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McMinnville head cross country coach Vic Downs embraces his sophomore athlete, Zane Fodge, following the 2017 OSAA 6A State Cross Country Championships.

Downs calls it a career

For over 31 years, Vic Downs impressed his passionate work ethic on the McMinnville track and field and cross country teams. The Lewiston High School and Linfield College graduate started his career with ...

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McMinnville ace pitcher Caden Slaughter, pictured at Patton Middle School’s baseball field, was named the News-Register’s Athlete of the Year. Slaughter returned from a devastating leg injury to lead the Grizzlies’ rotation this season.

Slaughter lands AoY after comeback season

Even Caden Slaughter couldn’t predict his comeback season for the McMinnville baseball team. Sure, the Grizzly senior pitcher created goals for himself following a devastating lower leg break ...

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New Linfield head baseball coach Dan Spencer previously worked as an associate head coach in the Washington State program. He also served as the Cougars’ pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.

Linfield names former WSU assistant Dan Spencer next baseball manager

After a three-year stretch serving as an associate head coach in Washington State University’s baseball program, Dan Spencer will fill the recently vacated manager position at Linfield College. ...

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McMinnville’s Athlete of the Year Payton Hudson demonstrates her pitching form at a recent photoshoot. Hudson led the Grizzlies with 13 wins and 132 strikeouts this season.

AoY Payton Hudson concludes career with special year

Two years ago, when McMinnville’s Payton Hudson, a sophomore at the time, was named the News-Register’s Athlete of the Year, the Grizzly pitcher and slugger credited her hitting coach, ...

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Yamhill’s Alexis Lowe peers out from her racing position in her homemade soapbox derby racing car.

Yamhill native wins derby championship

YAMHILL – When 12-year-old Alexis Lowe visited Yamhill Derby Days as a youngster, she was mesmerized by the soapbox races. Witnessing the homemade cars drive past her in the audience ignited ...

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McMinnville utility player, Kayden Sullivan, was recently named to the all-conference first team in her sophomore season.

Mac softball places six on all-league first team

McMinnville’s eighth-ranked Class 6A softball team, which reached the quarterfinals of the state playoffs this season, recently earned six first-team nominations in the Pacific Conference. ...

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Willamina track and field star David Hensley, pictured at the Bulldogs’ long jump pit, earned two state titles in his senior season. Hensley, seen with his earbuds in, was known for listening to music prior to his jumps. The habit helped him focus for the upcoming attempt.

Focused determination: State champ Hensley earns AoY

WILLAMINA – When Willamina’s David Hensley approaches the triple jump pit, he immediately stands out for several reasons. The Bulldog senior is always a picture of focus – talking ...

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Willamina head coach Dan Oswald recently resigned his coaching and teaching positions.

Oswald resigns coaching position

WILLAMINA – “I am forever grateful for my time at Willamina and will cherish the relationships I was able to make there.” With some parting words, Dan Oswald’s head football ...

Peterson steps down as Sheridan football coach, athletic director

SHERIDAN – After two years leading the Sheridan football program, Jacob Peterson resigned his coaching and athletic director positions. In two seasons, Peterson coached the Spartans to a ...

Munoz named Pitcher of the Year in PacWest Conference

Dayton – Liam Munoz, Dayton’s prolific ace pitcher, paced the Pirates in wins this season, leading the PacWest Conference coaches to name him the Pitcher of the Year. The senior hurler ...

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The News-Register’s Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year Sadie Horne shows off her discus form at the Yamhill-Carlton track. Horne won the Class 3A discus title this season with a throw of 131 feet, five inches.

Versatility, community support boost Horne to state title

YAMHILL – By her own admission, News-Register Athlete of the Year Sadie Horne’s first career state title wasn’t supposed to occur in track and field. No, the Yamhill-Carlton three-sport ...

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Dayton pitcher Maddie Fluke hits a two-RBI single in the top of the fifth that gave the Pirates a 5-3 lead. Clatskanie rebounded with seven unanswered runs to win, 10-5.

Pirates fall to Tigers in title game

EUGENE – Missed opportunities. Lessons learned. Tears shed. It’s not difficult imagining the returning Dayton softball players will grow after the disappointment of Friday’s ...

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Dayton softball players receive their second-place medals following Friday s 10-5 loss to Clatskanie.

Pirates lose state title game to Clatskanie, 10-5

EUGENE -- Dayton's second-ranked softball team fell in today's Class 3A OSAA State Championship to undefeated Clatskanie, 10-5. The Pirates briefly took a 5-3 lead in the top of the fifth inning, but ...

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Dayton catcher Sofia Cicerone hugs teammate Shylar Halverson after the Pirates’ 5-4 victory over Cascade Christian in Tuesday’s state semifinal.

Pirates edge Challengers, 5-4, in state semifinals

DAYTON - Death, taxes and the Dayton softball team playing for a Class 3A state championship. While the first two still hold true, the last quickly became the surest bet in Oregon prep softball. ...

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McMinnville centerfielder Colton Smith races toward second base during the Grizzlies’ second round matchup against Beaverton. Smith was recently named second team, all-state for his efforts in his senior season.

Five Grizzlies named first team all-league baseball

McMinnville’s ninth-ranked baseball team, which made a second round appearance in the state playoffs, earned 10 all-Pacific Conference honors, including five first team nominations. Senior ...

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