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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 ...

James Harden traded to Nets in blockbuster deal

By BRIAN MAHONEY and KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writers James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio featuring some of the NBA’s ...

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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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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 ...

Double the challenge at US Women’s Open on two golf courses

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Sports HOUSTON — Inbee Park tries to stick to a routine at the U.S. Women’s Open to make sure she’s not worn out before the tournament begins. A two-time ...

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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 ...

Marcus Larson/News-Register##Members of the McMinnville High School cross country team jog on Third Street wearing masks last month. School board members praised the students and their coaches for taking safety precautions as they return to practices. Other fall sports teams and those from winter and spring also are practicing skills and teamwork one or two afternoons a week.

OSAA modifies prep sports seasons as COVID-19 cases increase

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

Senior bowling scores

Bowling Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Senior Citizens League NOV 17 TEAM High game scratch: The No Names, 679. High series scratch: The No Names, 1904. MEN High game scratch: Roger Miller, 196; ...

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