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Polk County Local Sports Briefs

Dallas earns MWV honors; Local sports teams shine academically; Cross Creek holds meeting; Central High spring sports session set; WOU women earn honors

Dallas duo earns all-MWC honors

DALLAS -- The best regular season in more than a decade by the Dallas High boys basketball program came to an end with two members of the 2011-12 squad being named to the Mid-Willamette Conference all-league team.

Landon Hattan, a senior point guard, earned first-team recognition in a recent vote of conference coaches. Teammate Brady McKinley, a senior post, was named to the all-league second team.

Zach Gengler, a junior from Silverton, was named MWC player of the year, Keith Johnson of league-champion Corvallis was selected defensive player of the year, and Darren Shryock of Silverton was chosen coach of the year.

Two Dragons are tabbed all-league

DALLAS -- Two members of the Dallas High girls basketball team have been named to the 2011-12 Mid-Willamette Conference all-league squad.

Blair Harris, a senior guard, and Jessica Mitchell, a junior post, each received honorable mention recognition in a recent vote of MWC coaches.

Samantha Siegner of league-champion West Albany was named MWC player of the year, Lauren Conser of West Albany was selected defensive player of the year, and Mardy Benedict of Lebanon was chosen coach of the year.

Polk athletes make the grade

POLK COUNTY -- Several of Polk County's winter high school sports teams have not only been making their marks on the courts, mats and in the pool. They've been excelling in the classroom as well.

The Oregon School Activities Association and Dairy Farmers of Oregon last week announced its Winter 2012 Academic All-State top-10 teams. Polk County was well represented on the list.

Leading the way was the Central girls basketball team, which ranked first among all Class 4A schools with a team grade-point average of 3.85.

Central's girls swimming team was ranked first among 4A-3A-2A-1A schools with a 3.82 GPA, and the Panthers boys swimming team was ranked tied for second with a 3.66 GPA. The Central boys basketball team was ranked in a tie for sixth at the 4A level with a 3.52 GPA.

The Dallas cheerleading team came in ninth among 5A squads with a GPA of 3.34 and was ranked ninth.

Cross Creek Club holds meeting

RICKREALL -- Cross Creek Men's Club will have its annual meeting and dinner at Eola Hills Winery in Rickreall on Tuesday.

Social hour and registration begins at 5 p.m., dinner and general membership meeting at 6 p.m. All past members and any prospective new members are welcome to attend.

Cost for dinner is $15, $10 for club members. Reservations for the dinner are required and must be made by Friday.

Membership dues for Cross Creek Men's Club for the 2012 season are $50 for full member and $20 for associate membership.

For reservations or more information: Cross Creek Golf Course Pro Shop, 503-623-6666.

Central spring sports session set

Central High spring sports session set

INDEPENDENCE -- Central High School's athletics department will hold a spring sports meeting for parents and teams Tuesday at 7 p.m.

A group meeting takes place in the Old Gym (Alumni Court) and will last for about 30 minutes, then sport-specific meetings will follow. For more information: 503-838-0480.

WOU women earn academic honors

Western Oregon women's basketball players recognized

MONMOUTH -- Rylee Peterson, Jade Haas and Melissa Fowler of the Western Oregon women's basketball team have been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Academic all-conference team.

Peterson not only leads the Wolves in scoring (15.7) and rebounding (6.7), she is also the team leader in grade-point average with a 3.63 GPA as an exercise science major.

Haas has a 3.3 GPA as a pre-pharmacy major and is averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. She also is leading the team with 57 steals and is second with a .476 shooting percentage.

Fowler ranks third on the team with 8.2 points per game. She has a 3.26 GPA as a biology major.

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