Western Oregon University’s 2023 Athletic Auction

MONMOUTH, Ore. – The Western Oregon University Wolves Athletic Auction is returning for its 37th year on Saturday, June 3, and again will feature an in-person and online silent auction with several great items up for bid. This is the most impactful fundraiser of the year benefiting our current and future Wolves student-athletes. Proceeds will impact all [more…]

WOU Men’s Rugby Team to Compete in National Championship

picture of WOU Men's rugby team celebrating
The WOU Men’s Rugby team has gone undefeated in all of its conference matches this year!  As conference and regional champions, the team has qualified for the National Collegiate Rugby (NCR) championships in Houston, Texas. There they will compete with the champions from the other three regions for the title of national champions.  I had [more…]

Rodrigues Named First Men’s Soccer Coach In Program History

Stanley Rodrigues, having spent multiple years coaching throughout the Western Region, returns back to the Pacific Northwest to become the first-ever head Men’s Soccer coach at Western Oregon University as announced by director of athletics Randi Lydum on Wednesday. “We are excited to have Stan Rodrigues join our staff and begin building our men’s soccer [more…]

Lydum Named Director of Athletics

Western Oregon Wolves logo painted on a street
Having served as the interim Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics for Western Oregon University for the past year, Randi Lydum has been named to the permanent role following a national search. Lydum, a graduate of Western Oregon State College, returned to her alma mater in 2012 to take on the role of Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance/SWA. [more…]

Anderson’s Message: “What You Tolerate, You Encourage”

Football player in red jersey uniform holding ball with left leg out behind him
Story by Blake Timm, Great Northwest Athletic Conference MONMOUTH, Ore. – On that morning in early June, Curtis Anderson couldn’t contain his emotions. Anderson called his mother and just started yelling. Normally an even-tempered person, the emotions that morning were raw and racing. Like water through a breached dam, he couldn’t hold back. “I was so angry [more…]

GNAC Announces Plans For 2021 Basketball Season

Graphic with Great Northwest Athletic Conference logo
Originally posted on WOUwolves.com. The Great Northwest Athletic Conference announced Friday that it plans to move forward with modified conference-only men’s and women’s basketball schedules beginning in January. Four teams – Alaska Fairbanks, Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin’s and Seattle Pacific – have indicated that they will participate in the 2021 season. Six institutions have decided [more…]

WOU Offers At-Home Workout Options

Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center.
Western Oregon University students and community members now have an option to take at-home fitness classes through the Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center. Campus Recreation Assistant Director Zachary Hammerle used a little innovation to be able to provide FOD or Fitness on Demand workouts. Live classes on Instagram will begin two weeks into spring [more…]

Outdoor Adventures to Explore Near WOU

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Growing up in southern Oregon, Western Oregon University senior Maddy Olson had heard of Silver Falls State Park, Opal Creek Scenic Recreation and Opal Creek Wilderness and Cascade Head Trail. Thanks to WOU’s Outdoor Program, a part of Campus Recreation, she has had the opportunity to hike all three places, discovering stunning waterfalls, magnificent ocean [more…]

Here’s to a happier and healthier you in 2020

Row of students on bikes in a spin class
Achieve your goals to be happier and healthier in 2020 by discovering an activity at Western Oregon University’s Peter Courtney Health and Wellness Center, also known as the Courtney Center. “Exercise and physical activities can increase energy, reduce depression, anxiety and stress, create a positive mood, increase self-esteem and confidence, improve sleep, and support cognitive processes,” [more…]

WOU in the News: Oakland’s Dominique Harrison Among Sugar Skulls Newbies Hoping to Make Instant Impact

Roster turnover happens often in any nonmajor professional sport. One week a player could be the best for a franchise and by the following week, they can find a new opportunity in a different league. It’s “the nature of the business” as Sugar Skulls coach Marcus Coleman puts it. When the Sugar Skulls (3-2) host [more…]

