OSAA continues suspension of season

OSAA continues suspension of spring sports, championships not cancelled The OSAA Executive Board held an online meeting April 1 to discuss the latest developments regarding the COVID-19 situation. The ...

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The News-Register’s sports editor Logan Brandon takes notes during the McMinnville girls basketball team’s Class 6A state quarterfinal March 12 at the Chiles Center in Portland. The Grizzlies played their postseason contest in an empty arena, as the first wave of coronavirus-related cancellations rocked the sports world.

A world without sports? Not so fast, readers

No, readers, the goalposts haven’t moved. As sports editor of the News-Register, my primary mission remains. In the weeks ahead, I plan to write in-depth, personal features about our local athletes ...

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McMinnville’s Kylee Arzner cheers in celebration with her teammates after the Grizzlies 51-35 round one playoff victory over Barlow.

The Natural: Arzner achieves breakout campaign

Kylee Arzner is in her comfort zone on the basketball court. With the ball in her possession, the McMinnville forward confidently backs down a defender. Teammates make off-ball cuts, and Kylee ...

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Dayton guard Dawson Ashley shoots a midrange jump shot - his go-to offensive weapon - during the Class 3A state basketball playoffs in Coos Bay. The junior averaged a team-high 15 points per contest during the postseason, where the Pirates finished eighth overall.

Midrange marksman: Ashley’s shooting, defense earn AoY

Dawson Ashley is a game changer. This season, he stepped up as a breakout star for the Pirates’ boys basketball team. Though a quiet presence and “leader by example,” Dawson ...

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Dayton’s Travis Sherman points to members of his family after claiming his first state title in the 3A 138-pound class.

Sherman’s journey: Dayton wrestler overcomes pain, fear

Travis Sherman waited . . . and waited . . . and waited for his moment. Since he was four years old, the wrestler poured untold hours into the practice mat at Dayton High School. No matter the ...

Spring sports pushed back another month, rules OSAA

Organization aims for April 28 start Per Governor Brown’s announcement March 17 regarding statewide school closures, the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) has extended the suspension of ...

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Linfield swimmers Noah Cutting and Neirton Oliveira were set to compete in the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, but the recent concerns over coronavirus resulted in the cancellation of all winter and spring championships. Cutting and Oliveira, both seniors, won’t get to complete in their last college competition, of which both were contending for national titles.

Athletes watch dream seasons disappear

This was their year. Linfield seniors Neirton Oliveira and Noah Cutting, both accomplished members of the Wildcat swimming team, were set to make school history at this week’s NCAA Division ...

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McMinnville forward Kylee Arzner rises and fires a three-pointer during the Grizzlies’ Class 6A Pacific Conference finale against Liberty. Arzner, who led the Grizzlies in point and rebounds this season, earned a first-team all-league selection for her incredible junior campaign.

Arzner earns first team all-Pacific nomination

McMinnville’s girls and boys basketball teams received a combined total of seven Class 6A all-Pacific Conference selections for their efforts during the 2019/20 season. The Grizzly girls racked up ...

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The McMinnville girls basketball team had their tournament run end Wednesday in a near-empty Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

Grizzlies’ successful season ends on quiet note

PORTLAND – The University of Portland’s Chiles Center was eerily quiet Thursday morning during the McMinnville girls basketball team’s Class 6A consolation state playoff against ...

Linfield sports suspended indefinitely through end of school year; prep sports on hold

Coronavirus concerns and subsequent decisions by Oregon lawmakers and health officials have directly affected Yamhill County athletics. Linfield College, as a member of the Division III Northwest ...

State basketball to continue with no spectators; essential personnel, media only

Due to coronavirus concerns, Thursday's McMinnville/Sheldon OSAA 6A Girls Basketball State Championship consolation game will be closed to supporters. The OSAA announced its decision Wednesday night ...

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Willamina head coach Tom Anderson high fives Kallie Schoenbachler (3) after their team’s consolation semifinal win against Harrisburg.

Bulldogs place sixth in state

COOS BAY – “The sky’s the limit for this group if they stay together.” So Tom Anderson remarked following his Willamina girls basketball team’s sixth-place finish ...

Mac upsets No. 3 West Linn in 2nd round

PORTLAND – Kylee Arzner’s breakout performance propelled the 14th-ranked McMinnville girls basketball team to a massive 57-53 upset of third-seeded West Linn Friday night on the Lions’ ...

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Amity’s Landon Distler goes up for the lay-in during the Warriors’ game against De La Salle.

Warriors go two-and-out in Coos Bay

COOS BAY – With their sights set on a similar run to last year’s Class 3A state basketball final, the Amity Warriors emerged from this year’s tournament with a sense of dissatisfaction. The ...

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Dayton’s Tyler Spink crosses over against a Salem Academy defender during Friday’s consolation semifinal, which the Pirates lost, 67-51.

Pirates upset by Challengers, Crusaders

COOS BAY – Upset followed upset. The Dayton boys basketball team watched in awe as the 2020 State Championship tournament appeared to smile on the Pirates. Every top seed – number-one ...

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