Dirtbags put aside rivalries for now

POLK COUNTY — Athletes often cite chemistry as a key to success. On a team where players have little to no experience playing with each other, developing chemistry can be difficult.

July 13, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

Going out in a blaze of glory

The moment had finally arrived. All the training (well … at least a couple days of training) was about to come to fruition at the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July tennis tournament on Saturday.

July 7, 2016 10:06 a.m. read more..


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.”

June 22, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

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.

June 8, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

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.

June 1, 2016 11 a.m. read more..

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.

December 30, 2015 11 a.m. read more..

Becoming an athlete

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

August 19, 2015 11 a.m. read more..


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