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Central High to host football camp

Central High to host football camp

INDEPENDENCE — Central High will host a non-contact football camp Aug. 11-14.

The camp is open to third-through-eighth graders and will be at the high school. The camp is scheduled to run daily from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Cost is $20 per camper. Registration will take place on-site on the first day of camp.

For more information: Shane Hedrick,

ODFW offering women’s workshop

MONMOUTH — Women can come learn the art of archery and trap shooting at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area south of Monmouth on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting a workshop for females age 18 and older. The event is aimed at beginners who may have no previous experience with shooting a shotgun or a bow, though intermediate shooters are also welcome.

ODFW provides all necessary equipment for workshop participants, including bows, arrows, arm guards, targets, shotguns, ammunitions, clay targets, and eye and ear protection. Safety is a top concern, and each class begins with a safety talk.

The cost of the workshop is $52 and includes lunch. Preregistration is required and can be done online at

For more information: Mark Newell, ODFW outdoor skills coordinator, 503-947-6018; email to

ODFW pond closed for improvements

MONMOUTH — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife last week closed the E.E. Wilson Pond between Monmouth and Corvallis to fishing through the remainder of the year.

The closure is necessary to allow for workers to deepen the pond, which will provide improved fishing conditions. The pond is due to open next year.

“Making the pond deeper and getting rid of some of the aquatic vegetation will lower the water temperatures, which help the fish,” said Elise Kelley, ODFW district biologist in Corvallis.

The resident populations of trout, bass, crappie and bluegill will be removed and held at another facility until E.E. Wilson Pond is refilled next winter, Kelley said. The pond is typically open from Feb. 1 through Sept. 30, and Kelley expects the improvements to be made in time to return to that schedule in 2015.

The pond is located in the E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area next to Highway 99W at 29555 Camp Adair Road, Monmouth.

Sign-ups for coed kickball begin

INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence YMCA is accepting sign-ups for a coed adult kickball league now through Oct. 6.

Games will begin on Oct. 11 and run on Sundays through Nov. 8. There will be a mandatory meeting for all teams on Oct. 6.

Teams must have eight to 10 players. Cost is $200 per team and includes jerseys.

Online registration is available at

For more information: YMCA, 503-838-4042; or visit 301 S. Main St., Independence.

WOU football players named to list

MONMOUTH — The Beyond Sports Network named four Western Oregon University football players to its Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference team on July 9.

Quarterback Ryan Bergman, wide receiver Tyrell Williams, defensive lineman Kraig Akins and linebacker Shane Kuenzi received the preseason honors.

Bergman was second in total yards in the conference in 2013, averaging 288.2 yards per game. Bergman is joined on the preseason all-conference offensive team by Williams, who was selected first team All-GNAC last season. Williams caught 49 passes for 849 yards.

On defense, Akins was named the GNAC’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2013. He finished the season as the conference leader in tackles for loss with 16 and tied for the lead in forced fumbles with four. Akins also ranked second in sacks (eight). Kuenzi recorded 105 tackles en route to earning a first team All-GNAC selection in 2013.

Western Oregon finished 7-4 overall in 2013.

DHS booster club seeks volunteers

DALLAS — The Dallas High School Booster Club is seeking volunteers to run the club’s booth at Summerfest July 24-26. The booth will promote Dallas athletics and sell Dragon Pride shirts.

Volunteers will work in two-to-three hour shifts. Shifts will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information: Jamie Ronco, 503-586-6043.

The booster club is also seeking volunteers for the fun run on July 26. Helpers are needed at the registration table, finish line and throughout the route directing runners. Volunteers are required to wear Dragon Pride or Dallas High School apparel.

Volunteers will meet at Radio Shack in downtown Dallas at 7 a.m. The 10-kilometer run starts at 8 a.m., while the 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. with a kids run following at 9 a.m. The event is expected to be finished by 9:45 a.m.

For more information: Dyan Tallon,

Concordia University to join GNAC

PORTLAND — The NCAA Division II Membership Committee accepted Concordia University-Portland’s application to join the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Cavaliers gained admittance to the GNAC pending NCAA approval during the fall of 2013.

Concordia will continue to compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Cascade Collegiate Conference during the 2014-15 season.

Concordia is one of five schools in the 2014-15 first-year candidacy class, joining Cal State San Marcos, Concordia, Embry and Oklahoma Baptist.

The decision is subject to approval by the NCAA Management Council during its meeting Monday and Tuesday in Indianapolis.

If approved, Concordia will begin competing in the GNAC during the 2015-16 school year, but would not be eligible for NCAA postseason play until the fall of 2017.

The Cavaliers currently compete in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s golf, baseball and softball.

Summerfest Fun Run approaching

DALLAS — Registration is under way for the 2014 Dallas Summerfest Fun Run, scheduled July 26.

There are four events — a 10K run, a 5K run, a 5K walk, and a kids/adult fun run and walk — with the 10K run beginning at 8 a.m. The 5K run/walk will start at 8:30 a.m., and the kids/adult fun run and walk starts at 9 a.m.

All races start outside the Dallas Radio Shack on Jefferson Street and finish in front of the Polk County Courthouse on Main Street. Age-group awards will be presented for the 5K and 10K runs.

Registration is available the day of the race beginning at 7 a.m. or online ( or by mail through July 24 at 5 p.m.

Cost is $20 for the 10K and both 5K races, and $10 for the kids/adult fun run/walk. T-shirts are guaranteed if registration is received by Friday; cost varies from $10 to $15 extra. All proceeds benefit the Dallas Booster Club and Dallas High athletics.

For more information: Trenda Locke, 971-208-5855; email to

Coed softball deadline nearing

DALLAS — Registration deadline is Friday for teams interested in playing in a new coed softball league being coordinated by the city of Dallas.

The league begins play Tuesday, with games on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays at 6 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. through Sept. 11.

Games will be played at ball fields at Whitworth Elementary School. Teams will compete in seven-inning contests or play a maximum of 70 minutes. Other rules will be posted on the city website.

Cost is $150 per team, with a minimum of nine players per squad.

Registration forms can be picked up and dropped up at Dallas City Hall, located at 187 SE Court St.

For more information: David Brautigam, 503-831-3559; email to

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