WOU in the News: Stephenson Joins Volleyball Staff at WOU

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon head volleyball coach Stacy Metro announced the addition of Traci Stephenson to her staff on Monday. Stephenson will join the Wolves as an assistant coach for the 2019 season, the first under Metro’s leadership. Stephenson joins the Wolves’ staff after eight seasons as the head coach at Chemeketa Community College in [more…]

Western Oregon University Hosting Regional Rugby Championships this Weekend

WOU men's rugby players huddling together
Western Oregon University (WOU) is hosting a weekend of men’s rugby on campus for the National Small College Rugby Organization’s (NSCRO) 2019 Challenge Cup Pacific Coast Region Championship on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31. The four teams competing at the championship are WOU, Central Oregon Community College, Humboldt State University, and Azusa Pacific [more…]

WOU in the News: Oakland Raiders Sign Wide Receiver Tyrell Williams

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have signed unrestricted free agent WR Tyrell Williams, the club announced Wednesday. Originally an undrafted free agent following the 2015 NFL Draft, Williams signed with the San Diego Chargers and spent the first four seasons (2015-18) of his career with the club. Over his four-year career, Williams has appeared [more…]

WOU in the News: Race to Redemption: Taft grad Arce-Torres Puts Future Ahead of Past

Few people understand the importance of getting from here to there the fastest than 2018 Taft High graduate Gabe Arce-Torres. Among the state’s speediest sprinters on last spring’s Tigers track and field team, Arce-Torres was virtually unstoppable in bursting from starting block to finishing tape in Oregon’s small-school ranks. Then, somebody threw a roadblock in [more…]

Western Oregon University Selected to Host 2019 Men’s PacCoast Region Rugby Championship

The 2018-19 WOU men's rugby team standing in a circle with arms around each other
The National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) announced that Western Oregon University, located in Monmouth, OR, has been selected as the host of NSCRO’s 2019 Challenge Cup Pacific Coast Region Championship. The men’s 15s competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, and will feature four teams including Western Oregon and Central [more…]

Jones named Elite 90 Award winner for NCAA Men’s Cross Country

Tyler Jones running
PITTSBURGH, Pa.—Tyler Jones, a senior at Western Oregon University, is the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Championship. Jones, majoring in mathematics, currently carries a 4.00 GPA. Jones was presented with the award during the championship festivities on Saturday. Jones qualified for the NCAA DII National [more…]

Repeat! Women’s Basketball Earns Academic Honor

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For the second consecutive year, Western Oregon University’s women’s basketball team was recognized by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) on the 2016-17 Academic Top-25 Team Honor Roll. The Wolves posted a team grade point average of 3.539, which ranks 21st in NCAA Division II and topped all Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s hoops [more…]

WOU in the News: More than Xs and Os: Sports Camp Teaches Youth How to Improve Off-Field Training

Cori Metzger encouraging Ariana Connally during weight lifting
Five girls hoisted Olympic barbells to the instruction of coach Cori Metzger in the Thunder Mountain High School weight room on Tuesday. The school was empty save for Metzger and her group, each learning the basics of powerlifting. “One more time: down to your knees, up and shrug,” Metzger said. Each girl extended at the [more…]

WOU in the News: New AD Learns on the Fly

Curtis Campbell
Curtis Campbell didn’t know much about Oregon. Born on the East Coast, Campbell had only been as far west as Illinois. Yet, when Western Oregon University began its search for a new director of athletics, Campbell was interested. “My wife and I have always wanted to live on the West Coast because we haven’t before,” [more…]

WOU in the News: Tyrell WIlliams Shares NFL Knowledge During Camp at Western Oregon

Tyrell Williams leads football camp
Tyrell Williams’ journey to the NFL is a feel-good story from the Mid-Valley. The former standout at Cascade High School and Western Oregon University went undrafted in 2015, but the San Diego Chargers signed him and gave him a shot, and he made the most of it. Williams led the Chargers with 1,059 receiving yards [more…]

Western Oregon University Appoints Curtis Campbell as Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics

Curtis Campbell
Western Oregon University has hired Curtis Campbell as its new athletic director. Campbell is the current director of Athletics at NCAA Division II institution Tuskegee University in Alabama. Campbell boasts 17 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics at both the D-II and D-III levels and has overseen multiple athletic construction projects. In addition to his [more…]

