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Roseburg keeps rolling

OS Prep Feed - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 6:14pm
Indians claim fourth-straight title to highlight state meet By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Roseburg coach Steve Lander gets lifted to celebrate the team's fourth-straight state title. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The University of Roseburg did it again.

With team members sporting visors with "University of R" on them, Roseburg High won the Class 6A wrestling state championship for the fourth straight year Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, a feat highlighted by two four-time champions.

Layne Van Anrooy capped an unbeaten season with the title at 160 pounds, and Haydn Maley won the 220-pound title to lead the Indians to a meet-record 366 points, beating the previous record by 63 points. Van Anrooy and Maley are the first teammates to win four state titles in the same four years.

Crater, which had 22 wrestlers in the meet, won at Clas 5A for its first title since 2006, ending Hermiston's four-year run of titles in the process.

Nyssa won at Class 3A with 287 points, the runner-up score to Roseburg, for its third-straight title.

Culver had four individual champions and won at 2A for its fourth-consecutive title.

Iin the closest team race in the history of the meet, Sweet Home beat Crook County 181-180.5, earning its total by getting five wrestlers into their weight finals.

Since the OSAA went to six classifications in 2007 - which turned into five wrestling divisions, Roseburg and Culver have ruled their classifications. Roseburg has won nine of the 11 finals in that time, while Culver has won 10.

 

 

 

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De La Salle defends its turf

OS Prep Feed - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 9:59pm
Knights head back to 3A tourney with 49-46 win over Coquille By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The De La Salle North Catholic basketball program might not have a dazzling on-campus arena, but it definitely has a home territory in the Class 3A hoop world at the Moore Street Salvation Army Gym. And, the Knights did what they needed to protect their home court Friday, and played their way back into the boys state tournament with a 49-46 victory over Coquille.

Sophomore Kadeem Nelson scored 15 points, senior Jordanos Lincoln scored 10 and senior Marquis Guntle added 10 points, including hitting all four of this free-throw attempts in the final 40 seconds to send the team back to the tournament in Coos Bay for the fifth consecutive year.

Junior Seth Waddington scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Red Devils, who lost to the Knights for the third time in four years in the tournament play-in game. Coquille has missed the tournament by one victory eight times in the past nine years, and has not been to the double-elimination tournament since 2003.

De La Salle improved to 20-5 on the season, and will play Amity in the quarterfinals Thursday at North Bend High School. Amity beat Colton 69-63 Friday to improve to 21-5.

Coquille finished at 19-7.

The Class 3A Tournament begins Wednesday with the girls quarterfinals, then picks up with the boys quarterfinals Thursday. The boys and girls championship games are set for Saturday at Marshfield High in Coos Bay.

De La Salle's quickness and physical play seemed to catch Coquille off-guard at the start of the game, and the Knights went up 9-0 before the Red Devils scored. Early in the second quarter the lead extended to 18-7, but junior guard Henry Scolari led the Coquille comeback by continually breaking the De La Salle fullcourt pressure. A series of lay-ups by senior forwards Noah Hyatt and senior Dustin Davis, and clutch jump shots from Waddington eventually turned into a 34-33 lead when Davis completed a three-point play with 2:16 left in the third quarter.

Coquille led 38-36 entering the fourth quarter, but quickly reached 10 team fouls and the Knights spent much of the fourth quarter at the free throw line. De La Salle outscored Coquille 13-8 in the final quarter, with nine of those points as free throws as the lead changed hands five times.

A pair of free throws by Scolari with 43 seconds left cut De La Salle's lead to 45-44, then after Guntle hit a pair of free throws, Hyatt scored after an offensive rebound to make the score 47-46. Guntle drew a quick foul and hit both shots with nine seconds left.

Coquille set up Waddington for a game-tying shot, but it missed and the Knights celebrated a return to the Southern Oregon Coast.

 

 

 

 

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Blazers coast past Magic

OS Pro Feed - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:33am
The All-Star Break seems to help the team in court return Associated Press Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. - Damian Lillard returned from the All-Star break refreshed, and he played like it Thursday night.

Aside from going to the Trail Blazers facility for treatment each morning, Lillard spent the majority of his time at home watching television, relaxing and consuming water. If his first game back from break was any indication, it was exactly what he needed.

