Former world champ brings bull riding clinic to Molalla

Former world champ brings bull riding clinic to Molalla

Cody Custer, who won the PRCA's bull riding world title in 1992, drew 10 students to his four-day...

Molalla takes third at Senior American County Tourney

Molalla takes third at Senior American County Tourney

Despite a 17-14 loss to Estacada in Sunday's consolation final, Molalla advanced to this week's...

Crawley makes all-night trek to ride at Buckeroo Rodeo

Crawley makes all-night trek to ride at Buckeroo Rodeo

Jacobs Crawley, the reigning world champion saddle bronc rider from Boerne, Texas, has been a...

93rd Buckeroo Rodeo caps another successful run

93rd Buckeroo Rodeo caps another successful run

An estimated 55,000 fans turned out for five performances over four days as many of the PRCA's...

First-time entries set pace in fifth Freedom 5K road race

First-time entries set pace in fifth Freedom 5K road race

Portland's Jason Rae and Oregon City's Hannah Clarizio helped to lead the way in the fifth annual...

Dougherty on fast track to PRCA bull riding career

Dougherty on fast track to PRCA bull riding career

Chase Dougherty, a three-time Oregon high school bull riding champion, is "living the dream" as...

Hanchey takes detour, leads tie-down ropers at Buckeroo

Hanchey takes detour, leads tie-down ropers at Buckeroo

Former World Champion tie-down roper Shane Hanchey set the early standard with a time of 7.9...

Molalla's Kurt Potter named Tri-Valley Pitcher of the Year

Molalla's Kurt Potter named Tri-Valley Pitcher of the Year

Molalla's senior shortstop/pitcher was also named to the all-league first team as an infielder...

Molalla tennis ace to pursue career as pro instructor

Molalla tennis ace to pursue career as pro instructor

Emmett Copher, who capped his senior season with a win in the consolation finals of the OSAA...

Bring caps 'dream' season with shot put, discus titles

Bring caps 'dream' season with shot put, discus titles

Molalla's Rachel Bring won the 4A girls' shot put with a throw of 42-0 3/4, and then won the...

Colton's Knott runs away with two 3A sprint titles

Colton's Knott runs away with two 3A sprint titles

Malik Knott won the Class 3A boys' 100-meter and 200-meter state titles during the OSAA track and...

Mont Child claims 4A boys' shot put state championship

Mont Child claims 4A boys' shot put state championship

The Molalla junior shook off his disappointing performance in the discus to win the shot put with...

Molalla girls roll to district track and field team title

Molalla girls roll to district track and field team title

The Indians are sending 10 girls and eight boys to the OSAA Class 4A track and field...

Molalla edges Estacada 5-3, nabs Tri-Valley's No. 2 seed

Molalla edges Estacada 5-3, nabs Tri-Valley's No. 2 seed

Austin Alexander went 3 for 4 with a key two-out, two-run single in a five-run fourth inning that...

Molalla clinches 4A baseball playoff spot at Madras, 12-4

Molalla clinches 4A baseball playoff spot at Madras, 12-4

The Indians sent 13 batters to the plate in a nine-run sixth inning to extend their winning...

Schaefer's blast helps lift Molalla over Gladstone, 3-1

Schaefer's blast helps lift Molalla over Gladstone, 3-1

Will Schaefer's two-run double keyed a three-run fourth inning Friday as the Indians completed...

Molalla's Bring adds second school record in shot put

Molalla's Bring adds second school record in shot put

Two weeks after Rachel Bring broke the school record in the discus, the Indians' junior thrower...

Borowczak on pace to peak at Tri-Valley track district finals

Borowczak on pace to peak at Tri-Valley track district finals

Molalla junior middle-distance runner Matthew Borowczak set a personal record in the 800-meter run...

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JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Nina Wegner, a former Molalla High School player and one-time assistant under Jessica Lehmann, is the seventh girls' soccer head coach in the past 11 seasons.
July 27, 2016

New Molalla girls' soccer coach emphasizes defense

by Jim Beseda
Nina Wegner was named in May to replace Jim Seward, who in two seasons compiled a 23-3-3 record and led the Indians to a pair of Tri-Valley Conference titles. Going into her first season as the…
JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Molalla catcher Casey Brooks drew a walk and popped out to second in his two plate appearances during Friday's 12-2 loss to Stayton.
July 25, 2016

Molalla makes early exit from tourney after 12-2 loss

by Jim Beseda
The Indians dropped their first two games in the 12-team Junior Baseball Organization's Senior American State Tournament. Molalla’s run in the Junior Baseball Organization’s Senior American…
JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Molalla catcher Casey Brooks went 1 for 3 with an RBI-double in Thursday's 10-5 loss to Marist at Estacada High School.
July 22, 2016

