan agreed upon in June when the district purchased the 75 acres situated just outside city limits near Airport Corner.

                      The school district agreed to buy the property from Shingo and Emie Wada, who consented to sell to the school district two parcels of property for $1,064,750.

                      According to the sale agreement, the school district has already set aside $50,000 in earnest money, which is accumulating interest in escrow, to go toward the sale.

                      Once the sale closes, the $50,000 and whatever interest it accumulates will go toward the purchase cost.

                      According to the agreement, the school district has until the March 15 closing date to go through the proper channels, including land use authorities, which include the city of Ontario Planning Commission, City Council and the Malheur County Court.

                      If the school district has not received approval from the various land use boards to change the designation of the parcels from exclusive farm use to public use by the closing date, according to the agreement, the school district has the ability to extend the closing date to June 15.

                      The agreement also stipulates the school district's obligation to close on the purchase is

                      Tigers continue to skim by opponents, January 4, 2006

                         RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Ontario head coach Scott Helmick thought he had enough gray hairs on his head. The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team squandered an early 11-point lead against the Payette Pirates holding on to a 60-57 win in non-conference action Tuesday night in Ontario.

                      The Pirates had possession of the ball, with 1.4 seconds left, down by three points. But, the Ontario defense played tough causing a five second call on an inbounds play and the Pirates weren't able to attempt a last second shot.

                      KJ Toombs hit one free throw to ice the ballgame, as the cardiac cats won the game, with coach Helmick wiping his brow.

                       

                      School officials praise new grad requirements, January 9, 2006

                        JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      School district chiefs in Ontario, Nyssa and Vale said they do not oppose an effort to boost the required credits for math and language arts, but all foresee potential complications with the Oregon mandates.

                      During the 2006 to 2007 school year educational plans and profiles, along with career-related learning experience opportunities, will be required for high school students, although many school districts already meet those requirements in some form.

                      In addition, incoming freshman, graduating in the 2009 to 2010 school year, will be required to have 24 credits to graduate rather than 22 - four in language arts and three in math.

                      Vale School District Matthew Hawley said his school district will hopefully be able to accommodate the need for an additional math credit by adjusting current resources and classes without incurring any extra cost.

                       

                      School district opts for voter survey effort, January 11, 2006

                         JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario School Board took its first step in deciding the direction of future improvements to school buildings by agreeing to present a survey to district voters in the next few months at a special session Tuesday night.

                      In the wake of the scuttled $30 million school bond effort in November, district elected leaders and officials held a number of discussions but failed to take any action until now.

                      The School Board agreed at last night's meeting something should be done by the board, and the first step should be to present a survey to voters, asking, among other things, what they would like to see the district do in the future.

                      The consensus was not easily reached, however, a survey was a common theme brought up by the board members.

                      The idea of presenting a survey to voters was mentioned at a previous meeting.

                      The Ontario School Board agreed each member should bring questions they would like to see addressed by the survey to next week's regularly scheduled board work session, before its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

                      Board members discussed a number of topics in relation to future capital improvements at Tuesday's meeting, touching on topics discussed previously such as what motivated voters in the previous election and whether it was wise to move forward with another plan after such a resounding defeat.

                      The board did not answer that question so much as determine what should be done to arrive at a conclusion, with each board member offering their thoughts. Ontario School Board member Cliff Bentz told the board he thought the district needed to complete a number of steps prior to going out for another bond including: laying out a long-term capital improvement plan; identifying current needs and prioritizing them; addressing the issue of the future school site; clarifying where the funds to purchase the land originated; clarifying the cost of alternatives; determining community support and focusing on public relations.

                       

                      Nyssa buries Ontario, January 11, 2006

                      Tigers cannot combat deficit in loss to Bulldogs   Tiesha Miller - Argus Observer

                      The Nyssa boys basketball team peaked with a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter, and despite Ontario's efforts, the Tigers couldn't dig themselves out, falling to Nyssa, 65-40, in nonconference play Tuesday.

                      From the first basket the Bulldogs led, but head coach Larry Ramirez said he was well aware of Ontario's habit this season of getting games close in the fourth and pulling ahead.

                       

                      Toombs leads tigers to win, January 18, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      Every time Vale thought it had a comeback in the works, Ontario's KJ Toombs hit a shot to stop the momentum.

                      Toombs scored 25 points, and Daniel Schram dropped 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with four assists to lead the Tigers over the Vikings, 57-43, in non-conference boys basketball action, Tuesday night in Ontario.

                      The Tigers got off to a quick start against the Vikings with Toombs scoring 14 of his points in the first half. The Tigers scored eight in the the first two and half minutes, before Vale finally got on the boards with a Tully Wagner jump shot.

                       

                      Ontario places second at own invitational, January 22, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario wrestling squad is showing signs of improvement with every competition.

                      The Tigers finished in second place with a total of 197.5 points, behind first-place Timberline High School, which finished with 216, at the Ontario Invitational on Saturday.

                      The tournament featured seven varsity squads and nine junior varsity.

                      The Tigers had six grapplers in the final round. Michael Gonzalez (103), Tom Martinez (119), and Andres Hernandez (140) all won their championship matches with Gonzalez and Hernandez winning by decision. Martinez won with a first-round pinfall over Timberline's Bennet Chadwick.

                       

                      School board makes the right call on voter survey, January 25, 2006

                      The decision by the Ontario School District to pursue a survey regarding what voters within the district want for the future is a good move.

                      In December the board reached a consensus regarding whether to issue a survey. The board again considered the survey issue at its Jan. 19 session.

                      Still undecided, though, is just what form the survey will take. Will it focus on voter's views on a new high school? Or will be more general or more in-depth?

                      Boardmember Cliff Bentz rightly brought up a number of issues at the Jan. 19 meeting. Bentz asked the elected board what, exactly, it was trying to accomplish by issuing the survey. Bentz wanted to know if the board was going to ask voters whether they wanted a new High School, where it should be situated and how much voters were willing to pay.

                      All three of those questions were excellent and the board should ponder them carefully.

                      The basic idea, though, for a survey makes sense. It is a good first step and one the board should move forward on as soon as possible.

                      Yet, at the same time, the survey should not be the final answer. The board should seek other avenues of input and must not base its future decisions entirely on a survey. The survey should be just one, of many, methods to determine what the next, best course would be for the future.

                      The board, to some extent, has a fine line to walk on this issue and others. It must be a proper steward of taxpayer money but also address the very real district infrastructure problems in a forthright, realistic, fashion.

                      The school board must lead. The board has the ultimate responsibility to pave the way on this issue and others.

                      All and all, though, a survey is a good first step. It's a start. Hopefully it will help pave the way to a better understanding between elected leaders and patrons of the district.

                      A timely donation, January 31, 2006

                        JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                      The Ontario High School band and orchestra programs will receive much needed equipment thanks to a $12,000 donation from Woodgrain Inc, Fruitland.

                      The funds are specifically earmarked for storage units, music stands, an orchestra music and file cabinet and a bass amplifier - all equipment the music department has had to do without for many years because of budget limitations.

                       

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                  March 2007

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                  Lady Tigers tame Bulldogs, March 21 2007

                   By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Led by senior Stephanie Babij, the Ontario girls tennis team won four of five matches and easily breezed past Baker Tuesday in Ontario.

                  Babij started things off right for Ontario as she dispatched Danica Hutton 6-2, 6-2, and teammate Hayley Tucker won her match in three grueling sets.

                  Tucker won the opener against Baker

                  Tigers take it on the chin, March 23, 2006

                     RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario tennis team had its hands full Wednesday with the defending Idaho 4A state champions.

                  Bishop Kelly swept through the Tigers, winning 10-0 in nonleague tennis action on Wednesday in Ontario.

                  Ontario, which is the two-time Oregon 3A/2A/1A girls state champions, could not match the Knights, who return state champions in the girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

                   

                  Tigers fall to G.U., March 21, 2007

                  By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Tuesday turned into Friday the 13th for the Ontario baseball team in its nonleague game against Grant Union.

                  First, a bases-loaded balk, then a run scored after a botched pickoff attempt and a throwing error.

                  To add insult to injury, the Prospectors executed a triple play in the bottom of the seventh inning, closing out a wild day, which ended with Grant Union walking away with a 3-1 win Tuesday in Ontario.

                  Ryan Laubacher tossed a complete game, struck out six and scattered four singles. All three Grant Union runs were unearned as the Tigers committed five errors.

                  Tigers get back on track, March 20, 2007

                   By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Kim Boyd and Sarah Wharton drove in two runs apiece to lead the Ontario softball team to the 9-2 win over Weiser Monday in softball action in Ontario.

                  The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings and that was all the support starting pitcher Kayla Park needed.

                  Park threw a complete game, struck out six and held Weiser to five hits.

                  Plummer helps district stay on track, March 19, 2007

                  Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                  Behind the scenes, nearly 160 employees work to keep the Ontario School District running. From teacher aids to nutritional staff,

                  Burns sweeps Ontario, March 18, 2007

                  By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                  The Ontario High School baseball varsity team opened the 2007 season on a rough note after Burns swept the Tigers 23-2 and 6-4 in a doubleheader Friday at OHS.

                  The Hilanders scored 10 runs in the second inning of the first game and added 11 more during the fourth and fifth innings to quickly dispatch Ontario.

                  The Tigers seemed to be destined for the same fate in the second game, falling behind 6-0 as Burns scored six third-inning runs on just two hits.

                  Burns

                  School board reviews ESL program, March 16, 2007

                  By Julie Engel - Argus Observer

                  The Ontario School Board of Directors approved a request for instructional materials for English language learning at its monthly board meeting Thursday night.

                  Sherri Hironaka

                  Tiger pitching seals win, March 15, 2007

                  By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario softball team started out sluggish, but on the home stretch, they had plenty of steam.

                  The Tigers pounded out 12 hits and Yano tossed a complete game with five strike outs in Ontario's 6-3 win over Middleton in nonleague softball action Wednesday at Ore-Ida Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                  "I felt the first couple of innings we had some jitters, but we shook it off pretty well," Ontario head coach David hopper said. "We just came out and hit the ball. Defense was solid, Kayla Yano was on her game and she hit her spots."

                  The Tigers committed a couple of second inning miscues and the Vikings took advantage with two runs.

                  The lead could have increased, but Middleton had two runners gunned down on the basepaths.

                  After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom half of the second frame.

                  In the second inning, Ontario notched four runs and five hits to retake the lead, 4-2.

                  Ashley Moeller plated two runs with a double, Sarah Wharton singled in another run and Francene Hussey capped the inning with an RBI single.

                  "Ontario came out and hit the ball real well," Middleton head coach Randy Lyons said. "We came out with a couple of errors and got a little rattled."

                  The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Yano responded with three straight scoreless innings to finish things off.

                  Ontario's leadoff hitter Kim Boyd sparked the offense as she went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

                  Moeller and Wharton also went 3-for-4 as the top three hitters in the lineup finished the day going 9-for-12 with four runs scored.

                  Even with the win, Yano said the team needs to improve on several aspects of the game to be successful.

                  "We just need to keep playing better," Yano said. "We have to keep our errors down, keep hitting the ball and hit it hard. I think we'll be fine."

                  Ontario (1-0) takes on Bishop Kelly Friday.

                  Tiger girls aim high in 2007, March 11, 2007

                  By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The future is now for the Ontario Tiger softball squad.

                  Blessed with three solid pitchers and a potent offense, the Tigers have a shot at a state championship berth.

                  A season ago, Ontario (8-12 overall, 5-11 League) finished one game short of state-playoff contention after suffering a 13-3 loss in a tie-breaker game to Baker. The team also underwent a coaching change and overcame several off-field issues during the season.

                  Tigers enjoy success, March 6, 2007

                  By JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario Tigers may have had their 2006 through 2007 girls basketball campaign abruptly ended by Stayton this past weekend in a state play-in game, but already thoughts have turned to next season.

                  That is the nature of the girls on the basketball team, head coach Jon Buck said, although the dynamics of next season's team may look much different than this season's.

                  Although the Tigers had lost six seniors to graduation the year before and only returned one returning varsity player in Stephanie Babij coming into the 2006 through 2007 season, Buck said a lot of confidence in his new, untried team.

                  Early on, however, the Tigers proved up to the challenge when they opened regular season in the Greater Oregon League beating a ranked Baker High School team.

                  Two games later, Ontario handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season on the road, and Buck said he knew the Tigers were in good position for the rest of the season.

                  OHS grad Douglas honored, March 4, 2007

                  By Argus observer sports staff

                  Wade Douglas, a former Ontario High School standout basketball player and current player at Corban College, received an honorable mention by the Cascade Collegiate Conference for his efforts during his first season with the Warriors.

                  Douglas, a sophomore, led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and rebounding, averaging 6.7 boards per game, and shot a team-high 52.1 percent from the field.

                  Stayton girls deny Tigers trip to state, March 4, 2007

                  By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

                  Two of the top three teams in the state squared off in Ontario Saturday night, with a trip to next week

                  Ontario school chief candidate for job, March 4, 2007

                  By Jennifer Colton - Argus Observer

                  Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter will interview Wednesday for the open superintendent position in the Hermiston School District.

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                  February 2007

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                  Tiger boys' season ends, February 28, 2007

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Astoria High School Fishermen escaped Ontario High School with a 59-48 win over a hungry Tiger team after hitting 14-of-17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal a 4A state boys basketball tournament opener victory Tuesday at Ontario.

                  The win sends Astoria (18-7 overall) to a second-round faceoff against Stayton Friday, while ending Ontario's season with an overall record of 8-17.

                  The victory was hard-fought for the Fishermen, however, who maintained only a slim four-point lead in the fourth quarter before Ontario sent them to the line to seal the win.

                  Local school gears up for spaghetti feed, February 28, 2007

                  Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                  The annual Alameda Spaghetti Feed will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Alameda Elementary School.

                  Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 4 through 12.

                  Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and dessert, and the event will also offer a performance by Alameda's Honor Choir and a silent auction.

                  Ontario boys honored in GOL, February 27, 2007

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  Jacob Haueter, Bryson Sap and Bryson Bottorff, cornerstones of the Ontario boys basketball program, were honored for their efforts in the 2006 through 2007 campaign.

                  All three players led Ontario to an 8-16 record and a state playoff berth.

                  Haueter, a junior, was selected as an All-Greater Oregon League first-team representative, and Sap and Bottorff were selected to represent the second team.

                  La Grande's Taylor Evans and Tim Hall were selected to the first team along with Mac-Hi's Saul Gonzalez.

                  Baker's Travis Mastrude and teammate Matt Duman round out the first-team selections for the GOL.

                  Ontario girls receive all-league accolades, February 27, 2007

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Ontario girls basketball team enjoyed an undefeated Greater Oregon League record and the Tigers were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

                  Stephanie Babij, the heart and soul of the Tigers, was honored with All-GOL Player of the Year honors, and Ontario's head coach Jon Buck was named the GOL's Coach of the Year.

                  Stephanie O'Connor was recognized for her strong defense and her deft point guard abilities with an All-GOL first- team selection.

                  Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, a junior, was named to the second team, along with teammate Tara O'Connor.

                  5-foot-9 inch senior Kristin Saito received an honorable mention for her work inside the paint.

                  Among the rest of the league, Baker's Katy Sullivan and Kate Vaughan were named to the first team along with La Grande's Mikell Woodfield. Seniors Lacey Carlson and Mackenzie Garton were selected to the first team for Mac-Hi.

                  Ontario High School is a great place to be, February 23, 2007

                  Editor,

                  Some people in the Treasure Valley seem to have a skewed perception of Ontario High School. They have the belief that perhaps nothing good will ever come of Ontario High School because it is nothing more than

                  Just imagine, February 22, 2007

                  Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                  Using everything from color shadow investigation to architectural design, elementary students throughout the Ontario School District are preparing for Destination ImagiNation, an international, interactive after school program.

                  School board approves initial school task list, February 22, 2007

                  Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                  Work to gain a professional planner's input on the direction for school buildings in the Ontario School District continues as the Ontario School Board of Directors approved a statement of work during its regular meeting Feb. 15.

                  The statement of work identifies what tasks need to be completed by the district and the contracting project manager, Crandall Arambula, Portland. The project has been identified as the

                  Tiger girls maul La Grande 46-31, February 18, 2007

                  Babij leads Ontario with 13 points JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario girls basketball team finished its last home game much the way it began - with a win.

                  Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while sisters Stephanie and Tara O'Connor scored nine and eight points respectively on the way to Ontario's 46-31 win over league opponent La Grande Friday at home.

                  Ontario jumped out to a good start the first half, with the Tigers' defense holding La Grande to minimal scoring.

                  In the first quarter, Ontario held La Grande to only six points, and in the second, La Grande scored only four. Ontario, on the other hand, scored 13 points in each to take a comfortable 26-10 cushion into the locker room at half time.

                  Ontario boys fall to La Grande 64-56, February 18, 2007

                  Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  Despite outscoring La Grande 26-15 in the fourth quarter, the Ontario boys basketball team couldn't overcome a poor first half and wound up losing to Greater Oregon League opponent La Grande 64-56 Friday night at Ontario.

                  La Grande went on a 13-5 run the first quarter to start the game and built up to a 30-16 first-half lead, which Ontario coach Scott Helmick said hurt his Tigers.

                  OSD to install new camera system at high school, February 18, 2007

                  Replacement of videotape security system will be just under $50,000    Julie Engel Argus Observer

                  Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter told the Ontario School Board Thursday night a new, computerized camera system will be installed at Ontario High School to upgrade the current antiquated videotape network.

                  The cost to replace the videotape security system is just under $50,000.

                  The funds to replace the system are in the budget, Carter told the board at its regular meeting, and the project should take place in the next few weeks.

                  The videotape system has poor quality images, Carter said, and the new system will provide more coverage with three times as many cameras throughout the school. OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said the video camera system is too old and is not going to be able to be used at another school.

                  In other school district news:

                  - Carter talked about two ideas floating around the district regarding restructuring of current educational practices.

                  For one, he said the school board could need to consider all-day kindergarten in the future. The district now offers all-day kindergarten at Alameda and May Roberts, he said, and if the Oregon Legislature approves an extra $300 million for the school budget it could help fund all-day kindergarten at the other schools.

                  Rising to the top, Febrary 15, 2007

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario High School basketball player Stephanie Babij has long been recognized locally for her talents on the basketball court. Now her abilities have gained her even greater attention.

                  Babij, a senior, is one of 20 female basketball players in Oregon to be nominated to the 2007 McDonald

                  OHS First Semester Honor Roll, February 15, 2007

                  Freshmen

                  4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Karissa Adams, Matthew Anthony, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Adam Kolbaba, Justine Maeda, Gustavo Morales, Chaz Nakamura, Tommy Pitts, Samuel Plummer, Breanna Ribeiro, Adam Roberts, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Erica Sheppard-Sykes, David Toth, Jessica Troester and Allison Yano.

                  3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Melissa Carbajal, Kylie Ceniga, Dereck Dittli, Octavio Estrada, Meganne Garner, Jessica Gastelum, Ryan Griffin, Ashley Hagon, John Hamman, Amelia Harrington, Erika Hopper, James (Riley) Horn, Derek Johnson, Seri Kimball, Shawna McAvoy, Marie Navarrete, Brady Oakes, Miguel Rios, Gloria Serrano, Dillon Starr-Jones, Anne Stults, Miren Urrea and Shelbi Widner.

                  3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Sara Bond, Eathan Branom, Carlee Breidenbach, Nayelly Corona, Ken Frahm, Nicholas Harris, Kaylee Kittleson, Brian Kasper, Jordan Lang, Francisco Machuca, Andra Martarano, Nico Martinez, Keisha Mauer, Hayley Reever, Marisela Rodriguez and Victoria Vasquez.

                  Sophomores

                  4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Christine Babij, Kamal Bagha, Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Melody Haidle, Eva Hime, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Robert Keyes, Jessica Martin, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Nagaki, Alicia Olsen, R.J. Olsen, Alexandria Osborn, Emily Price, Heather Rysenga, Sharen Stowe, Hayley Tucker, Jacob Turner and Allie Whittet.

                  3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Sonia Contreras, Lucas Christiani, Amanda Helliwell, Chelsea Kee, Alexis Martinez, Samuel McMillen, Christopher Paulsen, Ishmael Ramirez, Salvador Sanchez and (Shawn) Michael Williams.

                  3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Jose Becerril, Kimberly Boyd, Maria Castro, Jamie Cisneros, Alma Corona,Anali Escobedo, Erica Herrera, Jesus Lujan, Jordan Martinez, Ricardo Navarrete, Matthew Owens, Chalaine Reger, Kelcie Rupe, Nayeli Sanchez and Meghan Schram.

                  Juniors

                  4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Monica Adams, Britany Babcock, Jaylene Bruner, DJ Clayton, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Blair Fletcher, Omar Gutierrez, Krista Holloway, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Bradley McGowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O

                  OMS Honor Roll Second Quarter, February 15, 2007

                  Eighth grade

                  4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Alexandra Babij, Alma Barba, Jason Buttice, Rachel Corn, Enrique Cruz, Candace Diedrich, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Valerie Gallegos, Brenda Gamboa, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Jazmine Gordillo, Scotti Jo Helmick, Katie Hendon, Jose Hernandez, Holly Hopkins, Jonathan Hovey, Allie Huska, Jesse Jacuinde-Deleon, Ericka Johnson, Alexander Kameshige, Taylor Laubacher, Amanda Martin, Britney Martinez, Annika Olsen, Ali Patton, Laura J. Reyes, Karen Rodriguez, Mariah Saldivar, Cristian Sanchez, Kiley Shipley, Mariah Strobeck, Crista Strong, Berenice Trapero, Jennifer Yano and Jacob Ybarra.

                  3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Cassandra Arias, Anthony Barron, Bradly Brewer, Melissa Buhlinger, Selena Carrasco, Carmen Corona, Katie Cummings, Andrea DeLaCruz, Rick Falk, Amber Fillman, Leslie Gonzalez, Sharianne Hart, Kristina Henderson, Kaila Hendon, Troy Henricks, Ashlie Hoffman, Shu Hua Huang, Luis Ibal, Eduardo Lopez, Jose Morales, Issaic Pena, Maricela Ramirez Perez, Paola Robles, Rubi Rojas, Juanita Roque, Mercedee Schwartz, Shawndelle Smith, Cody Spang, Antonio Trejo, Hayley White and Ren Wilson.

                  3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Gerardo Arias, Manuel Becerra, Yolanda Cano, Vianca Carrillo, Jorden Ceniga, Henry Christiani, Jazmine Cruz, Tyler Ferguson, Keiton Gill, Cody Gray, Ryan Kee, Kayla Mable, Andrew Maeda, Connor Mahony, Chyanne McGraw, Brian Navarrete, Matthew Oliva, Edgar Rojas Perez, Stephen Pileggi, Maricella Ramirez Soto, Katrina Rangel, Jace Salutregui and Cheyanne Tyler.

                  Seventh grade


                  4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Samantha Almodovar, Moses Alvarez, Hayley Baysinger, Maria Benites, Miranda Bourasa, Emilee Brockett, Veronica Carrington, Nicholas Cheatham, Jacob Corey-Merrill, Jillian Cote, Rebecca Dodson, Lila Elamry, Elena Farley, Kiara Gillett, Mikayla Keerins Guzman, Katie Haueter, Kendra Hiramatsu, Patrick Hopman, Kylie Iseri, Jade Iseri-Ramos, Jordyn Kessler, Garrett Kitamura, Gabrielle Kovach, Fani Lopez, Miguel Lujan, Anthony Machuca, Amanda Martarano, Kierston Martz, Patrick McCartan, Angela Monroe, Marivel Moreno, Angie Nagaki, Andrea Navarrete, Christopher Navarrete, Hunter Oakes, Aurelia Olsen, Katlin Plummer, Samuel Povar, Yaquelin Romero, Iovani Salgado, Frankie Sesker, Eunice Smith, Matt Smith, Trevor Smith, Denum Springer, Vanessa Suarez, Sam Sutton, Joshua Tolman, Tyson Trainor, Kayla Troester, Hailee Turner, Stephanie Vargas, Bailey White, Tiffani White, Kierston Wilson and Treya Yano.

                  3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Jason Alvarado, Darian Barber, Monica Cedillo, Kaylee Contreras, Paul Erlebach, Nicole Fuentes, Cassandra Garcia, Reuben Garcia, Kishi Gibbs, Karina Graves, Brooke Harriman, Caden Hartley, Braulio Morales, Ashleigh Palmer, Vanessa Rodriguez, Demetreus Ronneburg and Ruby Zazueta.

                  3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Brady Baker, Haley Barrett, Rodolfo Baustista, Scott Bentz, Brooke Bergam, Alicia Chavez, Juan Hernandez, Samantha Jennings, Chelsie Little, Sabrina Long, Devin Martinez, Codi Myers, Job Ochoa-Gonzalez, Kimberly Retamosa, Kaycee Suitter, Kieli Tracy and Kelon Waters.

                  Sixth Grade

                  4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Kaycee Alcoser, Aaron Alexander, Tanner Alexander, Evencio Bautista, Molly Bond, Julia Brown, Andrew Camarena, Allison Cammack, Olivia Christiani, Reilly Collins, Sara Dockter, Michael Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Garrit Esplin, David Garner, Jannet Gastelum, Alloara Gauvain, Logan Hall, Jackie Harden, Ardella Hopman, Megh Huska, Ixia Johnson, Natalie Juarez, Delaney Kee, Jessica Lang, Emily Maeda, Kole Nakamura, Keston Nelson, Riley Newgen, Edgar Nunez, Eric Nunez, Katie Phelps, William Price, Iesha Ramirez, Yenni Ramirez, Jasmine Reyna, Roxanna Robles, Blanca Romero, Mayra Santana, Brityn Sauer, Anna Serano, Dianna Shigeta, Cody Smith, Ashton Stark, Joseph Suarez, Eric Tatlock, Christopher Torres, Ana Tovar, Airlen Trumble, Trampis Waite, Jacob Waller and London Wettstein.

                  3.75-3.50 G.P.A.: Marilyn Barba, Jaden Barber, Kirsten Bauer, Monique Cheatam, Jessica Cuna Colchado, Ivana Davila, Kenzie Deiter, Laura DeLaCruz, Victor Diedrich, Evan Erlebach, Cecilia Escobedo, Eric Fogle, Sebastian Gallegos, Drake Herrera, Larry Lewin, Aidan Mahoney, Briana Mejia, Armando Mendez, Valdemar Mendez, Kayleigh Pearce, Michelle Perez, Hannah Prentiss, Vicki Rivera, Irvin Rodriguez, Payton Ruberti, Hailey Skinner, Megan Sokolik, Justin Strong, Eli Toombs and Clarissa Vasquez-Valadez.

                  3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Zach Acree, Carmen Banuelos (Gonzalez), Mayte Barrios Sanchez, Vianca Corona, Chaz Davis, Joseph Delgado, James Dionne, Austin Edwards, Jessica Galicia, Selena Gallegos, Brianna Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Oscar Lopez, Max Maeda, Derek Martin, Derek Maus, Scotty Morton, Jessica Navarrete, Gloria Olsen, Ryan Reever, Landon Saito, Jonathan Taroy, Micaela Thomas, Lacey Waters and Tristin Wishard.

                  Ontario girls claim GOL title, February 14, 2007

                  Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  The Ontario girls basketball team secured the Greater Oregon League championship title Tuesday after defeating the Baker Bulldogs 49-35 in GOL action at Ontario.

                  Ontario head coach Jon Buck said the Tigers again played with great defense to earn them the win.

                  Tigers fall to Bulldog, February, 14, 2007

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Jacob Haueter scored 23 points to lead the game, but the Ontario boys basketball team fell at the hands of Greater Oregon League opponent Baker 67-59 anyway Tuesday at Ontario High School.

                  Haueter was the only Tiger to have a significant impact on the scoreboard, hitting five shots from the field, including three 3's, and shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during the game.

                  Despite his team showing moments of solid play, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said Baker's rebounding finally got the best of the Tigers in the second half, giving them plenty of opportunity to score from the paint.

                  Local players selected for East-West Shrine game, February 13, 2007

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  Six local football players will highlight this year

                  Ontario girls defeat Mac-Hi during weekend, February 12, 2007

                  Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  The Ontario girls basketball team is one win away from the Greater Oregon League crown.

                  Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Ontario to the 39-28 win over Mac-Hi in GOL action Saturday in McLoughlin.

                  Even though the Tigers committed 20 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the field, Ontario was able to scratch out a tough road win from the charity stripe.

                  The Tigers shot 15-of-17 from the line, while the Pioneers hit 12-of-20.

                  Tigers win 4A tourney, February 11, 2007

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Ontario wrestling team qualified 13 grapplers for the state tournament and also came away from La Grande with its first district title in four years, chalking up 307.5 team points and beating host La Grande by 33 points.

                  Tom Martinez (125) scored a 17-2 technical decision over Andrew Gettle, Baker, in the finals to solidify his spot at state. Chase Fields (112) won the individual title over teammate Nico Martinez as the two also earned state berths. Ten other wrestlers, including Juvenal Carrillo and Andrew Burnett (103), Danny Nunez (119), David Rangel (130), Andres Hernandez (135), Derek Galligar (140), Frank Lopez (145), Casey Erlebach (152), Anthony Rangel (189) and Mike Ortiz (215) all punched their tickets for the state competition.

                  Tiger defense stops La Grande, February 7, 2007

                   Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  The Ontario girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscles Tuesday, holding the La Grande Tigers to 23 percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers in Ontario

                  Tigers rout Pioneers, February 4, 2007

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The running and gunning Ontario girls basketball team forced 24 turnovers and pestered Mac-Hi into shooting a miserable 15-of-48 from the field in its 61-41 win Saturday in Ontario.

                  Chili feed marks another successful year, February 4, 2007

                  Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                  Over 900 spoons dipped into hundreds of bowls of chili Thursday night at Cairo Elementary School during the annual Cairo Chili Feed. Including 500 take-home orders, the school served 1,393 meals.

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                  January 2007

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                  Tiger boys fall in close game, January 31, 2007

                  Argus Observer sports staff

                  The Ontario boys basketball team put up a good fight but came away with a 59-54 loss to league opponent Baker Tuesday at Baker City.

                  Despite the loss, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick was more positive about Tuesday

                  Tigers trounce Baker, January 31, 2007

                   Argus Observer sports staff

                  The Ontario girls basketball team defeated league rival Baker City for the second time this season, defeating the Bulldogs 59-44 in Greater Oregon League action Tuesday at Baker City.

                  Ontario coach Jon Buck said the matchup was a

                  Area leaders discuss future school building blueprint, January 31, 2007

                   Julie Engel   Argus Observer

                  Ideas from key players in Malheur County and the city of Ontario about the future of school buildings flowed freely at a special work session of the Ontario School Board of Directors Monday.

                  The session focused on plans to bring consultants to Ontario through the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to help the board decide on a direction for its school buildings.

                  The board chose two representatives for the Ontario School District to make initial contact with the ODLCD

                  Ontario girls rout hapless La Grande, January 28, 2007

                  Babij scores 16 in Tigers' 54-27 win RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  So much for being the underdogs.

                  The No. 8-ranked Ontario Tigers forced 23 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points, and defeated La Grande 54-27 in Greater Oregon League girls basketball Friday in Ontario.

