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LongBoard Larry finds a home

INDEPENDENCE — If not for a decision long ago by his older brother, Larry Peterson’s life would look a lot different than it does now.

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Injury complicates Curtis’ summer

DALLAS — Kailee Curtis was ready for a big summer of golf.

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Polk Pedalers hit Montana

The Polk County bicycle club, named the Polk Pedalers, is an adventurous group.

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BASKETBALL: Globe trotter

MONMOUTH — Las Vegas has long been a city where people go to bet big with the hope of hitting the jackpot.

PERRYDALE FOOTBALL: Riddell to lead Pirates in 2016

PERRYDALE — When Perrydale athletics director Dan Dugan began his search for a new head football coach, he turned to Central athletics director Shane Hedrick for any suggestions.

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Dirtbags put aside rivalries for now

POLK COUNTY — Athletes often cite chemistry as a key to success. On a team where players have little to no experience playing with each other, developing chemistry can be difficult.

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LaCreole field receives new irrigation system

DALLAS — Jeff Hevener was ecstatic to be working on Saturday morning. Hevener, along with numerous volunteers, spent the weekend installing an irrigation system at the LaCreole Middle School football field.

Living in the United States a fun, memorable experience

*Editor’s note: Thomas Gniadecki attended Dallas High School on a foreign exchange student program. He will return to his home in Denmark in July.

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Going out in a blaze of glory

The moment had finally arrived. All the training (well … at least a couple days of training) was about to come to fruition at the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament on Saturday.

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Central athletes volunteer at Monmouth Public Library

MONMOUTH — Central High School freshman Bailey Padilla paused for the briefest of moments — then she tackled a difficult challenge.

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Avgi trades hardwood for gridiron

MONMOUTH — Of all the players on Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team, none received more accolades than Andy Avgi.

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‘Special’ moments

Special Olympics trains, empowers its athletes to succeed

POLK COUNTY — If there’s one thing Shirley Wimer didn’t like it was sports.

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Watson dies in swim accident

SPRAY — Cody Watson, 16, of Monmouth, died Sunday while swimming with friends at the John Day River near Spray.

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Mini race offers big time fun

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon has been a staple on the Fourth of July for more than four decades.

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Getting the swing of it

It was my big moment.