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A composite image combining current Linfield Senior Association Athletic Director Doug HIre with him as a player (far right) after winning the 1984 NAIA National Football Championship as a starting guard at Linfield.

A Hire calling: From Linfield to the NFL and back

If football’s your game, statistics indicate a narrow path to the heights of NFL fame. Those numbers indicate it’s a 1000 to one shot to make an NFL team out of high school. From an ...

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Composite photo of Joseph Smith as a Linfield player (on left) and today as the Linfield head football coach. Smith started the sixth game of the season his freshman year, but says today it’s difficult for a freshman to start, because of the complexity of the game.

Smith family rooted in ‘Cats’ football success

By the sixth week of the season, starting 11s are set, team routines established and the ‘Cats are rolling toward another conference title. However, at the halfway point of the 1989 season, ...

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Amity football players, including star running back Justin Hubbard (helmet raised), celebrate the Warriors’ 20-12 state championship victory over rival Dayton during the 1999 season.

Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Amity bests Dayton 20-12 in ‘99 championship

Under the direction of head coach Jeff Flood, Amity won four consecutive Class 2A state football championships from 1998 to 2001. The run of excellence included an exhilarating 45-game unbeaten ...

Mueller, Rutschman and the Seahawks: How the former Linfield QB saved Seattle’s football franchise

Who actually saved the Seattle Seahawks from moving to Los Angles nearly a quarter century ago? To answer that question, we have to visit a Sheraton Hotel in Spokane one Friday night in the spring ...

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Linfield staff members, students-athletes, alumni and donors celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Wildcat soccer and lacrosse complex. University president Miles Davis delivers a speech to the crowd while standing on the former athletic complex field.

Breaking ground: ‘Cats celebrate $1.55M soccer/lacrosse renovation

Fresh off changing its name to Linfield University, the Division III McMinnville school has broken ground on a $1.55 million renovation of its soccer and lacrosse field. While the Wildcat men’s ...

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Linfield football players are known to show four fingers in preparation for the final quarter of their games.

Never say die and the best comebacks in Linfield football history

If you’ve watched a Linfield football game, you know the Wildcat tradition of raising four fingers at the start of the fourth quarter. It wasn’t always the case. This custom dates back ...

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Dayton’s legendary head football coach Dewey Sullivan calls out an adjustment during the 2002 state football championship against rival Amity. The Pirates won 45-20 in Sullivan’s final championship game appearance before his death in 2006.

Yamhill County’s Greatest Games: ‘Coach' claims his final state title

The stakes couldn’t have been higher. In 2002, the Oregon Class 2A state football championship featured longtime rivals Dayton and Amity. On one side, the Pirates lined up with state coaching ...

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Matt Craven, a 1996 Linfield defensive back,  practices during a bye week. Craven proved instrumental in preserving the Wildcats’ consecutive winning seasons streak with a late-game pass breakup against Lewis & Clark later that season.

Linfield football: Bye weeks and extending ‘The Streak’

Fans think bye weeks are a bore. Coaches, however, have a different perspective. Wildcat head coach Joseph Smith notes, “Over the years I’ve really enjoyed the bye week. After four ...

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A sign displaying the 1979 McMinnville city limits and a homemade addition following the Mac High boys basketball championship.

Yamhill County's Greatest Games: An All-American, a faithful community and the '79 Mac title

Over 41 years ago, head coach Nick Robertson, All-American Charlie Sitton and the McMinnville boys basketball team etched their names into the history books with an undefeated 27-0 season. The ...

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Defensive end Jeremy Scott (14) takes on a blocker while Ty Smith (33) plays defense from his monster back position during a 2003 contest against SOU.

Early improvements spur Linfield success against rival Raiders

Week two games for any football coach concern improvement. After teams have played their first game, coaches now glimpse their squad’s potential. Retired hall of fame head coach Ad Rutschman ...

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Amity head basketball coach Scott Nelson calls out a play during the Warriors’ state championship appearance in 2019. Under Nelson’s direction, Amity placed second to De La Salle North Catholic after achieving a magical run as the 3A classification’s 10th seed, and competed for a state title for the first time since 1938.

Coaching Conversations: Scott Nelson transformed Warriors into contenders

AMITY – Scott Nelson’s coaching career began in his backyard. His four sons – Cody, Kyle, Lance and Jaycen – would engage in hearty competitions at the family’s Amity ...

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At right, a composite image of current Linfield football assistant coach Aaron Boehme and a picture of Boehme during his playing days with the Wildcats in 2010. Boehme injured his clavicle in 2008, but returned to lead the ‘Cats.

Remembrance of games past: Adversity spurs Wildcats’ run of dominance in 2010s

In Linfield’s first game of the 2008 football season, the Wildcats traveled to Abilene, Texas, opening head coach Joseph Smith’s third season, and arriving with high hopes for a play-off ...

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Linfield head men s basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg details his strategy to his players during a timeout.

Coaching conversations: Rosenberg's odyssey in men's basketball

Fully embracing the Japanese term “kaizen,” Linfield head men’s basketball coach Shanan Rosenberg continuously seeks to improve himself. The term, which means “change for ...

Linfield football earns three preseason All-Americans

Three Linfield football players were named to the D3football.com Preseason All-America team. Senior quarterback Wyatt Smith, junior offensive guard Matt Metcalf and junior defensive tackle Chase Lydig ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Quinten Ramsey, who excelled as a defensive back and wide receiver at Yamhill-Carlton, is moving to Idaho to compete in fall football.

Y-C family moves to Idaho for fall sports

YAMHILL  -- In early August, Quinten Ramsey and his stepsister, Ali Barnett, anxiously awaited the Oregon School Activities Association’s (OSAA) decision on the upcoming 2020/21 sports ...

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