Molalla falls 10-5 to Marist in state tournament opener

by Jim Beseda
The Spartans used a 15-hit attack and starter Sam Bell's 12 strikeouts to stymie the Indians in Thursday's opening game of the Junior Baseball Organization's Senior American State Tournament in…


JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Bull rider Montana Barlow of Eden, Idaho, rides Gilldini during Saturday's Challenge of Champions Tour stop at the Molalla Buckeroo rodeo grounds.
June 28, 2016

Challenge Tour puts 'kick' into Buckeroo Kickoff Party

by Jim Beseda
A crowd estimated at 1,500 - 2,000 turned out to see the Challenge of Champions Tour bull riding event during Saturday's Molalla Buckeroo Kickoff Party at the rodeo grounds. For bull rider Jory…
JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Sid Britt of Hermiston starts looks for a place to land as he begins to lose his grip aboard Black Cloud during Saturday's Coastal Farm & Ranch Challenge of Champions Tour bull riding event at the Molalla rodeo grounds.
June 26, 2016

Markiss takes win home from Challenge Tour stop

by Jim Beseda
Jory Markiss, the former standout on the Professional Bull Riders circuit, took Ugly Offense for an 82.5 ride to claim top honors during Saturday's Challenge of Champions Tour bull riding event…
June 21, 2016

Coppini leads Challenge of Champions into Molalla

by Jim Beseda
With victories in three of the first six events, Paul Coppini of Kuna, Idaho, leads the regional bull riding series into town on Saturday as part of the Molalla Buckeroo Kickoff Party. Series…
JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Molalla coach Todd Potter was all smiles after the Indians downed Gladstone 3-1 in the final regular-season home game at Geddes Field.
June 20, 2016

Todd Potter steps down as Molalla High baseball coach

by Jim Beseda
Potter posted a record of 45-54 overall, 26-34 in the Tri-Valley Conference during a four-year stretch that included an appearance in the 2015 OSAA Class 4A quarterfinals. Todd Potter has…
JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Cutting Edge Fitness members Shawna Hale (standing) and Nicole Hughson have qualified for the Oct. 6-9 APA-WPA World Championships powerlifting event in Clackamas.
June 15, 2016

Ready to take workout to next level? Try powerlifting

by Jim Beseda
Shawna Hale and Nicole Hughson each picked up the sport as members of Molalla's Cutting Edge Fitness health club and say they aren't about to put it down. Nicole Hughson got bit by the…
BRIAN MOUNT - Molalla wrester Ben Pruitt begins the push-ups portion of the Murph Challenge on Memorial Day at Heckard Field.
June 15, 2016

Molalla wrestlers give annual Murph Challenge their all

by Jim Beseda
The CrossFit workout has become a Memorial Day tradition to commemorate Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy and benefit the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial Scholarship Foundation. Molalla wrestling…
JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Molalla's Kurt Potter was named to the Class 4A all-state first team for the second straight season.
June 08, 2016

Potter named to Class 4A baseball all-state first team

by Jim Beseda
Molalla senior Kurt Potter earned first-team, all-state honors for the second season in a row after leading the Indians (15-10) with a .446 batting average. Molalla senior shortstop Kurt Potter…

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LON AUSTIN/PAMPLIN MEDIA - Juliann Jones returns a shot during the 2015 district tennis tournament
Jun 08, 2016

Local youth sports camps teach basic fundamentals

by Jim Beseda
Molalla High School’s girls’ tennis team is hosting a four-day youth camp for boys and girls on June 27-30 on the tennis courts next to Heckard Field. Sessions for players in grades 1-4 are…
MOLALLA OHSET - Molalla OHSET riders Dominique Bangle, Taris Krutsch and Garrett Veltman stand alongside coach Becky Bangle following the May 12-15 state championships in Redmond.
Jun 08, 2016

Molalla OHSET riders qualify for June 18-20 PNWIC finals

by Molalla Pioneer staff
Molalla’s Dominique Bangle, Taris Krtusch and Garrett Veltman placed third in a field of 24 teams in Team Penning at the May 12-15 Oregon High School Equestrian Teams State Championships at the…
MOLALLA PIONEER - Betty Sue Tippetts
May 31, 2016

Betty Sue Tippetts

by Molalla Pioneer
December 5, 1946 - May 25, 2016 Betty Sue Tippets passed away on May 25, 2016. She was 69. Betty loved life, especially being the wife of Don N. Tippetts and the mother of her five children,…