                  Tigers shock Nyssa Bulldogs fall to Ontario 58-48, January 28, 2007

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  After losing 70-48 to La Grande Friday, the Ontario boys basketball team rebounded in style.

                  Jacob Haueter hit nine shots and all four of his free throws attempts for 25 points to lead the Tigers to a 58-48 win over Nyssa Saturday.

                  School board reviews Julie Engel, January 24, 2007

                  Argus Observer

                  The saying

                  Ontario ordinance targets middle school crime, Janurary 24, 2007

                  Andy Gates   Argus Observer

                  Four Ontario Middle School students have been cited by police for disrupting the school process since a new city ordinance was activated Dec. 20, and three students have been expelled so far this school year.

                  The Ontario City Council passed an ordinance in late November which gave police the authority to cite juveniles in Ontario

                  Prep Girls Roundup, January 24, 2007

                  Ontario girls defeat Baker    Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  The Ontario girls basketball team earned a key win Tuesday, opening its Greater Oregon League season with a 53-47 victory over the previously undefeated Baker Bulldogs at Ontario High School.

                  The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs for all but one quarter, but maintained enough of a lead throughout to hold off Baker

                  Tiger wrestlers sweep Payette, Vale, January 24, 2007

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario Tigers are officially on the winning track.

                  They needed 10 forfeits and five pins in their tri-dual meet sweep against Payette and Vale to do the trick.

                  Ontario defeated Payette 57-24 and slipped past Vale 45-32 Tuesday in nonleague wrestling action in Vale.

                  Tigers take a tumble, January 24, 2007

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario boys basketball team held its own with the Baker Bulldogs for two quarters but ultimately fell 72-52 in the opening game of Greater Oregon League play Tuesday at Ontario.

                  Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said his team knew the Bulldogs would be tough, and they didn

                  Crucial program, January 23, 2007

                  Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                  Tigers ready to rumble, Janurary 23, 2007

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Although the Ontario girls basketball team has racked up a combined record of 136-39 and three Co-Greater Oregon League titles in the past five years, the Tigers enter league play tonight against Baker High School in a different role.

                  As the underdog.

                  Baker, La Grande and Mac-Hi are the hunted in 2007, while Ontario looks forward to its new role as the hunter.

                  OHS senior receives congressional nomination, January 23, 2007

                  Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

                  Thanks to a special nomination, Ontario High School senior Cody Ables could soon be a Falcon - the mascot to the United States Air Force Academy.

                  Oregon U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, announced last week he had nominated Ables for acceptance into the academy.

                  Board of directors reviews plans, Janurary 22, 2007

                  The Ontario School Board has just completed its annual meetings with the Site Councils of the district

                  Tiger wrestlers split home meet Ontario beats Marsing, loses to Vallivue Friday, January 21, 2007

                  Ronald Bond Argus Observer

                  The Ontario wrestling team split a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Marsing 44-36 before falling to Vallivue's grapplers 52-11.

                  In the opener against Marsing, the Tigers scored eight wins, with five coming by forfeit, and held off a scrappy, yet undermanned Marsing squad. The Huskies racked up six wins of their own, including four pins.

                  Ontario School Board garners grant update, January 21, 2007

                  Julie Engel Argus Observer

                  The libraries throughout the Ontario School District have received 5,400 new books through a grant from the United States Department of Education.

                  OSD School Improvement Specialist Sherri Hironaka presented a grant update to the Ontario School District Board of Directors at its regular meeting Thursday night.

                  The third time really is the charm, she said, as the district received the

                  Hearings completed in school gun case, January 18, 2007

                  Andy Gates Argus Observer

                  Expulsion hearings ended Tuesday for two Ontario Middle School students in connection to a December incident where a handgun was allegedly brought into the school and passed around to other students.

                  However, a final expulsion decision has not yet been made.

                  Ontario Middle School parents may receive letters regarding the incident, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Tuesday.

                  No letters have been sent out yet, Carter said, but letters may explain the incident and remind parents to not let children bring weapons to school.

                  Schools in Oregon are not required to disseminate letters to parents detailing guns-in-school incidents, Oregon Department of Education Spokesman Gene Evans said last week.

                  It is unclear why letters were not sent out directly after the incident. Carter said he did not have an answer as to why the district did not inform parents about the December incident by letter.

                  Information regarding the incident was relayed to the Argus Observer by a concerned resident last week, almost a month after it occurred.

                  Carter said last week that a student brought a handgun into the middle school and other students had their hands on the weapon.

                  An expulsion decision will probably be made within the next couple of days, Carter said.

                  Ontario police cited a 12-year-old boy in connection to the incident. The youth was cited for the felony crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building, Ontario Police Department Capt. Mark Alexander said Friday.

                  Ontario Police Chief Mike Kee said Tuesday the youth was arraigned on the possession charge in December.

                  It is unclear, though, how his case has progressed through court

                  Nyssa girls seek revenge over Tigers, January 16, 2007

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  For the past two seasons, the Ontario girls basketball team has been the bully and the Nyssa Bulldogs have been the beneficiary of several beat-downs.

                  Last year was especially sour for Nyssa, which lost two games to Ontario by a combined score of 122-79. Nyssa head coach Gabe Fuentes was the head coach for the last four square offs, all losses for the Bulldogs and all by at least double figures.

                  So there is no shortage of history between both squads.

                  Ontario school put on state watch list, January 15, 2007

                  Andy Gates Argus Observer

                  Ontario High School was placed on a watch list, under the school safety provisions of the federal No Child Left behind Act, along with 15 other schools throughout the state, according to an October press release from the Oregon Department of Education.

                  Ontario High School was put on the list, Oregon Department of Education Communications Director Gene Evans said because the number of expulsions for weapons and violent behavior exceeded the allowable threshold for the number of students in the school.

                  Eight students out of a student body of 784 were expelled from Ontario High School, Evans said, which exceeded the threshold of one expulsion for every 100 students.

                  Three of the expulsions were for violent behavior, Evans said, and five were for weapons such as knives, but not guns.

                  As a result of the listing, the Oregon Department of Education requires schools update their violence prevention plan, and prevention specialists from the state may also consult with schools, Evans said.

                  The watch list shows that school districts take

                  OMS gun case sparks questions, January 11, 2007

                  Andy Gates Argus Observer

                  Expulsion hearings are underway for an Ontario Middle School student who brought a handgun to school in mid-December and showed it to two other students who also handled the weapon, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Wednesday.

                  Carter said a parent called police about the incident, and police informed the school.

                  Information on the incident is very limited and no press releases were issued by the Ontario Police Department or the Ontario School District.

                  The incident was relayed to the Argus Observer Wednesday by a concerned resident.

                  Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Wednesday he cannot confirm or deny that the incident occurred because he is bound by legal constraints.

                  Juvenile files are not open to the media for review, according to the Malheur County Court Clerk

                  Ontario clobbers Vikings, January 10, 2007

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Vale girls basketball team was plagued with foul trouble, which ultimately doomed the Vikings in a 68-47 loss to Ontario in nonleague play Tuesday at Ontario.

                  Vale committed 26 fouls in the game, 16 in the first half, in a closely-called game that left Viking head coach Jason Johnson frustrated.

                  Ontario boys stop Vikings, January 10, 2007

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Teamwork, tough second-half defense and solid free-throw shooting helped the Ontario Tigers get back on track.

                  Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Ontario made 15-of-19 free throws in the Tigers

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                  December 2006

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                  Oregon schools face obstacles, find success in 2006, December 31, 2006

                  Jennifer Colton  Argus Observer

                  Last year proved to be a roller coaster ride for the Ontario School District, as poor test results, safety concerns and high dropout rates marred positive events, like thriving red-ribbon week and food drives programs at Ontario Middle School, parent education and the opening of a new alternative school.
                   
                  Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said OSD will look to improve schools and focus on core concepts.

                  Ontario's Boyd honored for play, December 24, 2006

                  Tiger sophomore named Special District 7 Most Valuable Player   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  As a sophomore, Ontario girls soccer standout Kim Boyd had a breakout 2006 season. Boyd scored 13 goals, tallied four assists and led her team to an 11-2-2 overall record. The standout was rewarded for her efforts, winning three significant awards at the Tigers' year-end team banquet Wednesday.
                   
                  Boyd was named her team's best offensive player, most valuable player and she completed the trifecta after she earned Oregon's Special District 7 Most Valuable Player award.

                  Tiger wrestlers win two of five in Pasco tourney, December 22, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  Although the Ontario wrestling team didn't place, the Tigers won two duals out of five and had several wrestlers fare well at the two-day Best of the West wrestling duals at Pasco, Wash. The Tigers opened up the tournament on a good note with a 41-29 win over Bonney Lake on Wednesday.
                   
                  The Tigers won nine matches against Bonney Lake, two on decisions, two pins and a 30-12 technical fall win by Casey Erlebach (152 pounds). Chase Fields (112) won a 4-1 decision, Griffin Gundle (160) notched a 11-5 decision, while Ray Rodriguez (125) and Michael Gonzalez (135) earned first round pins. Ontario scored the rest of its points on forfeits.
                   
                  The Tigers went on to win one other time in the next four duals. Ontario next lost 72-6 to host Pasco, with Danny Nunez (119) earning all of his teams points with a second round pinfall win over Pasco's Gerardo Castro. The Tigers quickly rebounded with a close 41-38 loss to the coop team of Wahtonka-The Dalles. In that dual, the Tigers notched five forfeit wins, while Tom Martinez (130) scored a 22-7 technical fall win over Quinn Simer and teammate Toby Smith (189) scored 6-0 decision.
                   
                  Ontario then defeated Federal Way 66-16 using seven pinfall wins and three forfeits. Nico Martinez (119), Rodriguez, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Martinez, Mark Anthony (140), Erlebach, Smith and Mike Ortiz (215) all won with first round pins. Tom Martinez pinned Blake Zimmerman in 23 seconds and Ortiz did his damage to Tomson Lee in 47 seconds. In their final dual Thursday, the Tigers squared off against Toppenish and lost 47-27.
                   
                  Three of the wins were by pinfall with Nico Martinez, Tom Martinez and Smith earning the honors. Ontario's Erlebach won his final match with a 10-6 decision over Andres Chavez and teammate Michael Gonzalez won by forfeit.

                  Tigers trounce Payette, December 20, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER | Argus Observer

                  The Ontario boys basketball team outscored Payette 24-9 in the fourth quarter to seal a 74-53 win over the Pirates Tuesday night in nonleague basketball action. It was not only the second win of the season for the Tigers but the second time they beat Payette.
                   
                  Francisco Chavez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and his teammates went a perfect 14-of-14 at the charity stripe to put the game away.
                   
                  Payette coach Shawn Scow said he thought, overall, the Tigers outdistanced the Pirates in the final stanza.

                  Ontario girls defeat Vale, December 20, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Maybe the coaches should scrap the weekly film study. Both Vale and Ontario's girls basketball teams combined to shoot 36-of-107 from the field and committed 37 turnovers, but the Tigers were able to walk away with the 54-46 win over the Vikings Tuesday in nonleague action in Vale.
                   
                  Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter, and the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to end with a 19-11 first quarter lead. That's all Ontario needed as both squads battled to a 35-35 draw through the next three quarters.

                  New buses set for district, December 17, 2006

                  Julie Engel Argus Observer

                  Every year the Ontario School District must acquire two new buses because of a 150,000-mile, 12-year replacement schedule. The Ontario School Board approved the purchase of those two buses at its regular meeting Thursday night.
                   
                  The buses will be more expensive this year because of new and stringent emission standards, OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said. In addition to an extra $6,500 per bus, Clinton said the buses will be about two months late as a result of the emission standard changes. The buses will probably not be purchased before the end of the fiscal year, OSD Superintendent Dennis Carter said.
                   
                  As a result, Carter said board members will need to factor in those two buses plus two more in the next budget year. In other Ontario School District news, Personnel Director Carole Kitamura presented the debut of a secondary literacy project to the board. A handful of people in the Ontario School District attended a training in November through a $10,000 Oregon Department of Education/COSA State Improvement Grant - Supporting All Students in Reading.
                   
                  Kitamura said the aim of the grant is to teach administrators to address their own literacy issues throughout a particular district.
                   
                  The group completed the first step of the grant by collecting data from sixth- through ninth-grade students with an oral reading fluency screening, she said. Once the data is compiled, Kitamura said they will bring the information to another meeting with grant organizers to determine the implications of the data.

                  OMS student food drive hits a high gear, December 17, 2006

                   Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                  In a little more than a week, Ontario Middle School students brought in 3,000 food items during their annual food drive.

                  Ontario girls end tourney with win, December 17, 2006

                  Argus Observer sports staff

                  The Ontario girls basketball team rebounded from a 45-28 loss to Stayton and ended the Junction City tournament with a 55-52 win over host Junction City Saturday.
                   
                  Four different Tigers hit double figures, and Alla Dzhidzhidyeshvili had an all-around game with 15 points, three assist and three steals.

                  Tiger girls win tourney opener, December 15, 2006

                  Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  The Ontario girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Cottage Grove 43-32 in the opening round of the Junction City tournament Thursday night.
                   
                  Cottage Grove came out strong and took a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter, but the Tigers fought back to take the lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Still, head coach Jon Buck said, Ontario didn't put the game away until the fourth quarter when the Tigers outscored Cottage Grove 11-4.
                   
                  The Tigers took a 10-point lead at one point in the fourth stanza after Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Stephanie Babij hit back-to-back threes to help seal the win.

                  Weiser boys shut down Ontario, December 13, 2006

                  Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  The Weiser boys basketball team outscored the Ontario Tigers 44-26 in the first half on the way to a 75-57 win in nonleague action Tuesday night.
                   
                  Up 18-14 going into the second quarter, the game remained close until the Wolverines broke it open, outscoring Ontario 26-12 to give them their 44-26 halftime lead.

                  Tigers full of surprises in 2006, December 12, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario football team came back from a dismal 2005 season to dominate in 2006, and the future looks bright for the Tigers.
                   
                  The Ontario Tigers wrapped up the season with an 8-4 record, losing in the 4A state semifinals to Siuslaw Dec. 2.

                  Tigers maul Wildcats, December 10, 2006

                  Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  Stephanie Babij scored a game high 23 points as the Ontario girls rolled over Columbia 78-19 Saturday night at Ontario High School.
                   
                  Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili chipped 16 points and had nine steals, and Stephanie O'Connor added 14 points and six steals.

                  Tigers dominate Wolverines, December 8, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario girls basketball team improved its record to 4-0 after dominating Weiser in nonleague basketball action Thursday, defeating the Wolverines 53-36 at Ontario High School.
                   
                  The Tigers outscored Weiser 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-18 halftime lead and held the Wolverines to only two points in the third to stretch their lead to 40-20 going into the fourth.
                   
                  At one point Ontario enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 44-20 before Weiser made its last comeback of the night. The Wolverines outscored Ontario 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but their last push came too late to change the final outcome.

                  OHS students pitch in to make food drive a success, December 8, 2006

                  Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

                  Honey bear guards, staggered walls and a blue ramen-package waterfall stood out on the

                  Columbia boys hold off Ontario, December 8, 2006

                  Argus Observer sports staff

                  Ontario

                  A bright outlook, December 7, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team features many new looks for the upcoming season. Unlike last season's Tiger squad, which featured six seniors and finished 15-10 overall, only two seniors return this year. This season's team boasts a lot of new, younger faces who will see a lot of action on the court. Those players are also full of enthusiasm who are ready to work hard, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said.

                  Tigers sink Pirates, December 6, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario boys basketball team overcame a 14-point deficit and scored 33 fourth-quarter points to come from behind and beat Payette 61-56 Tuesday in Payette. Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, and Jacob Haueter added nine of his 18 total to help put the Tigers up for good. Down 42-28 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers switched up their defense to stymie the Pirates, force turnovers and open up scoring opportunities. After the switch,

                  Ontario went on a 14-0 run in less than three minutes and eventually tied things up at 42 with 5:40 left on the clock. Although Payette took a slight lead again, the Tigers never let the game slip away from them and took the lead for good with 52 seconds left on the clock after a put-back shot and successful free throw by Chavez put them up 57-56.

                  After that, Ontario secured the win at the charity stripe on free throws by Haueter while Payette was held scoreless.

                  Ontario grapplers ready to hit the mat, December 4, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario wrestling team took its lumps last year, but is now a year older and wiser as it enters the 2006 campaign. Because football season is still in full swing, Ontario head coach Charlie Anthony has handed the reigns over to assistant coaches Dave Parsons and Jeremy Roberts, who are running practices for the time being, Anthony said.

                  Ontario smokes Nampa Christian, December 1, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  If the first two games are any indication, the Ontario girls basketball team is the real deal. Two days after defeating the defending 3A champion Burns Hilanders 57-47, the Tigers backed that up with a 79-44 drubbing of nonleague opponent Nampa Christian Thursday in Ontario. Five different Tigers scored in double-digits and senior standout Stephanie Babij scored a team-high 21 points and led the way with eight rebounds in 29 minutes of floor time.

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                  November 2006

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                  Turning up the heat, November 30, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Many high school sports fans didn't envision this, except maybe the Ontario Tigers football team. The Tigers (8-3 overall) are among the final four in the 4A state football championships, and they next square off against undefeated Siuslaw (11-0) of the Far West League Saturday at noon PST on the turf at Hillsboro Stadium. Siuslaw enters Saturday's action after shutting out Central 27-0 in quarterfinal action last Saturday and has shut out their opponents four times this season.

                  Defense is the name of the game for the Vikings, who have allowed a paltry 56 points in their 11 games this season, and in the playoffs they have outscored their opponents (Cottage Grove and Central) by a 82-7 clip.
                   

                  Ontario holds off Hidden Valley, November 26, 2006

                   Deena Manning - Daily Courier

                  Seventh-ranked Hidden Valley saw more than enough of Ontario

                  Ontario looks to take charge, November 22, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  What a turnaround it has been for the Ontario football team. Last year, the Tigers finished 1-8 overall and struggled to find their way, but this year the Tigers are entering uncharted territory. For the first time since 1997, the Tigers are in the quarterfinals round after defeating Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 in their opening game Nov. 18. Ontario (7-3) will now square off against Hidden Valley Saturday at 2 p.m. PST on the turf at Grants Pass High School. Hidden Valley finished in first place in the Skyline League and stands at 9-2 overall.

                  The Mustangs have won four games in a row by a combined margin of 145 to 42, and for the season they have racked up 308 points, while only giving up 150. The Mustangs are entering Saturday's quarterfinals action after defeating defending 3A state champion Marist 31-21 in second round action last Friday.

                  The quarterfinals berth is the furthest the Mustangs have advanced in school history. Hidden Valley has been running on all cylinders, using the duo of 6-foot-2 inch, 190-pound quarterback L.B. Draper and 6-foot-4 inch, 205-pound receiver Jordan Van Cleave.

                  Other weapons at Draper's disposal will be 6-foot-1 inch, 210-pound tight end/ split end Dustin Mathews and standout running back Jules DeVos. DeVos is entering action after posting 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Marist.

                  Ontario players named All-GOL, November 21, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  Ontario running back Loren Stewart led the Tigers on the field all season, and was greatly rewarded for his efforts. The junior was one of 14 Tigers selected to the Greater Oregon League all-league team.
                   
                  Stewart was recognized as the Offensive Three Way Player of the Year and was also named first team all-GOL at running back.

                  The Score, November 19, 2006

                  Second annual

                  Tigers tear up Yamhill, November 19, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                  Ontario's Bryson Sap just had one of those days. The junior quarterback ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, added another through the air and also forced a fumble to help Ontario come back from a 28-21 halftime deficit to defeat Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 at Tiger Stadium in Ontario.
                   

                  Making a connection, November 19, 2006

                  For three decades, Gary Thompson has taught chemistry and physics to Oregon high school students. Now in his 19th consecutive year at Ontario High School, the veteran teacher still connects with his students by making chemistry and physics fun despite changing technology.

                  Ontario Tigers ready to roar, November 17, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  As they enter the second round of the 4A state football playoffs, the Ontario Tigers look to continue to build upon their improvement over last year's 1-8 mark. Their first playoff game in two years, will be against Yamhill-Carlton Saturday afternoon in Ontario at 2 p.m. Saturday's match up will be the team'sfirst playoff game for Ontario since the 2004 season.
                   
                  Yamhill-Carlton,the second place team out ofthe Cowapa League, comes in having won four of their last five games and hold a record of 8-2 overall. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a margin of 374-210 on the season.

                  Ontario School District thanks Heinz Frozen Foods, November 17, 2006

                  May Roberts Elementary would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Heinz Frozen Foods. Heinz continues to show great support to the school and recently gave a generous financial donation. Our thanks to Heinz.
                   
                  OMS success is back The OMS Success Bakers are back. Let them do your Thanksgiving baking. This year they will be creating the

                  Grad party slated, November 17, 2006

                  Plans for the Graduation Night Senior Party have begun and a web page with details, registration forms and other important information has been published. Seniors and their parents should review the link entitled "2007 Senior Class Party

                  Ontario School Board OK s resolutions regarding funds, November 17, 2006

                  Julie Engel   Argus Observer
                   
                  The Ontario School Board passed two resolutions adding grant funds to the 2006 to 2007 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night. The Ontario School District received a $4,000 K-3 Statewide Literacy Outreach grant to pay for a training workshop teachers attended Thursday and Friday, Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said.

                  The district sent 10 teachers to the workshops held in Pendleton, she said, which focus on getting the most from core reading programs.

                  School board retreat nets results, November 13, 2006

                  - From the Ontario School Board   Special to the Argus Observer
                   
                  On Saturday, Oct. 28, the 8C District School Board met to review the five objectives it developed based on the community survey and prior board discussions. Those goals are: improving communication with our schools and between the district and patrons; building and maintenance needs; improving curriculum; building employee morale; and increasing Hispanic/Latino parent participation.
                   
                  Communication Communication within our schools and with district patrons is important. The board will develop better means of gathering community input through methods such as: better publication of activities; aggressive information and idea gathering; e-mail; blogs; question and answer sessions; and electronic drop boxes.
                   
                  Building and Maintenance Needs The need for school building maintenance and middle and high school building improvement was discussed. The community's voice, through the bond vote and subsequent survey, was carefully considered.
                   
                  The board believes it must refine its understanding of the condition of school facilities, the financial means of our community and the opportunities and obligations presented by these facts. Improvement of school facilities requires careful planning and a great deal of community input and understanding. Coordination with the city of Ontario, community leaders and county and state agencies is essential if a positive result is to be achieved.
                   
                  Curriculum Improvement Consideration and review of curriculum is ongoing. Improvement of academic performance is essential if our students are going to be prepared for college or vocational schools. Careful analysis of the reasons leading to current unacceptable AYP scores is also occurring. Improvement in Ontario students' test scores and preparation for post-secondary programs will occur only if the causes of their current performance are addressed.
                   
                  Employee Morale The board is concerned with teacher and employee morale and discussed the need for better listening, celebration of successes, attendance at school board meetings and visits of buildings and school sites as ways to interact with staff.
                   
                  The board wishes to recognize our outstanding staff and improve the relationship between staff and the board. Increasing Parent Participation Identifying children at risk for academic failure and those with social problems is key to improving academic scores and ensuring safe schools.
                   
                  The board is considering ideas to strengthen relationships with families, especially in the Hispanic/Latino community. An advisory group of interested Hispanic/Latino community members could improve the board's understanding of cultural differences and suggest ways to increase Hispanic/Latino parent participation at school.
                   
                  The board knows that our kids will be best served if we continue to seek community input and carefully utilize the information. While this board can suggest, guide, support and promote, it cannot take the place of involved parents. Please, come to our board meetings, talk to board members and volunteer to help at school. By working together, we can be an effective part of our children's education.

                  Plans underway for annual OHS senior graduation party, November 13, 2006

                  The parents of Ontario High School seniors have started planning the annual graduation party, to be held all night May 27. Parents interested in assisting with the plans are invited to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, in the OHS library. For more information, please contact Mary Hamman at (541) 889-4767, or Melody Davis at (541) 889-4044.

                  Ontario girls, boys lose at state, November 8, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                   
                  After an opening round win against Seaside, the Ontario girls soccer team had its season cut short, suffering a 4-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                   
                  The Tigers weren't able to generate many scoring opportunities and only tallied two shots on goal, where the Aardvarks put up 13.

                  Ontario swept by Henley, November 5, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Ontario volleyball team's stay in the 4A Oregon state tournament was short-lived, as the Tigers lost to Henley in 3 games Saturday night in Henley. Henley jumped out to an early 10-1 lead in the first game, and went on to take the game 25-12.
                   
                  Ontario played tough in game two, but fell 25-21, before also falling in game three, 25-20.

                  Ontario Tigers fall flat in Baker City, November 5, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Baker City football team scored 33 points in the second quarter on the way to a 61-26 blowout victory over Ontario Friday night.
                   
                  With the win the Bulldogs claimed the Greater Oregon League title. Bulldog quarterback Derek Howerton led the offensive onslaught with four touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and 222 yards total. Teammates Travis Mastrude and Grant Johnson each hauled in a pair of scoring passes for Baker City.
                   
                  For Ontario, Loren Stewart led the way, scoring all four Tiger touchdowns and rushing for 167 yards, including an 88-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 90-yard kickoff return in the second stanza.

                  Tigers sneak past Seaside, November 5, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER  ARGUS OBSERVER

                  A late, second-period goal by Ontario's Salvador Sanchez gave the Tigers the edge they needed to put away the Seaside Seagulls 2-1 in boys 4A opening round state soccer Saturday at Ontario.

                  The win advances Ontario to the state soccer second round while Seaside's season was cut short. With about 12 minutes left in Saturday's game, Sanchez's quick shot to the left side of the goal as Seaside goalkeeper John Morgan dove right unknotted the 1-1 tie and swung the momentum in the Tigers' favor for good.

                  Up until the second period, the game looked promising for the Seagulls, who scored quick and early on a Justin Morgan goal. Seaside coach Jon Broderick said he thought the Seagulls, who held off Ontario well during the first half, had a shot of pulling together a 1-0 win.
                   

                  Ontario blanks Sutherlin in opener, November 5, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammates Christina Markee and Keila Nelson added one each to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout over Sutherlin in first round 4A girls soccer state action Saturday in Ontario.
                   
                  Sutherlin, playing in the state tournament for the first time, ended its season with the loss, while Ontario advances to play Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
                   
                  Ontario took control of the game early after Boyd scored two minutes in with an assist by Markee. She posted Ontario's second goal of the afternoon after she was fouled in the box in the 12th minute, and her penalty kick hit its mark. The Tigers' play slowed down after they took their 2-0 lead, and the teams fought for possession the rest of the half.
                   
                  The second half featured much of the same, although Markee found the goal in the 57th minute. Jennifer Reyes started the play with a pass to Boyd whose shot bounced off the goal straight to Markee who finished it off. Reyes and Boyd were credited with assists on the play.
                   
                  Nelson's shot iced the game for Ontario in the last minute of the game.

                  Tigers rally to triumph, November 2, 2006

                   JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Despite an early two-game deficit, the Ontario volleyball team overcame a poor performance to defeat Pleasant Hill 3-2 in the loser-out first round of the 4A state volleyball tournament Wednesday.
                   
                  After losing the first two games 25-22 and 25-11, the Tigers cleaned up their hitting, which coach Rod Williams said was all Ontario needed to do to play well. He said climbing out of a 2-0 hole would have been harder if the Tigers were playing their best and not making many mistakes, but that wasn't the case.

                  Tigers send six runners to state, November 1, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  Ontario cross country standout Matt Rankin is in a class of his own. Rankin finished first in Saturday's 4A district cross country meet in Baker with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds, over La Grande's Johnny Bullock (17:44).

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                  October 2006

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                  Ontario Tigers stuff La Grande 41-28, October 29, 2006

                  Ontario claims state playoff slot   JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                   The Ontario football team guaranteed its spot in the 4A state football playoffs with a 41-28 win over the La Grande Tigers Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Ontario needs only to beat Baker City Friday at Baker to claim the Greater Oregon League title all-out and the No. 1 seed from the GOL to the state playoffs.
                   
                  If the Tigers lose and La Grande beats Mac-Hi, Ontario will take the No. 2 seed to the state playoffs, and the league title will be determined by points scored.

                  Ontario falls to La Grande Thursday, October 27, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                   
                  Another match, another disappointing finish for the Ontario volleyball team Thursday in La Grande.

                  The Tigers lost in four games to La Grande in Greater Oregon League action in La Grande. Ontario couldn't get started on the right foot and lost the first two games, 25-21 and 25-14, before winning the third game 25-22.
                   
                  La Grande dominated the fourth game 25-9, sending Ontario packing. Tara Alvarado led with 17 digs and teammate Tara O'Connor dropped nine kills for Ontario. Once again, Stephanie O' Connor did everything possible to spark the team, to no avail.

                  Ontario sends Pioneers packing, October 22, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER    ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario football team secured its first league win Friday with a 57-20 rout of Greater Oregon League opponent Maclaughlin High School at Tiger Stadium. An early fourth-quarter 5-yard touchdown run by Tad Anzaldua and successful point-after kick, iced the win, giving the Tigers an insurmountable 57-7 lead.
                   
                  Once Ontario reached that bench-mark, the 45-point mercy rule took effect, and the scoreboard clock only stopped for official timeouts. The Pioneers scored twice in the fourth quarter, having put up their first points in the first quarter on a 55-yard run by Jeffrey Stallings, but the clock ticked off the final seconds of the game before the Pioneers kicked their last point-after attempt.

                  Ontario Tigers fall short, October 18, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario junior Stephanie O' Connor just had one of those nights as she led the Tigers with 25 assists, 23 digs, 10 kills and six service aces, but the rest of the Ontario volleyball team bumbled, stumbled and jumbled its way to a four-game loss to La Grande on senior night Tuesday in Ontario.

                  The night began with some emotional pregame festivities thanking seniors Tara Alvarado, Jordan Bainbridge, Rebecca McDannel, Tara O'Connor, Kristin Saito and Sami Stone for their hard work and dedication to Ontario athletics.
                   
                  The emotions were high and the stage was set. The Ontario Tigers used the emotion to their advantage, and started out by doing things right, using passing, teamwork and solid hitting to win the first game, 25-21. The momentum shifted in the second game, and Ontario's game came apart.
                   
                  Attempted spikes hit the net, passes missed their mark and communication unravelled.

                  Ontario volleyball clinches state berth, October 16, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Ontario volleyball squad clinched a spot in the state championship tournament for the third year in a row after sweeping past the Mac-Hi Pioneers in Greater Oregon League action in Milton-Freewater Saturday.
                   
                  The Tigers fought a close battle in the first game to start things out and slipped past with a 25-21 win. In the second game, the Tigers found their stride and dominated 25-14, before taking the win with a 25-15 win in the third game.

                  Ontario School Board opposes Measures 41, 45 and 48, October 16, 2006

                  Julie Engel | Argus Observer

                  The Ontario School Board passed three resolutions opposing Oregon Ballot Measures 41, 45 and 48 at a special meeting Thursday night.
                   
                  The Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors passed similar resolutions at its September board meeting opposing the same three measures. Measures 41 and 48 will affect funding for school districts in the state, and Measure 45 will limit terms for legislators and senators.
                   
