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McMinnville head coach Wes Gabrielsen hugs singles player Nalen Stephens following Stephens’ grueling 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 win against Newberg.

MENTAL FORTITUDE

Nalen Stephens doesn’t easily rattle. He won’t feel unnerved in the face of adversity. In fact, he’s quickly developing a mature patience on the tennis courts, leading to increasingly ...

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Valley’s Alexus Flores Martinez evades a tackle attempt by a Grackles player during Saturday’s 45-10 Panther win.

Panthers win fourth straight, 45-10

Allyson Martino joined the Valley Panthers girls’ rugby squad for the opportunity to “get down and dirty.” The Valley newcomer is one of eleven rookie Panthers helping lead the ...

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Tiger outfielders Maddy Bell (2) and Camille Kern celebrate Bell’s incredible 8-3 putout against the Amity Warriors.

‘Gamer’ Maddy Bell leads energetic Y-C softball team

YAMHILL – If you’re searching for excitement, look no further than the Yamhill-Carlton softball team. The Tigers embody enthusiasm in every way. Junior centerfielder Maddy Bell leads ...

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McMinnville first baseman Brantley Seehawer attempts to corral an errant throw in Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Glencoe.

Slaughter tosses one-hitter, Mac beats Glencoe, 3-1

Caden Slaughter continues to pitch like a bonafide ace. The McMinnville baseball team’s senior pitcher turned in another sterling outing during Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Class 6A ...

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Grizzly number-one singles player Carly Szedlak blasts a forehand shot during a doubles match last Thursday against Century.

Family ties: Szedlak leads close-knit tennis team

Family plays a critical role in McMinnville tennis player Carly Szedlak’s athletic career. The Grizzly senior, who competes at number-one singles and number-one doubles, often participates ...

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McMinnville boys’ varsity golfer Amos Grell blasts a shot out of the rough on Michelbook Country Club’s par-three third hole. Grell finished second on the Grizzlies with a score of 108.

Mac golf teams focused on improvement, contending

Amos Grell couldn’t have picked a better time to rework his golf swing. The jovial McMinnville varsity golfer picked up the sport as a seven-year old. Growing up, he played numerous rounds ...

Mac softball wins in extra innings over Oregon City; Sullivan homers twice in blow out of Crusaders

The Grizzlies’ powerful softball team rolled to its fourth and fifth consecutive wins this week. McMinnville earned a 14-10, 10-inning victory over Oregon City Tuesday, then returned home ...

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Grizzly starting pitcher Sam DuPuis fires a pitch against Newberg during Tuesday’s league action. DuPuis earned the victory with six-plus innings of work, allowing two runs and striking out two in the 3-2 win.

DuPuis, Slaughter power Grizzlies to first league wins

Pitching wins championships. Teams bolstered by staff aces and flame-throwing relievers routinely dominate hitter-heavy programs. Toss in an athletic defense behind those elite pitchers and, suddenly, ...

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Amity’s Luke Johnston, mid-windup, eyes the home plate during the Warriors’ tournament contest against Colton held at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer.

SPRING BREAK SUCCESS

KEIZER – Playing on the well-manicured grass of Salem-Keizer’s Volcanoes Stadium, Amity starting pitcher and short stop Luke Johnston ironically dreamed of the familiar confines of ...

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Yamhill-Carlton’s Paden Elliott tries to make contact with a pitch to drive the runner in from third base.

Y-C baseball earns 14-13 win over Scio, remains in 1st

KEIZER – For better or worse, a youth movement is upon the Yamhill-Carlton baseball program. Veteran short stop and pitcher Joey McGhehey remains the team’s lone senior, but the Tigers ...

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McMinnville senior slugger Payton Hudson drives an RBI double during the team’s 26-0 win over Milwaukie on Tuesday in the Clackamas Tournament.

Grizzlies win three of four at Clackamas Tournament

CLACKAMAS – It’s uncommon for a freshman high school athlete to inject a sense of confidence in a team, but when it does occur, it’s certainly a welcome sight for head coaches. ...

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McMinnville’s Brynn McManus fields a ground ball and lines up to throw home during the Grizzlies’ Friday game against Grants Pass.

Grizzlies looking for consistency

McMinnville currently rides the “Grizzly rollercoaster” to inconsistent results this season, according to new head coach Staci Doucette. The Grizzlies are certainly a young team – ...

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Dayton’s Catie Jacks (3) leads the cheers from her bench while teammate Maddie Fluke (8) slides in for the Pirates’ opening run against Rainier. Fluke also started for the Pirates, taking the loss after yielding seven runs (three earned) in seven innings.

Growing together: Pirates learn lessons in Rainier loss

DAYTON – During the five-plus year rivalry with Rainier, the Dayton softball team never enjoyed a prolonged period of dominance. Dating back to the 2014 season, no team has swept the other, ...

Hartzell, Johnson lead Mac at Jim Barks Grizzly Open

In a battle of 11 schools, the McMinnville track and field team notched several victories at Thursday’s Jim Barks Grizzly Open held at Wortman Stadium. Competitive programs like Central Catholic, ...

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Grizzly doubles player Josh Flores, who partners with Kris Renshaw atop the lineup, smashes a forehand shot during Wednesday’s match against Sprague. Flores and Renshaw notched an exciting three-set win over their Olympian counterparts.

DYNAMIC DOUBLES DUO

“Fire and Ice.” “Cookies and Cream.” Whichever nickname McMinnville’s Josh Flores and Kris Renshaw choose this season, the Grizzlies’ number-one doubles duo ...

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