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Never down and out

Nichols out to prove doubters wrong

MONMOUTH — Turning professional in any sport is difficult. Former Western Oregon men’s basketball player Julian Nichols knows all the numbers and the odds. He’s not worried. “My whole life, I’ve had people say you can’t play this position or you can’t play there,” Nichols said. “You hear those types of things and it motivates you. To be where I’m at now, I’m grateful and I’m blessed, but I’m definitely ready for the next chapter.”

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Alexander chases pro baskeball dream

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories following former WOU players Devon Alexander’s attempt to play professional basketball overseas. Look for more stories about the challenges he faces and whether he reaches his ultimate goal. An audio version of this story can be heard at www.polkio.com.

TRACK AND FIELD: Western duo places at national championships

BRADENTON, Fla. — Western Oregon sophomore David Ribich and senior Sam Naffziger earned All-American honors Saturday at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

WOU ROUNDUP: Men’s track takes third at GNAC

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s men’s track and field team placed third at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL: Senior chooses baseball over gaming

MONMOUTH — Trevor Podratz “retired” in eighth grade — deciding to trade in an Xbox controller for a baseball bat — a decision that has benefitted Western Oregon’s baseball team in a big way.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Softball falls short at GNAC tourney

LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s softball team entered Saturday needing a single victory to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament title. The Wolves couldn’t close the deal, falling to Central Washington 11-2 and 9-3. WOU opened the tournament with a 3-1 win over Concordia on Thursday and a 4-0 win over Saint Martin’s on Friday.

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL: WOU clinches spot in championships

PORTLAND — With a spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference softball tournament on the line, Western Oregon responded in a big way, winning three of four against Concordia. The Wolves won a doubleheader on April 20, winning 4-3 and 2-1 in the team’s home finale. The Wolves split with Concordia on Thursday, winning 4-2 before falling 5-0.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Ribich sets another school record

AZUSA, Calif. — Competing in two states, Western Oregon’s track and field team saw strong performances from several athletes. Sophomore David Ribich set a new school record in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., on Saturday. Ribich finished with a time of 3 minutes, 43.41 seconds, a personal best by seven seconds and breaking the old school mark of 3:44.27 set by West Tilgner in 1987. The time is the second fastest in the Division II level so far this season.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Baseball sweeps Saint Martin's

LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s baseball team went 6-0 against Saint Martin’s last week. The Wolves opened with 11-1 and 8-4 wins on April 13 before winning 20-6 and 4-2 on Sunday, and 8-0 and 7-4 on Sunday.

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COLLEGE BASEBALl: Miller off to a roaring good start

MONMOUTH — In the time before Western Oregon pitcher Brady Miller takes the field, he’s blasting tunes to get him pumped up. His artist of choice? Katy Perry.

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WESTERN OREGON TRACK AND FIELD: Dobson hurdles over doubts

MONMOUTH — The moments before the gun goes off signaling the start of a race may seem like just seconds to the crowd, but it can seem like an eternity for those waiting to compete.

COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Redefining masculinity

WOU part of pilot program to prevent sexual assault, promote healthy masculinity

MONMOUTH — What does it mean to be a man? Everything from friends and families to TV, movies and books impact how people view masculinity, both positively and negatively.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Baseball sweeps Central Washington

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — Western Oregon’s baseball team won all four games against Central Washington on Saturday and Sunday.

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The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack

MONMOUTH — In the moments after, it hurt. Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team, fresh off a 74-55 loss to Augustana in the NCAA Division II Final Four on Thursday, didn’t feel quite like celebrating yet.

WOU ROUNDUP: Baseball drops two of three to MSUB

BILLINGS, Mont. — Western Oregon’s baseball team got off to a strong start before dropping two of three games against Montana State Billings on Saturday and Sunday. The Wolves won the opening matchup 10-0 on Saturday and lost the other two.

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