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CLASS 1A PREP FOOTBALL: Mountaineers pushed to brink

Falls City looks to hang on to third seed, earn a chance to qualify for playoffs

FALLS CITY — It’s been more than three decades since Falls City’s football team has qualified for the state playoffs.

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CLASS 5A PREP FOOTBALL: It’s showdown time for Central

Panthers set to host Silverton in matchup of OSAA’s two top ranked 5A teams

INDEPENDENCE — The top teams in the Mid-Willamette Conference are about to clash.

PREP SOCCER ROUNDUP: Central boys earn victory

Zaragoza scores twice

INDEPENDENCE — Central forward Vidal Zaragoza continued his scoring touch, leading the Panthers boys soccer team to a 3-0 win over South Albany on Oct. 7.

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PREP VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP: Panthers lose to Crescent Valley in league contest

Central on the bubble to advance to play-in

INDEPENDENCE — Central lost to Crescent Valley 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 on Oct. 8. For the Panthers, it was a night of missed opportunity.

PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Dallas picks up key league win

Dragons keep pace in conference

DALLAS — Needing a win to stay in the playoff hunt, running back Chase Mauk scored four touchdowns, leading Dallas to a 54-38 win over Corvallis on Thursday.

CLASS 5A PREP CROSS-COUNTRY: Sutton ready to shine

Junior looks to help lead Dallas to state meet

DALLAS — Dallas High junior Elizabeth Sutton doesn’t like standing still.

Athlete of the Week

Kyler Fleming * Kieley Griffin

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Dallas’ struggling boys soccer

DALLAS — Moments after an 11-0 loss to Woodburn on Oct. 7, Dallas boys soccer coach Chris Smerke had one message for his team: 18 minutes.


In the Oct. 1 issue, the photo on Page 16A misidentified No. 12 Alex Quinn as No. 14 Kyle Aklin. Aklin was originally No. 12 on the roster sent to the Itemizer-Observer.

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Hartford finds success during freshman year

INDEPENDENCE — Central High freshman Bailie Hartford doesn’t have an elaborate pre-race ritual.

Panther Auction returns

INDEPENDENCE — A yearly tradition is back — and for supporters of Central High School athletics, that means it’s time to get your checkbooks ready.

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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Blair, Dragons having a blast

Junior helps lead Dallas to a four set win over Central

DALLAS — In the middle of Dallas’ 25-23, 18-25, 25-17, 25-16 win over Central on Monday, junior Cambria Blair wasn’t worried.

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Panthers earn first league wins

Central earned its first two Mid-Willamette Conference wins of the season before falling to Dallas on Monday.

PREP FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Dallas falls to South Albany

ALBANY — Dallas failed to hold onto a 14-12 fourth-quarter lead, falling to South Albany 18-14 on Friday in Mid-Willamette Conference football action.

PREP CROSS-COUNTRY ROUNDUP: Cross breaks 18 minutes at Albany

Dragons, Panthers look to finish regular season with momtentum

ALBANY — Dallas’ boys team finished 17th at the Harrier Classic Saturday at Bryant Park in Albany. Junior TJ Cross placed 73rd and set a season best of 17 minutes, 57 seconds to lead the Dragons. Cross became the first Dallas runner to crack 18 minutes for the 5,000-meter distance this season.