                  Measure 41 will cause a reduction in tax collections by matching up state income tax deductions with federal deductions, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said. The measure would reduce state revenues by $815 million, which in turn would cut educational funds by $350 million, OSBA Legislative and Public Affairs Specialist David Williams said Friday.
                   
                  The state expenditure for kindergarten through 12th grade school districts is 46 percent of Oregon's general fund, Williams said. The federal government only provides about 25 percent of school district funding, Williams said, with the rest of the 75 percent coming through the Oregon Legislature.

                  As for Ontario, Carter said the impact of Measure 41 would be about $2 million in revenues lost in the 2007 to 2009 biennium. That loss translates into a cut of 16 teachers in the school district per year, or 32 teachers in the biennium, Ontario School District Director of Personnel Carol Kitamura said.
                   
                  The Ontario School District currently has 175 teachers. Measure 48 is a spending limit proposal that would restrict state spending to the percentage of population increase plus inflation. The estimated affect on the state's educational budget is $4.9 billion for the biennium, Carter said, with Ontario's cut anywhere from $2.2 million to almost $5 million.
                   
                  Under Measure 48 the Ontario School District could lose anywhere from 32 to 72 teachers in the biennium depending on the final amount taken from the budget, Kitamura said.
                   
                  If both Measure 41 and 48 did pass, the cut in teachers would be cumulative but it would not result in the total loss of 104 teachers, Carter said. The problem with Measure 48, Carter said, is the state has gone through a recession, and if the spending limit is capped at the previous biennium entities become stuck in the low period.

                  Tigers suffer third straight loss, October 11, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                  Hoping for redemption against a tough Baker City volleyball squad, the Ontario volleyball team instead suffered its third-straight conference loss as the Bulldogs swept the Tigers 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17 in Ontario Tuesday. It was the second time the undefeated Bulldogs (4-0 Greater Oregon League, 7-0 overall) swept the Tigers this season.
                   
                  With the loss, Ontario drops to 1-3 in the GOL, 8-4 overall. Unforced errors, giving up unearned points to Baker City to score, were the Tigers' downfall Tuesday night.
                   
                  The Tigers committed a whopping 30 unforced errors in the match - 18 hitting, seven serving and five receiving errors.

                  Area athletes race in Ontario meet, October 6, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  Ontario's Matt Rankin once again put his best foot forward but was nipped at the wire at the Glen Crosby Cross Country Invitational on the campus of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario Thursday. Rankin finished in second place with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds behind Burns' Tommie Hooper to lead all local athletes.

                  Hooper, who has become sort of a rival for Rankin, finished just two seconds ahead of the young Ontario standout.

                  Ontario ousts Bulldogs, October 6, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario girls soccer team notched another win in the victory column as it continued its tear through the GOL, routing Baker City 6-2 Thursday afternoon. The final score was a bit of a surprise to the Bulldogs, coach DeeDee Clarke said after the game.

                  Grizzlies, Tigers face off, October 5, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  While this week's prep football matchup between Ontario and Fruitland high schools won't have an impact on the rest of the season for either team, both are prepared to do what's necessary to win.
                   
                  For Ontario coach Randy Waite, this week's game means one last shot for the Tigers to prepare for their Greater Oregon League opener next week.

                  Ontario deflates Payette boys, October 3, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario's Carlos Salgado had a memorable game Monday that sure spoiled the Payette boys soccer team's senior night. Salgado tallied two goals and added an assist to lead the Ontario soccer team to a 4-0 win over Payette Monday at Harmon Killebrew Field.

                  Before the game, Payette High School celebrated the athletic accomplishments of David Paredes, Matt Edwards, Eddie Serpa and Ingon Rodriguez. But, Ontario's Salgado sent his own message.

                  Prep late game roundup, October 2, 2006

                  Ontario 4, Mac-Hi 2

                  After a scoreless first half, the Ontario girls soccer team came away with a hard fought 4-2 victory Saturday in Mac-Hi. Brea Ribeiro scored the first goal at the 52 minute mark to give Ontario the lead, but the Pioneers responded with a pair of penalty kick goals to go ahead 2-1.

                  Ashley Moeller scored to tie the game in the 66th minute, and Ashlee Captein scored the game winner off of a direct kick from Jennifer Reyes.

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                  September 2006

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                  Tigers, Bulldogs to square off Friday, September 28, 2006

                    JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario and Nyssa football teams are gearing up for their upcoming league seasons, and both will be using this Friday night's game to determine where they stand in further matches to come.

                  For head coach Rob Kassebaum's Nyssa Bulldogs, Friday night marks the last nonleague game of the season they will play.

                  Tigers clean up Vale, September 27, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Taking advantage of a fatigued Vale volleyball team, the Ontario Tigers easily swept the Vikings in a nonleague match Tuesday in Ontario.

                  While the Vale girls put up a fight the first two games of the night, they couldn't match Ontario's aggressiveness as the Tigers won 25-18 and 25-20 respectively.

                  The Vikings began the third game with high intensity, taking a brief lead, but Ontario's offense swamped Vale at the net and shut the Vikings down 25-12. Vale coach Mary Ann Standage said her team had entered Tuesday's match fatigued after a weekend of tournament play at Sisters, where the Vikings placed fifth out of 25 mostly 4A- and 5A-division teams.

                  Standage said her players were still fatigued and sore from their busy weekend, and it showed against Ontario.

                  Tigers win two straight, September 24, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Ontario volleyball team opened league play with a three-game sweep over Mac-Hi Saturday afternoon.

                  Ontario girls blank Pirates in league opener, September 24, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario sophomore Kim Boyd and teammate Jennifer Markee put on a show in prep soccer action Saturday.

                  Boyd scored two highlight-reel goals with assists by Markee to lead the Ontario Tigers to a 2-0 win over Greater Oregon League opponent Riverside at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                  At the 11-minute mark of the first half, Boyd started the scoring for the Tigers on a tic-tac-toe passing effort by her teammates.

                  Ontario halfback Ashlee Captein started the run down the right side of the field and fed Markee, who made a one-touch pass to Boyd and she hit the back of the net. For the remainder of the opening stanza, the Tigers and Pirates passed the ball back and forth at midfield in an attempt to create turnovers. The Tigers created several scoring opportunities and totaled 22 shots on goal.

                  Ontario head coach Greg Walk said he felt like the Tigers could have tallied more goals, but they couldn't make the necessary plays.

                  Ontario School Board slates auction, September 24, 2006

                  Julie Engel Argus Observer

                  One person's junk is can be another person's treasure.

                  And the Ontario School District has a lot of

                  Tigers come back to beat Vale, September 20, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                   
                  The Ontario volleyball team struggled against non-league opponent Vale Tuesday but was able to wake up and focus just in time to defeat the Vikings 3-1 in Vale.
                   
                  The Vikings controlled the net early and won the first set 25-21, but the next three sets were all Tigers.
                   
                  Ontario won the second set 25-16 and squeaked by in the third set 25-21. In the final set, the Tigers dominated with a 25-17 win.
                   

                  Ontario boys shut out Fruitland, September 20, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Ontario boys soccer team continued its dominant play and earned the 3-0 shutout over non-league opponent Fruitland Tuesday in Ontario.
                   
                  Salvador Sanchez scored two goals and teammate Brandon Collins scored another to lead the Tiger attack. The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 halftime lead, on Sanchez's tally and Collins gave Ontario a 2-0 cushion 30 minutes into the second half. Sanchez added the team's third goal with five minutes left in the contest.
                   

                  Ontario girls roll over upstart Irrigon, September 17, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ   ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                  All Ontario goalkeepers Sarah Wharton and Kayla Dean needed was a lawn chair and a sweater for their game Saturday.
                   
                  The Ontario girls soccer offense took care of everything.

                  Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammate Christina Markee chipped in a goal and two assists to lead the Tigers to a 10-0 drubbing of Irrigon High School at the Alameda Elementary School soccer fields in Ontario.
                   
                  The Tigers jumped out of the gate quickly against the Knights and answered the opening whistle with three goals in the first seven minutes of play.
                   
                  Ashley Moeller scored at the 3 minute mark after taking a shot from 15 feet outside the penalty area and bending it just inside the right goal post past Irrigon goalkeeper Maggie Alsup. Two minutes later, Markee scored and Ashlee Captein kicked the third goal at the 7 minute mark. Jennifer Reyes scored the team

                  Tigers fight back, September 15, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                  The Ontario High School volleyball team exacted some revenge Thursday night, beating the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-1 in non-league volleyball action at Ontario High School.
                   
                  Although the Tigers lost to Fruitland 3-2 on Grizzly turf in a match last week, last night's match, in front of a boisterous home crowd, had much different results.
                   
                  The intensity level was much higher than the last time the two teams met, Ontario coach Rod Williams said. After beating Fruitland in the first two sets of their last match, Ontario's energy lagged, allowing Fruitland to take the last three sets.

                  In the latest match, Williams said, his girls maintained their intensity throughout, and dominated the court all four sets, while Fruitland's energy waned at times.
                   
                  Fruitland claimed the first game, but the set was a battle throughout, with the Grizzlies coming out on top 30-28.
                   
                  The second game was much of the same, with the two teams deadlocked at 27 points each toward the end, but with Ontario taking the last two points and a 29-27 win.
                   
                  Ontario carried that intensity into the third set, while Fruitland floundered at the net and back court. The Tigers easily won the game 25-10. Williams said he told his team to take advantage of the Grizzlies' mistakes and continue directing shots to the middle of the court, an area Fruitland struggled defending against.

                  The fourth game promised to be a continuation of the third, with Ontario holding a 10-point lead mid-set, but Fruitland rallied, outscoring the Tigers 9-2 as Ontario was poised to claim the victory.
                   
                  The Grizzlies closed the point deficit to 24-23, and Fruitland coach Lisa O'Neal said she had high hopes her team would pull off an upset like last time.
                   

                  Ontario school parents ponder uniform policy, September 14, 2006

                  Andy Gates Argus Observer
                   
                  Should students be wearing uniforms at Ontario's high school and middle school?
                   
                  In a democratic display of curiosity, one Ontario High School parent polled a crowd of at least 60 community members, parents and students Monday, during a school safety presentation held by principals from the high school, middle school and Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter.
                   
                  At least 30 hands shot into the air regarding the uniform question and vocal murmurs of support from the crowd reverberated throughout the auditorium of the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
                   
                  One of the supporters was Ontario Police Department Chief Mike Kee.

                  Opposition to the idea, though, was far more limited, with approximately 10 hands raising in objection.

                  Ontario Middle School Principle LaVelle Cornwell said she would support uniforms in the middle school.

                  Children have different socioeconomic backgrounds, and uniforms could help level the playing field.

                  Also some of the gang activity in schools is apparent through insignias on clothing such as __ ,

                  Cairo teacher relates to her students, September 12, 2006

                  Andy Gates Argus Observer
                   
                  Disabled by spastic cerebral palsy, Sherry Lane uses a wheelchair and walks with crutches.
                   
                  As a special education support specialist at Cairo Elementary School, Lane said her own disability often places her

                  Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                   
                  Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                   
                  It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                   
                  The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                   
                  Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                  Ontario wins opener, September 10, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                  All Ontario girls head soccer coach Greg Walk wanted was for his girls to finally get to play a game. Otherwise, he said, they were going to explode.
                   
                  They exploded, all right, to the tune of 21 shots and four goals, while scoring in every shape, form and fashion in a 4-1 win over Fruitland Saturday at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
                   
                  Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, and teammate Breanna Ribeiro dished out two assists to lead the Tigers.
                   

                  Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
                   
                  Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
                   
                  It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
                   
                  The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
                   
                  Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

                  Grizzlies take bite out of Ontario Tigers, September 8, 2006

                  Argus Observer sports staff Fruitland
                   
                  The Ontario Tigers came out with a roar but finished weakly, losing to the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-2 in barn-burning prep volleyball action Thursday night at Fruitland High School.
                   
                  For the Grizzlies, the win was both dramatic and significant. Down 2-0 after losing the first two sets 25-13 and 25-22, the Grizzlies rallied in the third set to stay alive, winning 25-17.
                   
                  Fruitland continued their tear through the fourth game, taking advantage of Ontario mistakes, coming out on top 25-20.
                   
                  The Tigers were not done for the night, however, and almost pulled off the win in the tie-breaking set. Ontario came out demonstrating the energy that had been missing at times in the match, and jumped out to a 13-8 lead, putting the game easily within their reach. Fruitland pulled together, however, found their focus, dug deep and strung together the next seven points to come back for the win.
                   

                  Ontario ties in season opener, September 6, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                  The Ontario boys soccer team opened its season tying the McCall-Donnelly Vandals 2-2 Tuesday after gaining and losing the lead twice in the nonconference game.
                   
                  Ontario (0-0-1 overall) struggled to keep up with the Vandals, who played three games this season prior to last night's game, compared with Ontario's one.
                   
                  Much of the game was a defensive battle for both teams, although the Tigers had to work harder because the Vandals had control of the ball for much of the game.

                  Tigers win in Weiser, September 6, 2006

                   RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER
                   
                  Tom Falash Gymnasium in Weiser played host to some personal history, a raucous crowd and barn-burning volleyball action between non-league opponents Nampa Christian, Weiser and Ontario Tuesday evening.
                   
                  In the marquee match of the night, Ontario beat Weiser 25-20, 24-26 and 15-10 in three grueling games.
                   
                  In the third set, Ontario held the early 9-4 lead, when Weiser head coach Ramir Rodriguez called a timeout. After the breather, Weiser closed the gap to 10-8.
                   
                  The comeback and the noisy crowd, however, did not bother the experienced Ontario squad. The Tigers answered back to score five of the next six points and closed down the persistent Wolverines.
                   

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                  June 2006

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                  Tigers end successful season, June 5, 2006

                     RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  In his fourth year as the chief, Ontario High School girls golf coach Russ Leininger led his Tigers to greener pastures in 2006 and hopes to continue the winning tradition for years to come.

                  In 2005, the team fared well. The Ontario squad finished in seventh place at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore., with a 808 score.

                  This season the Tigers improved four spots to finish third overall with a score of 733, losing out to Marist (717) and Sutherlin (714).

                  The team had seniors Cecelia Garcia, Jennifer Jaramillo, April Patton and freshman standout Meghan Schram.They showed solid improvements fromthe previous year. Garcia finished with a 171, putting her in 14th place, while Jaramillo ended the tournament with a 177. Schram put together a first day score of 90, and ended the tournament with a 192. Patton carded a 193, to lead the Tigers to its best state championship finish in school history.

                  Last year, Garcia finished in 22nd place overall, while Jaramillo's effort put her in 25th place. Patton improved her showing, jumping up 23 spots from 59th place in 2005 to 36th place this year.

                  Coming in off a second- place finish to La Grande, which defeated the Tigers by 10 strokes in the district championships held in Pendleton in which they scored a 752, the Tigers accomplished the necessary improvements to bring home some hardware at the state tournament in Redmond.

                  The four key players displayed marked improvements, and they enjoyed a seven-shot lead in the second round over eventual state champion, Sutherlin.

                   

                  Most Ontario teachers backed bond effort, June 4, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

                  In general, Ontario School District teachers supported the $30 million school bond venture voters scuttled last November.

                  Elementary and secondary education staff in the school district returned 199 responses for the bond survey generated by district officials to measure public support, or lack of, for the high school bond effort.

                  At the secondary school level, 64 staff members voted in favor of the bond election, 11 voted no, and 35 did not vote. At the elementary school level, 35 staff members voted in favor, 14 were opposed and 40 did not vote.

                   

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                  May 2006

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                  Mexican-American league awards locals, May 30, 2006

                       LARRY MEYER Argus Observer

                  Two teachers, a judge and a jail commander were honored Wednesday by the Mexican-American Citizens League for their contributions to the Latino community, its youth and to the community at large.

                  The event was the organization's annual awards dinner, held at the Sizzler in Ontario.

                  During the dinner, members also honored area Latino high school scholarship winners.

                  Jonathan Paulsen, Ontario High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, Karina Guerra Carbajal, Ontario High School, received $500 and Lindsee Padilla, Vale High School, received a $250 scholarship to use for college.

                  Efrain Rivas, a teacher at Ontario Middle School, was named

                  Ontario School District continues to struggle to meet progress goals, May 28, 2006

                       JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The final deadline for Ontario School District students to complete annual yearly progress testing has passed, but results will not become available until the beginning of next school year.

                  For the past three years, Ontario has failed to meet adequate yearly progress standards required in the No Child Left Behind Act at the high school and middle school levels.

                  The 2004 through 2005 school year was also the first year Ontario elementary schools struggled, as both Aiken and May Roberts Elementary Schools failed to meet AYP standards.

                  Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said one of the reasons the middle and high schools have not met adequate yearly progress revolves around a lack of concentrated effort targeting secondary education improvement.

                   

                  Tigers leave tracks at state, May. 28, 2006

                       ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  After one day of competition, the Ontario track and field squad had one individual and the 4x100- meter relay team left for the finals to earn medals in their respective events.

                  The top-eight finalists and the top three in each heat advanced to the finals. Jordan Bainbridge was still alive in three events for the Tigers. Bainbridge competed in the 200- and 400-meter races and ran the anchor leg of the girls 4x100 meter relay along with teammates Bianca Davis, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Kristen Hamman.

                  In the finals, the 4x100- relay team finished in fifth place with a time of 51.31 seconds, and Bainbridge earned fourth- place honors in the 400- meters, stopping the clock at 58.69 seconds. In her last race of the day, Bainbridge finished in sixth place with a total time of 26.80.

                   

                  Queens of the court, May. 24, 2006

                         RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  When the Ontario tennis team walks on to a court, people now know who they are.

                  The Tigers, led by head coach Dennis Gill, have won 11 Special District 4 over the past 14 years and seven of the last eight. Now chalk up three straight Oregon 3A state championships.

                  This year the Ontario squad won by the slimmest of margins - half a point, slipping past Catlin Gables, 10.5 to 10.

                  For Gill, he was surprised with the win, noting the youth on the roster, graduating six seniors from last season's championship team. This year, the tennis team graduates two seniors and will have six returning freshmen.

                  Gill was recognized for his 14 years of hard work and was named this year's Oregon Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

                   

                  Born to teach music. OHS music director Skip Bicknese knew at an early age he wanted to teach music, May 8, 2006

                     JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Whether holding a baton, directing Ontario High School music students from the conductor's podium, or holding his alto sax, wailing with his bands, Ontario's Skip Bicknese is comfortable with his music.

                  A life-long Ontario resident and music lover, Bicknese said his jobs as both OHS music department director and musician in two local bands are a perfect fit and has never questioned his choices.

                   

                  Ontario gets swept by Mac-Hi, May 5, 2006

                     Tiesha Miller Argus observer

                  Mac-Hi gave the Ontario softball team a rough time Thursday in Greater Oregon League play in Ontario. The Tigers lost both games of a doubleheader 5-2, 11-1.

                  In the nightcap, Ontario trailed 2-1 through the first five innings, but in a detrimental fifth inning, Ontario committed three errors and allowed eight runs.

                   

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                  April 2006

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                  Ontario earns pair of wins, April 5, 2006

                    Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                  The Ontario baseball team didn't let the rain get in its way.

                  Starting field preparation at 8 a.m., it borrowed field materials from the local little league in order to get in its doubleheader with Greater Oregon League opponent Burns Tuesday at 1 p.m.

                  The Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-1 GOL) came back from a deficit in both games to defeat Burns (3-6, 0-4), 4-3 and 15-5.

                  In the first game, Ontario's Jose Garcia pitched seven innings to strike out 10 batters, allow five hits and get the win. In the fifth inning, Garcia hit a double to deep center field for two RBIs, which tied the game at 3.

                   

                  Ontario golf comes in third, April 20, 2006

                     ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  The Ontario boys golf team finished in third place at the Burns Invitational Wednesday.

                  The Tigers had four golfers shoot a 94 to finish with a 376. Brad McGowan, Nick Rock, Dallas Brockett and Tommy Baker tied for 13th place out of 26 golfers in 3A/2A/1A Special District 4 play.

                   

                  Ontario splits with La Grande, April 23, 2006

                     Tiesha Miller  Argus Observer

                  The Ontario baseball team had an up-and-down sort of day.

                  After struggling in the opener to get past La Grande starter Trent Evins, Ontario fell 6-1, and brought out its bats in the second game to win 13-11 in Greater Oregon League play Friday in Ontario.

                  Ontario stranded three runners in the top of the second inning, but it still held a 2-1 lead. The top of the third inning soon changed that after Ontario allowed La Grande three runs on five hits.

                  Things then began to look up for Ontario. Fielding problems plagued La Grande, and Ontario began hitting the ball. Five hits and seven runs later, Ontario reclaimed the lead with an 9-4 advantage.

                  Jose Garcia, who was 2-for-3 and had three RBIs on the day, drove in two runs in the inning as did Daniel Schram. Ontario had 11 hits in the second game with the help of Bryson Sap and Jace Nakamura, who each drove in two runs.

                   

                  Barnett leads Tigers, April 26, 2006

                         RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Tigers' Jordan Barnett shut down Nyssa, allowing three hits in five innings, and Ontario pounded out 10 hits in a 11-0 drubbing of the Bulldogs in nonleague softball at the Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

                  Barnett struck out six batters and allowed just one runner to get as far as third base in the third inning when Nyssa made its biggest threat. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded and one out when Barnett went to work, striking out Tiffany Wentz and Crystal Contreras to end the inning and preserve the shutout.

                   

                  Ontario wins again, April 27, 2006

                        Roy Hicks the Country Curmudgeon

                  Ontario should be proud. Not only is it one of the most thriving and growing communities in southeastern Oregon. It also has a solid record of citizen involvement in community affairs.

                  Ontario has resources unusual to such a relatively rural community: a major hospital (Holy Rosary) and attenuate emergency services; a community-oriented radio station (KSRV); and the only daily newspaper in Malheur County.

                  Another of Ontario's resources is its local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Lodge No. 1690 does a lot of state and local charitable work supporting such causes as veterans, the Boise Rehabilitation Center for medical patients, Babe Ruth baseball, the elementary school Hoop Shoot contest, the Children's Eye Clinic in Portland, the Meadowood Speech and Hearing Camp in Pendleton and the second-largest teen scholarship program in the nation (after the government) through the Elks National Foundation. Not to mention many other smaller programs such as its annual contribution to the Malheur County Fair, their Americanism Essay competition for young students and the teen Drug Awareness program.

                  One of its least-known activities is participation in the annual competition for ritual drill teams. A word of explanation here, friends.

                  The Oregon State Elks Association is divided into seven districts and includes 57 lodges. The Southeast District is geographically the largest; covering half the state from Ontario to Klamath Falls to Madras and includes Lakeview, Burns, Bend, Prineville and John Day. Ritual teams are comprised of the seven most visible officers who perform their ceremonial observances. The one measured in competition is the initiation of new members - a ceremony requiring about 35 minutes to perform, and the standards of judging are ruthlessly precise.

                  A ritual performance could best be described as being somewhat like a marching band or a military drill team in extreme slow-motion. There are spoken parts for each member which must be memorized verbatim, and countless small movements which must be made in an agonizingly precise sequence.

                  The Ontario lodge has a tradition of excellence in this exasperatingly difficult exercise. Its ritual teams regularly place either first or second in the annual District contest. The last time the team won was in 2003 when it went on to place fourth in the state. The next two years the team was edged out by excellent teams from the John Day lodge.

                  This year Ontario fielded a very good team and drilled for more than three months for the District contest, but progress was achingly slow. At times it seemed the team might never come together to realize their potential. Only in the last week of practice did it seem they might have a chance, and in this somewhat dubious hope they set sail for Prineville.

                  Ontario officers somehow manage to save their best performances for when it really counts, and they did it again last week. Going on last after several other very good teams, Ontario performed magnificently: winning four first-places and three seconds. Scores like that will win every time.

                  The Ontario ritual team will now go on to compete in the state contest at Grant's Pass in early June. They have a tough act to follow. John Day won all-state last year and went on to the national contest in Reno where the team scored very well among the 25 western states. Ontario's team will do their best to represent our community well again.

                  How do I know all of this? Now a fourth-year officer of the Ontario lodge, I'm a member of that prestigious ritual team, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

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                  March 2006

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                  Tigers squeak past Vale, March 17, 2006

                      Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                  Ontario's reliever pitcher Jordan Barnett walked two batters in the bottom of the sixth, and as Vale's Holly Helms came to bat with the bases loaded the Tigers' 12-11 lead was in jeopardy.

                  Barnett worked her way to a full count, eventually completing the strikeout and handing the Tigers the win Thursday.

                   

                  Ontario battles itself, March 19, 2006

                     Argus Observer sports staff

                  The Ontario baseball and softball teams faced off against each other in a scrimmage Saturday at TVCC's Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex.

                   

                  Tigers blank McCall-Donnelly in twinbill, March 21, 2006

                     Argus Observer sports staff

                  The Ontario baseball team shutout nonconference opponent McCall-Donnelly to take both games of a doubleheader, 11-0 and 10-0, on Monday at Ontario High School.

                  Ontario starting pitcher Jose Garcia ran the show in the first game, striking out 15 in the five inning game. The senior also hit a home run and tallied two RBIs.

                   

                  Greif holds off Garcia in playoff, March 23, 2006

                      ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

                  Payette's Mandy Greif held off Ontario's Cecilia Garcia, winning in a play off Wednesday at the Weiser Girls Golf Invitational at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Weiser.

                  Greif and Garcia ended the round tied at 41, before Greif was able to pull away and earn the win out of the 37 individual golfers.

                  Despite Greif's individual win, Ontario won the team title, finishing with a final score of 181. Weiser took second with a score of 218, followed by Garden Valley (241), Vale (256) and Middleton (261).

                  Fruitland's Raquel Rode finished three shots back with a 44, while Ontario teammates Jennifer Jaramillo and April Paton notched a 46.

                  Jelisa Maret, competing for upstart Nyssa, finished nine shots back with a 50, while Middleton's Sandy Jefferies finishing 18 shots behind the leaders with a 59, and Vale's Ashley Snook had the lowest score on her team, shooting a 62.

                  Meghan Schram was the fourth Tiger golfer to score under a 50, with a 48 to help bring the Tigers' squad first-place honors.

                   

                  Tigers roll past Umatilla, March 29, 2006

                      RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario's Jose Garcia was a man amongst boys on Tuesday night in Ontario.

                  The Tigers took advantage of six Umatilla errors en route to a 13-2 win in opening round action of the 2006 Commercial Tire Challenge at Elks Memorial Field in Ontario.

                  Garcia, went all the way and overcame a sluggish start to cruise to the easy win, striking out 12 Vikings. The senior recorded the first three outs of the game by strikeout.

                  Things did not start so well for Garcia and the Tigers. Umatilla's Arron Trukositz and Calvin Hodge each had RBI singles in the first inning. The Vikings took advantage of some early wildness by Garcia, who issued two walks, two singles, and had Marcelo Estrada reach on an error.

                  That was the only offense Umatilla would muster, as Garcia shut down the Vikings the rest of the way.

                  Ontario scored eight runs in the first two innings and jumped out to an 8-2 lead, behind the help of four Viking errors.

                  Garcia helped his own cause with an RBI single and Nick Alvarado cashed in a run with a double. The second inning was different.

                  With one out in the inning, the Tigers used three singles and three errors, to score four more and left the rest to Garcia.

                  JT Davis went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Nick Alvarado enjoyed a 2-for-3 night driving in one run. Six different Tigers contributed a hit to the offensive attack.

                   

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                  February 2006

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                  Vikings edge ahead of Tigers, February 1, 2006

                     Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

                  Three 3-pointers by KJ Toombs in the fourth quarter could not save the Ontario boys basketball team on Tuesday against nonconference opponent Vale. After three quarters of back-and-forth play, the Vikings hit free throws down the stretch to seal a 65-58 victory in Vale.

                  The Vikings went 11-for-13 in the fourth quarter, getting a 4-for-4 contribution each from Brady Lovell and Kevin Nunn.

                  Lovell led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Tully Wagner added 12 points.

                   

                  Grant fuels crucial program at middle school, February 1, 2006

                      Andrew Cutler Argus Observer

                  A federal grant is helping teachers at Ontario Middle School cut down on the growing number of students that engage in risky behaviors.

                  Beginning last week, the school implemented All Stars, a science-based program that is designed to help prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug use, postpone sexual activity, and reduce fighting and bullying among middle school students.

                   

                  School district consultant secures top award, February 3, 2006

                    JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario School District Migrant Education Program Home School Consultant Sam Lopez was recently honored as Title 1-C Employee of the year at the Oregon Association of Comprehensive Education conference Jan. 20.

                  Lopez, who has worked for the school district for seven years in the migrant education program, was nominated by Ontario School District's Migrant Education Program Director Andy Kovach for his

                  Ontario furthers streak, February 5, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The No. 3 ranked Ontario girls basketball squad is on a roll.

                  On Saturday, the Tigers beat LaGrande, 46-41, in Greater Oregon League action, earning their sixth-straight win.

                  Ontario's Stephanie Babij scored 11 points and Kylie Roberts added 10.

                  Both teams combined to miss a total of 27 free throws.

                  The Tigers' pressure defense held LaGrande to shooting a majority of its shots from the perimeter. Ontario outrebounded La Grande, 45-31.

                  LaGrande (7-11 overall, 2-5 GOL) mustered six field goals in the second half and was held to one in the third quarter.

                   

                  Local man pushes prevention for gang issue, February 7, 2006

                    Tami Hart Argus Observer

                  Tim Cables began his Ontario Chamber of Commerce luncheon presentation in a unique way - he told the story of a teacher named Mrs. Thompson and her student named Teddy.

                  Teddy was the one student who always came to school in unwashed clothes, in need of a bath, and his schoolwork was always messy. Mrs. Thompson pretty much gave up on Teddy and wrote him off as a bad student until she went back to look at the comments Teddy's other teachers had written when Teddy was in their classroom. Teddy was bright, a good student, showed a lot of potential, but then a death in the family and the fallout from that death changed Teddy as a child and as a student. Recognizing that Teddy needed more help, Mrs. Thompson became a better teacher and also a better person because of Teddy.

                  They kept in touch over the years, and Teddy the student became

                  Beat of a different drum, February 12, 2006

                      JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  May Roberts Elementary School students followed the beat of a different drum and learned a little bit about a different culture as well this past week in music class, which took on a multicultural, African drumming theme led by a Ghanan musician.

                  Okaidja Afroso, a native of Ghana who now lives in Portland, teaches children about culture along with the beats and rhythms on the conga drum drumming and song at their schools through an Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council artist in residence program.

                  Afroso stayed in Ontario throughout the week, visiting May Roberts' music teacher Patricia Gartung's classes, teaching her students about Ghanan culture and the basic techniques of Ghanan drumming.

                   

                  Officials keep focus on safety in wake of enticement cases, February 13, 2006

                    Andrew Cutler - Argus Observer

                  However, no one is pushing the panic button. At least not yet.

                   

                  Burns thumps Tigers, February 26, 2006

                     Argus Observer Sports Staff

                  Jessica Clemens scored 26 points to lead top-ranked Burns to a 67-39 drubbing of No. 3 Ontario on Saturday in a 3A District 7 championship game at Burns High School.