Lillard scored 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter to rally struggling Portland to a 112-103 victory over the Orlando Magic.

“I truly believe that break played a part in me being able to come out fresh,” said Lillard, who fought through picking up three fouls in the first half. “Even though I got into foul trouble early in the game, I still felt good. I didn’t feel discouraged about that and I think that played a huge part in that fourth quarter.”

Lillard brought the Blazers back from an 11-point deficit early in the fourth with a couple of big 3-pointers and drives to the basket during a stretch in which Portland outscored Orlando 16-4 to claim the lead. Lillard’s 3-pointer from the corner with 5:21 remaining gave the Blazers their first lead since the first quarter at 96-95.

Portland would not trail again even though the game remained close down the stretch.

“He has done that often in his career,” said Portland coach Terry Stotts, whose team snapped a three-game losing streak. “When he gets to rolling like that ... I don’t know if it’s a normal thing but it’s certainly not surprising.”

But what may have been surprising was the defense of seldom-used guard Shabazz Napier, who put a stop to the penetration of Orlando guard Elfrid Payton in the second half. Napier played so well that Stotts played a three-guard lineup for much of the final 24 minutes to allow Napier, C.J. McCollum and Lillard to be on the floor together.

“More than anything else it was his defense,” Stotts said of Napier. “I liked his defense on the ball and I just didn’t feel comfortable taking him out.”

The Blazers spoiled Terrence Ross’ Magic debut and also sent Orlando to its sixth loss in its last seven games.

The Magic led by as many as 14 points, but the all-too-familiar breakdowns on the interior defense and the inability to get consistent points outside of Nikola Vucevic plagued them down the stretch.

Orlando coach Frank Vogel couldn’t hide his frustration as his team’s already slim playoff chances fade with each loss.

“That’s exactly what I’m talking about,” Vogel said. “Up nine or whatever we were in the fourth quarter, you should win that game.”

It was the exact opposite feeling in the Blazers’ locker room. They had lost six of their last eight games entering Thursday night.

“Getting that feeling that we did much better than we have all season,” Lillard said. “We got a big win on the road.”

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Ducks soar in second half

OS College - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 9:09pm
Oregon overcomes horrid first half for 68-65 win at Cal Staff report File photo.

A season-low point total in the first half only served to make Wednesday's game at Cal more exciting for Oregon men's basketball fans who travelled to Berkeley, Calif.

Dillon Brooks scored the final three of his 22 points on a long-range shot with 0.2 seconds left to rally the No. 6 Ducks to a 68-65 win over the upset-minded Golden Bears.

Cal held Oregon to just 16 points through 20 minutes - a low for any team coach Dana Altman has guided since arriving in Eugene in 2010, and led 32-16 early in the second half. Oregon still trailed by 10 with 4:15 left before finding a rhythm behind Dillon Brooks and Christian Boucher, who combined for 35 points in the second half.

Oregon finally took its first lead with 1:51 left on a Boucher lay-up, and eventually finished the game on a 19-6 run capped by Brooks' basket - his second game-winning shot in the final second this season.

Oregon improved to 25-4 overall and 14-2 in Pac-12 play heading into a road game at Stanford Saturday.

Cal dropped to 18-9, 9-6, and will play host to Oregon State Saturday.

 

 

Grant battles to key victory

OS Prep Feed - Tue, 02/21/2017 - 11:47pm
The Generals' offense doesn't quite click, but they beat Lincoln 61-50 By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - A season-low total of points in the first quarter might have been just what the Grant Generals needed as they head toward the state playoffs.

After putting up just six points in the first quarter and trailing by as many as 10 points in the half, Grant rallied behind solid defense and strong passing to overcome an inspired performance by Lincoln, 61-50, in a PIL boys basketball game Tuesday at Lincoln.

Grant got 15 points from junior Kelton Samore, and 14 points each from senior Noel Bangsberg and sophomore Aaron Deloney to improve to 14-8 overall and 12-3 in league play with one game left against Benson. The Generals are ranked No. 9 by the OSAA calculations, which would put them in position to play host to possibly two games in the state playoffs next week.

"I told them that's playoff basketball, at it's best for us," Grant coach Robert Key said of his post-game team meeting. "One of the best wins on the road for us all season."