Track Star Ribich Sets Sights on World of Elite Runners

David Ribich ’18, the WOU track standout, is what Director of Athletic Compliance Randi Lydum calls “the poster child of a student-athlete.” The junior from Enterprise, Ore. works hard, maintains solid grades and continues to make a huge mark in the track world on behalf of the Wolves. “You couldn’t ask for a better guy,” [more…]

Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Barbara Dearing to retire

Barbara Dearing
Barbara Dearing will retire June 30, 2017, as its executive director of intercollegiate athletics at Western Oregon University. “I have been blessed to have been involved with WOU Athletics,” Dearing said. “It’s been an honor to work alongside the coaching and athletics administrative staff whose focus has been about the student-athlete experience, and how that experience [more…]

WOU in the news: Former JDHS QB racks up 445 yards, 4 TDs for Western Oregon

Western Oregon University's quarterback Phillip Fenumiai and kickoff runner Torreahno Sweet are both shown running the ball
No matter the situation, Western Oregon University quarterback Phillip Fenumiai of Juneau goes all out on the football field. His effort isn’t dictated by the scoreboard. So when the Wolves trailed Humboldt State by three touchdowns in the second half he just kept playing. In the end, Fenumiai didn’t get the win. But he gained [more…]

WOU hosts Humboldt on Homecoming, Senior Day

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The 2016 WOU homecoming football game takes place Saturday, Oct. 22 at 12:37 p.m. Details on how to watch, game preview, and more are below. Game No. 8   VS    Western Oregon (3-4, 2-3 GNAC) vs. Humboldt State (3-4, 1-4 GNAC) Oct. 22, 2016 • McArthur Field (2,500) – Monmouth, Ore. / 12:37 p.m. PT [more…]

Fall sports tickets now on sale

Season ticket packages and single-game tickets for the 2016 Western Oregon Athletics fall season are now available for purchase online or at the WOU Ticket Office. Various ticket packages are available for football, volleyball and women’s soccer. For more information on purchasing tickets, click here.   Women’s soccer opens the season at home on Thursday, [more…]

Women’s Basketball named to WBCA Academic Top 25

The Western Oregon women’s basketball team was honored Tuesday by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) after the announcement of the 2015-16 Academic Top-25 Team Honor Roll. With a team grade point average of 3.566, the Wolves ranked 21st in NCAA Division II and topped all Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) women’s hoops teams.   [more…]

WOU in the news: Globe Trotter

Published by: Polk County Itemizer-Observer  Written by: Lukas Eggen MONMOUTH — Las Vegas has long been a city where people go to bet big with the hope of hitting the jackpot. It seems fitting that the city would serve as the setting where former Western Oregon men’s basketball player Devon Alexander will go all-in as he [more…]

Wolves football game vs. HSU to be aired on ASN

The Western Oregon football team’s Homecoming and Senior Day game against Humboldt State (Oct. 22) has been picked up for a national television broadcast on the American Sports Network as part of the 2016 Division II Football Showcase, the NCAA announced Thursday.                          The WOU-HSU game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at McArthur Field [more…]

Grad profile: Emmi Collier

Name:  Emmi Collier Age: 22 Major/Minor: Exercise science/focus in physical education Hometown: Warrenton, Ore. Favorite campus event(s): Home Track & Field meets, WOUMania, and New Student Week Best study spot: Third floor of Hamersly Advice to incoming freshman: “Make friends with new people while at Western! You may come here with friends from high school, but make sure you get out [more…]

Grad profile: Stephanie Stuckey

Stephanie Stuckey
Stephanie Stuckey is a dedicated, hardworking student who has worked very hard to get where she is today. She exceeds the expectations of others despite the circumstances she has overcome. She took the time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions for us while she was in Florida for the NCAA Outdoor Track & [more…]

Monmouth and Independence declare April 8 “WOU Men’s Basketball Day”

