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Omlid commits

to Army for hoops

INDEPENDENCE -- Central High's Tanner Omlid verbally committed on Wednesday, Oct. 19, to playing basketball for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point next year.

Omlid, Central's celebrated point guard, was named to the Class 4A all-state boys basketball first team and was selected to the Oregon School Activities Association's 4A all-tournament first team last year. As a sophomore, he was chosen for the all-tournament second team.

Omlid averaged more than 21 points, 12 rebounds and five steals during the 2010-11 season.

Currently, Omlid is the quarterback for Central's unbeaten and No. 1-ranked football team.

Athletes excel

in the classroom

POLK COUNTY -- Several of Polk County's fall high school sports teams have not only been making their marks on the fields, courts and running trails. They're excelling in the classroom, as well.

The Oregon School Activities Association and Dairy Farmers of Oregon last week announced its Fall 2011 Academic All-State teams. Polk County was well represented on the list.

Leading the way was the Central High volleyball team, which ranked first among all Class 4A schools in Oregon with a team grade-point average of 3.88.

The Panthers' football team also performed well, ranking third among 4A schools with a 3.47 GPA.

Dallas High's volleyball team ranked in a tie for sixth among Class 5A schools with a 3.65 GPA. The Dragons' girls soccer team was tied for 10th among 5A schools with a 3.62 GPA, and the Dallas-Perrydale cooperative boys soccer team was listed 10th among the 5A ranks with a 3.30 GPA.

Among Class 1A schools, Perrydale's volleyball team was ranked seventh with a 3.69 GPA.

This is the 15th year that the OSAA and the Dairy Farmers of Oregon have teamed up to sponsor the Academic All-State Award.

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