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COLUMN: Here's to an athletic 2016

Ah, the New Year is almost upon us. The time when anything seems possible. A time when an inspirational movie quote gets me pumped up to set ridiculously ambitious (for me) goals, because how hard could that really be? A time when the possibilities seem endless — until I remember my favorite cooking tool is a microwave and my athletic career peaked before the age of 18.

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Becoming an athlete

Roller derby giving Dallas resident confidence in herself

SALEM — Throughout her life, Dallas resident Sarah Hausman has always watched sports from the sidelines.

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DISC GOLF: New course ready for debut tourney

The Summer Fling tournament caps off a two-year project

INDEPENDENCE — Recently finished, the MINET Disc Golf Course in Independence’s Riverview Park will have its big unveiling this weekend.

Dallas serves up friendly game of tennis

When the city of Dallas approached Jordan Sollman about running a tennis tournament, he didn’t take long to answer.

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Having some 'Krazy' fun

Summerfest Fun Run and Kids' Triathlon

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Fun Run ready to rock Summerfest

Event aims to appeal both to new and experienced runners

DALLAS — No matter if you are a competitive runner or someone looking to start getting active, the Summerfest Fun Run offers something for you.

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Tennis tournament a success

Eble, Youngren look to carry on tradition, broaden appeal

INDEPENDENCE — As the Monmouth-Independence Tennis Tournament hit full swing on Saturday and Sunday, Mike McDougall of Corvallis called it “(Monmouth and) Independence’s little secret.”

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Cycle Oregon shows off Polk County

More than 1,800 riders caught a glimpse of the Willamette Valley

POLK COUNTY — Cycle Oregon attracted 1,850 cyclists, including 250 children, for Camp Oregonadogood on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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SERVING PASSION

Local players hope to advance at Southern Oregon championships

DALLAS — For Mary Christensen and Petra Cole, tennis has always been more than a way to stay active.

Youngren excited for tournament

INDEPENDENCE — Dallas isn’t the only community represented on Timberhill Tennis Club’s team. Central boys tennis coach Patti Youngren has been a member on the squad for several years and served as team captain on multiple occasions. This year saw several new challenges.

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Becoming Ironman

Dallas graduate finishes distance triathlon

COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho — Melissa Meyer is not one to shy away from a challenge. On June 28, she completed perhaps her greatest athletic feat, finishing the Ironman Coeur d’Alene, a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run, in Idaho in 14 hours, 36 minutes and 7 seconds.

CYCLING: Cycle Oregon to visit Polk County during ride

Bikers from around the country to arrive in Polk County

POLK COUNTY — Thousands of cyclists are about to hit the road in and around Polk County.

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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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