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Sam DuPuis, the News-Register s baseball Athlete of the Year.

Sam DuPuis: Mac’s ‘King of Swing’ earns AoY

Hitting a round ball with a round bat, undoubtedly one of the most difficult athletic feats, earned McMinnville’s Sam DuPuis the News-Register’s Yamhill Valley Athlete of the Year in baseball. ...

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Dayton s Ani Heidt is the News-Register s softball Athlete of the Year.

Composure, trust, inspiration lead Heidt to softball AoY

DAYTON – Ani Heidt’s secret for softball success entails remaining composed, trusting her defense, inspiring younger teammates and winning the last game. Heidt, the News-Register’s softball ...

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Randy Rutschman in his playing days for the Wildcats.

With Linfield roots, DI CWS teams give fans rooting choices

So, who you gonna root for this weekend? You might be of the opinion Oregon State is the only team to suuport as the NCAA DI College World Series kicks off in Omaha. And what’s not to like about ...

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Jacob Peterson rolling in a preliminary heat. He finished second when a pinion gear went out at the start of the final race.

Here’s mud in yer eye! ‘Most interesting’ people race at Sheridan Mud Drags

SHERIDAN – You meet the most interesting people at the Mud Drags. Saturday, the usual suspects showed up to the bog, along with a ringer or two from around the Northwest. Sheridan football ...

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Michael Abeyta displays the trophy he won for capturing the 160-pound weight class title at the Reno World’s tournament in April.

Abeyta’s adversity leads to national win

Fittingly, the trophy Michael Abeyta won at the Reno World wrestling tournament depicts a bald eagle grasping planet Earth. The design symbolises the journey Abeyta now undertakes. He’ll ...

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First baseman Zach Johnson flips the ball to Martin Lopez-Garcia, 21, for an out in the Hyder Dental Grizzlies’ OIBA game against Beaverton Wednesday. The hustle play by Lopez-Garcia seemed to energize the Mac team.

Hyder Dental opens the season 4-0, tops Beaverton, 6-4

BEAVERTON – Take note: the Hyder Dental Oregon Independent Baseball Association (OIBA) team comprised mainly of members of the high school varsity squad, in no way resembles the same team from earlier ...

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Matt West delivers instructions to his team during a recent summer league contest.

Matt West takes the helm for Dayton’s girls’ basketball team

DAYTON – Dayton’s new head girls’ basketball coach Matt West says his main goal is bringing a sense of energy and fun, but also an aura of familiarity to his new position. West replaces ...

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Emily Elliott holds up the state championship trophy as Dayton teammates gather around to celebrate their 3-2 win over Rainier.

GRIT WINS IT! Elliott’s sac fly earns Pirates state title over Rainier, 3-2

CORVALLIS — With Rainier (19-6, 8-1 Lewis & Clark) holding a 2-0 lead through the first four innings and ghosts from two previous state title losses lurking in their heads, it would have ...

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Dayton players hoist the OSAA Class 3A Softball State Championship Trophy after their extra-innings victory over Rainier in the title game Friday, June 1, at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

Dayton triumphs 3-2 over Rainier in state championship

CORVALLIS – Emily Elliott's eighth-inning sacrifice fly handed Dayton a dramatic 3-2 walk-off victory over Rainier in today's Class 3A softball state championship held at Oregon State University's ...

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Dayton players show their joy after dispatching Clatskanie in their semi-final contest Tuesday at Jim Connelly Field. They play today for the state title against Rainier.

Bring on Rainier! Pirates pacify Tigers, 11-1, head to title match

DAYTON – The stage is officially set for Dayton versus Rainier: Part IV. Both the Pirates’ and Columbians’ softball teams took care of business during Tuesday’s state semifinal ...

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Newly-hired Heather Roberts with Y-C boys’ basketball team members prior to a summer practice session at Y-C.

Intensity and fun: Y-C hires Heather Roberts as boys’ basketball coach

YAMHILL — Intensity and fun. That’s what newly-hired boys’ basketball coach Heather Roberts promises the Yamhill-Carlton Tiger boys’ basketball team. Roberts becomes the only ...

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Zane Fodge after a race earlier in the year.

Fodge does it again! Breaks school record in 800

EUGENE – During Friday’s El Jefe meet, Zane Fodge broke a 38-year-old school record in the 800-meter event. In setting a personal best, Fodge slayed an old dragon, Wilson’s Alex Slenning, ...

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Sofia Cicerone (2) and Catie Jacks (3) celebrate after Jacks scored during the Pirates’ quarter final 4-2 win over Taft.

JUMPING FOR JOY! Pirates’ pressure softball earn 4-2 win, trip to semis

DAYTON – The Scottish philosopher and writer Thomas Carlyle wrote “No pressure, no diamonds”. Friday it was the Dayton Pirate softball team (21-8, 9-1 WVL) applying the pressure to Taft ...

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Dayton’s Kalina Rojas shows her form at third against Lakeview Wednesday during the game against Lakeview at Jim Connelly Field in Dayton. She’s not only played stellar defensively, but has wielded the big bat, hitting .421 in her last five games.

Pirates pursue perfection: Dayton shoots down Honkers, 10-0, in first round

DAYTON – Dayton head softball coach Rob Umbenhower admits he’s a perfectionist. With that in mind, it’s no surprise the Pirates’ manager felt his team could’ve performed ...

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Sheridan s Ronni VanZant smiles as she sees her winning time in the final of the Class 3A Girls 100-Meter Dash at  the 2018 OSAA Track and Field State Championships Friday, May 18, at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Trifecta! VanZant seals track legacy, leads WVL with 3 titles

EUGENE – Before last weekend’s OSAA State Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Sheridan’s Ronni VanZant felt her Spartan legacy in jeopardy. The senior sprinter ...

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