                  The Tigers will be the No. 2 seed from the Greater Oregon League into this week's 3A state sub-tournament. Ontario wil host the No. 3 seed from the Val-Co League on Tuesday at Ontario High School, with the winner advancing to face Stayton. Burns, the top seed from the GOL, will host a second-round match-up on March 3.

                  The Hilanders also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Katie Torland, while Maria Clemens added 12 points, 11 steals and eight assists.

                  Stephanie Babij led the Tigers with 10 points.

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                  January 2006

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                  Back to the future?, January 4, 2006

                    JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  When considering the future of the property designated as the site for a future new high school, the Ontario School District has a number of options.

                  At this point, however, school district officials say they intend to move forward with the plan agreed upon in June when the district purchased the 75 acres situated just outside city limits near Airport Corner.

                  The school district agreed to buy the property from Shingo and Emie Wada, who consented to sell to the school district two parcels of property for $1,064,750.

                  According to the sale agreement, the school district has already set aside $50,000 in earnest money, which is accumulating interest in escrow, to go toward the sale.

                  Once the sale closes, the $50,000 and whatever interest it accumulates will go toward the purchase cost.

                  According to the agreement, the school district has until the March 15 closing date to go through the proper channels, including land use authorities, which include the city of Ontario Planning Commission, City Council and the Malheur County Court.

                  If the school district has not received approval from the various land use boards to change the designation of the parcels from exclusive farm use to public use by the closing date, according to the agreement, the school district has the ability to extend the closing date to June 15.

                  The agreement also stipulates the school district's obligation to close on the purchase is

                  Tigers continue to skim by opponents, January 4, 2006

                     RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Ontario head coach Scott Helmick thought he had enough gray hairs on his head. The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team squandered an early 11-point lead against the Payette Pirates holding on to a 60-57 win in non-conference action Tuesday night in Ontario.

                  The Pirates had possession of the ball, with 1.4 seconds left, down by three points. But, the Ontario defense played tough causing a five second call on an inbounds play and the Pirates weren't able to attempt a last second shot.

                  KJ Toombs hit one free throw to ice the ballgame, as the cardiac cats won the game, with coach Helmick wiping his brow.

                   

                  School officials praise new grad requirements, January 9, 2006

                    JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  School district chiefs in Ontario, Nyssa and Vale said they do not oppose an effort to boost the required credits for math and language arts, but all foresee potential complications with the Oregon mandates.

                  During the 2006 to 2007 school year educational plans and profiles, along with career-related learning experience opportunities, will be required for high school students, although many school districts already meet those requirements in some form.

                  In addition, incoming freshman, graduating in the 2009 to 2010 school year, will be required to have 24 credits to graduate rather than 22 - four in language arts and three in math.

                  Vale School District Matthew Hawley said his school district will hopefully be able to accommodate the need for an additional math credit by adjusting current resources and classes without incurring any extra cost.

                   

                  School district opts for voter survey effort, January 11, 2006

                     JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario School Board took its first step in deciding the direction of future improvements to school buildings by agreeing to present a survey to district voters in the next few months at a special session Tuesday night.

                  In the wake of the scuttled $30 million school bond effort in November, district elected leaders and officials held a number of discussions but failed to take any action until now.

                  The School Board agreed at last night's meeting something should be done by the board, and the first step should be to present a survey to voters, asking, among other things, what they would like to see the district do in the future.

                  The consensus was not easily reached, however, a survey was a common theme brought up by the board members.

                  The idea of presenting a survey to voters was mentioned at a previous meeting.

                  The Ontario School Board agreed each member should bring questions they would like to see addressed by the survey to next week's regularly scheduled board work session, before its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

                  Board members discussed a number of topics in relation to future capital improvements at Tuesday's meeting, touching on topics discussed previously such as what motivated voters in the previous election and whether it was wise to move forward with another plan after such a resounding defeat.

                  The board did not answer that question so much as determine what should be done to arrive at a conclusion, with each board member offering their thoughts. Ontario School Board member Cliff Bentz told the board he thought the district needed to complete a number of steps prior to going out for another bond including: laying out a long-term capital improvement plan; identifying current needs and prioritizing them; addressing the issue of the future school site; clarifying where the funds to purchase the land originated; clarifying the cost of alternatives; determining community support and focusing on public relations.

                   

                  Nyssa buries Ontario, January 11, 2006

                  Tigers cannot combat deficit in loss to Bulldogs   Tiesha Miller - Argus Observer

                  The Nyssa boys basketball team peaked with a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter, and despite Ontario's efforts, the Tigers couldn't dig themselves out, falling to Nyssa, 65-40, in nonconference play Tuesday.

                  From the first basket the Bulldogs led, but head coach Larry Ramirez said he was well aware of Ontario's habit this season of getting games close in the fourth and pulling ahead.

                   

                  Toombs leads tigers to win, January 18, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  Every time Vale thought it had a comeback in the works, Ontario's KJ Toombs hit a shot to stop the momentum.

                  Toombs scored 25 points, and Daniel Schram dropped 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with four assists to lead the Tigers over the Vikings, 57-43, in non-conference boys basketball action, Tuesday night in Ontario.

                  The Tigers got off to a quick start against the Vikings with Toombs scoring 14 of his points in the first half. The Tigers scored eight in the the first two and half minutes, before Vale finally got on the boards with a Tully Wagner jump shot.

                   

                  Ontario places second at own invitational, January 22, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario wrestling squad is showing signs of improvement with every competition.

                  The Tigers finished in second place with a total of 197.5 points, behind first-place Timberline High School, which finished with 216, at the Ontario Invitational on Saturday.

                  The tournament featured seven varsity squads and nine junior varsity.

                  The Tigers had six grapplers in the final round. Michael Gonzalez (103), Tom Martinez (119), and Andres Hernandez (140) all won their championship matches with Gonzalez and Hernandez winning by decision. Martinez won with a first-round pinfall over Timberline's Bennet Chadwick.

                   

                  School board makes the right call on voter survey, January 25, 2006

                  The decision by the Ontario School District to pursue a survey regarding what voters within the district want for the future is a good move.

                  In December the board reached a consensus regarding whether to issue a survey. The board again considered the survey issue at its Jan. 19 session.

                  Still undecided, though, is just what form the survey will take. Will it focus on voter's views on a new high school? Or will be more general or more in-depth?

                  Boardmember Cliff Bentz rightly brought up a number of issues at the Jan. 19 meeting. Bentz asked the elected board what, exactly, it was trying to accomplish by issuing the survey. Bentz wanted to know if the board was going to ask voters whether they wanted a new High School, where it should be situated and how much voters were willing to pay.

                  All three of those questions were excellent and the board should ponder them carefully.

                  The basic idea, though, for a survey makes sense. It is a good first step and one the board should move forward on as soon as possible.

                  Yet, at the same time, the survey should not be the final answer. The board should seek other avenues of input and must not base its future decisions entirely on a survey. The survey should be just one, of many, methods to determine what the next, best course would be for the future.

                  The board, to some extent, has a fine line to walk on this issue and others. It must be a proper steward of taxpayer money but also address the very real district infrastructure problems in a forthright, realistic, fashion.

                  The school board must lead. The board has the ultimate responsibility to pave the way on this issue and others.

                  All and all, though, a survey is a good first step. It's a start. Hopefully it will help pave the way to a better understanding between elected leaders and patrons of the district.

                  A timely donation, January 31, 2006

                    JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

                  The Ontario High School band and orchestra programs will receive much needed equipment thanks to a $12,000 donation from Woodgrain Inc, Fruitland.

                  The funds are specifically earmarked for storage units, music stands, an orchestra music and file cabinet and a bass amplifier - all equipment the music department has had to do without for many years because of budget limitations.

                   

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              March 2007

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              Lady Tigers tame Bulldogs, March 21 2007

               By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

              Led by senior Stephanie Babij, the Ontario girls tennis team won four of five matches and easily breezed past Baker Tuesday in Ontario.

              Babij started things off right for Ontario as she dispatched Danica Hutton 6-2, 6-2, and teammate Hayley Tucker won her match in three grueling sets.

              Tucker won the opener against Baker

              Tigers take it on the chin, March 23, 2006

                 RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario tennis team had its hands full Wednesday with the defending Idaho 4A state champions.

              Bishop Kelly swept through the Tigers, winning 10-0 in nonleague tennis action on Wednesday in Ontario.

              Ontario, which is the two-time Oregon 3A/2A/1A girls state champions, could not match the Knights, who return state champions in the girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

               

              Tigers fall to G.U., March 21, 2007

              By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

              Tuesday turned into Friday the 13th for the Ontario baseball team in its nonleague game against Grant Union.

              First, a bases-loaded balk, then a run scored after a botched pickoff attempt and a throwing error.

              To add insult to injury, the Prospectors executed a triple play in the bottom of the seventh inning, closing out a wild day, which ended with Grant Union walking away with a 3-1 win Tuesday in Ontario.

              Ryan Laubacher tossed a complete game, struck out six and scattered four singles. All three Grant Union runs were unearned as the Tigers committed five errors.

              Tigers get back on track, March 20, 2007

               By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

              Kim Boyd and Sarah Wharton drove in two runs apiece to lead the Ontario softball team to the 9-2 win over Weiser Monday in softball action in Ontario.

              The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings and that was all the support starting pitcher Kayla Park needed.

              Park threw a complete game, struck out six and held Weiser to five hits.

              Plummer helps district stay on track, March 19, 2007

              Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

              Behind the scenes, nearly 160 employees work to keep the Ontario School District running. From teacher aids to nutritional staff,

              Burns sweeps Ontario, March 18, 2007

              By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

              The Ontario High School baseball varsity team opened the 2007 season on a rough note after Burns swept the Tigers 23-2 and 6-4 in a doubleheader Friday at OHS.

              The Hilanders scored 10 runs in the second inning of the first game and added 11 more during the fourth and fifth innings to quickly dispatch Ontario.

              The Tigers seemed to be destined for the same fate in the second game, falling behind 6-0 as Burns scored six third-inning runs on just two hits.

              Burns

              School board reviews ESL program, March 16, 2007

              By Julie Engel - Argus Observer

              The Ontario School Board of Directors approved a request for instructional materials for English language learning at its monthly board meeting Thursday night.

              Sherri Hironaka

              Tiger pitching seals win, March 15, 2007

              By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario softball team started out sluggish, but on the home stretch, they had plenty of steam.

              The Tigers pounded out 12 hits and Yano tossed a complete game with five strike outs in Ontario's 6-3 win over Middleton in nonleague softball action Wednesday at Ore-Ida Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

              "I felt the first couple of innings we had some jitters, but we shook it off pretty well," Ontario head coach David hopper said. "We just came out and hit the ball. Defense was solid, Kayla Yano was on her game and she hit her spots."

              The Tigers committed a couple of second inning miscues and the Vikings took advantage with two runs.

              The lead could have increased, but Middleton had two runners gunned down on the basepaths.

              After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom half of the second frame.

              In the second inning, Ontario notched four runs and five hits to retake the lead, 4-2.

              Ashley Moeller plated two runs with a double, Sarah Wharton singled in another run and Francene Hussey capped the inning with an RBI single.

              "Ontario came out and hit the ball real well," Middleton head coach Randy Lyons said. "We came out with a couple of errors and got a little rattled."

              The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Yano responded with three straight scoreless innings to finish things off.

              Ontario's leadoff hitter Kim Boyd sparked the offense as she went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

              Moeller and Wharton also went 3-for-4 as the top three hitters in the lineup finished the day going 9-for-12 with four runs scored.

              Even with the win, Yano said the team needs to improve on several aspects of the game to be successful.

              "We just need to keep playing better," Yano said. "We have to keep our errors down, keep hitting the ball and hit it hard. I think we'll be fine."

              Ontario (1-0) takes on Bishop Kelly Friday.

              Tiger girls aim high in 2007, March 11, 2007

              By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

              The future is now for the Ontario Tiger softball squad.

              Blessed with three solid pitchers and a potent offense, the Tigers have a shot at a state championship berth.

              A season ago, Ontario (8-12 overall, 5-11 League) finished one game short of state-playoff contention after suffering a 13-3 loss in a tie-breaker game to Baker. The team also underwent a coaching change and overcame several off-field issues during the season.

              Tigers enjoy success, March 6, 2007

              By JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario Tigers may have had their 2006 through 2007 girls basketball campaign abruptly ended by Stayton this past weekend in a state play-in game, but already thoughts have turned to next season.

              That is the nature of the girls on the basketball team, head coach Jon Buck said, although the dynamics of next season's team may look much different than this season's.

              Although the Tigers had lost six seniors to graduation the year before and only returned one returning varsity player in Stephanie Babij coming into the 2006 through 2007 season, Buck said a lot of confidence in his new, untried team.

              Early on, however, the Tigers proved up to the challenge when they opened regular season in the Greater Oregon League beating a ranked Baker High School team.

              Two games later, Ontario handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season on the road, and Buck said he knew the Tigers were in good position for the rest of the season.

              OHS grad Douglas honored, March 4, 2007

              By Argus observer sports staff

              Wade Douglas, a former Ontario High School standout basketball player and current player at Corban College, received an honorable mention by the Cascade Collegiate Conference for his efforts during his first season with the Warriors.

              Douglas, a sophomore, led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and rebounding, averaging 6.7 boards per game, and shot a team-high 52.1 percent from the field.

              Stayton girls deny Tigers trip to state, March 4, 2007

              By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

              Two of the top three teams in the state squared off in Ontario Saturday night, with a trip to next week

              Ontario school chief candidate for job, March 4, 2007

              By Jennifer Colton - Argus Observer

              Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter will interview Wednesday for the open superintendent position in the Hermiston School District.

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              February 2007

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              Tiger boys' season ends, February 28, 2007

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Astoria High School Fishermen escaped Ontario High School with a 59-48 win over a hungry Tiger team after hitting 14-of-17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal a 4A state boys basketball tournament opener victory Tuesday at Ontario.

              The win sends Astoria (18-7 overall) to a second-round faceoff against Stayton Friday, while ending Ontario's season with an overall record of 8-17.

              The victory was hard-fought for the Fishermen, however, who maintained only a slim four-point lead in the fourth quarter before Ontario sent them to the line to seal the win.

              Local school gears up for spaghetti feed, February 28, 2007

              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

              The annual Alameda Spaghetti Feed will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Alameda Elementary School.

              Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 4 through 12.

              Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and dessert, and the event will also offer a performance by Alameda's Honor Choir and a silent auction.

              Ontario boys honored in GOL, February 27, 2007

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              Jacob Haueter, Bryson Sap and Bryson Bottorff, cornerstones of the Ontario boys basketball program, were honored for their efforts in the 2006 through 2007 campaign.

              All three players led Ontario to an 8-16 record and a state playoff berth.

              Haueter, a junior, was selected as an All-Greater Oregon League first-team representative, and Sap and Bottorff were selected to represent the second team.

              La Grande's Taylor Evans and Tim Hall were selected to the first team along with Mac-Hi's Saul Gonzalez.

              Baker's Travis Mastrude and teammate Matt Duman round out the first-team selections for the GOL.

              Ontario girls receive all-league accolades, February 27, 2007

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Ontario girls basketball team enjoyed an undefeated Greater Oregon League record and the Tigers were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

              Stephanie Babij, the heart and soul of the Tigers, was honored with All-GOL Player of the Year honors, and Ontario's head coach Jon Buck was named the GOL's Coach of the Year.

              Stephanie O'Connor was recognized for her strong defense and her deft point guard abilities with an All-GOL first- team selection.

              Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, a junior, was named to the second team, along with teammate Tara O'Connor.

              5-foot-9 inch senior Kristin Saito received an honorable mention for her work inside the paint.

              Among the rest of the league, Baker's Katy Sullivan and Kate Vaughan were named to the first team along with La Grande's Mikell Woodfield. Seniors Lacey Carlson and Mackenzie Garton were selected to the first team for Mac-Hi.

              Ontario High School is a great place to be, February 23, 2007

              Editor,

              Some people in the Treasure Valley seem to have a skewed perception of Ontario High School. They have the belief that perhaps nothing good will ever come of Ontario High School because it is nothing more than

              Just imagine, February 22, 2007

              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

              Using everything from color shadow investigation to architectural design, elementary students throughout the Ontario School District are preparing for Destination ImagiNation, an international, interactive after school program.

              School board approves initial school task list, February 22, 2007

              Julie Engel | Argus Observer

              Work to gain a professional planner's input on the direction for school buildings in the Ontario School District continues as the Ontario School Board of Directors approved a statement of work during its regular meeting Feb. 15.

              The statement of work identifies what tasks need to be completed by the district and the contracting project manager, Crandall Arambula, Portland. The project has been identified as the

              Tiger girls maul La Grande 46-31, February 18, 2007

              Babij leads Ontario with 13 points JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario girls basketball team finished its last home game much the way it began - with a win.

              Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while sisters Stephanie and Tara O'Connor scored nine and eight points respectively on the way to Ontario's 46-31 win over league opponent La Grande Friday at home.

              Ontario jumped out to a good start the first half, with the Tigers' defense holding La Grande to minimal scoring.

              In the first quarter, Ontario held La Grande to only six points, and in the second, La Grande scored only four. Ontario, on the other hand, scored 13 points in each to take a comfortable 26-10 cushion into the locker room at half time.

              Ontario boys fall to La Grande 64-56, February 18, 2007

              Argus Observer Sports Staff

              Despite outscoring La Grande 26-15 in the fourth quarter, the Ontario boys basketball team couldn't overcome a poor first half and wound up losing to Greater Oregon League opponent La Grande 64-56 Friday night at Ontario.

              La Grande went on a 13-5 run the first quarter to start the game and built up to a 30-16 first-half lead, which Ontario coach Scott Helmick said hurt his Tigers.

              OSD to install new camera system at high school, February 18, 2007

              Replacement of videotape security system will be just under $50,000    Julie Engel Argus Observer

              Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter told the Ontario School Board Thursday night a new, computerized camera system will be installed at Ontario High School to upgrade the current antiquated videotape network.

              The cost to replace the videotape security system is just under $50,000.

              The funds to replace the system are in the budget, Carter told the board at its regular meeting, and the project should take place in the next few weeks.

              The videotape system has poor quality images, Carter said, and the new system will provide more coverage with three times as many cameras throughout the school. OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said the video camera system is too old and is not going to be able to be used at another school.

              In other school district news:

              - Carter talked about two ideas floating around the district regarding restructuring of current educational practices.

              For one, he said the school board could need to consider all-day kindergarten in the future. The district now offers all-day kindergarten at Alameda and May Roberts, he said, and if the Oregon Legislature approves an extra $300 million for the school budget it could help fund all-day kindergarten at the other schools.

              Rising to the top, Febrary 15, 2007

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario High School basketball player Stephanie Babij has long been recognized locally for her talents on the basketball court. Now her abilities have gained her even greater attention.

              Babij, a senior, is one of 20 female basketball players in Oregon to be nominated to the 2007 McDonald

              OHS First Semester Honor Roll, February 15, 2007

              Freshmen

              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Karissa Adams, Matthew Anthony, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Adam Kolbaba, Justine Maeda, Gustavo Morales, Chaz Nakamura, Tommy Pitts, Samuel Plummer, Breanna Ribeiro, Adam Roberts, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Erica Sheppard-Sykes, David Toth, Jessica Troester and Allison Yano.

              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Melissa Carbajal, Kylie Ceniga, Dereck Dittli, Octavio Estrada, Meganne Garner, Jessica Gastelum, Ryan Griffin, Ashley Hagon, John Hamman, Amelia Harrington, Erika Hopper, James (Riley) Horn, Derek Johnson, Seri Kimball, Shawna McAvoy, Marie Navarrete, Brady Oakes, Miguel Rios, Gloria Serrano, Dillon Starr-Jones, Anne Stults, Miren Urrea and Shelbi Widner.

              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Sara Bond, Eathan Branom, Carlee Breidenbach, Nayelly Corona, Ken Frahm, Nicholas Harris, Kaylee Kittleson, Brian Kasper, Jordan Lang, Francisco Machuca, Andra Martarano, Nico Martinez, Keisha Mauer, Hayley Reever, Marisela Rodriguez and Victoria Vasquez.

              Sophomores

              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Christine Babij, Kamal Bagha, Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Melody Haidle, Eva Hime, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Robert Keyes, Jessica Martin, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Nagaki, Alicia Olsen, R.J. Olsen, Alexandria Osborn, Emily Price, Heather Rysenga, Sharen Stowe, Hayley Tucker, Jacob Turner and Allie Whittet.

              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Sonia Contreras, Lucas Christiani, Amanda Helliwell, Chelsea Kee, Alexis Martinez, Samuel McMillen, Christopher Paulsen, Ishmael Ramirez, Salvador Sanchez and (Shawn) Michael Williams.

              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Jose Becerril, Kimberly Boyd, Maria Castro, Jamie Cisneros, Alma Corona,Anali Escobedo, Erica Herrera, Jesus Lujan, Jordan Martinez, Ricardo Navarrete, Matthew Owens, Chalaine Reger, Kelcie Rupe, Nayeli Sanchez and Meghan Schram.

              Juniors

              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Monica Adams, Britany Babcock, Jaylene Bruner, DJ Clayton, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Blair Fletcher, Omar Gutierrez, Krista Holloway, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Bradley McGowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O

              OMS Honor Roll Second Quarter, February 15, 2007

              Eighth grade

              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Alexandra Babij, Alma Barba, Jason Buttice, Rachel Corn, Enrique Cruz, Candace Diedrich, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Valerie Gallegos, Brenda Gamboa, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Jazmine Gordillo, Scotti Jo Helmick, Katie Hendon, Jose Hernandez, Holly Hopkins, Jonathan Hovey, Allie Huska, Jesse Jacuinde-Deleon, Ericka Johnson, Alexander Kameshige, Taylor Laubacher, Amanda Martin, Britney Martinez, Annika Olsen, Ali Patton, Laura J. Reyes, Karen Rodriguez, Mariah Saldivar, Cristian Sanchez, Kiley Shipley, Mariah Strobeck, Crista Strong, Berenice Trapero, Jennifer Yano and Jacob Ybarra.

              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Cassandra Arias, Anthony Barron, Bradly Brewer, Melissa Buhlinger, Selena Carrasco, Carmen Corona, Katie Cummings, Andrea DeLaCruz, Rick Falk, Amber Fillman, Leslie Gonzalez, Sharianne Hart, Kristina Henderson, Kaila Hendon, Troy Henricks, Ashlie Hoffman, Shu Hua Huang, Luis Ibal, Eduardo Lopez, Jose Morales, Issaic Pena, Maricela Ramirez Perez, Paola Robles, Rubi Rojas, Juanita Roque, Mercedee Schwartz, Shawndelle Smith, Cody Spang, Antonio Trejo, Hayley White and Ren Wilson.

              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Gerardo Arias, Manuel Becerra, Yolanda Cano, Vianca Carrillo, Jorden Ceniga, Henry Christiani, Jazmine Cruz, Tyler Ferguson, Keiton Gill, Cody Gray, Ryan Kee, Kayla Mable, Andrew Maeda, Connor Mahony, Chyanne McGraw, Brian Navarrete, Matthew Oliva, Edgar Rojas Perez, Stephen Pileggi, Maricella Ramirez Soto, Katrina Rangel, Jace Salutregui and Cheyanne Tyler.

              Seventh grade


              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Samantha Almodovar, Moses Alvarez, Hayley Baysinger, Maria Benites, Miranda Bourasa, Emilee Brockett, Veronica Carrington, Nicholas Cheatham, Jacob Corey-Merrill, Jillian Cote, Rebecca Dodson, Lila Elamry, Elena Farley, Kiara Gillett, Mikayla Keerins Guzman, Katie Haueter, Kendra Hiramatsu, Patrick Hopman, Kylie Iseri, Jade Iseri-Ramos, Jordyn Kessler, Garrett Kitamura, Gabrielle Kovach, Fani Lopez, Miguel Lujan, Anthony Machuca, Amanda Martarano, Kierston Martz, Patrick McCartan, Angela Monroe, Marivel Moreno, Angie Nagaki, Andrea Navarrete, Christopher Navarrete, Hunter Oakes, Aurelia Olsen, Katlin Plummer, Samuel Povar, Yaquelin Romero, Iovani Salgado, Frankie Sesker, Eunice Smith, Matt Smith, Trevor Smith, Denum Springer, Vanessa Suarez, Sam Sutton, Joshua Tolman, Tyson Trainor, Kayla Troester, Hailee Turner, Stephanie Vargas, Bailey White, Tiffani White, Kierston Wilson and Treya Yano.

              3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Jason Alvarado, Darian Barber, Monica Cedillo, Kaylee Contreras, Paul Erlebach, Nicole Fuentes, Cassandra Garcia, Reuben Garcia, Kishi Gibbs, Karina Graves, Brooke Harriman, Caden Hartley, Braulio Morales, Ashleigh Palmer, Vanessa Rodriguez, Demetreus Ronneburg and Ruby Zazueta.

              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Brady Baker, Haley Barrett, Rodolfo Baustista, Scott Bentz, Brooke Bergam, Alicia Chavez, Juan Hernandez, Samantha Jennings, Chelsie Little, Sabrina Long, Devin Martinez, Codi Myers, Job Ochoa-Gonzalez, Kimberly Retamosa, Kaycee Suitter, Kieli Tracy and Kelon Waters.

              Sixth Grade

              4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Kaycee Alcoser, Aaron Alexander, Tanner Alexander, Evencio Bautista, Molly Bond, Julia Brown, Andrew Camarena, Allison Cammack, Olivia Christiani, Reilly Collins, Sara Dockter, Michael Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Garrit Esplin, David Garner, Jannet Gastelum, Alloara Gauvain, Logan Hall, Jackie Harden, Ardella Hopman, Megh Huska, Ixia Johnson, Natalie Juarez, Delaney Kee, Jessica Lang, Emily Maeda, Kole Nakamura, Keston Nelson, Riley Newgen, Edgar Nunez, Eric Nunez, Katie Phelps, William Price, Iesha Ramirez, Yenni Ramirez, Jasmine Reyna, Roxanna Robles, Blanca Romero, Mayra Santana, Brityn Sauer, Anna Serano, Dianna Shigeta, Cody Smith, Ashton Stark, Joseph Suarez, Eric Tatlock, Christopher Torres, Ana Tovar, Airlen Trumble, Trampis Waite, Jacob Waller and London Wettstein.

              3.75-3.50 G.P.A.: Marilyn Barba, Jaden Barber, Kirsten Bauer, Monique Cheatam, Jessica Cuna Colchado, Ivana Davila, Kenzie Deiter, Laura DeLaCruz, Victor Diedrich, Evan Erlebach, Cecilia Escobedo, Eric Fogle, Sebastian Gallegos, Drake Herrera, Larry Lewin, Aidan Mahoney, Briana Mejia, Armando Mendez, Valdemar Mendez, Kayleigh Pearce, Michelle Perez, Hannah Prentiss, Vicki Rivera, Irvin Rodriguez, Payton Ruberti, Hailey Skinner, Megan Sokolik, Justin Strong, Eli Toombs and Clarissa Vasquez-Valadez.

              3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Zach Acree, Carmen Banuelos (Gonzalez), Mayte Barrios Sanchez, Vianca Corona, Chaz Davis, Joseph Delgado, James Dionne, Austin Edwards, Jessica Galicia, Selena Gallegos, Brianna Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Oscar Lopez, Max Maeda, Derek Martin, Derek Maus, Scotty Morton, Jessica Navarrete, Gloria Olsen, Ryan Reever, Landon Saito, Jonathan Taroy, Micaela Thomas, Lacey Waters and Tristin Wishard.

              Ontario girls claim GOL title, February 14, 2007

              Argus Observer Sports Staff

              The Ontario girls basketball team secured the Greater Oregon League championship title Tuesday after defeating the Baker Bulldogs 49-35 in GOL action at Ontario.

              Ontario head coach Jon Buck said the Tigers again played with great defense to earn them the win.

              Tigers fall to Bulldog, February, 14, 2007

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              Jacob Haueter scored 23 points to lead the game, but the Ontario boys basketball team fell at the hands of Greater Oregon League opponent Baker 67-59 anyway Tuesday at Ontario High School.

              Haueter was the only Tiger to have a significant impact on the scoreboard, hitting five shots from the field, including three 3's, and shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during the game.

              Despite his team showing moments of solid play, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said Baker's rebounding finally got the best of the Tigers in the second half, giving them plenty of opportunity to score from the paint.

              Local players selected for East-West Shrine game, February 13, 2007

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              Six local football players will highlight this year

              Ontario girls defeat Mac-Hi during weekend, February 12, 2007

              Argus Observer Sports Staff

              The Ontario girls basketball team is one win away from the Greater Oregon League crown.

              Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Ontario to the 39-28 win over Mac-Hi in GOL action Saturday in McLoughlin.

              Even though the Tigers committed 20 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the field, Ontario was able to scratch out a tough road win from the charity stripe.

              The Tigers shot 15-of-17 from the line, while the Pioneers hit 12-of-20.

              Tigers win 4A tourney, February 11, 2007

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Ontario wrestling team qualified 13 grapplers for the state tournament and also came away from La Grande with its first district title in four years, chalking up 307.5 team points and beating host La Grande by 33 points.

              Tom Martinez (125) scored a 17-2 technical decision over Andrew Gettle, Baker, in the finals to solidify his spot at state. Chase Fields (112) won the individual title over teammate Nico Martinez as the two also earned state berths. Ten other wrestlers, including Juvenal Carrillo and Andrew Burnett (103), Danny Nunez (119), David Rangel (130), Andres Hernandez (135), Derek Galligar (140), Frank Lopez (145), Casey Erlebach (152), Anthony Rangel (189) and Mike Ortiz (215) all punched their tickets for the state competition.

              Tiger defense stops La Grande, February 7, 2007

               Argus Observer Sports Staff

              The Ontario girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscles Tuesday, holding the La Grande Tigers to 23 percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers in Ontario

              Tigers rout Pioneers, February 4, 2007

              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              The running and gunning Ontario girls basketball team forced 24 turnovers and pestered Mac-Hi into shooting a miserable 15-of-48 from the field in its 61-41 win Saturday in Ontario.

              Chili feed marks another successful year, February 4, 2007

              Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

              Over 900 spoons dipped into hundreds of bowls of chili Thursday night at Cairo Elementary School during the annual Cairo Chili Feed. Including 500 take-home orders, the school served 1,393 meals.

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              January 2007

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              Tiger boys fall in close game, January 31, 2007

              Argus Observer sports staff

              The Ontario boys basketball team put up a good fight but came away with a 59-54 loss to league opponent Baker Tuesday at Baker City.

              Despite the loss, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick was more positive about Tuesday

              Tigers trounce Baker, January 31, 2007

               Argus Observer sports staff

              The Ontario girls basketball team defeated league rival Baker City for the second time this season, defeating the Bulldogs 59-44 in Greater Oregon League action Tuesday at Baker City.

              Ontario coach Jon Buck said the matchup was a

              Area leaders discuss future school building blueprint, January 31, 2007

               Julie Engel   Argus Observer

              Ideas from key players in Malheur County and the city of Ontario about the future of school buildings flowed freely at a special work session of the Ontario School Board of Directors Monday.