WOU Men's Basketball Day
In recognition of the astounding achievements of this year’s Western Oregon University men’s basketball team, Monmouth and Independence will issue a proclamation at the next Monmouth City Council that Friday, April 8 will be WOU Men’s Basketball Day. The City Council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5 in Monmouth’s Volunteer [more…]

NCAA West to converge in Monmouth

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The GNAC regular-season and tournament champion Western Oregon men’s basketball team has been selected as the No. 1 seed and host for the 2016 NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament, which will be held March 11-14 at the New P.E. Building.   The Wolves (27-3) will play their opening round game on Friday, March 11 [more…]

Campus Recreation Upcoming Events

These coming months will have several events, mostly FREE and a great way to learn and stay involved with Campus Recreation February 16: Avalanche Awareness, Know Before You Go!, HWC 105 from 5:15-7:00pm This event is free and teaches on safety precautions that can be taken when it comes to avalanches, if you’re one who enjoys [more…]

WOU in the news: Western Oregon football hopes to build momentum

Posted by: Statesmanjournal.com By: Luis Ramirez   MONMOUTH – When the season begins Saturday at Humboldt State, the Western Oregon football team will be looking to keep its positive momentum going after finishing 6-5 last season and posting the 10th consecutive winning season. The Woloves will have to win without some key contributors from last [more…]

WOU in the news: WOU’s Revis Named Preseason All-American

Story published on OregonLive.com By: Great Northwest Athletic Conference   PORTLAND, Ore. – Central Washington defensive back Cedrique Chaney and Western Oregon wide receiver/return specialist Paul Revis have been selected to the D2Football.com Preseason All-America First Team. Chaney, of Kelso, Wash., is a three-time All-GNAC selection. He earned first team honors for the Wildcats in [more…]

WOU in the news: Q & A with Hillsboro athletic director Steve Drake: ‘Our kids now believe we’re going to win.’

Steve Drake
Story published in the Oregonian By Jeff Smith Hillsboro High School athletic director Steve Drake arrived at the school as a coach in 1984 and was promoted to his current position in 1997. Drake, 57, said the success of his athletic programs over the past couple of years has rejuvenated him and he can’t wait [more…]

Western Oregon University’s director of sports performance named Master Strength & Conditioning Coach

Cori Metzgar
At the beginning of May, Western Oregon University’s Director of Sports Performance Cori Metzgar was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). Metzgar was presented with the blue MSCC jacket on May 7 by her mentor Master Strength and Conditioning Coach Anthony Glass from The Ohio State [more…]

Shaw To Lead WOU Men’s Basketball

MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University Athletic Director Barbara Dearing announced the hiring of WOU alumnus Jim Shaw as the men’s basketball head coach on Monday. “We concluded a nationwide search and had more high quality candidates for the position than any other time anyone can remember in school history,” Dearing said. “As the search committee [more…]

WOU taking Hall of Fame ballots

Polk County Itemizer-Observer PC I-O staff report July 2, 2014   MONMOUTH — Western Oregon University’s Athletic Department is accepting nominations for its 2014 Hall of Fame class. Nominations will be taken through July 18. Nominations can be made online at www.wou-wolves.com or by downloading a printable form and mailing to WOU Athletics, Attn.: Barrett [more…]

Former coach, player reunited

Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Lukas Eggen January 29th, 2014   INDEPENDENCE — In 16 seasons as the women’s basketball coach at Western Oregon University, Jon Carey won almost 75 percent of his games and compiled a record of 371-127. But as Carey became athletic director at WOU, his yearning for coaching remained. “One of the [more…]

Rugby opening players’ eyes

Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Lukas Eggen January 22nd, 2014 MONMOUTH — At first glance, Western Oregon University’s women’s rugby team is filled with mismatched parts. Players participated in different sports and grew up in different parts of the world. Each athlete began playing rugby for different reasons: Sophomore Alana Rudolph was looking to try something [more…]

Sarhan standing tall for WOU

Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Lukas Eggen January 8th, 2014   MONMOUTH — Marwan Sarhan isn’t your typical college basketball player. Junior forward Marwan Sarhan (center) drives to the hoop against Seattle Pacific. Sarhan is second in scoring and third in rebounds per game for Western Oregon. The Western Oregon University junior forward didn’t come as [more…]

