ODFW set to offer family workshop

PEDEE — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering families an opportunity to try muzzleloading, archery, fly fishing, trap shooting and a pheasant hunt at the Family Fish, Hunt, Explore workshop Saturday and Sunday.

The event, co-hosted by the Owen Denny Chapter of Pheasants Forever, will take place at the Luckiamute Valley Pheasants private game preserve near Pedee.

The workshop includes a safety briefing and practice trap shooting on Saturday morning. The afternoon will see one group pheasant hunt with a volunteer hunting guide while the other group takes part in archery, muzzleloading and fly fishing. The groups switch for the Sunday morning session.

Cost is $62 per adult and $22 per child ages 9-17. Participants need hunting licenses and upland game bird validation.

For more information: Mark Newell, 503-947-6018; Janice Copple, 503-947-6019.

Wolves tabbed for fourth in GNAC

MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University women’s soccer team has been picked to finish fourth in the annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

Defending champion Western Washington was tabbed to repeat after receiving six of the eight first-place votes and 62 total points. Seattle Pacific received the other two first-place votes and received 56 points to finish second, followed by Central Washington in third.

The Wolves, who finished 9-4-6 overall and 7-3-4 in GNAC play in 2013 to place fourth, received 40 total points in voting by the GNAC coaches.

Western Oregon opens its 2014 campaign at home against Humboldt State on Sept. 6 at 1 p.m.

WOU volleyball picked to take sixth

MONMOUTH — The annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll selected the Western Oregon volleyball team to finish sixth in 2014, receiving 38 points. The Wolves finished 10-18 overall and 7-11 in GNAC play in 2013.

Defending champion Western Washington received eight first-place votes for a total of 80 points. Alaska-Anchorage received one first-place vote and was picked to finish second with 70 points. Northwest Nazarene was tabbed to take third.

Western Oregon opens its 2014 season by hosting an exhibition match against Concordia Monday at 7 p.m.

Western athletes receive awards

MONMOUTH — The Division II Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Awards program named 29 Western Oregon student-athletes as recipients of the honor on Friday.

A total of 6,949 student-athletes from 155 institutions were recognized. In order to qualify, a student-athlete must have a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher, attended a minimum of two years of studies and been an active member of an intercollegiate team during the previous academic year.

The WOU cross-country and track and field teams had 10 athletes receive recognition. WOU’s women’s soccer squad had six recipients; the football, women’s basketball and baseball teams had three each; the softball program had two; and the volleyball and men’s basketball team each had one.

For a list of recipients from Western Oregon: www.wouwolves.com/news/2014/8/22/GEN_0822141603.aspx.

Registration open for PCL fun runs

MONMOUTH — Partnerships in Community Living Inc. is hosting the Independence Rush! on Sept. 6 at 9 a.m. at Riverview Park in Independence.

The event offers 5-kilometer and 8-kilometer fun runs for participants of all ages.

Cost is $25 for the 5K run and $30 for the 8K. All proceeds will benefit PCL, which is a nonprofit organization established in 1986.

Registration is available online at www.run.pcl-partnership.org/register/.

On-site registration will also be available the morning of the event.

For more information: Mark Shadrin via email to mshadrin@pclpartnership.org.

Falls City hoops tournament on tap

FALLS CITY — There is still time to sign up to participate in the sixth annual Bad to the Bone 3-on-3 basketball tournament in Falls City on Saturday.

The tournament takes place at the downtown park starting at 9 a.m.

Cost is $25 per team — a team is comprised of three or four players — with a 32-team limit. Make checks payable to Dennis Sickles at P.O. Box 388, Falls City, OR 97344.

Falls City Alliance hosts the tournament. The FCA works to defend wild places in the Falls City area.

For more information: Dennis Sickles, 503-930-0378; www.fallscityalliance.org.

Dallas offering kickball tourney

DALLAS — The city of Dallas is hosting the Back to School Kickball Tournament on Sept. 6. Games will take place at Strader Field, located next to the Dallas Aquatic Center.

The tournament will be split into two age groups — a family division for players ages 8 and above, and a coed adult division for students entering high school and older.

At least three players of the opposite gender must participate.

Registration for the family division begins at 8 a.m., with games starting at 8:30 a.m.

Sign-ups for the family division runs from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with games starting at 3 p.m.

The cost is $45 per team or $5 per player (participant will be placed on a randomly selected team).

For more information: David Brautigam, 503-831-3559.

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