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Dirtbags finish second at state

KLAMATH FALLS — The Demarini Dirtbags entered the American Legion state baseball tournament hungry for success.

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Love reigns in grand style

Independence woman says ‘yes’ to proposal during Fourth of July tradition

Independence woman says ‘yes’ to proposal during Fourth of July tradition

Dirtbags head to state

POLK COUNTY — The Demarini Dirtbags are headed back to the American Legion state tournament in Klamath Falls on Wednesday (today). They’re ready to settle some unfinished business.

Booster Club ready to send Summerfest on a hunt for clues

DALLAS — The Dallas Booster Club has long played a major role during Summerfest. The club is bringing something new to the festivities on Saturday.

Kids’ triathlon out to entertain, energize

DALLAS — If there’s an event that provides the thrill of competition for the young ones — and provides the staff and spectators the joy of watching it unfold — it would be the Kids’ Triathlon.

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Chasing his dream

PORTLAND — There’s a motto that Western Oregon’s baseball coaches teach their players: This pitch.

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Fire near Falls City fully contained

The Oregon Department of Forestry said the Riley Central Fire, which began on July 9 just west of Falls City, has finished mop up duty.

Basketball tourney returns to Dallas Summerfest

DALLAS — Have a score to settle or want to show off your skills? Want to prove you’re the next LeBron James or Candace Parker?

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Finding his zone

MONMOUTH — There’s usually one thought going through pitcher Jaret Stewart’s mind during a game: Location, location, location.

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Plan ahead for heavy traffic in August

ODOT officials expect two- to three-hour delays at best during eclipse weekend

During the Great American Eclipse, the total eclipse will last about two minutes. Arriving to and leaving from your destination will take a bit longer.

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Annual race attracts big crowd

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — The crowd roared. Runners and walkers charged toward the finish in a blaze of glory.

Larson supports field turf project

DALLAS — Efforts are underway by the Dallas Booster Club to raise money to install a turf field at Dallas High School.

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New AD learns on the fly

Campbell brings 17 years of experience to WOU

MONMOUTH — Curtis Campbell didn’t know much about Oregon.

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Clay creations take a monsterous turn

Ash Creek Arts Center summer camp invites youths to create monsters

MONMOUTH — Tofer Deforest was putting the finishing touches on his monstrous creation. Deforest had spent hours crafting a spider — a tarantula, to be exact — out of clay.

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Tennis tournament draws 58 players

INDEPENDENCE — Robert Sanchez, of Woodburn, loves tennis. The 2017 Woodburn High graduate played throughout high school and has competed in United States Tennis Association tournaments.

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Williams leads camp

MONMOUTH — It was a situation former Western Oregon and current Los Angeles Chargers receiver Tyrell Williams had been in numerous times growing up: Standing in line, waiting for a chance to meet an NFL player.

Ainsworth enjoys Beavers’ run to CWS

CORVALLIS — Oregon State University’s baseball team was in the midst of a historic season.

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Race offers big thrills

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE — When runners set off on the 47th annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon, they take part in a unique event.

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NASA scientist explains eclipse

Why does a total solar eclipse happen? If the sun rises in the east, why will the West Coast see the Great American Eclipse first? How will animals be affected?

Fundraising begins for turf field

DALLAS — The drive to raise funds for a turf field at Dallas High School is underway. An official kickoff event will happen during the Sept. 29 home football game, but the project has already raised money toward its goal.

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Ribich named Male Athlete of the Year

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon junior cross-country and track runner David Ribich had a stellar 2016-17 school year.

Miller picked in draft

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon junior pitcher Brady Miller was selected by the Chicago Cubs during the 23rd round of the MLB Draft on June 14.

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Williams to host free football camp

MONMOUTH — Tyrell Williams can remember that awe-inspiring feeling he had when he was younger.

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Catching fire

DALLAS — Dallas junior Lauren Wallace had waited for this moment.

Registration for tennis tourney continues

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE  — Sign-ups for the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July Tennis Tournament have started.

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CHS grad comes home for eclipse

From Independence, Iowa, Smith family plans to travel for solar event

Eric Smith is far from an eclipse expert.

Booster club to raise funds for turf field

DALLAS — Dallas High School may be closer than ever to finding out if the grass is truly greener on the turf side.

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Cycling event heads to Riverview Park

INDEPENDENCE — The National Psoriasis Foundation is on a mission to raise awareness about psoriatic disease — and it’s ready to put rubber to the road to do it.