WOU lands NCAA West Regionals

Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — The NCAA awarded the 2015 and 2017 Division II women’s and men’s cross-country West Regional Championships to Western Oregon University and the cities of Monmouth and Independence. The decision was announced last week on a live video stream on NCAA.com. Western’s Ash Creek Preserve Course is one of a handful [more…]

WOU to host tourney

Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University women’s basketball team will tune up for the start of Great Northwest Athletic Conference play by hosting the Capital City Classic on Friday and Saturday. The two-day, four-team tournament will include California Maritime Academy, as well as Salem-based universities Corban and Willamette. Cal-Maritime takes on Corban [more…]

Silly students, yoga is for teachers

MONMOUTH — When faced with a long day of working with college students, feeling refreshed and calm can go a long way to keeping your sanity. That’s why for the last eight years, Warren Allen has instructed a yoga class exclusively for faculty and staff at Western Oregon University. Allen, a student of yoga and [more…]

Testing vertical limits

  Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Aaron Newton October 15th, 2013 MONMOUTH — Polk County residents eager to get a hint of the vertical life now have a chance at Western Oregon University’s Health and Wellness Center. The campus fitness center opened its 1,600-square-foot climbing wall to the public at the beginning of fall term. Western [more…]

New hires made in WOU athletic department

  Polk County Itemizer-Observer Itemizer-Observer staff report October 9th, 2013 MONMOUTH – Western Oregon University recently announced the addition of two members to its athletics department staff, as Kevin Mahoney and Kenny Slough have joined the department in administrative capacities. Mahoney will serve as the director of athletic business operations, while Slough joins the Wolves [more…]

Pete Finnegan takes on his next challenger: Lymphoma

Photo by Landon Kafka // Pete Finnegan at McArthur field   Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Landon Kafka September 10th, 2013   MONMOUTH – Pete Finnegan began fall practices with Western Oregon University football team Aug. 15, battling for the starting long snapper position. Two weeks later, Finnegan found himself in a completely different battle. He [more…]

Farler returns home to coach WOU softball

Polk County Itemizer-Observer When the assistant coaching position within the softball program at Western Oregon University opened, Abigail Farler saw an opportunity for her life to come full circle. Farler was born and raised in Monmouth, just down the street from the sports complex she will now call home. “My memories of Monmouth are basically [more…]

For Blake Miller, There is no place like home

By Landon Kafka Polk County Itemizer-Observer Minor league baseball can be a grind, especially during the dog days of summer. For many minor leaguers, rookie and Single A baseball is their first taste of living out of their suitcase, traveling from town to town, calling `home’ an unfamiliar place with a host family in the [more…]

WOU athletes receive awards

Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH – Seven Western Oregon University athletes were selected as recipients of the 2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Faculty Athletic Representatives Scholar-Athlete Award. Dallas High graduate and current WOU softball player Eryka Brill (3.89 grade point average in exercise science) is one of four repeat winners of the award, which goes to [more…]

WOU to host annual golf tournament fundraiser

Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH – The Western Oregon University football program will host its ninth annual WOU Golf Tournament at the Albany Golf and Event Center at Spring Hill Aug. 23. The event will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $460 per team of four or $125 per person and includes [more…]

Bike fundraiser for MS is on tap

MONMOUTH — Starting Friday, the Western Oregon University campus will be bombarded with upward of 600 bikers. Don’t think Sturgis and “hogs” though, they’re not those kind of bikers. From Saturday to Sunday, teams of cyclists will venture across the Willamette Valley in the name of charity. The 29th annual Bike MS is the National [more…]

WOU names Kellen Walker head baseball coach

Statesman Journal After leading the Western Oregon baseball program to its 12th-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season title, Kellen Walker has been named head baseball coach and will lead the program on a permanent basis, Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Barbara Dearing  announced on Thursday. Walker served as the interim head coach for WOU [more…]

MINI-MARATHON: Independence Day dash brings number of success stories in 41st year

