Dive In: Lane County’s Best Recreational Pools for All Ages

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Photo: Pixabay.com

As residents and frequent visitors of Eugene know, weather in our area is sporadic at best until June. We usually get one random week of sunshine in March followed by several weeks of rain throughout April and May. Opportunities to break out the flip flops, shorts and sunscreen are few and far between and as soon as the sun breaks through the clouds, we take full advantage.

Once blue skies arrive, students litter campus lawns in their bathing suits, sunning on beach towels and soaking up rays while studying. Kids on my block crank on their sprinklers and run through cold waterfalls to beat the heat. My toddler has a little turtle wading pool in the backyard that we fill with water and splash around in on hot afternoons.

There are occasions when sunbathing, sprinklers and kiddie pools just don’t cut it and you need to take cooling down to the next level. On such occasions, grab your family and head on down to one of Lane County’s best recreational [...]
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Hitting the Links: Willamette Valley’s Golf Courses

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Photo: Pixabay

Photo: Pixabay

With the return of warm weather one of my favorite pastimes really gets into full swing… golf season is here. I know…bad joke. But it’s true. In my opinion, Oregon’s golf “season”—albeit too short in length—is weather-wise some of the best anywhere in the world. With the weather getting better by the day, I can’t help but think about some of my past golf experiences in and round the Willamette Valley.

Riveridge Golf Course

Located a mere minutes from downtown Eugene, this course offers golfers of all skill levels a chance to improve their game, or in my case, grow and foster a new found love of this game with my 7-year-old daughter. The greens fees are reasonable, the course is in some of the best shape it has been in within recent years, and their practice facility is quite impressive. Whether you want to squeeze in an “Emergency 9” one night after work or just go pound some balls on the range, Riveridge can accommodate all of your needs. They also offer both a [...]
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Pubs of Eugene: The Rundown of Track Town’s Top 5 Breweries & Pubs

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It doesn’t matter if you’re from Springfield, Oregon or Springfield, Illinois. Anyone who enjoys a good microbrew knows the northwest’s well-established reputation as the brewery mecca of the United States. When you live in the pub-saturated streets of Oregon, you take things like IBA and ABV seriously. Our beer is no joke.

My introduction to beer was minor league. My college years were spent dabbling in Coors Light and Budweiser. I slowly ventured into Sierra Nevada and Henry Weinhard, eventually growing an appreciation for northwest microbrew varieties on the lighter side. And as Eugene’s local scene for brew pubs grew, so did my interest in stronger and more flavorful ales.

One of Eugene’s specialty brews is our wide selection of IPA (India Pale Ale), known for its strong, hoppy bite. I steered clear of IPA for years because of that bite. But I knew I was a true Eugenian the day my husband offered me the choice between an IPA and one my favorite light beers and I said without hesitation, “IPA.” It was a [...]
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The Duck Store Launches Exclusive Oregon-Branded PING Gear Collection

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Photo: Natalie Kinley

Photo: Natalie Kinley

Golfing season is in full swing! While I am not the world’s most avid golfer (my idea of “hitting the course” is an afternoon at our local putt putt with my husband and 2-year-old son), I understand how the right gear optimizes your performance on the green. And let me tell you, the new shipment of PING gear we recently received at the Processing Center is nothing short of spectacular.

Knowing very little about the PING brand, I did a quick search hoping to learn more about their apparel and got drawn into an engaging timeline on their website that shed some light on this impressive company and its history. Founder Karsten Solheim invented the first PING putter in his Redwood City garage in 1959. In the decades that followed, Solheim designed and engineered several styles of putters, irons and clubs including the Anser, the K1, the Karsten 1, the PING EYE and more.

In 1962, PGA tour professional John Barnum used a PING putter on his road to victory at the Cajun [...]
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Get to Know Kayla Gordon, Your Miss University of Oregon 2013

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Dirty Duck 5k 2013

Many of you are familiar with the Miss America Organization and the highly anticipated competition that is televised each year. But what you may not know is that the University of Oregon has its very own pageant where one lucky student is crowned Miss UO. According to the Miss Lane County website, participants are provided a forum to express their viewpoints, talents and accomplishments and utilize Miss America scholarship grants to further their educations.

We had the distinct pleasure of having Kayla Gordon, Miss University of Oregon 2013, stop by our Processing Center for a photo shoot a few weeks ago to model some new merchandise from one of our favorite brands, Blue 84. We took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her experiences as an Oregon Duck and share some favorite memories of her reign.

What does being a Duck mean to you?

I’ve always been a Duck fan.  My grandparents met at and graduated from University of Oregon and I grew up watching Oregon sports with my parents. [...]
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Oregon Football Spring Game 2014

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Photo: Emerald archives

Photo: Emerald archives

It’s spring!

