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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.

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.