Lincoln got 15 points from junior Bryce Sloan, but got outscored 22-6 in the fourth quarter and dropped to 13-8, 10-5 with its OSAA ranking at 16. At No. 16, the Cardinals would play host to a first-round playoff game.

Grant entered the game with the idea a win would boost its resume to a ranking of No. 8, with a key factor being its strength of schedule that includes top-ranked Jefferson twice as well as No. 2 West Linn twice. All four games were among its eight losses. At No. 9, they would only play host to the first-round game and play the second round at the 8th seed unless that team lost in the first round.

The resume boost looked shaky in the first eight minutes as the Generals missed lay-ups and an array of outside shots, scoring just six points and trailing 14-6 after one quarter. The team ramped up its offense to trail just 29-24 at halftime and finally got the lead at 37-36 on an offensive rebound by the 6-foot-9 Samore with 3:16 left in the third quarter.

Lincoln finished out the quarter with an 8-2 run and led 44-39 with eight minutes left. But, the Cardinals scored only one point in the first five minutes of the quarter and strong free-throw shooting by Deloney - who made nine of this 10 free throws, boosted the Generals to the win.

 

 

 

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Give the Dodgers a chance

BLOG Cliff Pfenning - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:39pm
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When you reflect on all the pro teams from the five major leagues across the US: NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and even Major League Soccer, what's the top brand name for fans across the nation and even worldwide?

The New England Patriots might be No. 1 in terms of Super Bowls won in the past decade, but does anyone in Greece know who they are?

The New York Yankess, due to their long history of success, have to be one of the top teams. The Dallas Cowboys, due to their success during the television age and cheerleaders, are a top consideration, too. Red Sox, Cubs, Packers, Lakers, Knicks, Celtics ... even the Browns - the Sportsland, Oregon episode connects with those topics.

I would love the Los Angeles/Brooklyn Dodgers to be up there.

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Timbers? Portland's soccer franchise has to be one of the top US brands in the sport because of its fans, but it's got a long ways to go to be an international brand. That's something that comes with straying into the international scene, and the Timbers haven't really done that other than host an English team now and then. So, does the Timbers Army even want to be known in Scotland, or Sweden or Germany?

And, why are the upcoming tournaments for college and high school basketball players so long and short at the same time?

Good stuff to listen to on the Sportland podcast.

 

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Super Bowlers, but super brand?

OS Pro Feed - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:27pm
Where do the Patriots sit among top US sports brands? Sportland Oregon staff AP photo.

When you reflect on all the pro teams from the five major leagues across the US: NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, NHL and even Major League Soccer, what's the top brand name for fans across the nation and even worldwide?

The New England Patriots might be No. 1 in terms of Super Bowls won in the past decade, but does anyone in Greece know who they are?

In this episode, we ponder that question as well as the recent NBA trade that send DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans, sorta SNL-style, too.

Oregon is gearing up for its NCAA Tournament run, but what about Gonzaga? The Zags might be a No. 1 seed, but does the NCAA really want a school from Spokane playing in the final? We chat that up as well as how coach Mark Few might be playing the tournament up to his players.

We also hit on the key event for the upcoming week: the Daytona 500. All recorded at Pour Sports in SE Portland.

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Sportsland, Oregon 2017 - Episode 7

OS Sportsland - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 11:00pm

So, what about that big NBA trade from Sunday - SNL worthy? Hosts Cliff and Derek talk up the league environs as well as the upcoming NCAA Tournament and then some rankings of the brand identity of pro and college programs across the nation. All recorded at Pour Sports in SE Portland.

Jesuit, Sunset snag swim titles

OS Prep Feed - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 11:35am
Sunset's girls, Jesuit's boys keep Metro League in control Staff report Associated Press

GRESHAM - In one of the closest finishes in the state's history of swimming, Sunset rallied in the final event and won the Class 6A girls title by slightly less than four seconds at Mt. Hood Community College Saturday.

The Apollos won the final event, the 400-meter freestyle relay, by 3.38 seconds to beat Jesuit 203-199 in the overall standings. With Jesuit out of entries and not in the final, Sunset needed to win the event to overtake the Crusaders, and did when freshman Tia Lindsey hit the wall, finishing in 3 minutes, 36.50 seconds to score 32 points. Lakeridge finished second in 3:40.38.