By Nicole Watkins Polk County Itemizer-Observer Chris Reed spent four seasons competing for the Western Oregon University track and field team and he left his mark on the record books, too: he still owns the 5,000 and 10,000-meter school records, set in 2011. But the annual Monmouth-Independence Mini-Marathon, a race that has taken place every [more…]

Lion alum update: Madison McClung

By Jerry Thompson Cottage Grove Sentinel Madison McClung, a 2010 graduate of Cottage Grove High School, accomplished much in both basketball and track during her four years as a Lion. Now a senior-to-be at Western Oregon University, McClung is concentrating on track and hopes to set some more records at Western Oregon. Looking back to [more…]

Western Oregon calling for Athletic Hall of Fame nominations

Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — The Western Oregon University athletic department is calling for nominations for its 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame class. Nominations for the ninth WOU Hall of Fame class will be accepted through July 10. Nominations can be made online at www.wouwolves.com. Mail-in forms are also available on the site. Any student-athlete [more…]

Trio of Wolves’ track and field athletes earn academic honors

Polk County Itemizer-Observer The Western Oregon University track and field team placed three athletes — Carraig Colahan, Chris Olsen and Amanda Schumaker — on the Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District squad. Schumaker, a senior javelin thrower, earned her first academic all-district honor after recording a 3.40 cumulative grade-point average. The four-time All-American graduates this week [more…]

Western Oregon hires Holli Howard-Carpenter as new women’s coach

Polk County Itemizer-Observer Holli Howard-Carpenter, who has spent the last three seasons serving as the associate head coach at Cal State East Bay, has been named the new head coach for the Western Oregon University women’s basketball program, interim Athletics Director Jon Carey announced late on Tuesday. She replaces Greg Bruce, who retired after 22 [more…]

WOU: Former Western Oregon football star Kevin Boss to speak at Saturday’s Athletic Auction

  Polk County-Itemizer Observer By Nicole Watkins May 29th, 2013   MONMOUTH — One of Western Oregon University’s most celebrated athletes is returning home — if only for just one night. Current NFL free agent and former WOU All-American tight end Kevin Boss will highlight what the university hopes will be a successful event at [more…]

Good sports five years later

National Collegiate Athletic Association By Matt Velazquez April 26th, 2013 Five years ago, Mallory Holtman, Liz Wallace and Sara Tucholsky were just college seniors trying to make the most of the final few softball games of their careers. When they woke up on the morning of April 26, 2008, they had no idea know what [more…]

Dearing named head of Western Oregon University athletics

Maureen Dolan
Statesman Journal By Timm Collins April 29th, 2013 Barbara Dearing, who has spent the last six years as a senior staff member with the Portland State University Athletics Department, has been hired as Western Oregon University’s next executive director of intercollegiate athletics. “Barbara Dearing has been successful in all areas of collegiate athletics and I [more…]

‘We knew we were going to win’: Western Oregon completes weekend with stunning sweep of Saint Martin’s

WOU’s Ashlie Gardner, center, celebrates after scoring the game-winner Sunday in a 4-3 victory over Saint Martin’s in Game 2 of a doubleheader. // Photo by Nicole Watkins Polk County Itemizer-Observer By Nicole Watkins MONMOUTH — Down three runs entering the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday, the mood in the Western Oregon University softball dugout [more…]

Western Oregon to induct Boss, Lovre into Hall of Fame

Corvallis Gazette-Times Kevin Boss and Judy Lovre will highlight the Western Oregon University Athletic Hall of Fame’s class of 2012, the eighth class to be inducted. Boss, a tight end who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason after a year at Oakland, is perhaps the most recognizable name in modern WOU football history. [more…]

WNC’S Pfeiffer going to Western Oregon University

Reno Gazette-Journal Former Western Nevada College softball player Melanie Pfeiffer won’t let a serious illness deter her from following her dreams. After graduating in the spring with an Associate of Arts degree, she will continue her education and softball career at Western Oregon University, an NCAA Division II school in Monmouth, Ore. Pfeiffer, a Reno [more…]

