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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.

Five athletes to watch

Five athletes to watch

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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Omlid to transfer to Wolves

MONMOUTH — Tanner Omlid is coming home.

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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.

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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.

Omlid changes mind on OIT

MONMOUTH — Tanner Omlid, a 2012 Central High graduate, will transfer from Army. Omlid played two seasons with the Black Knights.

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Western installs new track surface

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon’s track is receiving a makeover.

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Tallan won’t let condition keep him down

INDEPENDENCE — It was a victory Tanner Tallan had imagined for years. Moments after Boise State defeated Arizona 38-30 in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl, Tallan, a 2013 Central High graduate, was soaking in the atmosphere.

WESTERN OREGON ROUNDUP: Men's baskeball adds two recruits

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon men’s basketball coach Jim Shaw announced the latest additions to its 2015 recruiting class on Monday: Yanick Kulich and Janvier Alaby, both transfer students from California.

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COLLEGE ATHLETICS: Pulling her weight

Metzgar-Deacon accepts honor

MONMOUTH — It was a moment 17 years in the making.

COLLEGE BASEBALL: WOU rallies to win GNAC title

Western Oregon defeats Northwest Nazarene twice on Saturday

BILLINGS, Mont. — After a 3-2 loss to Northwest Nazarene to open the Great Northwest Athletic Conference baseball tournament on Thursday, Western Oregon’s season stood on the brink. The Wolves would have to win three games over the next day and a half to win the conference title. One loss and WOU’s season would come to an end.

Six Wolves earn all-region honors

NEW ORLEANS — Six members of the Western Oregon track and field team were named to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-region team on Monday.

COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD: WOU wins four individual GNAC titles

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon track and field team took home four individual titles at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday.

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NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: WOU receiver signs with Chargers

MONMOUTH — On Saturday morning, mere hours from learning his NFL fate, Western Oregon senior Tyrell Williams hit the field. Not a football field, however.