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Tennis tourney ready

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament is set to return July 11 and 12.

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Pushing for a good cause

Triathlon a rewarding, worthwhile endeavor

Standing in line to use the toilet at the Independence Heated Community Pool, it dawned on me: this is why we’re here.

Surviving triathlon a rewarding event

This is the final of a series of columns chronicling my journey in training for my first sprint triathlon, held on Saturday morning.

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Mini-Marathon offers inviting route

Organizers expect a large turnout for the Fourth of July tradition

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Has it been awhile since you’ve laced up your running shoes? You wouldn’t be alone, but July 4 offers a fun and relatively easy way to end your racing drought in the 43rd annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon.

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WRESTLING; Watson living his dream

Dallas resident continues family’s passion

DALLAS — The roar of the crowd. The pageantry. The larger than life characters.

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It’s finally go time ... if only I trained more

In the movies, the main character will have a realization when suddenly everything makes sense. That moment when a big change in the plot means everything will turn out OK. When the inspiring music swells in the background and the main character overcomes whatever stands in his or her way to win the game, defeat the bad guy or win over their romantic interest.

City adult rec looks to diversify

Dallas considers bringing running events to the city

DALLAS — It seems like a distant memory for Dallas Recreation Coordinator David Brautigam. Yet, it was just four years ago that Dallas didn’t have any adult recreation to speak of. Oh, how things have changed.

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Pickleball returns to Dallas for summer

Sport gaining popularity in Polk County, club attracting new players

DALLAS — Richard Winn has seen pickleball grow in popularity in Dallas since he teamed with the city’s recreation department in 2013. Now, he’s helping expand the city’s offerings to those looking to try the game, or taking their pickleball game to a new height.

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It looks so easy on TV ...

* This is the second of a series of columns chronicling my journey in training for my first sprint triathlon.

City softball sign-ups now open

DALLAS — Sign-ups are open for the city of Dallas’ co-ed softball league. Games will run from June 16 to July 30 on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays.

Registration open for basketball

DALLAS — Registration is open for the city of Dallas’ men’s basketball league. Play begins June 1 and runs Monday nights through July 13 at LaCreole Middle School. Games run from 6 to 10 p.m.

Youth football sign-ups Thursday

DALLAS — Pop Warner and Kids, Inc. will hold registration for the 2015 tackle football season Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at LaCreole Middle School. Registration for Dallas Dragons Cheer will also be taken on Thursday.

One step at a time

My athletic career “peaked” in high school. After sneaking into the final varsity spot on my cross-country team, I proceeded to run at the state meet … and take second to last. And I’m pretty sure last place got injured.

Sign-ups open for cycling road race

INDEPENDENCE — Registration is open for the Cherry Pie Road Race on Sunday, which begins at City Hall in Independence, 555 Main St.

Registration for volleyball ongoing

DALLAS — Sign-ups for the city of Dallas’ co-ed volleyball leagues are now open.