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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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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.

Dirtbags fall short at state tournament

SALEM — The Demarini Dirtbags fell short in their quest for an American Legion state title, losing to Eugene 6-5 in 12 innings on Aug. 2 in a semifinals matchup.

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Riggan chases dream on ice, plays with Winterhawks high school league in Portland

As a goalie in the Portland Winterhawks’ varsity high school hockey league, Riggan isn’t worried about school or friends. Her mind is focused on one thing — stopping the puck.

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Esquivel steps up to head Panthers on the pitch

Central High alumni hired to lead soccer team into 2015-16 season

Carlos Esquivel always thought he’d be a high school soccer coach one day. Turns out, that day has come sooner than he thought.

Central hires soccer coach

Carlos Esquivel as the school’s boys soccer coach.

Bemrose steps down as Dallas coach

North Marion hires former Dragons coach to take over Huskies’ swim program

Former coach Jeff Bemrose announced he accepted the head swim coach position at North Marion High School.


*DHS fall sports signups begin*CHS fall sports registration to start Aug. 10*Central to host football camp

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Dirtbags prepare for state tournament

MONMOUTH — The Demarini Dirtbags aren’t ending the regular season with a league title, but that hasn’t changed the team’s expectations for the American Legion baseball state tournament, which begins July 29.

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Athletic fees to increase by $25 at Dallas High School

Athletic fees at Dallas High School will increase for the 2015-16 school year.

Coxen emerges as leader

School may be out, but for Dallas junior Clay Coxen, he’s not taking the summer baseball season lightly.

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Making a change

Central High graduate looks to make a difference

MONMOUTH — Upon finishing his senior season with Central’s baseball team, Chris Rech arrived at a pivotal moment in his life — one that could lead him away from the baseball diamond.

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CLASS 5A PREP SOFTBALL: Campos hopes experience leads to success

Dragons turn to assistant varsity coach to lead softball program into the future

DALLAS — The Dallas High softball program has a new head coach. DHS Athletic Director Tim Larson announced Brandi Campos will take over from Al Perkins, who stepped down earlier in June.

Dugan takes AD position at Perrydale

Longtime employee will also serve as school’s assistant principal

PERRYDALE — Dan Dugan hadn’t even started his new role as assistant principal at Perrydale High School when he was given another title: athletic director.