Cook, Smith earn football AoY honors

While naming co-athletes of the year seems unusual, Keegan Cook of Willamina and Colton Smith of McMinnville displayed compelling reasons for their selection as the 2017 News-Register Football Athletes ...

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Dayton’s Chloe Cisneros shoots through contact in the Pirates’ SAC Holiday Tournament game against Cascade Christian Thursday at Livingstone Adventist Academy outside Salem. The Pirates won handily, 64-21.

Pirate defense leads way in bounce-back win

SALEM – Thursday’s night’s opening round of the SAC Holiday Tournament proved the perfect bounce back for the Dayton girls’ basketball team after its first loss of the season ...

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Dayton’s Tanner Lewis beats his defender to the basket in the Pirates’ game against Lakeview.

Lewis-led Dayton shoots down Honkers, 82-36

SALEM – Tanner Lewis’ ascendance to superstardom continues leading the Dayton boys’ basketball team on its undefeated quest for a state title defense. Case in point, the Pirates ...

Grizzlies trap Wolverines, corral easy 85-40 victory

It was no contest for McMinnville’s boys’ basketball team (6-2, 0-2 GVC) Thursday at The Furnace. The Grizzlies dispatched Reynolds (2-8, 0-0 Mt. Hood), 85-40, in a contest in which ...

SWEET REVENGE! Grizzlies hold on to fell Glencoe, 51-50

HILLSBORO – McMinnville’s girls’ basketball team (7-2, 1-1 GVC) earned sweet revenge with its 51-50 victory over Glencoe Thursday night at Century High School in the second round of the ...

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Brian Barnes demonstrates his pinning technique as he takes down an opponent during a league match.

Top 10: Barnes, Henry, Allen take state wrestling titles

No. 1 McMinnville’s Brian Barnes' perfect wrestling season earns our number one sports story of the year. Dayton’s Jared Henry and Willamina’s Chandler Allen also earned state titles ...

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Dayton players celebrate their OSAA Class 3A State Championship Game victory over De La Salle North Catholic  at the Pirate Palace in Coos Bay.

Top 10: Dayton defeats De La Salle for 3A boys’ basketball title

No. 2 Dayton’s fifth boys’ basketball state championship proved the perfect crown for Zach Bernards’ storied career. The Pirates led wire-to-wire to capture the 64-55 championship over ...

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Linfield defenders Jason Farlow and Jake Reimer team up to slam Whitworth quarterback Ian Kolste to the ground.

Top 10: Linfield tops NWC, reaches second round of playoffs

No. 3 What a season for Linfield’s football team! While winning the NWC title may seem as natural as rain in November, the only normal aspect of the season was Linfield doing what it does: win ...

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McMinnville’s football team charges off the field after its last second win over West Albany.

Top 10: Valley teams fall in first round of state playoffs

No. 4 McMinnville, Dayton, Amity, and Willamina all made forays into the state playoffs this year, but each team came up short in the first round. Nevertheless, they celebrate a successful season, and ...

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Dayton’s Owen McLoud navigates the course in the final of the Class 3A Boys 110-Meter Hurdles at the 2017 OSAA Track and Field State Championships.

Top 10: McLoud, Nelson earn track & field state titles

No. 5 Amity’s Jaycen Nelson and Dayton’s Owen McLoud reigned supreme over Class 3A competition in the boys’ high jump and 110m hurdles, respectively, as a result of their elite efforts ...

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Wyatt Smith shows his pitching form during a Grizzly baseball game. He also led the Grizzlies in three-point shooting, and finished his year as the starting Linfield QB.

Top 10: Wyatt Smith’s extraordinary athletic journey

No. 6 Wyatt Smith’s 2017 journey, began on the McMinnville High School basketball team, paused on the baseball diamond during the summer, and ended as the starting quarterback of the seventh-ranked ...

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Kalina Rojas of Dayton takes a free throw in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Pirate Palace in Coos Bay during the Pirates  OSAA Class 3A State Championship semifinal against Coquille on Friday, March 3.

Top 10: Dayton girls 2nd in b-ball, softball state championships

No. 7 A mere three months separated two agonizing title defeats for the Dayton girls’ basketball and softball programs. It’s hard to measure which loss hurt most, but we’ll start with ...

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Garret Sutton of McMinnville, right, and South Salem s Tyler Cook congratulate one another following the boys  100-yard freestyle in the final round of the Greater Valley Conference Championships held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.

Top 10: Garrett Sutton breaks 50, 100 freestyle records

No. 8 Garrett Sutton became the fastest high school freestyle swimmer this summer and fall. He broke the 100-meter freestyle McMinnville Swim Club record and set the all-time Grizzly high school record ...

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Retiring Linfield College athletic director Scott Carnahan, pictured at Roy Helser Field Tuesday, May 23.

Top 10: Linfield AD Carnahan retires; Killgore takes reins

No. 9 After more than a quarter century at the reins of Linfield College’s athletic department and two different stints as head baseball coach, Scott Carnahan’s retirement as athletic director ...

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Sumo wrestler Shawn Buller, pictured at Mondoco Dojo in McMinnville where he trains Wednesday, June 14

Top 10: Mac veteran finds new peace, purpose in Sumo

No. 10 Our top-ten sports stories conclude with an inspiring narrative from the world of Sumo wrestling. By his own admission, Shawn Buller returned agonized from a three-year tour of duty to the Middle ...

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