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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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Sheridan relies heavily on running back Josh Rogers, pictured in a game against Dayton last season. Rogers rushed for over 1,000 yards last year, despite numerous injuries. He appears stronger and faster this season.

Sheridan football team increases expectations, looks for 2A success

SHERIDAN – Forget about the Spartans’ 2017 football success. Erase the memory of last season’s winning record. Ignore the personal accomplishments of elite running back Josh Rogers ...

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Hubba Hagerty, still aboard his mount, Turn Down, holds on for all he’s worth. He managed to stay aboard the bull for a qualifying ride with a score of 79 (out of 100 points). He scored 83 points on a second ride.

Eight seconds: Hubba Hagerty triumphs at Bullmania

Hubba Hagerty lives eight seconds at a time. The 20-year-old bull rider from Spokane Valley delighted local rodeo fans Wednesday evening at the Yamhill County Fair. Competing in Bullmania, Hagerty ...

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Valley Ram Odin Thorson stiff arms an Eastside defender on a breakaway attempt during Saturday’s state championships.

Undermanned Rams secure 2nd

PORTLAND – Second place in state? Absolutely impressive for the shorthanded Valley Rams boys’ rugby squad. Saturday, Valley defeated Eastside Mammoths 24-12 in their opening match, ...

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Zac Blake demonstrating his crossover dribble at Lytle Gymnasium on the Multnomah University campus.

Journey - Basketball gives Zac Blake new life

PORTLAND – Zac Blake’s arduous and unusual basketball journey is far from over. Currently a freshman guard for Multnomah University, Blake dribbled the scenic route on his path to ...

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