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2017 ITEMIZER-OBSERVER ALL-REGION BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: For the love of the game

INDEPENDENCE — Baseball is practically a part of Central’s Jackson Holstad’s DNA by this point.

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Dragons place second in softball

Dallas dispatches Silverton in semifinals before falling to Marist Catholic

In the moments after Dallas’ 12-7 loss to Marist Catholic in the 5A state softball championship on Saturday, coach Brandi Jackson addressed her team.

Hess honored as assistant coach of the year

Mark Hess’ coaching career began with a bang.

Softball: Dallas places second at state

CORVALLIS -- Dallas' run in the state playoffs ended with a 12-7 loss to Marist Catholic in the state championship game.

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COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD: Ribich wins national title

Junior places first in the men’s 1,500-meter run

BRADENTON, Fla. — There was no dive to the finish this time, but Western Oregon junior David Ribich showed he has a flair for the dramatic.

PREP BASEBALL: Dragons fall to Raiders in quarterfinals

DALLAS — Dallas’ baseball team just couldn’t solve Crescent Valley. The Dragons lost to the Raiders 13-6 in the state quarterfinals on Friday, ending Dallas’ run in the state playoffs.

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PREP SOFTBALL: Dragons rally past Silverton in state semifinals

DALLAS – The Dragons are one game away from bringing home a state title. No. 1 Dallas rallied for a 10-2 victory over No. 5 Silverton in the state semifinals on Tuesday to advance to the championship game Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Oregon State University Softball Complex.

Williams to build after breakout year with Chargers

LOS ANGELES — The first thing former Western Oregon receiver Tyrell Williams did after the 2016-17 NFL season was head to Hawaii. The trip was well-earned.

Softball: Dallas headed to state championship game

DALLAS -- Dallas' softball team found itself in an early hole against a familiar foe. Silverton jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Dragons scored the final 10 runs of the game to advance to the state title game Saturday at the OSU Softball Complex.

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PREP BASEBALL: Dragons down Ashland in play-in game

DALLAS — Dallas’ baseball team is off to state. The Dragons defeated Ashland 5-4 in the state play-in round on Friday to advance to the first round of the state playoffs.

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PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Pirates perform well at state

EUGENE — When Perrydale senior Jacob Pope was a freshman, he wanted to play baseball, but track and field coach Brian Evans made a deal with him.

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PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Champion at last

EUGENE — About an hour before the girls 400-meter final at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships on Saturday, Central junior Bethanie Altamirano felt like she was carrying the weight of the world.

PREP BASEBALL: Panthers fall to Marist Catholic in play-in round

INDEPENDENCE — Central’s baseball team saw its season come to an end on Friday after losing to Marist Catholic 7-1 in a state play-in game.

PREP SOFTBALL: Top-ranked Dragons to host Parkrose

DALLAS — Dallas’ softball team made history, but the celebration will have to wait. After finishing league play with a perfect 18-0 record for the first time in school history, the top-ranked Dragons host No. 16 Parkrose Wednesday (today) at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the state playoffs.

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PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Shaw shines in first year of jumping

EUGENE — Falls City sophomore Jaime Shaw wasn’t going to do track and field. Instead, she was planning on relaxing during the spring until curiosity got the better of her.

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PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Deming places second in 300 hurdles

EUGENE — It wasn’t the dream ending he hoped for, but Dallas senior Jacob Deming highlighted a strong showing from Dallas’ track and field team at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships on Friday and Saturday.

PREP TRACK AND FIELD: Altamirano wins a state title

EUGENE -- Central sprinter Bethanie Altamirano won a state title in the girls 400-meter run at the OSAA track and field state championships on Saturday. Altamirano finished with a time of 57.67 seconds.

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Central to host Churchill in state play-in round

Central’s softball team will host Churchill in the state play-in round on Friday. The Panthers finished league play with an 11-4 record, finishing in fourth.

Panthers draw Marist Catholic in play-in game

Central’s baseball team hopes a strong end to the regular season leads to success in the postseason. The Panthers entered the week winners of five of its last six games and will host Marist Catholic in a state play-in game Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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Falls City heads to state in four events

Falls City track and field coach Ronnie Simmons made a change with the girls 4 x 100-meter relay team.

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Pope sets PR, wins a district title

Perrydale senior Jacob Pope wasn’t sure this was the year.

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