Jesuit, which featured three seniors on its final relay squad, won the 400-freestyle relay on the boys side and easily outscored Sunset, 246-113, to win the state title for the third consecutive year, a string that followed four-straight titles by Sunset.

A team from the Metro League has won the girls title for 13 consecutive years.

Individually, Centennial senior Jamie Stone won the 50 and 100 freestyle finals for the fourth consecutive year, making her one of the state's top individual at a historic level.

In other finals, Bend won the Class 5A girls title for the second time in three years, while Hillsboro won on the boys side.

At Class 4A, Sweet Home won both the boys and girls championships, defending its girls title from a year ago and winning a boys title for the first time since 2010.

 

 

 

 

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Benson eyes PIL title, playoffs

OS Prep Feed - Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:20pm
Techsters dispatch Cleveland, gear up for playoff run By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Benson senior Zahaira Ahmed glides to the basket during the Techsters 74-36 win Friday. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Benson's season of success kept moving forward Friday with a 74-36 victory over host Cleveland in PIL girls basketball action.

Sophomore Taylor LyDay scored 20 points, sophomore Makenzy Porter added 15 and sophomore Mahogany Menefee hit four three-point shots and finished with 12 points in the win, which helped the team get one step closer to its ultimate goal: reach the state tournament for the first time since 1996.

The Techsters, who made 11 three-pointers and improved to 18-3 on the season, 13-1 in league play, while Cleveland dropped to 12-8 overall, 9-6.

Junior Julia Downing scored 15 points to lead the Warriors, who honored their three seniors: Elena Matt, Luisa Potestio and Tynesha Parnell prior to the game.

Benson beat No. 3 Grant a week earlier, and sits atop the PIL standings tied with the Generals with two regular-season games to play. Cleveland plays at Benson Monday in its season finale, while Benson follows Tuesday with it's final game at home against Franklin.

The Class 6A state playoffs begin March 1 with the first of two play-in rounds. The state tournament is set for March 9-11 at the University of Portland.

A year after reaching the

Benson started the season with narrow losses to Jesuit and Canby, but has won 18 of its last 19 games, falling just to Grant, 64-44 on Jan. 28. Defense has been the key, coach Eric Knox said Friday, to those wins. Only Grant has been able to score more than 50 points per game against the Techsters. Benson has scored more than 50 points in all but five games - three of them losses.

 

 

 

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West Linn aims for historic boys 5-peat

OS Prep Feed - Tue, 02/14/2017 - 2:05pm
The post-Payton Pritchard Lions are still solid as tournament play nears By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com File photo.

In what would be a first for boys basketball in Oregon, West Linn high is on a path to win five consecutive titles as the state playoffs near.

The Lions rode standout Payton Pritchard to Class 6A titles the past four seasons, and are ranked No. 2 according to the OSAA.

Only Jesuit has won four-straight titles in boys basketball, ironically, winning those the four years prior to West Linn's run.

Standing in West Linn's way is North Portland power Jefferson, which has won five titles in the past nine seasons. All of them, though, have been at Class 5A. This season, Jefferson is ranked No. 1 having a win over West Linn, 90-77, under its belt. The Lions have won 12-straight games since that loss, Jan. 16.

Jefferson, 20-1, lost only to Gonzaga College of Washington, D.C., during the Les Schwab Invitational in December.

State playoffs begin for 6A, 5A and 4A teams Feb. 28 with the round of 32 for 6A teams. The state tournaments are set to begin March 8 at the Chiles Center for 6A, Gill Coliseum for 5A, and in Forest Grove for 4A.

The round of 16 begins for 3A, 2A and 1A schools on Friday with defending 3A champion Dayton is ranked No. 1 heading for a home game against St. Mary's of Medford. The 3A tournament plays out March 1-3 in Coos Bay, while the 2A tournament is at the Pendleton Convention Center, and 1A is at Baker High School.

The Class 1A tournament heads for its round of 16 play Friday after eight opening-round games Tuesday that sent winners to match-ups for the eight league champions.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sportsland, Oregon 2017 - Episode 6

OS Sportsland - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 10:57pm

Hosts Cliff and Derek talk up the Blazers' trade and upcoming remaining season, as well as Oregon's Pac-12 season and NBA potential, the Timbers and prep cheerleading, all from Pour Sports in SE Portland.

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