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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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Cameron Ostrom running the ball. She had an outstanding defensive effort,helping Valley control the pitch.

Phenomenal Panthers pound Linn Benton for state title

MONMOUTH – “These girls played phenomenal!” Valley Panthers’ head coach Jeremy Moore succinctly described his squad’s championship-winning performance following Saturday’s ...

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McMinnville’s Zane Fodge, in red, runs with he pack in the final of the Class 6A Boys 800-Meter Run during Saturday’s finals. He finished fifth. He was third in the 1500 run, scoring all of the points for the Grizzly boys’ team.

Zane Fodge takes 3rd in 1500, 5th in 800 at state

EUGENE – McMinnville head track coach Vic Downs hoped for a little more from his squad at the state track meet Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field. The Grizzly girls’ team failed to ...

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Sheridan s Ronni VanZant poses with her third state title - the girls  200m championship.

State Track day two: VanZant wins third state championship; Baker, Huber earn titles

EUGENE – Sheridan's Ronni VanZant secured her third state championship, while Owen Baker of Willamina and Aiden Huber of Dayton both earned their first Class 3A titles during today's OSAA State Track ...

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Ronni VanZant of Sheridan won the Class 3A girls  long jump title with a final mark of 16 feet, 11.25 inches.

State track day one: VanZant wins girls' long jump title

EUGENE – Sheridan's Ronni VanZant won her first career state track and field championship during today's Class 3A events at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene. With a final mark of 16 feet, 11.25 ...

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Mac head tennis coach Wes Gabrielsen (center) goes over strategy with doubles team Reece Parr (left) and Nick Howard. They finished third overall, qualifying for the state tournament.

Mission accomplished! Mac boys’ tennis team takes GVC District tournament

SALEM — Mission accomplished! McMinnville’s boys’ tennis team — with accent on the word team — playing its best tennis of the season, earned the GVC District title, ...

Grizzlies meet Glencoe in play-in game

On to their second season. McMinnville’s Grizzly baseball team (9-17, 5-11 GVC) plays Glencoe (12-13, 6-10 Metro) at the Red Tide’s home diamond today. They have the chance to earn ...

Wildcats open tourney play Friday against Athenas

Who’s hot, and who’s not? Tournament softball is all about match-ups and who has the hot hand. Linfield’s ninth-ranked women’s softball team (35-8, 24-4 NWC) finds if it’s ...

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Ashley Rhoads is the picture of concentration in the on-deck circle.

Grizzlies seek GVC title, payback against West Albany

It’s payback day for the Grizzlies! McMinnville set down McNary Tuesday, 14-4, Sprague, 9-3, Wednesday. Today, they play West Albany for a chance to knot the GVC league in a three-way tie. West ...

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Tiger shortstop Jessica Mitchell makes a play on a ground ball.

Missed opportunities: Tigers lead early, but fall to Cubs, 4-3 in OWC play

YAMHILL – Too many lost scoring opportunities, including two near-home runs, crashed Yamhill-Carlton softball’s Senior Night festivities during Tuesday’s Oregon West Conference ...

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Slap-hitting Jacinda Swiger, a McMinnville High School alum, demonstrates her hitting prowess during a game earlier this season.

‘CATS HOST REGIONALS! Linfield softball team battles Bruins, Athenas

Linfield’s softball team (35-8, 24-4 NWC) hosts the NCAA Division III regional playoff tournament Saturday through Monday at Del Smith Stadium. They’ll welcome cross county rival George Fox ...

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Itzel George powers forward in Valley Panthers’ Rugby Oregon High School Girls League match against David Douglas Saturday, at Duniway Middle School.

Panthers pound David Douglas, earn top playoff seed

A new coach patrolled the rugby field at Duniway Middle School during the Valley Panthers’ Saturday home match against David Douglas. By virtue of Senior Day freedom, veteran athlete Kati ...

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McMinnville’s Mason Smark in car no. seven, holds a momentary lead in his race Saturday at the Mac Track in the Gold Cup series. Smark would wind up third. Sunday he took fourth.

Smark karting: brothers learn valuable lessons Gold Cup weekend

The road to becoming a racer — as opposed to just someone who steers a race vehicle — in this case a go-kart — is as winding and challenging as the course on which drivers compete. ...

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