Climb and conquer Acing race’s first test puts Leon, Crossman in winning position

By Steve Mims The Register-Guard  First up the hill, first to the finish. That strategy worked for Eugene residents Craig Leon and Bronwyn Crossman, who were first named king and queen, respectively, of the Donald Street hill, and then went on to win the 39th annual Butte to Butte race Wednesday morning. Leon and Crossman [more…]

Giving it a ‘shot’

  Observer & Eccentric By Tim Smith It’s probably tough to outdo shot putter Robert Barrett when it comes to multitasking. Imagine balancing a 16-pound steel ball against the side of your neck, simultaneously propelling yourself forward several feet with enough speed, power and torque to launch the heavy object some 50 feet out into [more…]

Runners make strong showing at nationals

Polk County Itemizer-Observer SPOKANE, Wash. — Western Oregon University’s men’s cross country team made its second straight trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships a memorable one by placing 14th on Saturday, Nov. 19, in cold and snowy running conditions. The Wolves improved upon their 20th-place finish at the 2010 championships by collecting 374 [more…]

Western junior earns GNAC soccer award

Polk County Itemizer-Observer MONMOUTH — Lindsay Bauman, a junior at Western Oregon University, has been named the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Newcomer of the Year. Bauman led Western Oregon with 10 points (three goals, four assists) during the 2011 season. She also ranked second in GNAC play with 70 shots, a 3.89 [more…]

Area colleges notebook: Two Western Oregon players receive top honors

Statesman Journal By James Day The Western Oregon University football team, which finished second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, took home a pair of top honors on the all-GNAC teams.Wolves offensive left tackle Jason Slowey, a 6-foot-4, 310-pound senior from Medford, was named offensive lineman of the year.WOU defensive lineman Gavin Drake, a 6-2, 250-pounder from Portland, shared defensive lineman of [more…]

Fitness crusader: A trainer organizes a program to help Springfield students get the most out of their limited PE time

The Register Guard By Randi Bjornstad Worries about children “vegging” in front of the TV or squandering too much free time playing video games don’t apply to the kids in Apryl Smith’s fourth-grade class at Thurston Elementary School in Springfield. Not on this day. Smith’s 31 students can hardly wait for 10 a.m. and the [more…]

Scoville is excited to join Western Oregon

By Rachel Finney Coos Bay’s The World COOS BAY — Pirate senior Ryan Scoville soon will be a Wolf. Marshfield football team’s quick and elusive tailback signed to play football with Western Oregon University on Wednesday afternoon, and is excited about the opportunity to extend his football career. He said Western Oregon’s program has been [more…]

Harris chooses Wolves over Southern Oregon

By John Gunther Coos Bay’s The World COQUILLE — Joe Harris had a standout football career at Coquille High School with his speed and athleticism. He hopes to do the same thing over the next few years at Western Oregon University. Harris signed a letter of intent to join the Wolves on Wednesday, stamping his [more…]

Four Scio football players commit to Western Oregon

Albany Democrat-Herald Four players who helped lead Scio to back-to-back 2A state championships will join former teammate Coulter Mastenbroek at Western Oregon University. Linebacker Justin Guest signed a national letter of intent Wednesday while linebacker Ben Sarbeck, defensive tackle Brandon Rezentes, and offensive tackle Daryn Vinton will join the program as preferred walk-ons. Guest was [more…]

Surprising Star Turn for Role Player

New York Times By Mark Viera EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — On most days, Kevin Boss strolls around the Giants’ practice center wearing a plain blue sweatshirt that has frayed from frequent use, a dependable, indispensable part of his wardrobe. It could be a metaphor. The latest news, notes and analysis as N.F.L. teams explore off-season [more…]

Mother and daughter bond over the high-jump bar

Cherie Potsklan began competing in the high-jump to spend time with her daughter, Alison Wood. Despite suffering from a hernia for almost a year, former Newberg High School state champion high jumper Alison Wood (formerly Hunkins) cleared 5 feet, 5 inches on July 24 to win at the U.S. Masters Outdoor Track and Field National Championship at Sacramento State University.