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‘Special’ moments

Special Olympics trains, empowers its athletes to succeed

POLK COUNTY — If there’s one thing Shirley Wimer didn’t like it was sports.

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Mini race offers big time fun

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon has been a staple on the Fourth of July for more than four decades.

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Getting the swing of it

It was my big moment.

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Registration due by noon on June 29

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — Patty Youngren has been a part of an annual tradition for more than three decades — the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament. “I moved here in 1985. I played against Mary Christensen in my first competition,” Youngren said. “She and Phil Schroeder, who ran the tournament at the time, crushed my partner and I. Mary has become a lifelong friend.”

Channeling my inner Roger Federer ... sort of

As I stepped onto the tennis court, staring down my arch enemy, I paused and took a deep breath before I hit my first serve.

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Feeling the burn

There’s a belief that every competitive person has: that no matter what the situation, we’ll always bet on ourselves to find a way to win. That we’ll triumph against long odds, emerge victorious and proud.

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Adult rec grows up

DALLAS — When the city of Dallas brought adult recreation programs back in 2013, the goal was simple — give people a way to stay active.

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Priebe finds calling in Jiu Jitsu

DALLAS — Daniel Priebe was living the life — or so he thought.

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.”