The first two games in Mid-Willamette Conference play revealed a stark reality for Dallas’ boys basketball team.
When freshman Hans Garrison joined Dallas’ swim team, it was a moment he had waited years for.
The 2016-17 season was an up-and-down ride for Central’s girls basketball team.
DALLAS — Dallas’ wrestling program has a history of excellence, and so far, the Dragons have lived up to that history.
INDEPENDENCE — In each of the past two seasons, Central’s boys basketball team took a 4-5 record into league play — leaving players looking for a breakthrough. “We’ve been that team that’s .500 and trying to get that big win,” coach Tim Kreta said.
PERRYDALE — Prior to the start of the boys basketball season, coach Brian Domes wasn’t sure how his team would shape up.
MONMOUTH — Basketball has always held the key to Demetrius Trammell’s future. “It was my way into college,” Trammell said. “I remember my dad telling me if I wanted to go, I needed a scholarship.”
INDEPENDENCE — Prior to the start of the girls basketball season, Central junior Mariah Hyre decided to shave her head.
For lifelong friends Nicole Turner and Kymmie Mills, 2017 was time to cheese it up. Turner and Mills are co-owners of The Speak Cheezy food truck.
When Tina Paul retired as manager of Dallas Aquatic Center on Nov. 30, she knew it was the right time.
INDEPENDENCE — If there’s one thing that has driven Trent Nash throughout his life it’s this: He’s not going to back away from a challenge.
PERRYDALE — When Abigail Bibler was called into the school main office two months ago, she was more confused than anything else.
DALLAS — There’s something thrilling about senior Jordan Dippel when she steps onto a basketball court for Dallas’ girls basketball team.
HILLSBORO — Dallas’ wrestling team won the Liberty Invitational on Saturday. Cael Morrison (106 pounds), Hayden Millard (113), Treve Earhart (182), and Ashton Brecht (285) finished first to lead the Dragons.
INDEPENDENCE — With a rare chance to compete at home, Central’s wrestling team looked forward to entertaining fans on Friday.
FALLS CITY — Falls City’s boys basketball team is in search of its identity. “It’s been a little more of a learning curve than I first expected,” coach Micke Kidd said.
PERRYDALE — Girls basketball coach Terry Newton has a new name for the Pirates. “We’re not Perrydale, we’re Pressdale,” he said.
DUFUR — Down by nine with 2 minutes, 25 seconds left in the game on Saturday, Perrydale boys basketball coach Brian Domes thought the Pirates were about to go home with a sour taste in their mouths.
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INDEPENDENCE — When Lexy Barba was a freshman on Central’s girls basketball team, she was hesitant to score.
MONMOUTH — From the moment he finished his senior season at Western Oregon in 2016, Devon Alexander has had his sight set on playing professional basketball — no matter where in the world it would take him.
DALLAS — Dallas’ boys basketball coach Trent Schwartz had one message for his players: It’s time to get tough.
INDEPENDENCE – Central High School’s athletic department announced the hiring of three new coaches for spring sports.
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MONMOUTH — Basketball is more than a hobby in the Triano family. It’s a way of life.
MONMOUTH — The Walkers have been a part of the Western Oregon community for decades.
If there was one thing Brendon Gallant was sure would happen in his life it was owning a bicycle shop.
DALLAS — When Dallas High School began its search for a new girls basketball coach, Tim Ehlers was ready to take his shot.
MONMOUTH — During Holli Howard-Carpenter’s tenure as head coach of Western Oregon University’s women’s basketball team, the Wolves have struggled to find success in the win column.
HILLSBORO — Falls City’s football team’s ride in the state playoffs came to an end on Saturday.
Abraham dedicates season to his hero
INDEPENDENCE — When Central senior Isaiah Abraham scored the game-winning touchdown against Glencoe, he raised a finger to the sky.
MONMOUTH — When senior Tanner Omlid arrived at Western Oregon University two years ago, the men’s basketball team was about to embark on its historic run to the Final Four.
HILLSBORO -- Falls City's football team's run in the 1A state playoffs came to an end on Saturday. No. 2 Dufur defeated the sixth-seeded Mountaineers 58-28 in the semifinals at Liberty High School.
DALLAS — Among the words used to describe Emma Classen, loud isn’t one you’re likely to hear often.
ROSEBURG — There was something different about Falls City’s football team. Something that players recognized from the first day of practice.
All-Region Volleyball Team
MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s women’s basketball team’s 81-70 victory over Dixie State on Saturday during the WOU/Hampton Inn D2 Shootout may not go down as the team’s highlight of the year.
HILLSBORO — Dallas’ volleyball team’s magical ride ended in the quarterfinals of the 5A state tournament at Liberty High School.
EUGENE — For the first time in more than three decades, Dallas’ boys cross-country team approached the starting line at the OSAA 5A state cross-country championships on Saturday at Lane Community College.
Ribich wins individual title, men’s team places third
MONMOUTH — From the moment the season began, Western Oregon University’s men’s cross-country team had this race circled.
INDEPENDENCE — It wasn’t the ending anyone on Central’s boys soccer team was expecting.
FALLS CITY — The Mountaineers aren’t done climbing yet.
FALLS CITY — Falls City football coach Laric Cook had been waiting for his players to put it all together.
JOSEPH — Perrydale’s volleyball team saw its season come to a close on Saturday. The Pirates lost to Joseph 25-20, 25-15, 21-25, 25-15 in the second round of the 1A state playoffs.
EUGENE — On paper, Dallas’ volleyball team isn’t supposed to be here. Just don’t tell that to the Dragons.
INDEPENDENCE — After the high of clinching a share of the Mid-Willamette Conference title, Central’s boys soccer team suffered a letdown, falling to Woodburn 2-1 on Oct. 24.
BEND — Facing the top seed in the state, Central’s volleyball team lost to Summit 25-19, 25-16, 25-20 in the first round of the OSAA Class 5A state playoffs on Saturday.
On paper, Central’s boys and girls cross-country teams have a difficult challenge ahead of them to finish in the top three and qualify for state at the Mid-Willamette Conference district meet Thursday at Willamette Mission State Park in Gervais.
Perrydale’s volleyball team will host Damascus Christian Wednesday (today) at 6 p.m. in the first round of the 1A state playoffs.
Winning a league title isn’t just something Central’s boys soccer team wanted to do. It was something it needed to do.