              The session focused on plans to bring consultants to Ontario through the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to help the board decide on a direction for its school buildings.

              The board chose two representatives for the Ontario School District to make initial contact with the ODLCD

              Ontario girls rout hapless La Grande, January 28, 2007

              Babij scores 16 in Tigers' 54-27 win RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              So much for being the underdogs.

              The No. 8-ranked Ontario Tigers forced 23 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points, and defeated La Grande 54-27 in Greater Oregon League girls basketball Friday in Ontario.

              Tigers shock Nyssa Bulldogs fall to Ontario 58-48, January 28, 2007

              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              After losing 70-48 to La Grande Friday, the Ontario boys basketball team rebounded in style.

              Jacob Haueter hit nine shots and all four of his free throws attempts for 25 points to lead the Tigers to a 58-48 win over Nyssa Saturday.

              School board reviews Julie Engel, January 24, 2007

              Argus Observer

              The saying

              Ontario ordinance targets middle school crime, Janurary 24, 2007

              Andy Gates   Argus Observer

              Four Ontario Middle School students have been cited by police for disrupting the school process since a new city ordinance was activated Dec. 20, and three students have been expelled so far this school year.

              The Ontario City Council passed an ordinance in late November which gave police the authority to cite juveniles in Ontario

              Prep Girls Roundup, January 24, 2007

              Ontario girls defeat Baker    Argus Observer Sports Staff

              The Ontario girls basketball team earned a key win Tuesday, opening its Greater Oregon League season with a 53-47 victory over the previously undefeated Baker Bulldogs at Ontario High School.

              The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs for all but one quarter, but maintained enough of a lead throughout to hold off Baker

              Tiger wrestlers sweep Payette, Vale, January 24, 2007

              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario Tigers are officially on the winning track.

              They needed 10 forfeits and five pins in their tri-dual meet sweep against Payette and Vale to do the trick.

              Ontario defeated Payette 57-24 and slipped past Vale 45-32 Tuesday in nonleague wrestling action in Vale.

              Tigers take a tumble, January 24, 2007

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario boys basketball team held its own with the Baker Bulldogs for two quarters but ultimately fell 72-52 in the opening game of Greater Oregon League play Tuesday at Ontario.

              Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said his team knew the Bulldogs would be tough, and they didn

              Crucial program, January 23, 2007

              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

              Tigers ready to rumble, Janurary 23, 2007

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              Although the Ontario girls basketball team has racked up a combined record of 136-39 and three Co-Greater Oregon League titles in the past five years, the Tigers enter league play tonight against Baker High School in a different role.

              As the underdog.

              Baker, La Grande and Mac-Hi are the hunted in 2007, while Ontario looks forward to its new role as the hunter.

              OHS senior receives congressional nomination, January 23, 2007

              Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

              Thanks to a special nomination, Ontario High School senior Cody Ables could soon be a Falcon - the mascot to the United States Air Force Academy.

              Oregon U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, announced last week he had nominated Ables for acceptance into the academy.

              Board of directors reviews plans, Janurary 22, 2007

              The Ontario School Board has just completed its annual meetings with the Site Councils of the district

              Tiger wrestlers split home meet Ontario beats Marsing, loses to Vallivue Friday, January 21, 2007

              Ronald Bond Argus Observer

              The Ontario wrestling team split a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Marsing 44-36 before falling to Vallivue's grapplers 52-11.

              In the opener against Marsing, the Tigers scored eight wins, with five coming by forfeit, and held off a scrappy, yet undermanned Marsing squad. The Huskies racked up six wins of their own, including four pins.

              Ontario School Board garners grant update, January 21, 2007

              Julie Engel Argus Observer

              The libraries throughout the Ontario School District have received 5,400 new books through a grant from the United States Department of Education.

              OSD School Improvement Specialist Sherri Hironaka presented a grant update to the Ontario School District Board of Directors at its regular meeting Thursday night.

              The third time really is the charm, she said, as the district received the

              Hearings completed in school gun case, January 18, 2007

              Andy Gates Argus Observer

              Expulsion hearings ended Tuesday for two Ontario Middle School students in connection to a December incident where a handgun was allegedly brought into the school and passed around to other students.

              However, a final expulsion decision has not yet been made.

              Ontario Middle School parents may receive letters regarding the incident, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Tuesday.

              No letters have been sent out yet, Carter said, but letters may explain the incident and remind parents to not let children bring weapons to school.

              Schools in Oregon are not required to disseminate letters to parents detailing guns-in-school incidents, Oregon Department of Education Spokesman Gene Evans said last week.

              It is unclear why letters were not sent out directly after the incident. Carter said he did not have an answer as to why the district did not inform parents about the December incident by letter.

              Information regarding the incident was relayed to the Argus Observer by a concerned resident last week, almost a month after it occurred.

              Carter said last week that a student brought a handgun into the middle school and other students had their hands on the weapon.

              An expulsion decision will probably be made within the next couple of days, Carter said.

              Ontario police cited a 12-year-old boy in connection to the incident. The youth was cited for the felony crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building, Ontario Police Department Capt. Mark Alexander said Friday.

              Ontario Police Chief Mike Kee said Tuesday the youth was arraigned on the possession charge in December.

              It is unclear, though, how his case has progressed through court

              Nyssa girls seek revenge over Tigers, January 16, 2007

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              For the past two seasons, the Ontario girls basketball team has been the bully and the Nyssa Bulldogs have been the beneficiary of several beat-downs.

              Last year was especially sour for Nyssa, which lost two games to Ontario by a combined score of 122-79. Nyssa head coach Gabe Fuentes was the head coach for the last four square offs, all losses for the Bulldogs and all by at least double figures.

              So there is no shortage of history between both squads.

              Ontario school put on state watch list, January 15, 2007

              Andy Gates Argus Observer

              Ontario High School was placed on a watch list, under the school safety provisions of the federal No Child Left behind Act, along with 15 other schools throughout the state, according to an October press release from the Oregon Department of Education.

              Ontario High School was put on the list, Oregon Department of Education Communications Director Gene Evans said because the number of expulsions for weapons and violent behavior exceeded the allowable threshold for the number of students in the school.

              Eight students out of a student body of 784 were expelled from Ontario High School, Evans said, which exceeded the threshold of one expulsion for every 100 students.

              Three of the expulsions were for violent behavior, Evans said, and five were for weapons such as knives, but not guns.

              As a result of the listing, the Oregon Department of Education requires schools update their violence prevention plan, and prevention specialists from the state may also consult with schools, Evans said.

              The watch list shows that school districts take

              OMS gun case sparks questions, January 11, 2007

              Andy Gates Argus Observer

              Expulsion hearings are underway for an Ontario Middle School student who brought a handgun to school in mid-December and showed it to two other students who also handled the weapon, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Wednesday.

              Carter said a parent called police about the incident, and police informed the school.

              Information on the incident is very limited and no press releases were issued by the Ontario Police Department or the Ontario School District.

              The incident was relayed to the Argus Observer Wednesday by a concerned resident.

              Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Wednesday he cannot confirm or deny that the incident occurred because he is bound by legal constraints.

              Juvenile files are not open to the media for review, according to the Malheur County Court Clerk

              Ontario clobbers Vikings, January 10, 2007

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Vale girls basketball team was plagued with foul trouble, which ultimately doomed the Vikings in a 68-47 loss to Ontario in nonleague play Tuesday at Ontario.

              Vale committed 26 fouls in the game, 16 in the first half, in a closely-called game that left Viking head coach Jason Johnson frustrated.

              Ontario boys stop Vikings, January 10, 2007

              RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER

              Teamwork, tough second-half defense and solid free-throw shooting helped the Ontario Tigers get back on track.

              Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Ontario made 15-of-19 free throws in the Tigers

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              December 2006

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              Oregon schools face obstacles, find success in 2006, December 31, 2006

              Jennifer Colton  Argus Observer

              Last year proved to be a roller coaster ride for the Ontario School District, as poor test results, safety concerns and high dropout rates marred positive events, like thriving red-ribbon week and food drives programs at Ontario Middle School, parent education and the opening of a new alternative school.
               
              Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said OSD will look to improve schools and focus on core concepts.

              Ontario's Boyd honored for play, December 24, 2006

              Tiger sophomore named Special District 7 Most Valuable Player   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              As a sophomore, Ontario girls soccer standout Kim Boyd had a breakout 2006 season. Boyd scored 13 goals, tallied four assists and led her team to an 11-2-2 overall record. The standout was rewarded for her efforts, winning three significant awards at the Tigers' year-end team banquet Wednesday.
               
              Boyd was named her team's best offensive player, most valuable player and she completed the trifecta after she earned Oregon's Special District 7 Most Valuable Player award.

              Tiger wrestlers win two of five in Pasco tourney, December 22, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              Although the Ontario wrestling team didn't place, the Tigers won two duals out of five and had several wrestlers fare well at the two-day Best of the West wrestling duals at Pasco, Wash. The Tigers opened up the tournament on a good note with a 41-29 win over Bonney Lake on Wednesday.
               
              The Tigers won nine matches against Bonney Lake, two on decisions, two pins and a 30-12 technical fall win by Casey Erlebach (152 pounds). Chase Fields (112) won a 4-1 decision, Griffin Gundle (160) notched a 11-5 decision, while Ray Rodriguez (125) and Michael Gonzalez (135) earned first round pins. Ontario scored the rest of its points on forfeits.
               
              The Tigers went on to win one other time in the next four duals. Ontario next lost 72-6 to host Pasco, with Danny Nunez (119) earning all of his teams points with a second round pinfall win over Pasco's Gerardo Castro. The Tigers quickly rebounded with a close 41-38 loss to the coop team of Wahtonka-The Dalles. In that dual, the Tigers notched five forfeit wins, while Tom Martinez (130) scored a 22-7 technical fall win over Quinn Simer and teammate Toby Smith (189) scored 6-0 decision.
               
              Ontario then defeated Federal Way 66-16 using seven pinfall wins and three forfeits. Nico Martinez (119), Rodriguez, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Martinez, Mark Anthony (140), Erlebach, Smith and Mike Ortiz (215) all won with first round pins. Tom Martinez pinned Blake Zimmerman in 23 seconds and Ortiz did his damage to Tomson Lee in 47 seconds. In their final dual Thursday, the Tigers squared off against Toppenish and lost 47-27.
               
              Three of the wins were by pinfall with Nico Martinez, Tom Martinez and Smith earning the honors. Ontario's Erlebach won his final match with a 10-6 decision over Andres Chavez and teammate Michael Gonzalez won by forfeit.

              Tigers trounce Payette, December 20, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER | Argus Observer

              The Ontario boys basketball team outscored Payette 24-9 in the fourth quarter to seal a 74-53 win over the Pirates Tuesday night in nonleague basketball action. It was not only the second win of the season for the Tigers but the second time they beat Payette.
               
              Francisco Chavez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and his teammates went a perfect 14-of-14 at the charity stripe to put the game away.
               
              Payette coach Shawn Scow said he thought, overall, the Tigers outdistanced the Pirates in the final stanza.

              Ontario girls defeat Vale, December 20, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              Maybe the coaches should scrap the weekly film study. Both Vale and Ontario's girls basketball teams combined to shoot 36-of-107 from the field and committed 37 turnovers, but the Tigers were able to walk away with the 54-46 win over the Vikings Tuesday in nonleague action in Vale.
               
              Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter, and the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to end with a 19-11 first quarter lead. That's all Ontario needed as both squads battled to a 35-35 draw through the next three quarters.

              New buses set for district, December 17, 2006

              Julie Engel Argus Observer

              Every year the Ontario School District must acquire two new buses because of a 150,000-mile, 12-year replacement schedule. The Ontario School Board approved the purchase of those two buses at its regular meeting Thursday night.
               
              The buses will be more expensive this year because of new and stringent emission standards, OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said. In addition to an extra $6,500 per bus, Clinton said the buses will be about two months late as a result of the emission standard changes. The buses will probably not be purchased before the end of the fiscal year, OSD Superintendent Dennis Carter said.
               
              As a result, Carter said board members will need to factor in those two buses plus two more in the next budget year. In other Ontario School District news, Personnel Director Carole Kitamura presented the debut of a secondary literacy project to the board. A handful of people in the Ontario School District attended a training in November through a $10,000 Oregon Department of Education/COSA State Improvement Grant - Supporting All Students in Reading.
               
              Kitamura said the aim of the grant is to teach administrators to address their own literacy issues throughout a particular district.
               
              The group completed the first step of the grant by collecting data from sixth- through ninth-grade students with an oral reading fluency screening, she said. Once the data is compiled, Kitamura said they will bring the information to another meeting with grant organizers to determine the implications of the data.

              OMS student food drive hits a high gear, December 17, 2006

               Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

              In a little more than a week, Ontario Middle School students brought in 3,000 food items during their annual food drive.

              Ontario girls end tourney with win, December 17, 2006

              Argus Observer sports staff

              The Ontario girls basketball team rebounded from a 45-28 loss to Stayton and ended the Junction City tournament with a 55-52 win over host Junction City Saturday.
               
              Four different Tigers hit double figures, and Alla Dzhidzhidyeshvili had an all-around game with 15 points, three assist and three steals.

              Tiger girls win tourney opener, December 15, 2006

              Argus Observer Sports Staff

              The Ontario girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Cottage Grove 43-32 in the opening round of the Junction City tournament Thursday night.
               
              Cottage Grove came out strong and took a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter, but the Tigers fought back to take the lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Still, head coach Jon Buck said, Ontario didn't put the game away until the fourth quarter when the Tigers outscored Cottage Grove 11-4.
               
              The Tigers took a 10-point lead at one point in the fourth stanza after Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Stephanie Babij hit back-to-back threes to help seal the win.

              Weiser boys shut down Ontario, December 13, 2006

              Argus Observer Sports Staff

              The Weiser boys basketball team outscored the Ontario Tigers 44-26 in the first half on the way to a 75-57 win in nonleague action Tuesday night.
               
              Up 18-14 going into the second quarter, the game remained close until the Wolverines broke it open, outscoring Ontario 26-12 to give them their 44-26 halftime lead.

              Tigers full of surprises in 2006, December 12, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario football team came back from a dismal 2005 season to dominate in 2006, and the future looks bright for the Tigers.
               
              The Ontario Tigers wrapped up the season with an 8-4 record, losing in the 4A state semifinals to Siuslaw Dec. 2.

              Tigers maul Wildcats, December 10, 2006

              Argus Observer Sports Staff

              Stephanie Babij scored a game high 23 points as the Ontario girls rolled over Columbia 78-19 Saturday night at Ontario High School.
               
              Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili chipped 16 points and had nine steals, and Stephanie O'Connor added 14 points and six steals.

              Tigers dominate Wolverines, December 8, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario girls basketball team improved its record to 4-0 after dominating Weiser in nonleague basketball action Thursday, defeating the Wolverines 53-36 at Ontario High School.
               
              The Tigers outscored Weiser 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-18 halftime lead and held the Wolverines to only two points in the third to stretch their lead to 40-20 going into the fourth.
               
              At one point Ontario enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 44-20 before Weiser made its last comeback of the night. The Wolverines outscored Ontario 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but their last push came too late to change the final outcome.

              OHS students pitch in to make food drive a success, December 8, 2006

              Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

              Honey bear guards, staggered walls and a blue ramen-package waterfall stood out on the

              Columbia boys hold off Ontario, December 8, 2006

              Argus Observer sports staff

              Ontario

              A bright outlook, December 7, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team features many new looks for the upcoming season. Unlike last season's Tiger squad, which featured six seniors and finished 15-10 overall, only two seniors return this year. This season's team boasts a lot of new, younger faces who will see a lot of action on the court. Those players are also full of enthusiasm who are ready to work hard, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said.

              Tigers sink Pirates, December 6, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario boys basketball team overcame a 14-point deficit and scored 33 fourth-quarter points to come from behind and beat Payette 61-56 Tuesday in Payette. Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, and Jacob Haueter added nine of his 18 total to help put the Tigers up for good. Down 42-28 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers switched up their defense to stymie the Pirates, force turnovers and open up scoring opportunities. After the switch,

              Ontario went on a 14-0 run in less than three minutes and eventually tied things up at 42 with 5:40 left on the clock. Although Payette took a slight lead again, the Tigers never let the game slip away from them and took the lead for good with 52 seconds left on the clock after a put-back shot and successful free throw by Chavez put them up 57-56.

              After that, Ontario secured the win at the charity stripe on free throws by Haueter while Payette was held scoreless.

              Ontario grapplers ready to hit the mat, December 4, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario wrestling team took its lumps last year, but is now a year older and wiser as it enters the 2006 campaign. Because football season is still in full swing, Ontario head coach Charlie Anthony has handed the reigns over to assistant coaches Dave Parsons and Jeremy Roberts, who are running practices for the time being, Anthony said.

              Ontario smokes Nampa Christian, December 1, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              If the first two games are any indication, the Ontario girls basketball team is the real deal. Two days after defeating the defending 3A champion Burns Hilanders 57-47, the Tigers backed that up with a 79-44 drubbing of nonleague opponent Nampa Christian Thursday in Ontario. Five different Tigers scored in double-digits and senior standout Stephanie Babij scored a team-high 21 points and led the way with eight rebounds in 29 minutes of floor time.

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              November 2006

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              Turning up the heat, November 30, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              Many high school sports fans didn't envision this, except maybe the Ontario Tigers football team. The Tigers (8-3 overall) are among the final four in the 4A state football championships, and they next square off against undefeated Siuslaw (11-0) of the Far West League Saturday at noon PST on the turf at Hillsboro Stadium. Siuslaw enters Saturday's action after shutting out Central 27-0 in quarterfinal action last Saturday and has shut out their opponents four times this season.

              Defense is the name of the game for the Vikings, who have allowed a paltry 56 points in their 11 games this season, and in the playoffs they have outscored their opponents (Cottage Grove and Central) by a 82-7 clip.
               

              Ontario holds off Hidden Valley, November 26, 2006

               Deena Manning - Daily Courier

              Seventh-ranked Hidden Valley saw more than enough of Ontario

              Ontario looks to take charge, November 22, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              What a turnaround it has been for the Ontario football team. Last year, the Tigers finished 1-8 overall and struggled to find their way, but this year the Tigers are entering uncharted territory. For the first time since 1997, the Tigers are in the quarterfinals round after defeating Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 in their opening game Nov. 18. Ontario (7-3) will now square off against Hidden Valley Saturday at 2 p.m. PST on the turf at Grants Pass High School. Hidden Valley finished in first place in the Skyline League and stands at 9-2 overall.

              The Mustangs have won four games in a row by a combined margin of 145 to 42, and for the season they have racked up 308 points, while only giving up 150. The Mustangs are entering Saturday's quarterfinals action after defeating defending 3A state champion Marist 31-21 in second round action last Friday.

              The quarterfinals berth is the furthest the Mustangs have advanced in school history. Hidden Valley has been running on all cylinders, using the duo of 6-foot-2 inch, 190-pound quarterback L.B. Draper and 6-foot-4 inch, 205-pound receiver Jordan Van Cleave.

              Other weapons at Draper's disposal will be 6-foot-1 inch, 210-pound tight end/ split end Dustin Mathews and standout running back Jules DeVos. DeVos is entering action after posting 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Marist.

              Ontario players named All-GOL, November 21, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              Ontario running back Loren Stewart led the Tigers on the field all season, and was greatly rewarded for his efforts. The junior was one of 14 Tigers selected to the Greater Oregon League all-league team.
               
              Stewart was recognized as the Offensive Three Way Player of the Year and was also named first team all-GOL at running back.

              The Score, November 19, 2006

              Second annual

              Tigers tear up Yamhill, November 19, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER
               
              Ontario's Bryson Sap just had one of those days. The junior quarterback ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, added another through the air and also forced a fumble to help Ontario come back from a 28-21 halftime deficit to defeat Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 at Tiger Stadium in Ontario.
               

              Making a connection, November 19, 2006

              For three decades, Gary Thompson has taught chemistry and physics to Oregon high school students. Now in his 19th consecutive year at Ontario High School, the veteran teacher still connects with his students by making chemistry and physics fun despite changing technology.

              Ontario Tigers ready to roar, November 17, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              As they enter the second round of the 4A state football playoffs, the Ontario Tigers look to continue to build upon their improvement over last year's 1-8 mark. Their first playoff game in two years, will be against Yamhill-Carlton Saturday afternoon in Ontario at 2 p.m. Saturday's match up will be the team'sfirst playoff game for Ontario since the 2004 season.
               
              Yamhill-Carlton,the second place team out ofthe Cowapa League, comes in having won four of their last five games and hold a record of 8-2 overall. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a margin of 374-210 on the season.

              Ontario School District thanks Heinz Frozen Foods, November 17, 2006

              May Roberts Elementary would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Heinz Frozen Foods. Heinz continues to show great support to the school and recently gave a generous financial donation. Our thanks to Heinz.
               
              OMS success is back The OMS Success Bakers are back. Let them do your Thanksgiving baking. This year they will be creating the

              Grad party slated, November 17, 2006

              Plans for the Graduation Night Senior Party have begun and a web page with details, registration forms and other important information has been published. Seniors and their parents should review the link entitled "2007 Senior Class Party

              Ontario School Board OK s resolutions regarding funds, November 17, 2006

              Julie Engel   Argus Observer
               
              The Ontario School Board passed two resolutions adding grant funds to the 2006 to 2007 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night. The Ontario School District received a $4,000 K-3 Statewide Literacy Outreach grant to pay for a training workshop teachers attended Thursday and Friday, Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said.

              The district sent 10 teachers to the workshops held in Pendleton, she said, which focus on getting the most from core reading programs.

              School board retreat nets results, November 13, 2006

              - From the Ontario School Board   Special to the Argus Observer
               
              On Saturday, Oct. 28, the 8C District School Board met to review the five objectives it developed based on the community survey and prior board discussions. Those goals are: improving communication with our schools and between the district and patrons; building and maintenance needs; improving curriculum; building employee morale; and increasing Hispanic/Latino parent participation.
               
              Communication Communication within our schools and with district patrons is important. The board will develop better means of gathering community input through methods such as: better publication of activities; aggressive information and idea gathering; e-mail; blogs; question and answer sessions; and electronic drop boxes.
               
              Building and Maintenance Needs The need for school building maintenance and middle and high school building improvement was discussed. The community's voice, through the bond vote and subsequent survey, was carefully considered.
               
              The board believes it must refine its understanding of the condition of school facilities, the financial means of our community and the opportunities and obligations presented by these facts. Improvement of school facilities requires careful planning and a great deal of community input and understanding. Coordination with the city of Ontario, community leaders and county and state agencies is essential if a positive result is to be achieved.
               
              Curriculum Improvement Consideration and review of curriculum is ongoing. Improvement of academic performance is essential if our students are going to be prepared for college or vocational schools. Careful analysis of the reasons leading to current unacceptable AYP scores is also occurring. Improvement in Ontario students' test scores and preparation for post-secondary programs will occur only if the causes of their current performance are addressed.
               
              Employee Morale The board is concerned with teacher and employee morale and discussed the need for better listening, celebration of successes, attendance at school board meetings and visits of buildings and school sites as ways to interact with staff.
               
              The board wishes to recognize our outstanding staff and improve the relationship between staff and the board. Increasing Parent Participation Identifying children at risk for academic failure and those with social problems is key to improving academic scores and ensuring safe schools.
               
              The board is considering ideas to strengthen relationships with families, especially in the Hispanic/Latino community. An advisory group of interested Hispanic/Latino community members could improve the board's understanding of cultural differences and suggest ways to increase Hispanic/Latino parent participation at school.
               
              The board knows that our kids will be best served if we continue to seek community input and carefully utilize the information. While this board can suggest, guide, support and promote, it cannot take the place of involved parents. Please, come to our board meetings, talk to board members and volunteer to help at school. By working together, we can be an effective part of our children's education.

              Plans underway for annual OHS senior graduation party, November 13, 2006

              The parents of Ontario High School seniors have started planning the annual graduation party, to be held all night May 27. Parents interested in assisting with the plans are invited to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, in the OHS library. For more information, please contact Mary Hamman at (541) 889-4767, or Melody Davis at (541) 889-4044.

              Ontario girls, boys lose at state, November 8, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
               
              After an opening round win against Seaside, the Ontario girls soccer team had its season cut short, suffering a 4-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
               
              The Tigers weren't able to generate many scoring opportunities and only tallied two shots on goal, where the Aardvarks put up 13.

              Ontario swept by Henley, November 5, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Ontario volleyball team's stay in the 4A Oregon state tournament was short-lived, as the Tigers lost to Henley in 3 games Saturday night in Henley. Henley jumped out to an early 10-1 lead in the first game, and went on to take the game 25-12.
               
              Ontario played tough in game two, but fell 25-21, before also falling in game three, 25-20.

              Ontario Tigers fall flat in Baker City, November 5, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Baker City football team scored 33 points in the second quarter on the way to a 61-26 blowout victory over Ontario Friday night.
               
              With the win the Bulldogs claimed the Greater Oregon League title. Bulldog quarterback Derek Howerton led the offensive onslaught with four touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and 222 yards total. Teammates Travis Mastrude and Grant Johnson each hauled in a pair of scoring passes for Baker City.
               
              For Ontario, Loren Stewart led the way, scoring all four Tiger touchdowns and rushing for 167 yards, including an 88-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 90-yard kickoff return in the second stanza.

              Tigers sneak past Seaside, November 5, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER  ARGUS OBSERVER

              A late, second-period goal by Ontario's Salvador Sanchez gave the Tigers the edge they needed to put away the Seaside Seagulls 2-1 in boys 4A opening round state soccer Saturday at Ontario.

              The win advances Ontario to the state soccer second round while Seaside's season was cut short. With about 12 minutes left in Saturday's game, Sanchez's quick shot to the left side of the goal as Seaside goalkeeper John Morgan dove right unknotted the 1-1 tie and swung the momentum in the Tigers' favor for good.

              Up until the second period, the game looked promising for the Seagulls, who scored quick and early on a Justin Morgan goal. Seaside coach Jon Broderick said he thought the Seagulls, who held off Ontario well during the first half, had a shot of pulling together a 1-0 win.
               

              Ontario blanks Sutherlin in opener, November 5, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammates Christina Markee and Keila Nelson added one each to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout over Sutherlin in first round 4A girls soccer state action Saturday in Ontario.
               
              Sutherlin, playing in the state tournament for the first time, ended its season with the loss, while Ontario advances to play Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
               
              Ontario took control of the game early after Boyd scored two minutes in with an assist by Markee. She posted Ontario's second goal of the afternoon after she was fouled in the box in the 12th minute, and her penalty kick hit its mark. The Tigers' play slowed down after they took their 2-0 lead, and the teams fought for possession the rest of the half.
               
              The second half featured much of the same, although Markee found the goal in the 57th minute. Jennifer Reyes started the play with a pass to Boyd whose shot bounced off the goal straight to Markee who finished it off. Reyes and Boyd were credited with assists on the play.
               
              Nelson's shot iced the game for Ontario in the last minute of the game.

              Tigers rally to triumph, November 2, 2006

               JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              Despite an early two-game deficit, the Ontario volleyball team overcame a poor performance to defeat Pleasant Hill 3-2 in the loser-out first round of the 4A state volleyball tournament Wednesday.
               
              After losing the first two games 25-22 and 25-11, the Tigers cleaned up their hitting, which coach Rod Williams said was all Ontario needed to do to play well. He said climbing out of a 2-0 hole would have been harder if the Tigers were playing their best and not making many mistakes, but that wasn't the case.

              Tigers send six runners to state, November 1, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              Ontario cross country standout Matt Rankin is in a class of his own. Rankin finished first in Saturday's 4A district cross country meet in Baker with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds, over La Grande's Johnny Bullock (17:44).

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              October 2006

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              Ontario Tigers stuff La Grande 41-28, October 29, 2006

              Ontario claims state playoff slot   JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER
               
               The Ontario football team guaranteed its spot in the 4A state football playoffs with a 41-28 win over the La Grande Tigers Friday night at Tiger Stadium. Ontario needs only to beat Baker City Friday at Baker to claim the Greater Oregon League title all-out and the No. 1 seed from the GOL to the state playoffs.
               
              If the Tigers lose and La Grande beats Mac-Hi, Ontario will take the No. 2 seed to the state playoffs, and the league title will be determined by points scored.

              Ontario falls to La Grande Thursday, October 27, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
               
              Another match, another disappointing finish for the Ontario volleyball team Thursday in La Grande.

              The Tigers lost in four games to La Grande in Greater Oregon League action in La Grande. Ontario couldn't get started on the right foot and lost the first two games, 25-21 and 25-14, before winning the third game 25-22.
               
              La Grande dominated the fourth game 25-9, sending Ontario packing. Tara Alvarado led with 17 digs and teammate Tara O'Connor dropped nine kills for Ontario. Once again, Stephanie O' Connor did everything possible to spark the team, to no avail.

              Ontario sends Pioneers packing, October 22, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER    ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario football team secured its first league win Friday with a 57-20 rout of Greater Oregon League opponent Maclaughlin High School at Tiger Stadium. An early fourth-quarter 5-yard touchdown run by Tad Anzaldua and successful point-after kick, iced the win, giving the Tigers an insurmountable 57-7 lead.
               
              Once Ontario reached that bench-mark, the 45-point mercy rule took effect, and the scoreboard clock only stopped for official timeouts. The Pioneers scored twice in the fourth quarter, having put up their first points in the first quarter on a 55-yard run by Jeffrey Stallings, but the clock ticked off the final seconds of the game before the Pioneers kicked their last point-after attempt.

              Ontario Tigers fall short, October 18, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario junior Stephanie O' Connor just had one of those nights as she led the Tigers with 25 assists, 23 digs, 10 kills and six service aces, but the rest of the Ontario volleyball team bumbled, stumbled and jumbled its way to a four-game loss to La Grande on senior night Tuesday in Ontario.

              The night began with some emotional pregame festivities thanking seniors Tara Alvarado, Jordan Bainbridge, Rebecca McDannel, Tara O'Connor, Kristin Saito and Sami Stone for their hard work and dedication to Ontario athletics.
               
              The emotions were high and the stage was set. The Ontario Tigers used the emotion to their advantage, and started out by doing things right, using passing, teamwork and solid hitting to win the first game, 25-21. The momentum shifted in the second game, and Ontario's game came apart.
               
              Attempted spikes hit the net, passes missed their mark and communication unravelled.

              Ontario volleyball clinches state berth, October 16, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Ontario volleyball squad clinched a spot in the state championship tournament for the third year in a row after sweeping past the Mac-Hi Pioneers in Greater Oregon League action in Milton-Freewater Saturday.
               
              The Tigers fought a close battle in the first game to start things out and slipped past with a 25-21 win. In the second game, the Tigers found their stride and dominated 25-14, before taking the win with a 25-15 win in the third game.

              Ontario School Board opposes Measures 41, 45 and 48, October 16, 2006

              Julie Engel | Argus Observer

              The Ontario School Board passed three resolutions opposing Oregon Ballot Measures 41, 45 and 48 at a special meeting Thursday night.
               
              The Oregon School Boards Association Board of Directors passed similar resolutions at its September board meeting opposing the same three measures. Measures 41 and 48 will affect funding for school districts in the state, and Measure 45 will limit terms for legislators and senators.
               
