MONMOUTH — When Western Oregon senior Julian Nichols arrived in Monmouth prior to the 2014-15 season he had one goal in mind — to lead.
DALLAS — For Morrison senior Stephanie Cutler, making state is more than a triumph in athletics. It’s a return to a sport few, if any, thought she’d ever get to play again and a refusal to let a life-threatening situation keep her down.
INDEPENDENCE — At the halfway point in Mid-Willamette Conference play, Central’s girls basketball team appears to be in a strong position. The Panthers entered the week in sole possession of third place with a 5-2 mark in league play and ranked ninth overall in the OSAA’s power rankings. But the girls aren’t satisfied.
DALLAS — Morrison senior Luke Mann had never picked up a bowling ball before his freshman year of high school.
Hasbrook becomes one of Central’s strongest girls
INDEPENDENCE — Central sophomore swimmer AnneMarie Hasbrook isn’t one to shout at teammates, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t one of the Panthers leaders.
DALLAS — In all of Dallas girls basketball coach David Brautigam’s years of experience, he’s never had a season quite like this one.
Dallas sophomore discovers way to experience passion first-hand
DALLAS — Throughout his life, Dallas sophomore Grant McFarland has always loved basketball. During the winter, he’s there to cheer his Dallas Dragons on during basketball games. He was there to see his favorite professional team, the Portland Trail Blazers, earn a win against the L.A. Clippers.
PERRYDALE — Perrydale’s girls basketball team showed it can be good, even dominant, against some of the Casco League’s worst teams. Now, players hope to show they can hang with the league’s best — top-ranked Country Christian.
INDEPENDENCE — Central’s boys basketball team has shown flashes of great play. Turning those flashes into wins has been difficult.
DALLAS BOYS BASKETBALL: Welty shakes off slow start, comes through with critical free throws in overtime period
INDEPENDENCE — At the end of nearly every practice, a Dallas boys basketball player steps to the free-throw line.