SPORTS BRIEFS: Pop Warner football signups set to begin

GNAC adds new school for football; Dallas Booster Club seeks new member; Central teams earn academic honors.

Sign-ups for youth football to begin

DALLAS -- Online registration opens Monday for the 2013 Dallas Pop Warner Association youth football season.

The Dallas Pop Warner Association, part of Mid Valley Pop Warner, is available to youths ages 5 to 14. Registration fee is $120 or $190, depending on the age and weight division.

An information meeting is scheduled May 2 at 7 p.m. at LaCreole Middle School in Dallas. In-person registration sessions are planned May 7 and May 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. at LaCreole.

To register or for more information:

GNAC adds new school for football

PORTLAND -- The Great Northwest Athletic Conference has approved the addition of South Dakota School of Mines as an affiliate member in the sport of football for the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Located in Rapid City, S.D., South Dakota Mines will be the seventh football-playing member of the GNAC, joining Western Oregon, Central Washington, Simon Fraser, Dixie State, Humboldt State and Azusa Pacific.

"The Great Northwest Athletic Conference is excited to add South Dakota School of Mines as an affiliate member in football," GNAC Commissioner Dave Haglund said. "We believe this strengthens not only football in our conference, but it also enhances NCAA Division II football in the West."

Each of the seven institutions will play a six-game, single-round robin conference schedule. In addition, the six current members will also play three nonconference games against three of the other current GNAC teams.

While South Dakota Mines will be new to the GNAC, the GNAC won't be new to second-year Hardrocker head football coach Stacy Collins. Collins played linebacker for four seasons at Western Oregon (1993-97) and later coached at his alma mater (1998-02) and at Western Washington (2003-04) and Central Washington (2008-10).

Boosters are seeking board members

DALLAS -- The Dallas High School Booster Club is seeking individuals interested in running for a spot on the club's board.

The organization is looking for several new members to join. Elections will take place at the booster club's next meeting, scheduled Monday at 7 p.m. in the Dallas High School library, 1250 SE Holman Ave.

For more information or to place your name on the ballot: email to; contact current board members Mike Kibbey, Michelle Nelson, Suzie Collins, Janet Brunner, Greg Locke, Betty August, Kristi Tichenor, Vicki May, Tony Broadus or Tim Larson.

Central teams earn academic honor

INDEPENDENCE -- Two Central High School winter sports teams not only made their marks on the courts and in the pool, they excelled in the classroom as well.

The Oregon School Activities Association and Dairy Farmers of Oregon recently announced its Winter 2012-13 Academic All-State top-10 teams. The Panthers were well represented on the list.

Leading the way was the Central girls basketball squad, which tied for fourth among all Class 4A schools in Oregon with a team grade-point average of 3.70.

Central's boys swimming team posted a 3.50 GPA, which was tied for fourth among all 4A-3A-2A-1A schools.

No other Polk County-based team was listed in the rankings.


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