              Measure 41 will cause a reduction in tax collections by matching up state income tax deductions with federal deductions, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said. The measure would reduce state revenues by $815 million, which in turn would cut educational funds by $350 million, OSBA Legislative and Public Affairs Specialist David Williams said Friday.
               
              The state expenditure for kindergarten through 12th grade school districts is 46 percent of Oregon's general fund, Williams said. The federal government only provides about 25 percent of school district funding, Williams said, with the rest of the 75 percent coming through the Oregon Legislature.

              As for Ontario, Carter said the impact of Measure 41 would be about $2 million in revenues lost in the 2007 to 2009 biennium. That loss translates into a cut of 16 teachers in the school district per year, or 32 teachers in the biennium, Ontario School District Director of Personnel Carol Kitamura said.
               
              The Ontario School District currently has 175 teachers. Measure 48 is a spending limit proposal that would restrict state spending to the percentage of population increase plus inflation. The estimated affect on the state's educational budget is $4.9 billion for the biennium, Carter said, with Ontario's cut anywhere from $2.2 million to almost $5 million.
               
              Under Measure 48 the Ontario School District could lose anywhere from 32 to 72 teachers in the biennium depending on the final amount taken from the budget, Kitamura said.
               
              If both Measure 41 and 48 did pass, the cut in teachers would be cumulative but it would not result in the total loss of 104 teachers, Carter said. The problem with Measure 48, Carter said, is the state has gone through a recession, and if the spending limit is capped at the previous biennium entities become stuck in the low period.

              Tigers suffer third straight loss, October 11, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER
               
              Hoping for redemption against a tough Baker City volleyball squad, the Ontario volleyball team instead suffered its third-straight conference loss as the Bulldogs swept the Tigers 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17 in Ontario Tuesday. It was the second time the undefeated Bulldogs (4-0 Greater Oregon League, 7-0 overall) swept the Tigers this season.
               
              With the loss, Ontario drops to 1-3 in the GOL, 8-4 overall. Unforced errors, giving up unearned points to Baker City to score, were the Tigers' downfall Tuesday night.
               
              The Tigers committed a whopping 30 unforced errors in the match - 18 hitting, seven serving and five receiving errors.

              Area athletes race in Ontario meet, October 6, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              Ontario's Matt Rankin once again put his best foot forward but was nipped at the wire at the Glen Crosby Cross Country Invitational on the campus of Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario Thursday. Rankin finished in second place with a time of 17 minutes and 29 seconds behind Burns' Tommie Hooper to lead all local athletes.

              Hooper, who has become sort of a rival for Rankin, finished just two seconds ahead of the young Ontario standout.

              Ontario ousts Bulldogs, October 6, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario girls soccer team notched another win in the victory column as it continued its tear through the GOL, routing Baker City 6-2 Thursday afternoon. The final score was a bit of a surprise to the Bulldogs, coach DeeDee Clarke said after the game.

              Grizzlies, Tigers face off, October 5, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

              While this week's prep football matchup between Ontario and Fruitland high schools won't have an impact on the rest of the season for either team, both are prepared to do what's necessary to win.
               
              For Ontario coach Randy Waite, this week's game means one last shot for the Tigers to prepare for their Greater Oregon League opener next week.

              Ontario deflates Payette boys, October 3, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario's Carlos Salgado had a memorable game Monday that sure spoiled the Payette boys soccer team's senior night. Salgado tallied two goals and added an assist to lead the Ontario soccer team to a 4-0 win over Payette Monday at Harmon Killebrew Field.

              Before the game, Payette High School celebrated the athletic accomplishments of David Paredes, Matt Edwards, Eddie Serpa and Ingon Rodriguez. But, Ontario's Salgado sent his own message.

              Prep late game roundup, October 2, 2006

              Ontario 4, Mac-Hi 2

              After a scoreless first half, the Ontario girls soccer team came away with a hard fought 4-2 victory Saturday in Mac-Hi. Brea Ribeiro scored the first goal at the 52 minute mark to give Ontario the lead, but the Pioneers responded with a pair of penalty kick goals to go ahead 2-1.

              Ashley Moeller scored to tie the game in the 66th minute, and Ashlee Captein scored the game winner off of a direct kick from Jennifer Reyes.

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              September 2006

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              Tigers, Bulldogs to square off Friday, September 28, 2006

                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario and Nyssa football teams are gearing up for their upcoming league seasons, and both will be using this Friday night's game to determine where they stand in further matches to come.

              For head coach Rob Kassebaum's Nyssa Bulldogs, Friday night marks the last nonleague game of the season they will play.

              Tigers clean up Vale, September 27, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              Taking advantage of a fatigued Vale volleyball team, the Ontario Tigers easily swept the Vikings in a nonleague match Tuesday in Ontario.

              While the Vale girls put up a fight the first two games of the night, they couldn't match Ontario's aggressiveness as the Tigers won 25-18 and 25-20 respectively.

              The Vikings began the third game with high intensity, taking a brief lead, but Ontario's offense swamped Vale at the net and shut the Vikings down 25-12. Vale coach Mary Ann Standage said her team had entered Tuesday's match fatigued after a weekend of tournament play at Sisters, where the Vikings placed fifth out of 25 mostly 4A- and 5A-division teams.

              Standage said her players were still fatigued and sore from their busy weekend, and it showed against Ontario.

              Tigers win two straight, September 24, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Ontario volleyball team opened league play with a three-game sweep over Mac-Hi Saturday afternoon.

              Ontario girls blank Pirates in league opener, September 24, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario sophomore Kim Boyd and teammate Jennifer Markee put on a show in prep soccer action Saturday.

              Boyd scored two highlight-reel goals with assists by Markee to lead the Ontario Tigers to a 2-0 win over Greater Oregon League opponent Riverside at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
              At the 11-minute mark of the first half, Boyd started the scoring for the Tigers on a tic-tac-toe passing effort by her teammates.

              Ontario halfback Ashlee Captein started the run down the right side of the field and fed Markee, who made a one-touch pass to Boyd and she hit the back of the net. For the remainder of the opening stanza, the Tigers and Pirates passed the ball back and forth at midfield in an attempt to create turnovers. The Tigers created several scoring opportunities and totaled 22 shots on goal.

              Ontario head coach Greg Walk said he felt like the Tigers could have tallied more goals, but they couldn't make the necessary plays.

              Ontario School Board slates auction, September 24, 2006

              Julie Engel Argus Observer

              One person's junk is can be another person's treasure.

              And the Ontario School District has a lot of

              Tigers come back to beat Vale, September 20, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
               
              The Ontario volleyball team struggled against non-league opponent Vale Tuesday but was able to wake up and focus just in time to defeat the Vikings 3-1 in Vale.
               
              The Vikings controlled the net early and won the first set 25-21, but the next three sets were all Tigers.
               
              Ontario won the second set 25-16 and squeaked by in the third set 25-21. In the final set, the Tigers dominated with a 25-17 win.
               

              Ontario boys shut out Fruitland, September 20, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Ontario boys soccer team continued its dominant play and earned the 3-0 shutout over non-league opponent Fruitland Tuesday in Ontario.
               
              Salvador Sanchez scored two goals and teammate Brandon Collins scored another to lead the Tiger attack. The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 halftime lead, on Sanchez's tally and Collins gave Ontario a 2-0 cushion 30 minutes into the second half. Sanchez added the team's third goal with five minutes left in the contest.
               

              Ontario girls roll over upstart Irrigon, September 17, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ   ARGUS OBSERVER
               
              All Ontario goalkeepers Sarah Wharton and Kayla Dean needed was a lawn chair and a sweater for their game Saturday.
               
              The Ontario girls soccer offense took care of everything.

              Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammate Christina Markee chipped in a goal and two assists to lead the Tigers to a 10-0 drubbing of Irrigon High School at the Alameda Elementary School soccer fields in Ontario.
               
              The Tigers jumped out of the gate quickly against the Knights and answered the opening whistle with three goals in the first seven minutes of play.
               
              Ashley Moeller scored at the 3 minute mark after taking a shot from 15 feet outside the penalty area and bending it just inside the right goal post past Irrigon goalkeeper Maggie Alsup. Two minutes later, Markee scored and Ashlee Captein kicked the third goal at the 7 minute mark. Jennifer Reyes scored the team

              Tigers fight back, September 15, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
               
              The Ontario High School volleyball team exacted some revenge Thursday night, beating the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-1 in non-league volleyball action at Ontario High School.
               
              Although the Tigers lost to Fruitland 3-2 on Grizzly turf in a match last week, last night's match, in front of a boisterous home crowd, had much different results.
               
              The intensity level was much higher than the last time the two teams met, Ontario coach Rod Williams said. After beating Fruitland in the first two sets of their last match, Ontario's energy lagged, allowing Fruitland to take the last three sets.

              In the latest match, Williams said, his girls maintained their intensity throughout, and dominated the court all four sets, while Fruitland's energy waned at times.
               
              Fruitland claimed the first game, but the set was a battle throughout, with the Grizzlies coming out on top 30-28.
               
              The second game was much of the same, with the two teams deadlocked at 27 points each toward the end, but with Ontario taking the last two points and a 29-27 win.
               
              Ontario carried that intensity into the third set, while Fruitland floundered at the net and back court. The Tigers easily won the game 25-10. Williams said he told his team to take advantage of the Grizzlies' mistakes and continue directing shots to the middle of the court, an area Fruitland struggled defending against.

              The fourth game promised to be a continuation of the third, with Ontario holding a 10-point lead mid-set, but Fruitland rallied, outscoring the Tigers 9-2 as Ontario was poised to claim the victory.
               
              The Grizzlies closed the point deficit to 24-23, and Fruitland coach Lisa O'Neal said she had high hopes her team would pull off an upset like last time.
               

              Ontario school parents ponder uniform policy, September 14, 2006

              Andy Gates Argus Observer
               
              Should students be wearing uniforms at Ontario's high school and middle school?
               
              In a democratic display of curiosity, one Ontario High School parent polled a crowd of at least 60 community members, parents and students Monday, during a school safety presentation held by principals from the high school, middle school and Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter.
               
              At least 30 hands shot into the air regarding the uniform question and vocal murmurs of support from the crowd reverberated throughout the auditorium of the Four Rivers Cultural Center.
               
              One of the supporters was Ontario Police Department Chief Mike Kee.

              Opposition to the idea, though, was far more limited, with approximately 10 hands raising in objection.

              Ontario Middle School Principle LaVelle Cornwell said she would support uniforms in the middle school.

              Children have different socioeconomic backgrounds, and uniforms could help level the playing field.

              Also some of the gang activity in schools is apparent through insignias on clothing such as __ ,

              Cairo teacher relates to her students, September 12, 2006

              Andy Gates Argus Observer
               
              Disabled by spastic cerebral palsy, Sherry Lane uses a wheelchair and walks with crutches.
               
              As a special education support specialist at Cairo Elementary School, Lane said her own disability often places her

              Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
               
              Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
               
              It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
               
              The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
               
              Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

              Ontario wins opener, September 10, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER
               
              All Ontario girls head soccer coach Greg Walk wanted was for his girls to finally get to play a game. Otherwise, he said, they were going to explode.
               
              They exploded, all right, to the tune of 21 shots and four goals, while scoring in every shape, form and fashion in a 4-1 win over Fruitland Saturday at the Alameda Elementary School fields in Ontario.
               
              Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, and teammate Breanna Ribeiro dished out two assists to lead the Tigers.
               

              Tigers rally to defeat Middleton, September 10, 2006

              ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
               
              Loren Stewart ran for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Ontario rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Middleton Vikings by a 28-19 margin Friday. Bryson Sap and Ryan Laubacher also scored for the Tigers, who are off to a 2-0 start for the first time in four years.
               
              It didn't look good for Ontario early. Luke Radford scored a pair of touchdowns to give Middleton a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers responded though, as Stewart scored his first touchdown on a 44-yard run with 8:19 left in the first half to pull Ontario within 6. Right before the half, Laubacher scored from 11-yards out, and with a Jacob Haueter extra point, the Tigers went into the locker room with a 14-13 lead.
               
              The score would remain the same until the fourth quarter, when Stewart scampered 71 yards for a touchdown to give Ontario a 9-point lead. Middleton immediately responded, as Trent Harrison ran the ensuing kickoff back 94 yards for a score to pull Middleton within two. Sap put the game away for Ontario, however, with a 59-yard run. With Stewart and Sap leading the way, the Tigers piled up 366 yards of total offense, including 309 on the ground.
               
              Ontario coach Randy Waite gave his kids a lot of credit for battling back in this game.

              Grizzlies take bite out of Ontario Tigers, September 8, 2006

              Argus Observer sports staff Fruitland
               
              The Ontario Tigers came out with a roar but finished weakly, losing to the Fruitland Grizzlies 3-2 in barn-burning prep volleyball action Thursday night at Fruitland High School.
               
              For the Grizzlies, the win was both dramatic and significant. Down 2-0 after losing the first two sets 25-13 and 25-22, the Grizzlies rallied in the third set to stay alive, winning 25-17.
               
              Fruitland continued their tear through the fourth game, taking advantage of Ontario mistakes, coming out on top 25-20.
               
              The Tigers were not done for the night, however, and almost pulled off the win in the tie-breaking set. Ontario came out demonstrating the energy that had been missing at times in the match, and jumped out to a 13-8 lead, putting the game easily within their reach. Fruitland pulled together, however, found their focus, dug deep and strung together the next seven points to come back for the win.
               

              Ontario ties in season opener, September 6, 2006

              JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER
               
              The Ontario boys soccer team opened its season tying the McCall-Donnelly Vandals 2-2 Tuesday after gaining and losing the lead twice in the nonconference game.
               
              Ontario (0-0-1 overall) struggled to keep up with the Vandals, who played three games this season prior to last night's game, compared with Ontario's one.
               
              Much of the game was a defensive battle for both teams, although the Tigers had to work harder because the Vandals had control of the ball for much of the game.

              Tigers win in Weiser, September 6, 2006

               RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER
               
              Tom Falash Gymnasium in Weiser played host to some personal history, a raucous crowd and barn-burning volleyball action between non-league opponents Nampa Christian, Weiser and Ontario Tuesday evening.
               
              In the marquee match of the night, Ontario beat Weiser 25-20, 24-26 and 15-10 in three grueling games.
               
              In the third set, Ontario held the early 9-4 lead, when Weiser head coach Ramir Rodriguez called a timeout. After the breather, Weiser closed the gap to 10-8.
               
              The comeback and the noisy crowd, however, did not bother the experienced Ontario squad. The Tigers answered back to score five of the next six points and closed down the persistent Wolverines.
               

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              June 2006

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              Tigers end successful season, June 5, 2006

                 RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

              In his fourth year as the chief, Ontario High School girls golf coach Russ Leininger led his Tigers to greener pastures in 2006 and hopes to continue the winning tradition for years to come.

              In 2005, the team fared well. The Ontario squad finished in seventh place at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond, Ore., with a 808 score.

              This season the Tigers improved four spots to finish third overall with a score of 733, losing out to Marist (717) and Sutherlin (714).

              The team had seniors Cecelia Garcia, Jennifer Jaramillo, April Patton and freshman standout Meghan Schram.They showed solid improvements fromthe previous year. Garcia finished with a 171, putting her in 14th place, while Jaramillo ended the tournament with a 177. Schram put together a first day score of 90, and ended the tournament with a 192. Patton carded a 193, to lead the Tigers to its best state championship finish in school history.

              Last year, Garcia finished in 22nd place overall, while Jaramillo's effort put her in 25th place. Patton improved her showing, jumping up 23 spots from 59th place in 2005 to 36th place this year.

              Coming in off a second- place finish to La Grande, which defeated the Tigers by 10 strokes in the district championships held in Pendleton in which they scored a 752, the Tigers accomplished the necessary improvements to bring home some hardware at the state tournament in Redmond.

              The four key players displayed marked improvements, and they enjoyed a seven-shot lead in the second round over eventual state champion, Sutherlin.

               

              Most Ontario teachers backed bond effort, June 4, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

              In general, Ontario School District teachers supported the $30 million school bond venture voters scuttled last November.

              Elementary and secondary education staff in the school district returned 199 responses for the bond survey generated by district officials to measure public support, or lack of, for the high school bond effort.

              At the secondary school level, 64 staff members voted in favor of the bond election, 11 voted no, and 35 did not vote. At the elementary school level, 35 staff members voted in favor, 14 were opposed and 40 did not vote.

               

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              May 2006

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              Mexican-American league awards locals, May 30, 2006

                   LARRY MEYER Argus Observer

              Two teachers, a judge and a jail commander were honored Wednesday by the Mexican-American Citizens League for their contributions to the Latino community, its youth and to the community at large.

              The event was the organization's annual awards dinner, held at the Sizzler in Ontario.

              During the dinner, members also honored area Latino high school scholarship winners.

              Jonathan Paulsen, Ontario High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship, Karina Guerra Carbajal, Ontario High School, received $500 and Lindsee Padilla, Vale High School, received a $250 scholarship to use for college.

              Efrain Rivas, a teacher at Ontario Middle School, was named

              Ontario School District continues to struggle to meet progress goals, May 28, 2006

                   JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              The final deadline for Ontario School District students to complete annual yearly progress testing has passed, but results will not become available until the beginning of next school year.

              For the past three years, Ontario has failed to meet adequate yearly progress standards required in the No Child Left Behind Act at the high school and middle school levels.

              The 2004 through 2005 school year was also the first year Ontario elementary schools struggled, as both Aiken and May Roberts Elementary Schools failed to meet AYP standards.

              Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said one of the reasons the middle and high schools have not met adequate yearly progress revolves around a lack of concentrated effort targeting secondary education improvement.

               

              Tigers leave tracks at state, May. 28, 2006

                   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              After one day of competition, the Ontario track and field squad had one individual and the 4x100- meter relay team left for the finals to earn medals in their respective events.

              The top-eight finalists and the top three in each heat advanced to the finals. Jordan Bainbridge was still alive in three events for the Tigers. Bainbridge competed in the 200- and 400-meter races and ran the anchor leg of the girls 4x100 meter relay along with teammates Bianca Davis, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Kristen Hamman.

              In the finals, the 4x100- relay team finished in fifth place with a time of 51.31 seconds, and Bainbridge earned fourth- place honors in the 400- meters, stopping the clock at 58.69 seconds. In her last race of the day, Bainbridge finished in sixth place with a total time of 26.80.

               

              Queens of the court, May. 24, 2006

                     RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              When the Ontario tennis team walks on to a court, people now know who they are.

              The Tigers, led by head coach Dennis Gill, have won 11 Special District 4 over the past 14 years and seven of the last eight. Now chalk up three straight Oregon 3A state championships.

              This year the Ontario squad won by the slimmest of margins - half a point, slipping past Catlin Gables, 10.5 to 10.

              For Gill, he was surprised with the win, noting the youth on the roster, graduating six seniors from last season's championship team. This year, the tennis team graduates two seniors and will have six returning freshmen.

              Gill was recognized for his 14 years of hard work and was named this year's Oregon Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

               

              Born to teach music. OHS music director Skip Bicknese knew at an early age he wanted to teach music, May 8, 2006

                 JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

              Whether holding a baton, directing Ontario High School music students from the conductor's podium, or holding his alto sax, wailing with his bands, Ontario's Skip Bicknese is comfortable with his music.

              A life-long Ontario resident and music lover, Bicknese said his jobs as both OHS music department director and musician in two local bands are a perfect fit and has never questioned his choices.

               

              Ontario gets swept by Mac-Hi, May 5, 2006

                 Tiesha Miller Argus observer

              Mac-Hi gave the Ontario softball team a rough time Thursday in Greater Oregon League play in Ontario. The Tigers lost both games of a doubleheader 5-2, 11-1.

              In the nightcap, Ontario trailed 2-1 through the first five innings, but in a detrimental fifth inning, Ontario committed three errors and allowed eight runs.

               

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              April 2006

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              Ontario earns pair of wins, April 5, 2006

                Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

              The Ontario baseball team didn't let the rain get in its way.

              Starting field preparation at 8 a.m., it borrowed field materials from the local little league in order to get in its doubleheader with Greater Oregon League opponent Burns Tuesday at 1 p.m.

              The Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-1 GOL) came back from a deficit in both games to defeat Burns (3-6, 0-4), 4-3 and 15-5.

              In the first game, Ontario's Jose Garcia pitched seven innings to strike out 10 batters, allow five hits and get the win. In the fifth inning, Garcia hit a double to deep center field for two RBIs, which tied the game at 3.

               

              Ontario golf comes in third, April 20, 2006

                 ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              The Ontario boys golf team finished in third place at the Burns Invitational Wednesday.

              The Tigers had four golfers shoot a 94 to finish with a 376. Brad McGowan, Nick Rock, Dallas Brockett and Tommy Baker tied for 13th place out of 26 golfers in 3A/2A/1A Special District 4 play.

               

              Ontario splits with La Grande, April 23, 2006

                 Tiesha Miller  Argus Observer

              The Ontario baseball team had an up-and-down sort of day.

              After struggling in the opener to get past La Grande starter Trent Evins, Ontario fell 6-1, and brought out its bats in the second game to win 13-11 in Greater Oregon League play Friday in Ontario.

              Ontario stranded three runners in the top of the second inning, but it still held a 2-1 lead. The top of the third inning soon changed that after Ontario allowed La Grande three runs on five hits.

              Things then began to look up for Ontario. Fielding problems plagued La Grande, and Ontario began hitting the ball. Five hits and seven runs later, Ontario reclaimed the lead with an 9-4 advantage.

              Jose Garcia, who was 2-for-3 and had three RBIs on the day, drove in two runs in the inning as did Daniel Schram. Ontario had 11 hits in the second game with the help of Bryson Sap and Jace Nakamura, who each drove in two runs.

               

              Barnett leads Tigers, April 26, 2006

                     RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Tigers' Jordan Barnett shut down Nyssa, allowing three hits in five innings, and Ontario pounded out 10 hits in a 11-0 drubbing of the Bulldogs in nonleague softball at the Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

              Barnett struck out six batters and allowed just one runner to get as far as third base in the third inning when Nyssa made its biggest threat. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded and one out when Barnett went to work, striking out Tiffany Wentz and Crystal Contreras to end the inning and preserve the shutout.

               

              Ontario wins again, April 27, 2006

                    Roy Hicks the Country Curmudgeon

              Ontario should be proud. Not only is it one of the most thriving and growing communities in southeastern Oregon. It also has a solid record of citizen involvement in community affairs.

              Ontario has resources unusual to such a relatively rural community: a major hospital (Holy Rosary) and attenuate emergency services; a community-oriented radio station (KSRV); and the only daily newspaper in Malheur County.

              Another of Ontario's resources is its local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Lodge No. 1690 does a lot of state and local charitable work supporting such causes as veterans, the Boise Rehabilitation Center for medical patients, Babe Ruth baseball, the elementary school Hoop Shoot contest, the Children's Eye Clinic in Portland, the Meadowood Speech and Hearing Camp in Pendleton and the second-largest teen scholarship program in the nation (after the government) through the Elks National Foundation. Not to mention many other smaller programs such as its annual contribution to the Malheur County Fair, their Americanism Essay competition for young students and the teen Drug Awareness program.

              One of its least-known activities is participation in the annual competition for ritual drill teams. A word of explanation here, friends.

              The Oregon State Elks Association is divided into seven districts and includes 57 lodges. The Southeast District is geographically the largest; covering half the state from Ontario to Klamath Falls to Madras and includes Lakeview, Burns, Bend, Prineville and John Day. Ritual teams are comprised of the seven most visible officers who perform their ceremonial observances. The one measured in competition is the initiation of new members - a ceremony requiring about 35 minutes to perform, and the standards of judging are ruthlessly precise.

              A ritual performance could best be described as being somewhat like a marching band or a military drill team in extreme slow-motion. There are spoken parts for each member which must be memorized verbatim, and countless small movements which must be made in an agonizingly precise sequence.

              The Ontario lodge has a tradition of excellence in this exasperatingly difficult exercise. Its ritual teams regularly place either first or second in the annual District contest. The last time the team won was in 2003 when it went on to place fourth in the state. The next two years the team was edged out by excellent teams from the John Day lodge.

              This year Ontario fielded a very good team and drilled for more than three months for the District contest, but progress was achingly slow. At times it seemed the team might never come together to realize their potential. Only in the last week of practice did it seem they might have a chance, and in this somewhat dubious hope they set sail for Prineville.

              Ontario officers somehow manage to save their best performances for when it really counts, and they did it again last week. Going on last after several other very good teams, Ontario performed magnificently: winning four first-places and three seconds. Scores like that will win every time.

              The Ontario ritual team will now go on to compete in the state contest at Grant's Pass in early June. They have a tough act to follow. John Day won all-state last year and went on to the national contest in Reno where the team scored very well among the 25 western states. Ontario's team will do their best to represent our community well again.

              How do I know all of this? Now a fourth-year officer of the Ontario lodge, I'm a member of that prestigious ritual team, and I wouldn't trade that for anything.

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              March 2006

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              Tigers squeak past Vale, March 17, 2006

                  Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

              Ontario's reliever pitcher Jordan Barnett walked two batters in the bottom of the sixth, and as Vale's Holly Helms came to bat with the bases loaded the Tigers' 12-11 lead was in jeopardy.

              Barnett worked her way to a full count, eventually completing the strikeout and handing the Tigers the win Thursday.

               

              Ontario battles itself, March 19, 2006

                 Argus Observer sports staff

              The Ontario baseball and softball teams faced off against each other in a scrimmage Saturday at TVCC's Ore-Ida Heinz Regional Sports Complex.

               

              Tigers blank McCall-Donnelly in twinbill, March 21, 2006

                 Argus Observer sports staff

              The Ontario baseball team shutout nonconference opponent McCall-Donnelly to take both games of a doubleheader, 11-0 and 10-0, on Monday at Ontario High School.

              Ontario starting pitcher Jose Garcia ran the show in the first game, striking out 15 in the five inning game. The senior also hit a home run and tallied two RBIs.

               

              Greif holds off Garcia in playoff, March 23, 2006

                  ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

              Payette's Mandy Greif held off Ontario's Cecilia Garcia, winning in a play off Wednesday at the Weiser Girls Golf Invitational at Rolling Hills Golf Course in Weiser.

              Greif and Garcia ended the round tied at 41, before Greif was able to pull away and earn the win out of the 37 individual golfers.

              Despite Greif's individual win, Ontario won the team title, finishing with a final score of 181. Weiser took second with a score of 218, followed by Garden Valley (241), Vale (256) and Middleton (261).

              Fruitland's Raquel Rode finished three shots back with a 44, while Ontario teammates Jennifer Jaramillo and April Paton notched a 46.

              Jelisa Maret, competing for upstart Nyssa, finished nine shots back with a 50, while Middleton's Sandy Jefferies finishing 18 shots behind the leaders with a 59, and Vale's Ashley Snook had the lowest score on her team, shooting a 62.

              Meghan Schram was the fourth Tiger golfer to score under a 50, with a 48 to help bring the Tigers' squad first-place honors.

               

              Tigers roll past Umatilla, March 29, 2006

                  RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario's Jose Garcia was a man amongst boys on Tuesday night in Ontario.

              The Tigers took advantage of six Umatilla errors en route to a 13-2 win in opening round action of the 2006 Commercial Tire Challenge at Elks Memorial Field in Ontario.

              Garcia, went all the way and overcame a sluggish start to cruise to the easy win, striking out 12 Vikings. The senior recorded the first three outs of the game by strikeout.

              Things did not start so well for Garcia and the Tigers. Umatilla's Arron Trukositz and Calvin Hodge each had RBI singles in the first inning. The Vikings took advantage of some early wildness by Garcia, who issued two walks, two singles, and had Marcelo Estrada reach on an error.

              That was the only offense Umatilla would muster, as Garcia shut down the Vikings the rest of the way.

              Ontario scored eight runs in the first two innings and jumped out to an 8-2 lead, behind the help of four Viking errors.

              Garcia helped his own cause with an RBI single and Nick Alvarado cashed in a run with a double. The second inning was different.

              With one out in the inning, the Tigers used three singles and three errors, to score four more and left the rest to Garcia.

              JT Davis went 3-for-3 with three RBIs, and Nick Alvarado enjoyed a 2-for-3 night driving in one run. Six different Tigers contributed a hit to the offensive attack.

               

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              February 2006

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              Vikings edge ahead of Tigers, February 1, 2006

                 Tiesha Miller Argus Observer

              Three 3-pointers by KJ Toombs in the fourth quarter could not save the Ontario boys basketball team on Tuesday against nonconference opponent Vale. After three quarters of back-and-forth play, the Vikings hit free throws down the stretch to seal a 65-58 victory in Vale.

              The Vikings went 11-for-13 in the fourth quarter, getting a 4-for-4 contribution each from Brady Lovell and Kevin Nunn.

              Lovell led all scorers with 22 points. Teammate Tully Wagner added 12 points.

               

              Grant fuels crucial program at middle school, February 1, 2006

                  Andrew Cutler Argus Observer

              A federal grant is helping teachers at Ontario Middle School cut down on the growing number of students that engage in risky behaviors.

              Beginning last week, the school implemented All Stars, a science-based program that is designed to help prevent alcohol, tobacco and drug use, postpone sexual activity, and reduce fighting and bullying among middle school students.

               

              School district consultant secures top award, February 3, 2006

                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario School District Migrant Education Program Home School Consultant Sam Lopez was recently honored as Title 1-C Employee of the year at the Oregon Association of Comprehensive Education conference Jan. 20.

              Lopez, who has worked for the school district for seven years in the migrant education program, was nominated by Ontario School District's Migrant Education Program Director Andy Kovach for his

              Ontario furthers streak, February 5, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              The No. 3 ranked Ontario girls basketball squad is on a roll.

              On Saturday, the Tigers beat LaGrande, 46-41, in Greater Oregon League action, earning their sixth-straight win.

              Ontario's Stephanie Babij scored 11 points and Kylie Roberts added 10.

              Both teams combined to miss a total of 27 free throws.

              The Tigers' pressure defense held LaGrande to shooting a majority of its shots from the perimeter. Ontario outrebounded La Grande, 45-31.

              LaGrande (7-11 overall, 2-5 GOL) mustered six field goals in the second half and was held to one in the third quarter.

               

              Local man pushes prevention for gang issue, February 7, 2006

                Tami Hart Argus Observer

              Tim Cables began his Ontario Chamber of Commerce luncheon presentation in a unique way - he told the story of a teacher named Mrs. Thompson and her student named Teddy.

              Teddy was the one student who always came to school in unwashed clothes, in need of a bath, and his schoolwork was always messy. Mrs. Thompson pretty much gave up on Teddy and wrote him off as a bad student until she went back to look at the comments Teddy's other teachers had written when Teddy was in their classroom. Teddy was bright, a good student, showed a lot of potential, but then a death in the family and the fallout from that death changed Teddy as a child and as a student. Recognizing that Teddy needed more help, Mrs. Thompson became a better teacher and also a better person because of Teddy.

              They kept in touch over the years, and Teddy the student became

              Beat of a different drum, February 12, 2006

                  JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              May Roberts Elementary School students followed the beat of a different drum and learned a little bit about a different culture as well this past week in music class, which took on a multicultural, African drumming theme led by a Ghanan musician.

