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McMinnville head soccer coach Joe Crabtree (white hat) congratulates Iker Larranga after a successful penalty kick during the 2006 Class 6A state boys’ soccer championship, which the Grizzlies won 2-1. Crabtree led Mac to 26 wins in two seasons. He died January 17 from complications with COVID-19.

Joe Crabtree, who coached Mac to 2006 soccer title, dies at 77

In his first year as head coach of the McMinnville boys’ soccer team, Joe Crabtree led the Grizzlies to an incredible Class 6A state championship in 2006. Crabtree’s involvement with ...

Linfield soccer returns to action

Linfield athletes feel more than ready to begin competition again. Following nearly a year of postponed and canceled contests, Wildcat soccer players finally return to the pitch this weekend in ...

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Junior Bethany Shade takes aim at the goal during a practice session Wednesday at Linfield University. Defending on the play is Lizzy Harms. Observing in the background is Jenna Hessel. The Wildcat women’s lacrosse team hopes to resume competition this spring after a COVID-19 suspension of the previous season.

Linfield teams begin practicing, aim for February competitions

While COVID-19 restrictions continue to limit the landscape of college athletics, Linfield University’s sports teams return to practice with the hope of beginning competition next month. After ...

Mac alum Gubrud signs pro football contract, joins CFL’s BC Lions

Gage Gubrud’s professional football career has begun. The former McMinnville player signed a contract with the BC Lions Football Club of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The six-foot, two-inch ...

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Yamhill-Carlton players and fans rush the court
following the Tigers’ 1992 Class 3A state title win
over Phoenix.

Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Barnett’s calm guidance led tightknit Tigers to ‘92 title

Larry Barnett’s legacy in Yamhill County was born from a calm wisdom which played a tremendous role in Yamhill-Carlton’s 1992 boys’ basketball state championship. In his 17th ...

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Joseph Smith, head coach of Linfield University’s football
team, surveys the field during a game. Smith has created
a culture of improvement at the university, leading to
unprecedented success the past 15 years.

Culture is key to Linfield football success

There’s a quote on the desk belonging to Linfield head football coach Joseph Smith. It was given to him by his mother. It stares at him every day, a relentless reminder of the importance ...

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The final high school competition of 2020 was played between the McMinnville girls basketball team and Sheldon High School in an empty Chiles Center.

2020 Sports in Review

Local sports hampered by pandemic, Governor’s orders Coronavirus concerns and subsequent decisions by Oregon lawmakers and health officials directly affected Yamhill County athletics in 2020. Linfield ...

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Heroin user sentenced in building crash

A Corvallis man was under the influence of heroin when he drove into and heavily damaged Newberg’s ETS Laboratories building in early August, Circuit Court Judge Ladd Wiles said. Landre Andrews, ...

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Brandon Bruckner and Adrian Wilson lift the Class 3A state baseball championship following Willamina’s 14-9, 11th-inning triumph over Westside Christian.

Yamhill County's Greatest Games: Bulldog brotherhood captures 2009 state baseball title

In 2009, a brotherhood of Bulldogs orchestrated one of the most unexpected state baseball championships in Oregon’s history. According to head coach Cliff Toney, it’s categorized as ...

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Linfield co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Brett Elliott, featured today as a Wildcat coach and in 2004 as a Linfield QB with Kiki Sagosian (67) protecting him during a game against Whitworth in the Linfield Championship Season. Game photo by Ryan Gardner/Mid-Valley Sports, courtesy Linfield Sports Information.

The gift of a lifetime: ‘One Goal’ Wildcats claim 2004 national championship

Four years of demoralizing playoff losses — games in which supremely talented Linfield football teams lost rather than being beaten. From their frustration, in the spring of 2004, a group ...

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Linfield freshman pitcher Grant Knox shows off his delivery during a fall scrimmage. Knox and the ‘Cats’ baseball team will play a condensed season in 2021.

The wait is over: Linfield sports to resume after Jan. 1

Following a lengthy coronavirus-related layoff, Linfield athletics will return in 2021. The Division III Northwest Conference Presidents’ Council decided to resume all league competition and championships ...

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Former McMinnville Grizzly running back Spencer Payne, seen here in Linfield’s first-round 2015 playoff game against Whitworth, could never get untracked against St. Thomas in the national semifinals.

'There can be only one': Penultimate contests create thrills and anguish for ‘Cat football

“There can be only one” – the tagline from the 1980s cult film Highlander could well be the motto for the NCAA Division III playoffs. Only one team finishes the season with a ...

OSAA adjusts 2021 sports schedule, practices begin February 8

The COVID-19 pandemic continues demolish plans for the local high school sports seasons, as announced Monday by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA). As a result of increased coronavirus ...

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A pensive Tom Knecht during the second half of the 2015 second-round playoff contest against Courtland and Knecht in action against Courtland. He started the contest against UMHB and led the ‘Cats to a thrilling come-from-behind 38-35 win to send them to the semifinals.

An unlikely hero: Backup QB Knecht powers ‘Cats to 2015 victory over UMHB

Character counts! Sometimes integrity is all that keeps a team going. Even after your team has survived the first two rounds of the NCAA DIII playoffs, the slog to the championship game requires ...

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Jordan Giza (34) brings back an interception against Whitworth during a conference game in 2014. Giza’s interception and 35-yard return late in the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor game later in a playoff contest in Belton, Texas, sealed a 31-28 victory for Linfield. Blocking for Giza on the return is John Carroll (13).

Thanksgiving week: Turkey, dressing and Linfield football

During the final week in November, it’s normally about turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and, of course, pie unless you’ve won your first-round playoff game, then the spotlight ...

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