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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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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.

One step closer: Mac grad eyes pro baseball career

PHOENIX – Kade Mechals remains on the verge of a professional baseball career. The question is will his opportunity to join a big league club arrive via the upcoming MLB draft in July, or ...

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Kassidee Bates, a standout catcher for the McMinnville softball team, chose to continue her rodeo career at Southern Utah.

Bates calls an audible

Kassidee Bates called an audible. A longtime varsity starter at catcher for McMinnville High School’s softball team, Bates was long thought to be a lock for college softball. After earning ...

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Dayton’s Kody Fuller returns a kickoff during last year’s football game against rival Amity. Fuller recently signed his letter of intent to play collegiately at College of the Redwoods.

Four Dayton athletes sign letters of intent

DAYTON – Four Dayton High School student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their athletic careers at the college level. Pirate seniors Kody Fuller, Payton Garrison, Blake Larsen ...

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Linfield third baseman Chelsea Horita (55) celebrates with starting pitcher Shelby Saylors(26) during last year’s DIII Super Regional. Horita and her fellow seniors watched their season end abruptly due to coronavirus concerns, but the eight veterans have exciting plans for the future.

What next? Linfield softball players walk different paths

“I will come back.” Kelsey Wilkinson isn’t ready to conclude her Linfield softball career. The senior outfielder played parts of four seasons for the Wildcats, including 14 games ...

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McMinnville High School principal Amy Fast flashes the heart symbol to cars as they pass by Wortman Stadium on McDonald Lane last Friday. School officials turned on all athletic facility lights to celebrate the student-athletes of the graduating class of 2020. Administrations at Amity, Dayton, Sheridan, Willamina and Yamhill-Carlton have all shown support in a similar manner for athletes that lost their final seasons to COVID-19 concerns.

Showing Love for 2020 Student-Athletes

McMinnville High School principal Amy Fast flashes the heart symbol to cars as they pass by Wortman Stadium on McDonald Lane last Friday. School officials turned on all athletic facility lights to celebrate ...

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Dayton High School’s Jim Connelly Field won’t host any prep softball games this year as a result of the OSAA’s coronavirus-related cancellation of all spring sports and championships.

Field of (disrupted) dreams

DAYTON – Entering the spring sports season, Dave Fluke held the unenviable task of following legendary softball coach Rob Umbenhower as head coach of Dayton’s perennial state championship ...

Local athletic directors remain busy with unusual schedules

Randy Rorrer spent the majority of his career in the midst of the infamous Hurricane Alley – coaching and directing sports in Florida. During his time in the Sunshine State, Sheridan High ...

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Amity senior track and field athlete Benjamin Hayes practices his form at his family home. Benjamin s father, Randy, built a complete shot put pit for his son to train in, which has proved invaluable during the state s stay-at-home orders.

Making it work

During the past three years, Amity track and field star Benjamin Hayes faced an overwhelming amount of challenges. Benjamin, who is diabetic, often struggled gaining weight early in his career. ...

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