              Okaidja Afroso, a native of Ghana who now lives in Portland, teaches children about culture along with the beats and rhythms on the conga drum drumming and song at their schools through an Eastern Oregon Regional Arts Council artist in residence program.

              Afroso stayed in Ontario throughout the week, visiting May Roberts' music teacher Patricia Gartung's classes, teaching her students about Ghanan culture and the basic techniques of Ghanan drumming.

               

              Officials keep focus on safety in wake of enticement cases, February 13, 2006

                Andrew Cutler - Argus Observer

              However, no one is pushing the panic button. At least not yet.

               

              Burns thumps Tigers, February 26, 2006

                 Argus Observer Sports Staff

              Jessica Clemens scored 26 points to lead top-ranked Burns to a 67-39 drubbing of No. 3 Ontario on Saturday in a 3A District 7 championship game at Burns High School.

              The Tigers will be the No. 2 seed from the Greater Oregon League into this week's 3A state sub-tournament. Ontario wil host the No. 3 seed from the Val-Co League on Tuesday at Ontario High School, with the winner advancing to face Stayton. Burns, the top seed from the GOL, will host a second-round match-up on March 3.

              The Hilanders also got 16 points and 10 rebounds from Katie Torland, while Maria Clemens added 12 points, 11 steals and eight assists.

              Stephanie Babij led the Tigers with 10 points.

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              Back to the future?, January 4, 2006

                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              When considering the future of the property designated as the site for a future new high school, the Ontario School District has a number of options.

              At this point, however, school district officials say they intend to move forward with the plan agreed upon in June when the district purchased the 75 acres situated just outside city limits near Airport Corner.

              The school district agreed to buy the property from Shingo and Emie Wada, who consented to sell to the school district two parcels of property for $1,064,750.

              According to the sale agreement, the school district has already set aside $50,000 in earnest money, which is accumulating interest in escrow, to go toward the sale.

              Once the sale closes, the $50,000 and whatever interest it accumulates will go toward the purchase cost.

              According to the agreement, the school district has until the March 15 closing date to go through the proper channels, including land use authorities, which include the city of Ontario Planning Commission, City Council and the Malheur County Court.

              If the school district has not received approval from the various land use boards to change the designation of the parcels from exclusive farm use to public use by the closing date, according to the agreement, the school district has the ability to extend the closing date to June 15.

              The agreement also stipulates the school district's obligation to close on the purchase is

              Tigers continue to skim by opponents, January 4, 2006

                 RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              Ontario head coach Scott Helmick thought he had enough gray hairs on his head. The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team squandered an early 11-point lead against the Payette Pirates holding on to a 60-57 win in non-conference action Tuesday night in Ontario.

              The Pirates had possession of the ball, with 1.4 seconds left, down by three points. But, the Ontario defense played tough causing a five second call on an inbounds play and the Pirates weren't able to attempt a last second shot.

              KJ Toombs hit one free throw to ice the ballgame, as the cardiac cats won the game, with coach Helmick wiping his brow.

               

              School officials praise new grad requirements, January 9, 2006

                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              School district chiefs in Ontario, Nyssa and Vale said they do not oppose an effort to boost the required credits for math and language arts, but all foresee potential complications with the Oregon mandates.

              During the 2006 to 2007 school year educational plans and profiles, along with career-related learning experience opportunities, will be required for high school students, although many school districts already meet those requirements in some form.

              In addition, incoming freshman, graduating in the 2009 to 2010 school year, will be required to have 24 credits to graduate rather than 22 - four in language arts and three in math.

              Vale School District Matthew Hawley said his school district will hopefully be able to accommodate the need for an additional math credit by adjusting current resources and classes without incurring any extra cost.

               

              School district opts for voter survey effort, January 11, 2006

                 JESSICA KELLER - ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario School Board took its first step in deciding the direction of future improvements to school buildings by agreeing to present a survey to district voters in the next few months at a special session Tuesday night.

              In the wake of the scuttled $30 million school bond effort in November, district elected leaders and officials held a number of discussions but failed to take any action until now.

              The School Board agreed at last night's meeting something should be done by the board, and the first step should be to present a survey to voters, asking, among other things, what they would like to see the district do in the future.

              The consensus was not easily reached, however, a survey was a common theme brought up by the board members.

              The idea of presenting a survey to voters was mentioned at a previous meeting.

              The Ontario School Board agreed each member should bring questions they would like to see addressed by the survey to next week's regularly scheduled board work session, before its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.

              Board members discussed a number of topics in relation to future capital improvements at Tuesday's meeting, touching on topics discussed previously such as what motivated voters in the previous election and whether it was wise to move forward with another plan after such a resounding defeat.

              The board did not answer that question so much as determine what should be done to arrive at a conclusion, with each board member offering their thoughts. Ontario School Board member Cliff Bentz told the board he thought the district needed to complete a number of steps prior to going out for another bond including: laying out a long-term capital improvement plan; identifying current needs and prioritizing them; addressing the issue of the future school site; clarifying where the funds to purchase the land originated; clarifying the cost of alternatives; determining community support and focusing on public relations.

               

              Nyssa buries Ontario, January 11, 2006

              Tigers cannot combat deficit in loss to Bulldogs   Tiesha Miller - Argus Observer

              The Nyssa boys basketball team peaked with a 27-point lead in the fourth quarter, and despite Ontario's efforts, the Tigers couldn't dig themselves out, falling to Nyssa, 65-40, in nonconference play Tuesday.

              From the first basket the Bulldogs led, but head coach Larry Ramirez said he was well aware of Ontario's habit this season of getting games close in the fourth and pulling ahead.

               

              Toombs leads tigers to win, January 18, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              Every time Vale thought it had a comeback in the works, Ontario's KJ Toombs hit a shot to stop the momentum.

              Toombs scored 25 points, and Daniel Schram dropped 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with four assists to lead the Tigers over the Vikings, 57-43, in non-conference boys basketball action, Tuesday night in Ontario.

              The Tigers got off to a quick start against the Vikings with Toombs scoring 14 of his points in the first half. The Tigers scored eight in the the first two and half minutes, before Vale finally got on the boards with a Tully Wagner jump shot.

               

              Ontario places second at own invitational, January 22, 2006

              RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario wrestling squad is showing signs of improvement with every competition.

              The Tigers finished in second place with a total of 197.5 points, behind first-place Timberline High School, which finished with 216, at the Ontario Invitational on Saturday.

              The tournament featured seven varsity squads and nine junior varsity.

              The Tigers had six grapplers in the final round. Michael Gonzalez (103), Tom Martinez (119), and Andres Hernandez (140) all won their championship matches with Gonzalez and Hernandez winning by decision. Martinez won with a first-round pinfall over Timberline's Bennet Chadwick.

               

              School board makes the right call on voter survey, January 25, 2006

              The decision by the Ontario School District to pursue a survey regarding what voters within the district want for the future is a good move.

              In December the board reached a consensus regarding whether to issue a survey. The board again considered the survey issue at its Jan. 19 session.

              Still undecided, though, is just what form the survey will take. Will it focus on voter's views on a new high school? Or will be more general or more in-depth?

              Boardmember Cliff Bentz rightly brought up a number of issues at the Jan. 19 meeting. Bentz asked the elected board what, exactly, it was trying to accomplish by issuing the survey. Bentz wanted to know if the board was going to ask voters whether they wanted a new High School, where it should be situated and how much voters were willing to pay.

              All three of those questions were excellent and the board should ponder them carefully.

              The basic idea, though, for a survey makes sense. It is a good first step and one the board should move forward on as soon as possible.

              Yet, at the same time, the survey should not be the final answer. The board should seek other avenues of input and must not base its future decisions entirely on a survey. The survey should be just one, of many, methods to determine what the next, best course would be for the future.

              The board, to some extent, has a fine line to walk on this issue and others. It must be a proper steward of taxpayer money but also address the very real district infrastructure problems in a forthright, realistic, fashion.

              The school board must lead. The board has the ultimate responsibility to pave the way on this issue and others.

              All and all, though, a survey is a good first step. It's a start. Hopefully it will help pave the way to a better understanding between elected leaders and patrons of the district.

              A timely donation, January 31, 2006

                JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

              The Ontario High School band and orchestra programs will receive much needed equipment thanks to a $12,000 donation from Woodgrain Inc, Fruitland.

              The funds are specifically earmarked for storage units, music stands, an orchestra music and file cabinet and a bass amplifier - all equipment the music department has had to do without for many years because of budget limitations.

               

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          March 2007

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          Lady Tigers tame Bulldogs, March 21 2007

           By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

          Led by senior Stephanie Babij, the Ontario girls tennis team won four of five matches and easily breezed past Baker Tuesday in Ontario.

          Babij started things off right for Ontario as she dispatched Danica Hutton 6-2, 6-2, and teammate Hayley Tucker won her match in three grueling sets.

          Tucker won the opener against Baker

          Tigers take it on the chin, March 23, 2006

             RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario tennis team had its hands full Wednesday with the defending Idaho 4A state champions.

          Bishop Kelly swept through the Tigers, winning 10-0 in nonleague tennis action on Wednesday in Ontario.

          Ontario, which is the two-time Oregon 3A/2A/1A girls state champions, could not match the Knights, who return state champions in the girls singles, doubles and mixed doubles.

           

          Tigers fall to G.U., March 21, 2007

          By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

          Tuesday turned into Friday the 13th for the Ontario baseball team in its nonleague game against Grant Union.

          First, a bases-loaded balk, then a run scored after a botched pickoff attempt and a throwing error.

          To add insult to injury, the Prospectors executed a triple play in the bottom of the seventh inning, closing out a wild day, which ended with Grant Union walking away with a 3-1 win Tuesday in Ontario.

          Ryan Laubacher tossed a complete game, struck out six and scattered four singles. All three Grant Union runs were unearned as the Tigers committed five errors.

          Tigers get back on track, March 20, 2007

           By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

          Kim Boyd and Sarah Wharton drove in two runs apiece to lead the Ontario softball team to the 9-2 win over Weiser Monday in softball action in Ontario.

          The Tigers scored seven runs in the first three innings and that was all the support starting pitcher Kayla Park needed.

          Park threw a complete game, struck out six and held Weiser to five hits.

          Plummer helps district stay on track, March 19, 2007

          Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

          Behind the scenes, nearly 160 employees work to keep the Ontario School District running. From teacher aids to nutritional staff,

          Burns sweeps Ontario, March 18, 2007

          By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

          The Ontario High School baseball varsity team opened the 2007 season on a rough note after Burns swept the Tigers 23-2 and 6-4 in a doubleheader Friday at OHS.

          The Hilanders scored 10 runs in the second inning of the first game and added 11 more during the fourth and fifth innings to quickly dispatch Ontario.

          The Tigers seemed to be destined for the same fate in the second game, falling behind 6-0 as Burns scored six third-inning runs on just two hits.

          Burns

          School board reviews ESL program, March 16, 2007

          By Julie Engel - Argus Observer

          The Ontario School Board of Directors approved a request for instructional materials for English language learning at its monthly board meeting Thursday night.

          Sherri Hironaka

          Tiger pitching seals win, March 15, 2007

          By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario softball team started out sluggish, but on the home stretch, they had plenty of steam.

          The Tigers pounded out 12 hits and Yano tossed a complete game with five strike outs in Ontario's 6-3 win over Middleton in nonleague softball action Wednesday at Ore-Ida Regional Sports Complex in Ontario.

          "I felt the first couple of innings we had some jitters, but we shook it off pretty well," Ontario head coach David hopper said. "We just came out and hit the ball. Defense was solid, Kayla Yano was on her game and she hit her spots."

          The Tigers committed a couple of second inning miscues and the Vikings took advantage with two runs.

          The lead could have increased, but Middleton had two runners gunned down on the basepaths.

          After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Tigers took the lead for good in the bottom half of the second frame.

          In the second inning, Ontario notched four runs and five hits to retake the lead, 4-2.

          Ashley Moeller plated two runs with a double, Sarah Wharton singled in another run and Francene Hussey capped the inning with an RBI single.

          "Ontario came out and hit the ball real well," Middleton head coach Randy Lyons said. "We came out with a couple of errors and got a little rattled."

          The Tigers added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and Yano responded with three straight scoreless innings to finish things off.

          Ontario's leadoff hitter Kim Boyd sparked the offense as she went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

          Moeller and Wharton also went 3-for-4 as the top three hitters in the lineup finished the day going 9-for-12 with four runs scored.

          Even with the win, Yano said the team needs to improve on several aspects of the game to be successful.

          "We just need to keep playing better," Yano said. "We have to keep our errors down, keep hitting the ball and hit it hard. I think we'll be fine."

          Ontario (1-0) takes on Bishop Kelly Friday.

          Tiger girls aim high in 2007, March 11, 2007

          By RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER

          The future is now for the Ontario Tiger softball squad.

          Blessed with three solid pitchers and a potent offense, the Tigers have a shot at a state championship berth.

          A season ago, Ontario (8-12 overall, 5-11 League) finished one game short of state-playoff contention after suffering a 13-3 loss in a tie-breaker game to Baker. The team also underwent a coaching change and overcame several off-field issues during the season.

          Tigers enjoy success, March 6, 2007

          By JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario Tigers may have had their 2006 through 2007 girls basketball campaign abruptly ended by Stayton this past weekend in a state play-in game, but already thoughts have turned to next season.

          That is the nature of the girls on the basketball team, head coach Jon Buck said, although the dynamics of next season's team may look much different than this season's.

          Although the Tigers had lost six seniors to graduation the year before and only returned one returning varsity player in Stephanie Babij coming into the 2006 through 2007 season, Buck said a lot of confidence in his new, untried team.

          Early on, however, the Tigers proved up to the challenge when they opened regular season in the Greater Oregon League beating a ranked Baker High School team.

          Two games later, Ontario handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season on the road, and Buck said he knew the Tigers were in good position for the rest of the season.

          OHS grad Douglas honored, March 4, 2007

          By Argus observer sports staff

          Wade Douglas, a former Ontario High School standout basketball player and current player at Corban College, received an honorable mention by the Cascade Collegiate Conference for his efforts during his first season with the Warriors.

          Douglas, a sophomore, led the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game and rebounding, averaging 6.7 boards per game, and shot a team-high 52.1 percent from the field.

          Stayton girls deny Tigers trip to state, March 4, 2007

          By Ronald Bond - Argus Observer

          Two of the top three teams in the state squared off in Ontario Saturday night, with a trip to next week

          Ontario school chief candidate for job, March 4, 2007

          By Jennifer Colton - Argus Observer

          Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter will interview Wednesday for the open superintendent position in the Hermiston School District.

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          February 2007

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          Tiger boys' season ends, February 28, 2007

          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Astoria High School Fishermen escaped Ontario High School with a 59-48 win over a hungry Tiger team after hitting 14-of-17 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter to seal a 4A state boys basketball tournament opener victory Tuesday at Ontario.

          The win sends Astoria (18-7 overall) to a second-round faceoff against Stayton Friday, while ending Ontario's season with an overall record of 8-17.

          The victory was hard-fought for the Fishermen, however, who maintained only a slim four-point lead in the fourth quarter before Ontario sent them to the line to seal the win.

          Local school gears up for spaghetti feed, February 28, 2007

          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

          The annual Alameda Spaghetti Feed will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday at Alameda Elementary School.

          Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children age 4 through 12.

          Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, breadsticks and dessert, and the event will also offer a performance by Alameda's Honor Choir and a silent auction.

          Ontario boys honored in GOL, February 27, 2007

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          Jacob Haueter, Bryson Sap and Bryson Bottorff, cornerstones of the Ontario boys basketball program, were honored for their efforts in the 2006 through 2007 campaign.

          All three players led Ontario to an 8-16 record and a state playoff berth.

          Haueter, a junior, was selected as an All-Greater Oregon League first-team representative, and Sap and Bottorff were selected to represent the second team.

          La Grande's Taylor Evans and Tim Hall were selected to the first team along with Mac-Hi's Saul Gonzalez.

          Baker's Travis Mastrude and teammate Matt Duman round out the first-team selections for the GOL.

          Ontario girls receive all-league accolades, February 27, 2007

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          The Ontario girls basketball team enjoyed an undefeated Greater Oregon League record and the Tigers were rewarded handsomely for their efforts.

          Stephanie Babij, the heart and soul of the Tigers, was honored with All-GOL Player of the Year honors, and Ontario's head coach Jon Buck was named the GOL's Coach of the Year.

          Stephanie O'Connor was recognized for her strong defense and her deft point guard abilities with an All-GOL first- team selection.

          Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, a junior, was named to the second team, along with teammate Tara O'Connor.

          5-foot-9 inch senior Kristin Saito received an honorable mention for her work inside the paint.

          Among the rest of the league, Baker's Katy Sullivan and Kate Vaughan were named to the first team along with La Grande's Mikell Woodfield. Seniors Lacey Carlson and Mackenzie Garton were selected to the first team for Mac-Hi.

          Ontario High School is a great place to be, February 23, 2007

          Editor,

          Some people in the Treasure Valley seem to have a skewed perception of Ontario High School. They have the belief that perhaps nothing good will ever come of Ontario High School because it is nothing more than

          Just imagine, February 22, 2007

          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

          Using everything from color shadow investigation to architectural design, elementary students throughout the Ontario School District are preparing for Destination ImagiNation, an international, interactive after school program.

          School board approves initial school task list, February 22, 2007

          Julie Engel | Argus Observer

          Work to gain a professional planner's input on the direction for school buildings in the Ontario School District continues as the Ontario School Board of Directors approved a statement of work during its regular meeting Feb. 15.

          The statement of work identifies what tasks need to be completed by the district and the contracting project manager, Crandall Arambula, Portland. The project has been identified as the

          Tiger girls maul La Grande 46-31, February 18, 2007

          Babij leads Ontario with 13 points JESSICA KELLER   ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario girls basketball team finished its last home game much the way it began - with a win.

          Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and pulled down nine rebounds, while sisters Stephanie and Tara O'Connor scored nine and eight points respectively on the way to Ontario's 46-31 win over league opponent La Grande Friday at home.

          Ontario jumped out to a good start the first half, with the Tigers' defense holding La Grande to minimal scoring.

          In the first quarter, Ontario held La Grande to only six points, and in the second, La Grande scored only four. Ontario, on the other hand, scored 13 points in each to take a comfortable 26-10 cushion into the locker room at half time.

          Ontario boys fall to La Grande 64-56, February 18, 2007

          Argus Observer Sports Staff

          Despite outscoring La Grande 26-15 in the fourth quarter, the Ontario boys basketball team couldn't overcome a poor first half and wound up losing to Greater Oregon League opponent La Grande 64-56 Friday night at Ontario.

          La Grande went on a 13-5 run the first quarter to start the game and built up to a 30-16 first-half lead, which Ontario coach Scott Helmick said hurt his Tigers.

          OSD to install new camera system at high school, February 18, 2007

          Replacement of videotape security system will be just under $50,000    Julie Engel Argus Observer

          Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter told the Ontario School Board Thursday night a new, computerized camera system will be installed at Ontario High School to upgrade the current antiquated videotape network.

          The cost to replace the videotape security system is just under $50,000.

          The funds to replace the system are in the budget, Carter told the board at its regular meeting, and the project should take place in the next few weeks.

          The videotape system has poor quality images, Carter said, and the new system will provide more coverage with three times as many cameras throughout the school. OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said the video camera system is too old and is not going to be able to be used at another school.

          In other school district news:

          - Carter talked about two ideas floating around the district regarding restructuring of current educational practices.

          For one, he said the school board could need to consider all-day kindergarten in the future. The district now offers all-day kindergarten at Alameda and May Roberts, he said, and if the Oregon Legislature approves an extra $300 million for the school budget it could help fund all-day kindergarten at the other schools.

          Rising to the top, Febrary 15, 2007

          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

          Ontario High School basketball player Stephanie Babij has long been recognized locally for her talents on the basketball court. Now her abilities have gained her even greater attention.

          Babij, a senior, is one of 20 female basketball players in Oregon to be nominated to the 2007 McDonald

          OHS First Semester Honor Roll, February 15, 2007

          Freshmen

          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Karissa Adams, Matthew Anthony, Emmanuel Arizmendi, Chase Fields, Aimee Fritsch, Adam Kolbaba, Justine Maeda, Gustavo Morales, Chaz Nakamura, Tommy Pitts, Samuel Plummer, Breanna Ribeiro, Adam Roberts, Ashley Rock, Maria Romero, Erica Sheppard-Sykes, David Toth, Jessica Troester and Allison Yano.

          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Melissa Carbajal, Kylie Ceniga, Dereck Dittli, Octavio Estrada, Meganne Garner, Jessica Gastelum, Ryan Griffin, Ashley Hagon, John Hamman, Amelia Harrington, Erika Hopper, James (Riley) Horn, Derek Johnson, Seri Kimball, Shawna McAvoy, Marie Navarrete, Brady Oakes, Miguel Rios, Gloria Serrano, Dillon Starr-Jones, Anne Stults, Miren Urrea and Shelbi Widner.

          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Sara Bond, Eathan Branom, Carlee Breidenbach, Nayelly Corona, Ken Frahm, Nicholas Harris, Kaylee Kittleson, Brian Kasper, Jordan Lang, Francisco Machuca, Andra Martarano, Nico Martinez, Keisha Mauer, Hayley Reever, Marisela Rodriguez and Victoria Vasquez.

          Sophomores

          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Christine Babij, Kamal Bagha, Betsaida Chavez, Isabel Feibert, Melody Haidle, Eva Hime, Alexis Jagelski, Kelsea Jones, Kylie Jones, Michelle Kameshige, Robert Keyes, Jessica Martin, Ashley McCallister, Ryan Nagaki, Alicia Olsen, R.J. Olsen, Alexandria Osborn, Emily Price, Heather Rysenga, Sharen Stowe, Hayley Tucker, Jacob Turner and Allie Whittet.

          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Sonia Contreras, Lucas Christiani, Amanda Helliwell, Chelsea Kee, Alexis Martinez, Samuel McMillen, Christopher Paulsen, Ishmael Ramirez, Salvador Sanchez and (Shawn) Michael Williams.

          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Jose Becerril, Kimberly Boyd, Maria Castro, Jamie Cisneros, Alma Corona,Anali Escobedo, Erica Herrera, Jesus Lujan, Jordan Martinez, Ricardo Navarrete, Matthew Owens, Chalaine Reger, Kelcie Rupe, Nayeli Sanchez and Meghan Schram.

          Juniors

          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Monica Adams, Britany Babcock, Jaylene Bruner, DJ Clayton, Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Blair Fletcher, Omar Gutierrez, Krista Holloway, Chase Iida, Cameron Iseri, Megan Kee, Bradley McGowan, Matthew Monroe, Michael Navarrete, Stephanie O

          OMS Honor Roll Second Quarter, February 15, 2007

          Eighth grade

          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Alexandra Babij, Alma Barba, Jason Buttice, Rachel Corn, Enrique Cruz, Candace Diedrich, Yasmine Elamry, Leila Feibert, Kelli Findley, Valerie Gallegos, Brenda Gamboa, Ashley Gibbons, Casey Gillette, Jazmine Gordillo, Scotti Jo Helmick, Katie Hendon, Jose Hernandez, Holly Hopkins, Jonathan Hovey, Allie Huska, Jesse Jacuinde-Deleon, Ericka Johnson, Alexander Kameshige, Taylor Laubacher, Amanda Martin, Britney Martinez, Annika Olsen, Ali Patton, Laura J. Reyes, Karen Rodriguez, Mariah Saldivar, Cristian Sanchez, Kiley Shipley, Mariah Strobeck, Crista Strong, Berenice Trapero, Jennifer Yano and Jacob Ybarra.

          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Cassandra Arias, Anthony Barron, Bradly Brewer, Melissa Buhlinger, Selena Carrasco, Carmen Corona, Katie Cummings, Andrea DeLaCruz, Rick Falk, Amber Fillman, Leslie Gonzalez, Sharianne Hart, Kristina Henderson, Kaila Hendon, Troy Henricks, Ashlie Hoffman, Shu Hua Huang, Luis Ibal, Eduardo Lopez, Jose Morales, Issaic Pena, Maricela Ramirez Perez, Paola Robles, Rubi Rojas, Juanita Roque, Mercedee Schwartz, Shawndelle Smith, Cody Spang, Antonio Trejo, Hayley White and Ren Wilson.

          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Gerardo Arias, Manuel Becerra, Yolanda Cano, Vianca Carrillo, Jorden Ceniga, Henry Christiani, Jazmine Cruz, Tyler Ferguson, Keiton Gill, Cody Gray, Ryan Kee, Kayla Mable, Andrew Maeda, Connor Mahony, Chyanne McGraw, Brian Navarrete, Matthew Oliva, Edgar Rojas Perez, Stephen Pileggi, Maricella Ramirez Soto, Katrina Rangel, Jace Salutregui and Cheyanne Tyler.

          Seventh grade


          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Samantha Almodovar, Moses Alvarez, Hayley Baysinger, Maria Benites, Miranda Bourasa, Emilee Brockett, Veronica Carrington, Nicholas Cheatham, Jacob Corey-Merrill, Jillian Cote, Rebecca Dodson, Lila Elamry, Elena Farley, Kiara Gillett, Mikayla Keerins Guzman, Katie Haueter, Kendra Hiramatsu, Patrick Hopman, Kylie Iseri, Jade Iseri-Ramos, Jordyn Kessler, Garrett Kitamura, Gabrielle Kovach, Fani Lopez, Miguel Lujan, Anthony Machuca, Amanda Martarano, Kierston Martz, Patrick McCartan, Angela Monroe, Marivel Moreno, Angie Nagaki, Andrea Navarrete, Christopher Navarrete, Hunter Oakes, Aurelia Olsen, Katlin Plummer, Samuel Povar, Yaquelin Romero, Iovani Salgado, Frankie Sesker, Eunice Smith, Matt Smith, Trevor Smith, Denum Springer, Vanessa Suarez, Sam Sutton, Joshua Tolman, Tyson Trainor, Kayla Troester, Hailee Turner, Stephanie Vargas, Bailey White, Tiffani White, Kierston Wilson and Treya Yano.

          3.74-3.50 G.P.A.: Jason Alvarado, Darian Barber, Monica Cedillo, Kaylee Contreras, Paul Erlebach, Nicole Fuentes, Cassandra Garcia, Reuben Garcia, Kishi Gibbs, Karina Graves, Brooke Harriman, Caden Hartley, Braulio Morales, Ashleigh Palmer, Vanessa Rodriguez, Demetreus Ronneburg and Ruby Zazueta.

          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Brady Baker, Haley Barrett, Rodolfo Baustista, Scott Bentz, Brooke Bergam, Alicia Chavez, Juan Hernandez, Samantha Jennings, Chelsie Little, Sabrina Long, Devin Martinez, Codi Myers, Job Ochoa-Gonzalez, Kimberly Retamosa, Kaycee Suitter, Kieli Tracy and Kelon Waters.

          Sixth Grade

          4.0-3.75 G.P.A.: Kaycee Alcoser, Aaron Alexander, Tanner Alexander, Evencio Bautista, Molly Bond, Julia Brown, Andrew Camarena, Allison Cammack, Olivia Christiani, Reilly Collins, Sara Dockter, Michael Dzhidzhiyeshvili, Garrit Esplin, David Garner, Jannet Gastelum, Alloara Gauvain, Logan Hall, Jackie Harden, Ardella Hopman, Megh Huska, Ixia Johnson, Natalie Juarez, Delaney Kee, Jessica Lang, Emily Maeda, Kole Nakamura, Keston Nelson, Riley Newgen, Edgar Nunez, Eric Nunez, Katie Phelps, William Price, Iesha Ramirez, Yenni Ramirez, Jasmine Reyna, Roxanna Robles, Blanca Romero, Mayra Santana, Brityn Sauer, Anna Serano, Dianna Shigeta, Cody Smith, Ashton Stark, Joseph Suarez, Eric Tatlock, Christopher Torres, Ana Tovar, Airlen Trumble, Trampis Waite, Jacob Waller and London Wettstein.

          3.75-3.50 G.P.A.: Marilyn Barba, Jaden Barber, Kirsten Bauer, Monique Cheatam, Jessica Cuna Colchado, Ivana Davila, Kenzie Deiter, Laura DeLaCruz, Victor Diedrich, Evan Erlebach, Cecilia Escobedo, Eric Fogle, Sebastian Gallegos, Drake Herrera, Larry Lewin, Aidan Mahoney, Briana Mejia, Armando Mendez, Valdemar Mendez, Kayleigh Pearce, Michelle Perez, Hannah Prentiss, Vicki Rivera, Irvin Rodriguez, Payton Ruberti, Hailey Skinner, Megan Sokolik, Justin Strong, Eli Toombs and Clarissa Vasquez-Valadez.

          3.49-3.25 G.P.A.: Zach Acree, Carmen Banuelos (Gonzalez), Mayte Barrios Sanchez, Vianca Corona, Chaz Davis, Joseph Delgado, James Dionne, Austin Edwards, Jessica Galicia, Selena Gallegos, Brianna Garcia, Gabriel Hernandez, Oscar Lopez, Max Maeda, Derek Martin, Derek Maus, Scotty Morton, Jessica Navarrete, Gloria Olsen, Ryan Reever, Landon Saito, Jonathan Taroy, Micaela Thomas, Lacey Waters and Tristin Wishard.

          Ontario girls claim GOL title, February 14, 2007

          Argus Observer Sports Staff

          The Ontario girls basketball team secured the Greater Oregon League championship title Tuesday after defeating the Baker Bulldogs 49-35 in GOL action at Ontario.

          Ontario head coach Jon Buck said the Tigers again played with great defense to earn them the win.

          Tigers fall to Bulldog, February, 14, 2007

          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

          Jacob Haueter scored 23 points to lead the game, but the Ontario boys basketball team fell at the hands of Greater Oregon League opponent Baker 67-59 anyway Tuesday at Ontario High School.

          Haueter was the only Tiger to have a significant impact on the scoreboard, hitting five shots from the field, including three 3's, and shooting a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during the game.

          Despite his team showing moments of solid play, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said Baker's rebounding finally got the best of the Tigers in the second half, giving them plenty of opportunity to score from the paint.

          Local players selected for East-West Shrine game, February 13, 2007

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          Six local football players will highlight this year

          Ontario girls defeat Mac-Hi during weekend, February 12, 2007

          Argus Observer Sports Staff

          The Ontario girls basketball team is one win away from the Greater Oregon League crown.

          Stephanie Babij scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Ontario to the 39-28 win over Mac-Hi in GOL action Saturday in McLoughlin.

          Even though the Tigers committed 20 turnovers and shot 29 percent from the field, Ontario was able to scratch out a tough road win from the charity stripe.

          The Tigers shot 15-of-17 from the line, while the Pioneers hit 12-of-20.

          Tigers win 4A tourney, February 11, 2007

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          The Ontario wrestling team qualified 13 grapplers for the state tournament and also came away from La Grande with its first district title in four years, chalking up 307.5 team points and beating host La Grande by 33 points.

