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Independence Sports Park set for opening celebration on Saturday

INDEPENDENCE — The city of Independence is ready to kick off the celebration of three new soccer fields.

Miller steps down as coach

INDEPENDENCE — Zach Miller announced last week he is stepping down as Central’s head baseball coach.

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New coach hopes to lead Wolves into contention

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s volleyball program hopes a new coach leads to newfound success in 2016.

Jones hopes to change culture

DALLAS — Dallas boys soccer coach John Jones stepped into a difficult spot last season.

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Great Willamette Raft Race attracts veterans, newcomers alike

INDEPENDENCE — At 8:15 a.m. on Saturday, James Robinson and Nathan Litke were hard at work.

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WOU soccer faces steep challenge

Wolves hope to bounce back from disappointing 2015 with a return to GNAC tourney

MONMOUTH — Throughout his tenure, Western Oregon soccer coach Steve Ancheta has experienced just how difficult it can be to build a program in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

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Hitting the road

Sisters find strength, inspiration through Bike MS

MONMOUTH — As a child, Shannon Snair made it a point to protect her younger sister Nora from all she could.

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Obstacle course nears completion

INDEPENDENCE — A 1.5-mile obstacle course stretching from the Independence Dog Park around the soccer fields is nearing completion.

Registration for golf tourney open

DALLAS — Registration is open for the Dallas Quarterback Club’s 22nd annual golf tournament on Aug. 20.

Sports: Quick Hits

Aug. 3 Quick hits

Dirtbags fall in state tournament

Offensive explosions and a dash of controversy highlighted the DeMarini Dirtbags’ run in the American Legion AAA state tournament in Keizer.

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Nichols begins waiting game for a chance at pros

Julian Nichols closed the door on his Monmouth apartment for the last time on Friday.

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Condition of high school track up for debate

When Dallas track and field coach Bill Masei began the 2016 season, he looked for a way to cut down on the number of injuries — specifically shin splints.

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Annual event hopes to raise $800,000 for MS research

POLK COUNTY — The first year Augi Garred joined Bike MS, an annual event that is part of a national movement and raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research, he was more concerned about how he’d look riding than how his actual journey would go.

County wants to become cycling haven

POLK COUNTY — Bike MS has made its home at Western Oregon University for multiple years.