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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Picking up the slack

MONMOUTH — At first glance, Western Oregon appears set up for a run at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title. The Wolves return a majority of the starters from a year ago when WOU finished in a three-way tie for second.

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PREP GIRLS SOCCER: Central faced with early season test

Panthers look to rebound after big defeat, injury in first the match of the season

INDEPENDENCE — It was a routine play. A sequence of events that Central junior Alyssa Orozco had encountered playing for the Panthers’ girls soccer team countless times before.

Five athletes to watch

Five athletes to watch

Sports Schedule

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WOU to accept Hall of Fame nominations

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s athletic department will accept nominations for its 11th Hall of Fame Class through Sept. 28.

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Williams fights for spot

WOU graduate hopes to make Chargers’ final roster

SAN DIEGO — To an outsider, Tyrell Williams’ catch in the fourth quarter of the San Diego Chargers’ preseason game against Arizona was just another statistic.

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Omlid to transfer to Wolves

MONMOUTH — Tanner Omlid is coming home.

Pop Warner, Kids, Inc. come together

DALLAS — Dallas resident Jeff Hevener remembers seeing young kids attending Dallas High football games with their youth uniforms on, but he knew something was wrong. With two youth leagues, Pop Warner and Kids, Inc., kids had to choose which league to play for.

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Fall sports seasons begin this weekend

POLK COUNTY — The 2015 fall sports season gets underway this week as various local teams play their first games of the year.

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Becoming an athlete

Roller derby giving Dallas resident confidence in herself

SALEM — Throughout her life, Dallas resident Sarah Hausman has always watched sports from the sidelines.

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Coaches, players battle the heat

High school and college teams take extra precautions for safety

POLK COUNTY — The fall sports season officially kicked off on Monday. As players and coaches gathered to prepare, they were greeted by an unwelcome, and dangerous, guest — the heat. Temperatures reached into the 90s on Monday and Tuesday and a heat advisory went into effect on Tuesday through Wednesday (today) until 6 p.m. Facing temperatures nearing triple digits, coaches are taking special precautions, regardless of the sport. For Central cross-country coach Eli Cirino, beating the heat means runners are up early each morning for practice to avoid the peak temperatures. “Most of the summer, we run at 9 a.m.,” Cirino said. “The heat scares the heck out of me, especially when kids are running different routes and I can’t keep track of them all at the same time.” For runners, whose workouts include going on distance runs, Cirino ensures his runners are aware of the temperature and how hard they should be pushing themselves in the heat.

Martin steps down as coach

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s swim program is in search of a new coach. CHS Athletic Director Shane Hedrick announced on Thursday Shawn Martin is stepping away as coach of the Panthers’ swim program.

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COLLEGE SOCCER: Wolves hope to take the next step

Western Oregon looks for a return trip to conference tournament

MONMOUTH — When senior Makena Pundyke arrived at Western Oregon as a freshman in 2012, the Western Oregon women’s soccer team was in a state of transition.

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DISC GOLF: New course ready for debut tourney

The Summer Fling tournament caps off a two-year project

INDEPENDENCE — Recently finished, the MINET Disc Golf Course in Independence’s Riverview Park will have its big unveiling this weekend.

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Dressel looks to make his own splash

DALLAS — Swimming is something of a tradition in the Dressel family. Jerusha Dressel is a competitive swimmer at the collegiate level, while Elizabeth Dressel swims varsity for the Dallas Dragons.