I can’t think about the new season without getting nostalgic about what it means at the University of Oregon. For students and faculty who braved the fall and winter—through rain, snow, and ice, and just plain frigid temperatures in often unpredictable intervals—the spring signifies a collective sigh of relief. A reprieve from the wet and cold.

Sunglasses come out in droves, often prematurely. Students throw on shorts previously hidden by the gortex-laden contents of their closets, and all of a sudden any task can be completed on the bank of the river. Got some extra reading? You can take care of that by the river. How about a paper to write? Take your laptop! Extra beer in the fridge? Sure! But remember to pack it out when you pack it in.

If spring weren’t enjoyable enough, it also marks the beginning of serious thought regarding the potential of the coming football season. As practices are closed to the public, the spring game is our first real look [...]
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Pepsi Dual-meet Showcases UO Wins Against Arizona

Photo: Brian Wright

Photo: Brian Wright

Saturday April 5, 2014
Hayward Field, Eugene Oregon

Over the last two decades, track programs have changed their focus to develop a small group of elite athletes, versus fielding large teams that can be competitive across all 17 track and field events. It’s no wonder, then, that track and field fans get extra excited to attend the rare dual-meet at Hayward Field, as this format harkens back to the heyday of one-on-one matchups.

It’s safe to say that Oregon has adapted the new approach and has its superstars, but as a pleasant surprise, both the men’s and women’s team this year are deep in talent and can compete in every event. The Oregon men’s team won 15 events and the UO women won 16. This impressive feat shows that Oregon is a team to be reckoned with at Nationals this June 11-14.

Photo: Brian Wright

Photo: Brian Wright

The women of Oregon showed some great highlights with Laura Roesler winning the 800 meters in a meet [...]
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Sun Shines on Oregon Track and Field at Preview

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Photo: Brian Wright

Photo: Brian Wright

Normally when I wake the morning of the Oregon Preview, I need to prepare myself for a wet-weather trip to the season’s home opener. This year, however, to my surprise and delight, the sun was out and providing a few rays of light for the university’s legacy sport at a meet designed to showcase Oregon’s track and field athletes.

Facilities_webWhat makes an Oregon track meet special is that it is hosted in the center of campus at historic Hayward Field. I could feel the excitement build as I drive my car down Agate Street after hearing announcements booming over the PA system. Adding to the growing enthusiasm was seeing Oregon track and field fans hurriedly walk into Hayward by the hundreds after parking their cars in the adjacent campus neighborhoods.

The university’s track facilities are the best in the world and that is why so many of the USA Olympic Trials have taken place here. As a former Oregon hurdler, I’ve visited different track facilities around [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Ducks See an Opportunity To Create Madness, Starting With BYU

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Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

It’s finally here! Productivity will slow to a crawl, as employees everywhere will have one eye on their bracket, and another on the TV, amid countless dollars dump-trucked into office pools all over the country.

The madness began on Sunday when the tournament selection committee announced seeding and matchups for the NCAA tournament, which included a 7-seed for your Oregon Ducks and a rematch with BYU. Play-in games are all wrapped up, which means that it’s time for the 64 remaining teams to scratch and claw their way up the ladder for a chance to cut down the nets.

Early in the season Duck fans marked the BYU game on their calendars. It was December 21st—the last game that the Ducks would play before Christmas—and two of the highest scoring teams in the country joined forces to put on one heck of a show. In the end, the Ducks outlasted and eventually outscored the Cougars, illuminating every pixel on the scoreboard on the way to a 100-96 overtime victory.

This time around the Cougars will [...]
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Men’s Basketball: Ducks Fall To Eventual Champion UCLA, Look Forward To Rematch With BYU

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Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

Photo: Michael Shaw/Emerald

It was a swift, unceremonious kick in the pants for Dana Altman’s Ducks on their way out of the conference tournament. A “don’t let the door hit you on the way out” type of goodbye, provided by one of the conference’s elite teams.

Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson were back, and could seemingly do no wrong on Thursday. The two combined for 26 points, 7 assists and 13 rebounds to lead the Bruins to an 82-63 victory over the Ducks. Anderson’s skill set was on full display, as he consistently passed up good shots for himself in order to get great shots for his teammates. The Wear twins were perhaps the main beneficiaries, rewarding Anderson’s good passing by knocking down open looks. The combination of the Wear twins provided 25 points for the Bruins, as well as 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

Joseph Young was the lone bright spot for the guys in green and yellow, single handedly mounting several comebacks early in the second half, but none were able to stick. Outside of the [...]
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