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Colton Smith (3) and Kevin Sullivan (5) celebrate Smith’s 30-yard touchdown catch during the second quarter of Friday’s non-conference contest against Milwaukie at Wortman Stadium. Smith also returned an interception for a score against the Mustangs.

Grizzlies tame Mustangs 41-7 in season opener

Pick your poison, Pacific Conference football teams. Choose to double-team McMinnville wide receiver Colton Smith and watch fellow Grizzly wide out Parker Spence burn his man for a long touchdown. Play ...

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Noah Kepler dives into the end zone after making a terrific cut to score McMinnville s first touchdown of the second half, atoning for two first half fumbles in the Grizzlies  41-7 season opening win.

Mac football opens season with 41-7 victory over Milwaukie

McMinnville football fans couldn’t have asked for a better show during Friday’s season opener between the Grizzlies and Milwaukie Mustangs at Wortman Stadium. Behind a dangerous passing attack ...

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Linfield’s Big Three, who hope to lead the Wildcats to another conference title are (l-r) Chidibem Nnoli (6) at running back, Wyatt Smith (12), returning quarterback and McMinnville High alum, and pre-season All-American left tackle Dakota Smith (75).

'Cats on the prowl

Linfield football simply bristles with offensive weapons entering the 2018 season. Stable of reliable running backs led by all-conference rusher Chidubem Nnoli? Check. Veteran-laden wide receiving core ...

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Amity players led by Madison Vrell (18) celebrate a point against the Spartans.

Vrell leads Warriors over Spartans in season opener

SHERIDAN – Amity’s volleyball squad doesn’t feature an imposing front line of massive hitters and blockers, but the Warriors find success with athleticism and defense. Junior ...

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Kerby Hartzell sheds a defender on his way to a touchdown against Corvallis Friday at the Jamboree held in McMinnville.

Football is back! Mac impressive at jamboree

Football season is officially upon us. McMinnville’s Class 6A football team kicked off its preseason last Friday. Hosting 5A programs Forest Grove and Corvallis for a jamboree, the Grizzlies ...

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Last year’s all-league Willamina running back Nick Colton will shift to the wide receiver position this season. Colton’s athleticism and route running should help first-year starting quarterback Kaleb Reid in the Bulldog offense.

‘Dogs desire new success

WILLAMINA – Willamina head football coach Dan Oswald doesn’t want his returning veterans forgetting their massive contributions during last season’s playoff push. While the Bulldogs ...

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McMinnville volleyball players (l-r) Aryc Kloninger, Bella Espinoza and Jaime McCullough are extremely excited for the upcoming season. While the team will be young at various positions, the three veterans believe the team will exceed expectations in the Pacific Conference.

Unrivaled enthusiasm: Youthful Grizzly volleyball team excited for season

Youth is often a dangerous word in high school athletics. An overabundance of young players signals either a rebuilding team or one lacking numbers. Very few squads achieve consistent success when ...

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Dayton’s core offensive players include (l-r) Ember Williams, Melina Alvarez, Teresa Avalos and Adriana Garcia. The four boast exceptional skills on the attack, whether with possession or with off-ball movement. Head coach Pat Myer calls this season’s offensive unit one of the best he’s managed.

Dayton girls’ soccer brimming with offensive potential, depth

DAYTON – “Las Tres Amigas” are prepared to lead the Dayton Pirates’ girls’ soccer team to unparalleled success this season. The three attacking players, Adriana Garcia, ...

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McMinnville’s talented trio of girls’ soccer players are (l-r) Tori Fox, Hannah Galan and Gretchen Sorenson. All three are expected to boost the Grizzly offensive attack this season.

Fresh mentality, bright outlook

Resiliency. Great teams boast it, good teams eventually find it and average teams can always use more of it. This season the McMinnville girls’ soccer team seeks its resiliency. Players ...

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McMinnville boys’ soccer players Diego Gil and Sergio Olmedo have taken on leadership roles this season. The pair want to eliminate the lack of urgency from last year’s team to go further in the playoffs this season.

Grizzly boys’ soccer hits restart with new coach, vocal leaders

During the offseason, McMinnville’s boys’ soccer program underwent sweeping changes. New head coach Jose Milian replaced longtime manager Jory Shene. Sixteen varsity Grizzly athletes ...

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McMinnville’s boys’ cross country team is led by five dedicated runners - (l-r) Aiden Blackburn, Kylar Johnson, Zane Fodge, Marcus Graham and David Chupp.

Fast Five

Call them the Fast Five. McMinnville’s boys’ cross country team boasts a quintet of veteran athletes led by state runner-up Zane Fodge. Marcus Graham, David Chupp, Kylar Johnson and ...

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Dayton offensive guards Noah White and Kyle Cool add athleticism and leadership to the Pirates’ team. Both players remain crucial to Dayton’s league title chances.

Guards White, Cool anchor Dayton’s district title hopes

DAYTON – Leadership remains an essential quality for any high school football team to succeed. Coaches cherish proven veterans, whom they trust to execute on-field adjustments and direct ...

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Grizzly senior quarterback Sam DuPuis is expected to take his game to the next level and lead McMinnville to a winning season.

All eyes on DuPuis

Only a few weeks from the start of his final season, McMinnville senior quarterback Sam DuPuis exudes confidence. Maintaining perspective, DuPuis appears ready to lead the Grizzlies against competitive ...

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Amity football players (l-r) West Streeter, Brian Hatch and Tyler Parr fly through an agility drill during Tuesday’s training camp. All three players are crucial to the flow of the Warrior offense.

Bigger, stronger, faster

AMITY – For the Amity Warriors’ football program, continuity remains crucial. Here’s a brief rundown of the various statistical leaders returning to the Amity gridiron this season: ...

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Will Tester, winner of the eight-cylinder class at the Demo Derby, gets ready to make a pass at another driver while two smoking hulks of cars are out of action.

Scraping metal: Will Tester conquers Demo Derby

Will Tester waited two decades for his first Demolition Derby victory. Fittingly, it finally arrived Saturday evening in his McMinnville hometown at the Yamhill County Fair. “It feels freaking ...

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