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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, ...

Senior bowling scores

Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Senior Citizens League OCT 6 High game scratch: The No Names, 886. High series scratch: The No Names, 2030. MEN High game scratch: Larry Hartman, 210; Dick Munson, ...

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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 ...

Buckin’ to Texas Invite set

The fourth annual Buckin’ to Texas Invitational, formerly known as the Buckin’ to Vegas Invitational, produced by the mother-son duo of Kim Cooper and Cooper Cano is set to commence November ...

Senior bowling scores

Bowling Walnut City Lanes Mixed League Senior Citizens League SEP 29 TEAM High game scratch: The No Names, 622. High series scratch: The No Names, 1832. MEN High game scratch: Larry Hartman, 190; ...

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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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Blazing a trail to McMinnville

Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard announced Thursday his co-ownership of the McMinnville Toyota dealership. Lillard infused his style into the facility by overseeing the installation ...

Photo courtesy Maddie Rubalcava##Damiam Lillard outside the Toyota dealership he now co-owns in McMinnville.

NBA All-Star Damian Lillard buys share of Mac Toyota dealership

Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard announced Thursday his co-ownership of the McMinnville Toyota dealership. Lillard infused his style into the facility by overseeing the installation ...

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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 ...

Sports briefs

Provoking Hope holds annual golf tourney Provoking Hope is holding its fifth annual golf tournament September 26 at Michelbook Country Club in McMinnville. Provoking Hope provides a safe and supportive ...

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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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