College sports


WOU ROUNDUP: Wolves defeat Central Washington

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s volleyball team defeated Central Washington 25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13 on Saturday to earn its first home win of the season.

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WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Ribich wins invitational, team places second

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s David Ribich led the men’s cross-country team by winning the Ash Creek Invitational on Friday.

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WOU football downs Sacramento State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Western Oregon’s football team opened the 2016 season with a big statement. The Wolves defeated Division I Sacramento State 38-30 on Saturday.

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On the hunt

Wolves open season Saturday at Sacramento State

Western Oregon’s football team boasts one of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s most talented — and deepest — rosters.

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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.

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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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BASKETBALL: Globe trotter

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

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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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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

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.