Marcus Larson/News-Register##McMinnville High School swim coaches Jason Hafner and Murilo Martins go over the game plan with members of the girls team, moments before the start of a race at the 2020 state

Coaching Conversations: Jason Hafner teaches the value of hard word, dedication

Over 20 district titles. A dozen combined individual and relay state championships. Since 1999, Jason Hafner has proven himself one of McMinnville High School’s most accomplished head coaches. ...

Dayton opens head football position, former coach Todd Shirley asked to re-apply

Dayton High School has begun searching for a new head football coach. Last year’s head coach, Todd Shirley, was told by the Dayton administration they were opening the position, and he was welcome ...

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Junior Rodeo athlete Cooper Cano readies himself for an event at the State Finals at the Crook County Fairgrounds in Prineville, June 8-11.

Fires, broken bones and COVID-19: Local rodeo family finds a way

Life on the rodeo tour is always demanding. Families face rigorous schedules, physical wear and expensive travel and boarding – all daunting challenges of their favorite sport and pastime. The ...

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McMinnville High School alum and Whitman College cross country runner Whitney Rich races to the finish line during the Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships held last November in Louisville, Kentucky.

Rich helps bring distance track program to Whitman

McMinnville High School alum Whitney Rich achieved an impressive volume of success during her running career at Whitman College. During her senior season, she earned both the Northwest Conference Runner ...

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Megan Sandmann rides past her cheering mother, Margaret Murphy and her sister, Shannon Murphy, near the intersection of Webfoot and Palmer Creek Road during her 112-mile bike ride as part of Saturday’s personal challenge Ironman race.

Megan Sandmann completes triathlon in Dayton

DAYTON – When tackling an obstacle as formidable as the Ironman Triathlon, athletes often arrive equipped with a hefty dose of motivation. As she trained for last Saturday’s personal ...

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Grand Canyon University and McMinnville High School alum Kade Mechals was recently drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball Draft.

Heading to the South Side

With the 112th pick in the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft, the Chicago White Sox select . . . . . . Kade Mechals! After his tremendous journey led him through McMinnville High School and three ...

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Kade Mechals pitches for Grand Canyon University, where he earned All-America status as a senior. The Mac alum also was named Male Athlete of the Year for the Antelopes.

Mac High alum Kade Mechals drafted by White Sox

McMinnville High School alum Kade Mechals, who pitched for the Grizzlies in 2016, was selected Thursday night by the Chicago White Sox in the fourth round of the Major League Baseball draft. Picked 112th ...

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The “One Moore” storage container on the east side of Linfield College’s campus reminds local residents and students of Parker Moore’s legacy at the Division III school.

Parker Moore’s legacy inspires current and past football players

Parker Moore’s spirit of leadership endures at Linfield College. The former football player was murdered during a late-night trip to 7-Eleven nearly six years ago, but his legacy at the McMinnville ...

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Linfield quarterback Wyatt Smith throws a touchdown pass during the Wildcats’ 2019 season. Smith, a junior, was recently selected for the Ad Rutschman Award, given to the top small college student-athlete in Oregon.

Smith named Ad Rutschman Award winner

Wyatt Smith joined an impressive list of former Wildcat football players Friday during the 68th annual Oregon Sports Awards. The junior quarterback and son of head coach, Joseph Smith, was named ...

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The McMinnville Aquatic Center, seen here, has been without swimmers since March due to the state’s coronavirus regulations.

Mac swim coach urges state to reopen pools

Local swimmers feel left out. Phase One of Oregon’s reopening of the economy included restaurants and bars, personal services, gyms and malls. And yet, public swimming pools didn’t ...

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Walnut City Lanes, the home of both senior bowling leagues in McMinnville, is currently closed due to the state’s coronavirus response. A timetable for the return of bowling to Mac and for its senior citizens hasn’t been determined.

Senior bowlers feel lost without favorite pastime

Wanda Nelson grows tired of feeling cooped up. The 90-year old secretary of the Senior Citizens Bowling League can’t wait for her favorite pastime to re-enter her weekly schedule. A longtime ...

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McMinnville junior forward Kylee Arzner attempts a lay-in during the state girls basketball tournament. Arzner earned a second straight all-state honorable mention after averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game.

All-state girls basketball: Arzner, five others recognized

Six local high school girls basketball players were honored with all-state recognition by Oregon head coaches. McMinnville’s Kylee Arzner, Willamina’s Kaya McLean, Kira Rankin and Piper Shrabel, ...

OSAA offers guidelines for Phase One of school athletic activities

The Oregon School Activities Association’s Executive Board continues searching for solutions to the state’s absence of sports. Wednesday morning, the Executive Board met in a closed work session ...

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Jeremy Hurl runs down Southeast Evans Street, coming to the corner of Holly Way, the last street he completed in the city of McMinnville. Since March, Hurl has set out to run every street in Yamhill County using an application on his phone, which tracks his progress.

Hurl conquers Yamhill County one street at a time

Jeremy Hurl has a mission. In March, the McMinnville resident and Mac Track cross country coach found himself experiencing a rare dissatisfaction with his favorite sport. “I was at a point ...

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Schools vary when compensating spring coaches

When the COVID-19 crisis led to a swath of spring sports cancellations, local athletic administrations were placed in a unique situation. In the initial days of sport-related fallout, athletic ...

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