Sports Briefs

‘Signing day’ set for WOU athletics

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University Athletic Department is encouraging fans to take part in the school’s first ever “signing day” on Thursday.

Supporters, alumni and fans will have the chance to sign a “national letter of intent” to join the WOU Wolves Club. By signing the letter, the “recruit” is committing to join the Wolves Club at some level of giving and support WOU athletics. Each new member can designate a sport for their pledge or leave it unrestricted.

There will be hors d’oeuvres and beverages available. Various coaches will be on hand to preview their upcoming seasons in the Willamette Room from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information: Michael Feuling, 503-838-8449; online at

HERricane softball tryouts nearing

POLK COUNTY — Tryouts for the 2014-15 West Valley HERricanes girls 12-and-under softball team will take place Sunday and Monday.

Tryouts are scheduled Sunday at the Lyle Elementary School softball complex in Dallas and Monday at Central High School’s varsity softball field. Pitchers and catchers meet from 5 to 5:50 p.m., with all other player positions attending from 6 to 8 p.m.

Players are asked to arrive early to sign in and warm up.

To RSVP or for more information: Coach James Cole via email to

ODFW offering family workshop

PEDEE — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering families an opportunity to try muzzleloading, archery, fly fishing, trap shooting and a pheasant hunt at the Family Fish, Hunt, Explore workshop Aug. 30-31.

The event, co-hosted by the Owen Denny Chapter of Pheasants Forever, will take place at the Luckiamute Valley Pheasants private game preserve near Pedee.

The workshop includes a safety briefing and practice trap shooting on Saturday morning. The afternoon will see one group pheasant hunt with a volunteer hunting guide, while the other group takes part in archery, muzzleloading and fly fishing. The groups switch for the Sunday morning session.

Cost is $62 per adult and $22 per child ages 9-17. Participants need hunting licenses, upland game bird validation and harvest information program.

For more information: Mark Newell, 503-947-6018; Janice Copple, 503-947-6019.

WOU football picked to finish third

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University football team was selected to finish third in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in the 2014 preseason coaches’ poll.

The Wolves received one first-place vote. Defending champion Azusa Pacific received the other six first-place votes and was picked to repeat as conference champions. Central Washington was selected to finish second.

Western Oregon has been ranked third in the preseason conference poll for three straight seasons.

The Wolves open the 2014 campaign at Portland State at 7:15 p.m. on Sept. 6.

For more information:

DHS alumni signs letter of intent

DALLAS — Dallas High alumni Josh Havig signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Missouri Science & Technology.

Havig, a left-handed pitcher, attended Chemeketa Community College and Southwestern Oregon Community College after graduating from Dallas High School in 2012.

Missouri Science & Technology went 20-29 overall and 14-21 in Great Lakes Valley Conference play during the 2014 season.

The Miners’ pitching staff had a combined earned run average of 4.51.


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