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McMinnville’s Silas Sumner pumps his fist after scoring a point in his close singles match last Thursday against Newberg.

Waiting his turn: Mac’s Silas Sumner eager to prove worth for tennis team

For the past four years, McMinnville’s Silas Sumner trained diligently and waited for his opportunity to shine on the tennis court. Caught in a numbers game as a freshman and sophomore, Sumner ...

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The emcee of the St. James School crab feed fundraiser Luke Wildhaber holds the microphone while guest speaker Ad Rutschman talks about his keys for success in athletics.

‘Be the best you’: Coaches Rutschman and Casey speak at St. James benefit

Coaching legends Ad Rutschman and Pat Casey shared their formulas for success in athletics and life to a packed house during Saturday’s crab feed and wine dinner benefiting St. James School. Rutschman ...

Softball roundup: Bekofsky shuts down Newberg, 2-0

McMinnville 2, Newberg 0 NEWBERG – Mackenzie Bekofsky stepped to pitch a one-hitter during one of McMinnville softball’s greatest tests of the season last Friday at seventh-ranked Newberg. ...

Baseball recap: Amity edges Dayton

Amity 2, Dayton 1 AMITY – Mitchell Melton’s sixth-inning groundout pushed across Amity’s winning run during Friday’s 2-1 triumph over rival Dayton. Melton put the ball in play ...

Sports briefs

Linfield women’s tennis nabs Coach of the Year, all-NWC honors Second-year women’s tennis head coach Ella Riddle Maliska earned the Division III Northwest Conference’s Coach of the Year ...

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Sheridan head softball coach Carrie Nielsen celebrates with her daughter, Addison, after the freshman hit a fourth-inning triple during Tuesday’s 14-4 home win over Central Linn.

BACK IN ACTION

SHERIDAN – For the past three weeks, Sheridan’s softball team patiently waited in athletic purgatory. Since April 7, the Spartans have practiced . . . and practiced . . . and practiced ...

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McMinnville’s Sam Beyer tees off during Monday’s home match at Michelbook Country Club. Beyer shot a career-best 83 to lead the boys’ team to a fifth-place result.

Mac golfers card season-bests at home tournament

Granted their best weather of the year, McMinnville’s boys and girls golf teams showed their prowess at this week’s home tournament at Michelbook Country Club. Senior Sam Beyer played comfortably ...

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Linfield University head baseball coach Dan Spencer was named Coach of the Year by the Division III Northwest Conference. The Wildcats were co-Northwest Conference champions with Pacific University after finishing with a 14-10 record.

Spencer, Vaughan nab NWC Coach of the Year honors

Linfield’s baseball and softball programs are clearly in good hands. Baseball’s Dan Spencer and softball’s Jackson Vaughan swept the Northwest Conference’s Coach of the Year awards. Spencer, ...

Baseball recap: Mac wins 9th straight; Tigers blow out Hawks

McMinnville 11, Liberty 0; McMinnville 18, Liberty 1 HILLSBORO – The Grizzlies extended their season-high winning streak to nine games with a pair of victories over Liberty this week during Pacific ...

Softball roundup: Pirates down Loggers

Dayton 6, Scio 5 DAYTON – The Pirates scored three runs in the first and second innings of Wednesday’s home contest against fifth-ranked Scio, leading to a 6-5 victory for Dayton. Brin Shilhanek ...

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Linfield’s Claire Seats pumps her fist as she rounds third base after hitting a three-run walk-off home run in Saturday’s exciting NWC tournament game against rival George Fox. The Wildcats went on to capture the championship with a 4-3 victory over PLU on Sunday.

WALK IT OFF, ‘CATS!

Clutch hitting and power pitching lifted the Linfield softball team to its eighth Northwest Conference Tournament Championship in the past 11 seasons. Last weekend, the Wildcats hosted Whitworth, ...

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McMinnville varsity tennis player Quincy Reuter, pictured during the team’s match against Liberty last month, competed in singles and doubles last week against Liberty, Glencoe, Tualatin and Sprague.

Grizzlies capture wins over four opponents

The McMinnville boys tennis team captured four wins last week, defeating Liberty, Glencoe, Tualatin and Sprague during Pacific Conference and non-league tilts. The Grizzlies swept the Falcons (9-0) and ...

Valley Panthers beat Chinook, 43-21

With a 43-21 victory over the Chinook Lady Pack last Saturday, the Valley Panthers Rugby Club remains undefeated in the Spring 15s. Merary Ulloa led Valley in scoring against Chinook. She recorded two ...

Baseball roundup: Mac edges Glencoe, 5-4; Preston blasts grand slam for Y-C

McMinnville 5, Glencoe 4 HILLSBORO – An early 4-1 lead held up for the McMinnville baseball team during Friday’s 5-4 victory at Glencoe. The Grizzlies scored one run in the first, three runs ...

Softball recap: ‘Dogs win 1st league game

Willamina 6, Clatskanie 4; Clatskanie 10, Willamina 9 CLATSKANIE – Willamina softball notched its first league win of the season Saturday, splitting a doubleheader at Clatskanie. The Bulldogs claimed ...