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Until the last whistle

Experienced official doesn’t show any signs of stopping

DALLAS — As a basketball player through college, Charlie Goodman wasn’t a fan of officials. Little did he know that he would see what it was like to see the game from the striped shirt’s perspective.

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Need for new referees grows stronger

Lack of officials leaves current referees in a bind to cover all games

POLK COUNTY — For some fans, they’re a savior, someone to bail out a team in a tight spot. For others, they’re a villain, someone who deserves blame in a loss.

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CLASS 5A PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fennell eyes the drive

Senior adding new dimension to her game

DALLAS — For years, Taylor Fennell has known her role for Dallas’ girls basketball team, but that can be both a blessing and a curse.

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CLASS 1A PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Falls City revival

Simmons, team, having a blast

FALLS CITY — On Dec. 12, Falls City’s boys basketball team sat in its locker room. The Mountaineers had just defeated Eddyville Charter School 45-26, the squad’s first victory in more than a full season. But there were no cheers or hollers.

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Central loses Fleming

Senior leader out at least four weeks

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s boys basketball team picked up a pair of league wins last week, yet it suffered a big blow to its lineup.

PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Dragons face critical stretch

Dallas falls short against Mid-Willamette Conference’s top team

DALLAS — The Dallas girls basketball team is looking to prove it belongs in the discussion to be among the Mid-Willamette Conference’s top teams after splitting a pair of league contests.

PREP WRESTLING ROUNDUP: Hofenbredl wins big title

Dallas places sixth at Reser’s Tournament of Champions

HILLSBORO — Dallas senior Matt Hofenbredl hasn’t seen the wrestling season he planned, missing several tournaments.

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PREP SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Dressel excels at invitational

DALLAS — With the regular season winding down, Dallas’ swim team is looking ahead toward districts after competing in three meets.

Athlete of the Week

Kylie Nash * Andy Avgi

Central volleyball coach to return

INDEPENDENCE — Claudine Mendazona will return as Central High’s head volleyball coach next fall, Panthers Athletics Director Shane Hedrick announced on Monday.

Central senior Kyler Fleming injures hand

Panthers' boys basketball squad loses key starter

INDEPENDENCE – Central’s boys basketball team suffered a big loss on Tuesday, as senior Kyler Fleming broke his left hand during practice.

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CLASS 5A PREP BOYS BASKETBALL: Huey is coming up big

Dallas senior improving fast

DALLAS — There was a moment when Dallas senior Brad Huey was ready to walk away from basketball.

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CLASS 5A PREP GIRLS BASKETBALL: In the driver's seat

Central guard becoming an all-around threat

INDEPENDENCE — For nearly as long as she’s been playing basketball, Central High junior Kylie Nash has leaned on one move.

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CLASS 5A PREP WRESTLING: Meza ready for final shot at state

Senior introduced to the real world of competitive wrestling

INDEPENDENCE — As a young child, Beto Meza loved to watch wrestling. But he wasn’t watching Olympic wrestling — or even high school wrestling.

PREP SWIMMING ROUNDUP: Short-handed Dallas boys earn win

Ludwig wins close race in 100 backstroke as boys squad earns 45-40 victory

DALLAS — As Dallas senior Nate Ludwig finished the 100-yard backstroke at the Dallas Aquatic Center on Jan. 13, he immediately looked up at the scoreboard.

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