          Tom Martinez (125) scored a 17-2 technical decision over Andrew Gettle, Baker, in the finals to solidify his spot at state. Chase Fields (112) won the individual title over teammate Nico Martinez as the two also earned state berths. Ten other wrestlers, including Juvenal Carrillo and Andrew Burnett (103), Danny Nunez (119), David Rangel (130), Andres Hernandez (135), Derek Galligar (140), Frank Lopez (145), Casey Erlebach (152), Anthony Rangel (189) and Mike Ortiz (215) all punched their tickets for the state competition.

          Tiger defense stops La Grande, February 7, 2007

           Argus Observer Sports Staff

          The Ontario girls basketball team flexed its defensive muscles Tuesday, holding the La Grande Tigers to 23 percent shooting and forcing 20 turnovers in Ontario

          Tigers rout Pioneers, February 4, 2007

          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

          The running and gunning Ontario girls basketball team forced 24 turnovers and pestered Mac-Hi into shooting a miserable 15-of-48 from the field in its 61-41 win Saturday in Ontario.

          Chili feed marks another successful year, February 4, 2007

          Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

          Over 900 spoons dipped into hundreds of bowls of chili Thursday night at Cairo Elementary School during the annual Cairo Chili Feed. Including 500 take-home orders, the school served 1,393 meals.

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          January 2007

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          Tiger boys fall in close game, January 31, 2007

          Argus Observer sports staff

          The Ontario boys basketball team put up a good fight but came away with a 59-54 loss to league opponent Baker Tuesday at Baker City.

          Despite the loss, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick was more positive about Tuesday

          Tigers trounce Baker, January 31, 2007

           Argus Observer sports staff

          The Ontario girls basketball team defeated league rival Baker City for the second time this season, defeating the Bulldogs 59-44 in Greater Oregon League action Tuesday at Baker City.

          Ontario coach Jon Buck said the matchup was a

          Area leaders discuss future school building blueprint, January 31, 2007

           Julie Engel   Argus Observer

          Ideas from key players in Malheur County and the city of Ontario about the future of school buildings flowed freely at a special work session of the Ontario School Board of Directors Monday.

          The session focused on plans to bring consultants to Ontario through the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to help the board decide on a direction for its school buildings.

          The board chose two representatives for the Ontario School District to make initial contact with the ODLCD

          Ontario girls rout hapless La Grande, January 28, 2007

          Babij scores 16 in Tigers' 54-27 win RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

          So much for being the underdogs.

          The No. 8-ranked Ontario Tigers forced 23 turnovers, which they converted into 23 points, and defeated La Grande 54-27 in Greater Oregon League girls basketball Friday in Ontario.

          Tigers shock Nyssa Bulldogs fall to Ontario 58-48, January 28, 2007

          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

          After losing 70-48 to La Grande Friday, the Ontario boys basketball team rebounded in style.

          Jacob Haueter hit nine shots and all four of his free throws attempts for 25 points to lead the Tigers to a 58-48 win over Nyssa Saturday.

          School board reviews Julie Engel, January 24, 2007

          Argus Observer

          The saying

          Ontario ordinance targets middle school crime, Janurary 24, 2007

          Andy Gates   Argus Observer

          Four Ontario Middle School students have been cited by police for disrupting the school process since a new city ordinance was activated Dec. 20, and three students have been expelled so far this school year.

          The Ontario City Council passed an ordinance in late November which gave police the authority to cite juveniles in Ontario

          Prep Girls Roundup, January 24, 2007

          Ontario girls defeat Baker    Argus Observer Sports Staff

          The Ontario girls basketball team earned a key win Tuesday, opening its Greater Oregon League season with a 53-47 victory over the previously undefeated Baker Bulldogs at Ontario High School.

          The Tigers outscored the Bulldogs for all but one quarter, but maintained enough of a lead throughout to hold off Baker

          Tiger wrestlers sweep Payette, Vale, January 24, 2007

          RAY RODRIGUEZ ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario Tigers are officially on the winning track.

          They needed 10 forfeits and five pins in their tri-dual meet sweep against Payette and Vale to do the trick.

          Ontario defeated Payette 57-24 and slipped past Vale 45-32 Tuesday in nonleague wrestling action in Vale.

          Tigers take a tumble, January 24, 2007

          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario boys basketball team held its own with the Baker Bulldogs for two quarters but ultimately fell 72-52 in the opening game of Greater Oregon League play Tuesday at Ontario.

          Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said his team knew the Bulldogs would be tough, and they didn

          Crucial program, January 23, 2007

          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

          Tigers ready to rumble, Janurary 23, 2007

          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

          Although the Ontario girls basketball team has racked up a combined record of 136-39 and three Co-Greater Oregon League titles in the past five years, the Tigers enter league play tonight against Baker High School in a different role.

          As the underdog.

          Baker, La Grande and Mac-Hi are the hunted in 2007, while Ontario looks forward to its new role as the hunter.

          OHS senior receives congressional nomination, January 23, 2007

          Jennifer Colton | Argus Observer

          Thanks to a special nomination, Ontario High School senior Cody Ables could soon be a Falcon - the mascot to the United States Air Force Academy.

          Oregon U.S. Congressman Greg Walden, R-Hood River, announced last week he had nominated Ables for acceptance into the academy.

          Board of directors reviews plans, Janurary 22, 2007

          The Ontario School Board has just completed its annual meetings with the Site Councils of the district

          Tiger wrestlers split home meet Ontario beats Marsing, loses to Vallivue Friday, January 21, 2007

          Ronald Bond Argus Observer

          The Ontario wrestling team split a pair of matches on Friday, defeating Marsing 44-36 before falling to Vallivue's grapplers 52-11.

          In the opener against Marsing, the Tigers scored eight wins, with five coming by forfeit, and held off a scrappy, yet undermanned Marsing squad. The Huskies racked up six wins of their own, including four pins.

          Ontario School Board garners grant update, January 21, 2007

          Julie Engel Argus Observer

          The libraries throughout the Ontario School District have received 5,400 new books through a grant from the United States Department of Education.

          OSD School Improvement Specialist Sherri Hironaka presented a grant update to the Ontario School District Board of Directors at its regular meeting Thursday night.

          The third time really is the charm, she said, as the district received the

          Hearings completed in school gun case, January 18, 2007

          Andy Gates Argus Observer

          Expulsion hearings ended Tuesday for two Ontario Middle School students in connection to a December incident where a handgun was allegedly brought into the school and passed around to other students.

          However, a final expulsion decision has not yet been made.

          Ontario Middle School parents may receive letters regarding the incident, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Tuesday.

          No letters have been sent out yet, Carter said, but letters may explain the incident and remind parents to not let children bring weapons to school.

          Schools in Oregon are not required to disseminate letters to parents detailing guns-in-school incidents, Oregon Department of Education Spokesman Gene Evans said last week.

          It is unclear why letters were not sent out directly after the incident. Carter said he did not have an answer as to why the district did not inform parents about the December incident by letter.

          Information regarding the incident was relayed to the Argus Observer by a concerned resident last week, almost a month after it occurred.

          Carter said last week that a student brought a handgun into the middle school and other students had their hands on the weapon.

          An expulsion decision will probably be made within the next couple of days, Carter said.

          Ontario police cited a 12-year-old boy in connection to the incident. The youth was cited for the felony crime of unlawful possession of a firearm in a public building, Ontario Police Department Capt. Mark Alexander said Friday.

          Ontario Police Chief Mike Kee said Tuesday the youth was arraigned on the possession charge in December.

          It is unclear, though, how his case has progressed through court

          Nyssa girls seek revenge over Tigers, January 16, 2007

          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

          For the past two seasons, the Ontario girls basketball team has been the bully and the Nyssa Bulldogs have been the beneficiary of several beat-downs.

          Last year was especially sour for Nyssa, which lost two games to Ontario by a combined score of 122-79. Nyssa head coach Gabe Fuentes was the head coach for the last four square offs, all losses for the Bulldogs and all by at least double figures.

          So there is no shortage of history between both squads.

          Ontario school put on state watch list, January 15, 2007

          Andy Gates Argus Observer

          Ontario High School was placed on a watch list, under the school safety provisions of the federal No Child Left behind Act, along with 15 other schools throughout the state, according to an October press release from the Oregon Department of Education.

          Ontario High School was put on the list, Oregon Department of Education Communications Director Gene Evans said because the number of expulsions for weapons and violent behavior exceeded the allowable threshold for the number of students in the school.

          Eight students out of a student body of 784 were expelled from Ontario High School, Evans said, which exceeded the threshold of one expulsion for every 100 students.

          Three of the expulsions were for violent behavior, Evans said, and five were for weapons such as knives, but not guns.

          As a result of the listing, the Oregon Department of Education requires schools update their violence prevention plan, and prevention specialists from the state may also consult with schools, Evans said.

          The watch list shows that school districts take

          OMS gun case sparks questions, January 11, 2007

          Andy Gates Argus Observer

          Expulsion hearings are underway for an Ontario Middle School student who brought a handgun to school in mid-December and showed it to two other students who also handled the weapon, Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said Wednesday.

          Carter said a parent called police about the incident, and police informed the school.

          Information on the incident is very limited and no press releases were issued by the Ontario Police Department or the Ontario School District.

          The incident was relayed to the Argus Observer Wednesday by a concerned resident.

          Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said Wednesday he cannot confirm or deny that the incident occurred because he is bound by legal constraints.

          Juvenile files are not open to the media for review, according to the Malheur County Court Clerk

          Ontario clobbers Vikings, January 10, 2007

          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Vale girls basketball team was plagued with foul trouble, which ultimately doomed the Vikings in a 68-47 loss to Ontario in nonleague play Tuesday at Ontario.

          Vale committed 26 fouls in the game, 16 in the first half, in a closely-called game that left Viking head coach Jason Johnson frustrated.

          Ontario boys stop Vikings, January 10, 2007

          RAY RODRIGUEZ  ARGUS OBSERVER

          Teamwork, tough second-half defense and solid free-throw shooting helped the Ontario Tigers get back on track.

          Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half, and Ontario made 15-of-19 free throws in the Tigers

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          December 2006

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          Oregon schools face obstacles, find success in 2006, December 31, 2006

          Jennifer Colton  Argus Observer

          Last year proved to be a roller coaster ride for the Ontario School District, as poor test results, safety concerns and high dropout rates marred positive events, like thriving red-ribbon week and food drives programs at Ontario Middle School, parent education and the opening of a new alternative school.
           
          Ontario School District Superintendent Dennis Carter said OSD will look to improve schools and focus on core concepts.

          Ontario's Boyd honored for play, December 24, 2006

          Tiger sophomore named Special District 7 Most Valuable Player   ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          As a sophomore, Ontario girls soccer standout Kim Boyd had a breakout 2006 season. Boyd scored 13 goals, tallied four assists and led her team to an 11-2-2 overall record. The standout was rewarded for her efforts, winning three significant awards at the Tigers' year-end team banquet Wednesday.
           
          Boyd was named her team's best offensive player, most valuable player and she completed the trifecta after she earned Oregon's Special District 7 Most Valuable Player award.

          Tiger wrestlers win two of five in Pasco tourney, December 22, 2006

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          Although the Ontario wrestling team didn't place, the Tigers won two duals out of five and had several wrestlers fare well at the two-day Best of the West wrestling duals at Pasco, Wash. The Tigers opened up the tournament on a good note with a 41-29 win over Bonney Lake on Wednesday.
           
          The Tigers won nine matches against Bonney Lake, two on decisions, two pins and a 30-12 technical fall win by Casey Erlebach (152 pounds). Chase Fields (112) won a 4-1 decision, Griffin Gundle (160) notched a 11-5 decision, while Ray Rodriguez (125) and Michael Gonzalez (135) earned first round pins. Ontario scored the rest of its points on forfeits.
           
          The Tigers went on to win one other time in the next four duals. Ontario next lost 72-6 to host Pasco, with Danny Nunez (119) earning all of his teams points with a second round pinfall win over Pasco's Gerardo Castro. The Tigers quickly rebounded with a close 41-38 loss to the coop team of Wahtonka-The Dalles. In that dual, the Tigers notched five forfeit wins, while Tom Martinez (130) scored a 22-7 technical fall win over Quinn Simer and teammate Toby Smith (189) scored 6-0 decision.
           
          Ontario then defeated Federal Way 66-16 using seven pinfall wins and three forfeits. Nico Martinez (119), Rodriguez, Michael Gonzalez, Tom Martinez, Mark Anthony (140), Erlebach, Smith and Mike Ortiz (215) all won with first round pins. Tom Martinez pinned Blake Zimmerman in 23 seconds and Ortiz did his damage to Tomson Lee in 47 seconds. In their final dual Thursday, the Tigers squared off against Toppenish and lost 47-27.
           
          Three of the wins were by pinfall with Nico Martinez, Tom Martinez and Smith earning the honors. Ontario's Erlebach won his final match with a 10-6 decision over Andres Chavez and teammate Michael Gonzalez won by forfeit.

          Tigers trounce Payette, December 20, 2006

          JESSICA KELLER | Argus Observer

          The Ontario boys basketball team outscored Payette 24-9 in the fourth quarter to seal a 74-53 win over the Pirates Tuesday night in nonleague basketball action. It was not only the second win of the season for the Tigers but the second time they beat Payette.
           
          Francisco Chavez scored 10 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter and his teammates went a perfect 14-of-14 at the charity stripe to put the game away.
           
          Payette coach Shawn Scow said he thought, overall, the Tigers outdistanced the Pirates in the final stanza.

          Ontario girls defeat Vale, December 20, 2006

          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

          Maybe the coaches should scrap the weekly film study. Both Vale and Ontario's girls basketball teams combined to shoot 36-of-107 from the field and committed 37 turnovers, but the Tigers were able to walk away with the 54-46 win over the Vikings Tuesday in nonleague action in Vale.
           
          Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili scored eight of her team-high 18 points in the first quarter, and the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to end with a 19-11 first quarter lead. That's all Ontario needed as both squads battled to a 35-35 draw through the next three quarters.

          New buses set for district, December 17, 2006

          Julie Engel Argus Observer

          Every year the Ontario School District must acquire two new buses because of a 150,000-mile, 12-year replacement schedule. The Ontario School Board approved the purchase of those two buses at its regular meeting Thursday night.
           
          The buses will be more expensive this year because of new and stringent emission standards, OSD Operations Supervisor Duke Clinton said. In addition to an extra $6,500 per bus, Clinton said the buses will be about two months late as a result of the emission standard changes. The buses will probably not be purchased before the end of the fiscal year, OSD Superintendent Dennis Carter said.
           
          As a result, Carter said board members will need to factor in those two buses plus two more in the next budget year. In other Ontario School District news, Personnel Director Carole Kitamura presented the debut of a secondary literacy project to the board. A handful of people in the Ontario School District attended a training in November through a $10,000 Oregon Department of Education/COSA State Improvement Grant - Supporting All Students in Reading.
           
          Kitamura said the aim of the grant is to teach administrators to address their own literacy issues throughout a particular district.
           
          The group completed the first step of the grant by collecting data from sixth- through ninth-grade students with an oral reading fluency screening, she said. Once the data is compiled, Kitamura said they will bring the information to another meeting with grant organizers to determine the implications of the data.

          OMS student food drive hits a high gear, December 17, 2006

           Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

          In a little more than a week, Ontario Middle School students brought in 3,000 food items during their annual food drive.

          Ontario girls end tourney with win, December 17, 2006

          Argus Observer sports staff

          The Ontario girls basketball team rebounded from a 45-28 loss to Stayton and ended the Junction City tournament with a 55-52 win over host Junction City Saturday.
           
          Four different Tigers hit double figures, and Alla Dzhidzhidyeshvili had an all-around game with 15 points, three assist and three steals.

          Tiger girls win tourney opener, December 15, 2006

          Argus Observer Sports Staff

          The Ontario girls basketball team overcame a slow start to defeat Cottage Grove 43-32 in the opening round of the Junction City tournament Thursday night.
           
          Cottage Grove came out strong and took a 6-2 lead early in the first quarter, but the Tigers fought back to take the lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Still, head coach Jon Buck said, Ontario didn't put the game away until the fourth quarter when the Tigers outscored Cottage Grove 11-4.
           
          The Tigers took a 10-point lead at one point in the fourth stanza after Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili and Stephanie Babij hit back-to-back threes to help seal the win.

          Weiser boys shut down Ontario, December 13, 2006

          Argus Observer Sports Staff

          The Weiser boys basketball team outscored the Ontario Tigers 44-26 in the first half on the way to a 75-57 win in nonleague action Tuesday night.
           
          Up 18-14 going into the second quarter, the game remained close until the Wolverines broke it open, outscoring Ontario 26-12 to give them their 44-26 halftime lead.

          Tigers full of surprises in 2006, December 12, 2006

          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario football team came back from a dismal 2005 season to dominate in 2006, and the future looks bright for the Tigers.
           
          The Ontario Tigers wrapped up the season with an 8-4 record, losing in the 4A state semifinals to Siuslaw Dec. 2.

          Tigers maul Wildcats, December 10, 2006

          Argus Observer Sports Staff

          Stephanie Babij scored a game high 23 points as the Ontario girls rolled over Columbia 78-19 Saturday night at Ontario High School.
           
          Alla Dzhidzhiyeshvili chipped 16 points and had nine steals, and Stephanie O'Connor added 14 points and six steals.

          Tigers dominate Wolverines, December 8, 2006

          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario girls basketball team improved its record to 4-0 after dominating Weiser in nonleague basketball action Thursday, defeating the Wolverines 53-36 at Ontario High School.
           
          The Tigers outscored Weiser 19-7 in the second quarter to take a 31-18 halftime lead and held the Wolverines to only two points in the third to stretch their lead to 40-20 going into the fourth.
           
          At one point Ontario enjoyed its biggest lead of the night at 44-20 before Weiser made its last comeback of the night. The Wolverines outscored Ontario 16-13 in the fourth quarter, but their last push came too late to change the final outcome.

          OHS students pitch in to make food drive a success, December 8, 2006

          Jennifer Colton Argus Observer

          Honey bear guards, staggered walls and a blue ramen-package waterfall stood out on the

          Columbia boys hold off Ontario, December 8, 2006

          Argus Observer sports staff

          Ontario

          A bright outlook, December 7, 2006

          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario Tigers boys basketball team features many new looks for the upcoming season. Unlike last season's Tiger squad, which featured six seniors and finished 15-10 overall, only two seniors return this year. This season's team boasts a lot of new, younger faces who will see a lot of action on the court. Those players are also full of enthusiasm who are ready to work hard, Ontario head coach Scott Helmick said.

          Tigers sink Pirates, December 6, 2006

          JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario boys basketball team overcame a 14-point deficit and scored 33 fourth-quarter points to come from behind and beat Payette 61-56 Tuesday in Payette. Francisco Chavez scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth, and Jacob Haueter added nine of his 18 total to help put the Tigers up for good. Down 42-28 early in the fourth quarter, the Tigers switched up their defense to stymie the Pirates, force turnovers and open up scoring opportunities. After the switch,

          Ontario went on a 14-0 run in less than three minutes and eventually tied things up at 42 with 5:40 left on the clock. Although Payette took a slight lead again, the Tigers never let the game slip away from them and took the lead for good with 52 seconds left on the clock after a put-back shot and successful free throw by Chavez put them up 57-56.

          After that, Ontario secured the win at the charity stripe on free throws by Haueter while Payette was held scoreless.

          Ontario grapplers ready to hit the mat, December 4, 2006

          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

          The Ontario wrestling team took its lumps last year, but is now a year older and wiser as it enters the 2006 campaign. Because football season is still in full swing, Ontario head coach Charlie Anthony has handed the reigns over to assistant coaches Dave Parsons and Jeremy Roberts, who are running practices for the time being, Anthony said.

          Ontario smokes Nampa Christian, December 1, 2006

          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

          If the first two games are any indication, the Ontario girls basketball team is the real deal. Two days after defeating the defending 3A champion Burns Hilanders 57-47, the Tigers backed that up with a 79-44 drubbing of nonleague opponent Nampa Christian Thursday in Ontario. Five different Tigers scored in double-digits and senior standout Stephanie Babij scored a team-high 21 points and led the way with eight rebounds in 29 minutes of floor time.

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          Turning up the heat, November 30, 2006

          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

          Many high school sports fans didn't envision this, except maybe the Ontario Tigers football team. The Tigers (8-3 overall) are among the final four in the 4A state football championships, and they next square off against undefeated Siuslaw (11-0) of the Far West League Saturday at noon PST on the turf at Hillsboro Stadium. Siuslaw enters Saturday's action after shutting out Central 27-0 in quarterfinal action last Saturday and has shut out their opponents four times this season.

          Defense is the name of the game for the Vikings, who have allowed a paltry 56 points in their 11 games this season, and in the playoffs they have outscored their opponents (Cottage Grove and Central) by a 82-7 clip.
           

          Ontario holds off Hidden Valley, November 26, 2006

           Deena Manning - Daily Courier

          Seventh-ranked Hidden Valley saw more than enough of Ontario

          Ontario looks to take charge, November 22, 2006

          RAY RODRIGUEZ | ARGUS OBSERVER

          What a turnaround it has been for the Ontario football team. Last year, the Tigers finished 1-8 overall and struggled to find their way, but this year the Tigers are entering uncharted territory. For the first time since 1997, the Tigers are in the quarterfinals round after defeating Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 in their opening game Nov. 18. Ontario (7-3) will now square off against Hidden Valley Saturday at 2 p.m. PST on the turf at Grants Pass High School. Hidden Valley finished in first place in the Skyline League and stands at 9-2 overall.

          The Mustangs have won four games in a row by a combined margin of 145 to 42, and for the season they have racked up 308 points, while only giving up 150. The Mustangs are entering Saturday's quarterfinals action after defeating defending 3A state champion Marist 31-21 in second round action last Friday.

          The quarterfinals berth is the furthest the Mustangs have advanced in school history. Hidden Valley has been running on all cylinders, using the duo of 6-foot-2 inch, 190-pound quarterback L.B. Draper and 6-foot-4 inch, 205-pound receiver Jordan Van Cleave.

          Other weapons at Draper's disposal will be 6-foot-1 inch, 210-pound tight end/ split end Dustin Mathews and standout running back Jules DeVos. DeVos is entering action after posting 147 yards rushing and two touchdowns against Marist.

          Ontario players named All-GOL, November 21, 2006

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          Ontario running back Loren Stewart led the Tigers on the field all season, and was greatly rewarded for his efforts. The junior was one of 14 Tigers selected to the Greater Oregon League all-league team.
           
          Stewart was recognized as the Offensive Three Way Player of the Year and was also named first team all-GOL at running back.

          The Score, November 19, 2006

          Second annual

          Tigers tear up Yamhill, November 19, 2006

          RAY RODRIGUEZ - ARGUS OBSERVER
           
          Ontario's Bryson Sap just had one of those days. The junior quarterback ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, added another through the air and also forced a fumble to help Ontario come back from a 28-21 halftime deficit to defeat Yamhill-Carlton 49-35 at Tiger Stadium in Ontario.
           

          Making a connection, November 19, 2006

          For three decades, Gary Thompson has taught chemistry and physics to Oregon high school students. Now in his 19th consecutive year at Ontario High School, the veteran teacher still connects with his students by making chemistry and physics fun despite changing technology.

          Ontario Tigers ready to roar, November 17, 2006

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          As they enter the second round of the 4A state football playoffs, the Ontario Tigers look to continue to build upon their improvement over last year's 1-8 mark. Their first playoff game in two years, will be against Yamhill-Carlton Saturday afternoon in Ontario at 2 p.m. Saturday's match up will be the team'sfirst playoff game for Ontario since the 2004 season.
           
          Yamhill-Carlton,the second place team out ofthe Cowapa League, comes in having won four of their last five games and hold a record of 8-2 overall. The Tigers have outscored their opponents by a margin of 374-210 on the season.

          Ontario School District thanks Heinz Frozen Foods, November 17, 2006

          May Roberts Elementary would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Heinz Frozen Foods. Heinz continues to show great support to the school and recently gave a generous financial donation. Our thanks to Heinz.
           
          OMS success is back The OMS Success Bakers are back. Let them do your Thanksgiving baking. This year they will be creating the

          Grad party slated, November 17, 2006

          Plans for the Graduation Night Senior Party have begun and a web page with details, registration forms and other important information has been published. Seniors and their parents should review the link entitled "2007 Senior Class Party

          Ontario School Board OK s resolutions regarding funds, November 17, 2006

          Julie Engel   Argus Observer
           
          The Ontario School Board passed two resolutions adding grant funds to the 2006 to 2007 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night. The Ontario School District received a $4,000 K-3 Statewide Literacy Outreach grant to pay for a training workshop teachers attended Thursday and Friday, Ontario School District Director of School Improvement Sherri Hironaka said.

          The district sent 10 teachers to the workshops held in Pendleton, she said, which focus on getting the most from core reading programs.

          School board retreat nets results, November 13, 2006

          - From the Ontario School Board   Special to the Argus Observer
           
          On Saturday, Oct. 28, the 8C District School Board met to review the five objectives it developed based on the community survey and prior board discussions. Those goals are: improving communication with our schools and between the district and patrons; building and maintenance needs; improving curriculum; building employee morale; and increasing Hispanic/Latino parent participation.
           
          Communication Communication within our schools and with district patrons is important. The board will develop better means of gathering community input through methods such as: better publication of activities; aggressive information and idea gathering; e-mail; blogs; question and answer sessions; and electronic drop boxes.
           
          Building and Maintenance Needs The need for school building maintenance and middle and high school building improvement was discussed. The community's voice, through the bond vote and subsequent survey, was carefully considered.
           
          The board believes it must refine its understanding of the condition of school facilities, the financial means of our community and the opportunities and obligations presented by these facts. Improvement of school facilities requires careful planning and a great deal of community input and understanding. Coordination with the city of Ontario, community leaders and county and state agencies is essential if a positive result is to be achieved.
           
          Curriculum Improvement Consideration and review of curriculum is ongoing. Improvement of academic performance is essential if our students are going to be prepared for college or vocational schools. Careful analysis of the reasons leading to current unacceptable AYP scores is also occurring. Improvement in Ontario students' test scores and preparation for post-secondary programs will occur only if the causes of their current performance are addressed.
           
          Employee Morale The board is concerned with teacher and employee morale and discussed the need for better listening, celebration of successes, attendance at school board meetings and visits of buildings and school sites as ways to interact with staff.
           
          The board wishes to recognize our outstanding staff and improve the relationship between staff and the board. Increasing Parent Participation Identifying children at risk for academic failure and those with social problems is key to improving academic scores and ensuring safe schools.
           
          The board is considering ideas to strengthen relationships with families, especially in the Hispanic/Latino community. An advisory group of interested Hispanic/Latino community members could improve the board's understanding of cultural differences and suggest ways to increase Hispanic/Latino parent participation at school.
           
          The board knows that our kids will be best served if we continue to seek community input and carefully utilize the information. While this board can suggest, guide, support and promote, it cannot take the place of involved parents. Please, come to our board meetings, talk to board members and volunteer to help at school. By working together, we can be an effective part of our children's education.

          Plans underway for annual OHS senior graduation party, November 13, 2006

          The parents of Ontario High School seniors have started planning the annual graduation party, to be held all night May 27. Parents interested in assisting with the plans are invited to attend the next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20, in the OHS library. For more information, please contact Mary Hamman at (541) 889-4767, or Melody Davis at (541) 889-4044.

          Ontario girls, boys lose at state, November 8, 2006

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF
           
          After an opening round win against Seaside, the Ontario girls soccer team had its season cut short, suffering a 4-0 loss to Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
           
          The Tigers weren't able to generate many scoring opportunities and only tallied two shots on goal, where the Aardvarks put up 13.

          Ontario swept by Henley, November 5, 2006

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          The Ontario volleyball team's stay in the 4A Oregon state tournament was short-lived, as the Tigers lost to Henley in 3 games Saturday night in Henley. Henley jumped out to an early 10-1 lead in the first game, and went on to take the game 25-12.
           
          Ontario played tough in game two, but fell 25-21, before also falling in game three, 25-20.

          Ontario Tigers fall flat in Baker City, November 5, 2006

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          The Baker City football team scored 33 points in the second quarter on the way to a 61-26 blowout victory over Ontario Friday night.
           
          With the win the Bulldogs claimed the Greater Oregon League title. Bulldog quarterback Derek Howerton led the offensive onslaught with four touchdown passes, three touchdown runs and 222 yards total. Teammates Travis Mastrude and Grant Johnson each hauled in a pair of scoring passes for Baker City.
           
          For Ontario, Loren Stewart led the way, scoring all four Tiger touchdowns and rushing for 167 yards, including an 88-yard scoring run in the first quarter and a 90-yard kickoff return in the second stanza.

          Tigers sneak past Seaside, November 5, 2006

          JESSICA KELLER  ARGUS OBSERVER

          A late, second-period goal by Ontario's Salvador Sanchez gave the Tigers the edge they needed to put away the Seaside Seagulls 2-1 in boys 4A opening round state soccer Saturday at Ontario.

          The win advances Ontario to the state soccer second round while Seaside's season was cut short. With about 12 minutes left in Saturday's game, Sanchez's quick shot to the left side of the goal as Seaside goalkeeper John Morgan dove right unknotted the 1-1 tie and swung the momentum in the Tigers' favor for good.

          Up until the second period, the game looked promising for the Seagulls, who scored quick and early on a Justin Morgan goal. Seaside coach Jon Broderick said he thought the Seagulls, who held off Ontario well during the first half, had a shot of pulling together a 1-0 win.
           

          Ontario blanks Sutherlin in opener, November 5, 2006

          JESSICA KELLER ARGUS OBSERVER

          Ontario's Kim Boyd scored two goals, while teammates Christina Markee and Keila Nelson added one each to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 shutout over Sutherlin in first round 4A girls soccer state action Saturday in Ontario.
           
          Sutherlin, playing in the state tournament for the first time, ended its season with the loss, while Ontario advances to play Oregon Episcopal Tuesday in Portland.
           
          Ontario took control of the game early after Boyd scored two minutes in with an assist by Markee. She posted Ontario's second goal of the afternoon after she was fouled in the box in the 12th minute, and her penalty kick hit its mark. The Tigers' play slowed down after they took their 2-0 lead, and the teams fought for possession the rest of the half.
           
          The second half featured much of the same, although Markee found the goal in the 57th minute. Jennifer Reyes started the play with a pass to Boyd whose shot bounced off the goal straight to Markee who finished it off. Reyes and Boyd were credited with assists on the play.
           
          Nelson's shot iced the game for Ontario in the last minute of the game.

          Tigers rally to triumph, November 2, 2006

           JESSICA KELLER | ARGUS OBSERVER

          Despite an early two-game deficit, the Ontario volleyball team overcame a poor performance to defeat Pleasant Hill 3-2 in the loser-out first round of the 4A state volleyball tournament Wednesday.
           
          After losing the first two games 25-22 and 25-11, the Tigers cleaned up their hitting, which coach Rod Williams said was all Ontario needed to do to play well. He said climbing out of a 2-0 hole would have been harder if the Tigers were playing their best and not making many mistakes, but that wasn't the case.

          Tigers send six runners to state, November 1, 2006

          ARGUS OBSERVER SPORTS STAFF

          Ontario cross country standout Matt Rankin is in a class of his own. Rankin finished first in Saturday's 4A district cross country meet in Baker with a time of 17 minutes and 24 seconds, over La Grande's Johnny Bullock (17:44).