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NCAA approves Mexico colleges

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:53am
Div. II GNAC might be first to admit school from South of border From ncaa.org Cetys College Field.

NCAA Division II, the only division with a Canadian member, is opening its doors to another North American country.

On Saturday, delegates voting at the NCAA Convention’s Division II business session in Indianapolis overwhelmingly passed legislation that will allow schools in Mexico to apply for Division II membership.

The legislation is effective immediately, providing the opportunity for Mexican colleges and universities to meet this year’s Feb. 1 deadline for Division II membership applications. Mexican schools applying for membership will need to meet the same standards as schools in the U.S., which includes having accreditation from a U.S. accrediting agency and completing the minimum three-year membership process. The Division II Membership Committee vets all applicant schools and determines those which will be accepted into the division.

“Higher education now more than ever before must lead the way in helping to build inclusive communities and foster diverse learning communities and learning opportunities,” Chico State president Gayle Hutchinson said to the Division II administrators and student-athletes in attendance. “Many of our schools already have academic programs that cross cultural and country boundaries. Adopting this legislation adds a similar opportunity for our intercollegiate athletic programs.”

Ten years ago, the NCAA approved accepting Canadian schools, and in 2012, Simon Fraser in Vancouver, British Columbia became the only non-U.S. full-time member - playing in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Concordia and Western Oregon are conference members as well.

Given that there is a dearth of Division II programs in the American West, adding a program in Mexico, one that’s only about an hour’s drive from San Diego, could help save on travel costs and make scheduling easier in some sports. The CCAA does not sponsor football, so Cetys may end up playing in the Great Northwest Conference, with powerhouse Humbolt State and Simon Fraser. An American college football game between a Mexican university and a Canadian university would be pretty fun. It may be winnable for Cetys too, since Simon Fraser finished 0-10 last year.

Plus, it would give students at both schools increased opportunities for cultural exchanges and new experiences, which is part of the entire dang point of college sports.

Ducks finally score a "W"

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 7:15am
Oregon ends seven-year losing streak to Oregon State Staff report Associated Press photo

The national rankings don't say it, but in what could easily be described as an upset, the Oregon women's basketball team beat Oregon State 75-63 Sunday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena, ending a 14-game losing streak to its in-state rival.

The Ducks, ranked No. 7, lost Friday in overtime to the 18-ranked Beavers, but rolled to a win before a home crowd of 7,249 fans and back into sole possession of first place in the Pacific 12 Conference.

"I’m really happy for the Ducks today," Oregon coach Kelly Graves told media members after the game. "Great crowd, great atmosphere for women’s basketball.”

Oregon, which led by as many as 27 points, improved to 18-3 overall, and 7-1 in conference games. The Ducks held OSU to seven points in the first quarter and led 40-18 at halftime. Oregon's last win in the series came in 2011.

Oregon State dropped to 14-5, 5-3.

Satou Sabally led Oregon with 21 points. She tallied just three in the loss Friday.

Sabrina Ionescu added 15 points, 11 rebounds and six assists while playing all 40 minutes. She played all 45 minutes Friday.

Kat Tudor led the Beavers with 17 points, while Marie Gulich added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

 

 

Oregon makes another sales pitch

Sun, 01/21/2018 - 9:26am
Ducks hand UCLA loss before sellout crowd Staff report Victor Bailey Jr. follows a dunk Saturday. Associated Press photo

EUGENE - Oregon got 25 points, including four key free throws, from sophomore point guard Payton Pritchard, and beat UCLA 94-91 Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon, which improved to 13-7 overall, and 3-4 in Pac-12 games, led by as many as 18 points in the second half before the Bruins rallied to within 88-77 with a 10-0 run in the final two minutes, and the game became a free-throw battle.

Oregon made all six of its free throws, while UCLA, 13-7 and 4-4, countered by making all four of its attempts.

The Bruins missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.

Oregon’s win came a year after it beat the Bruins on a last-second 3-pointer, which was part of a stirring run to the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four.

This season, the Ducks are essentially a long-shot to make the Tournament for a sixth-straight season.

MiKyle McIntosh and Victor Bailey Jr. had 18 points each for the Ducks Saturday. Troy Brown added 17 points.

The Ducks had three players in double figures by halftime and led 52-38 at the break. They shot 55.6 percent (20 of 36) from the field and had zero first-half turnovers.

Oregon returns to action Saturday with a home game against Oregon State, looking to square the in-state series after the Beavers won the first meeting in Corvallis in December.

 

Oregon Sports HOF inducts next class

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 9:13am
Ashton Eaton heads list of in-state greats University of Portland soccer players from national championship teams in 2001 and 2005. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Link:  http://oregonsportshall.org/ Thurman Bell chats with Bill Schonely during this year's ceremony. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Link:  http://oregonsportshall.org/

Ashton Eaton, the 2012 and 2016 Gold Medalist in the decathlon, and his wife Brianne, Theisen-Eaton, headed the list of inductees to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony conducted at the Multnomah Athletic Club, Sept. 19.

National championship teams from Oregon State and the University of Portland, long-time football coach Thurman Bell and adaptive sports legene Aaron Paulson were also inducted.

The inductees were:

Ashton Eaton, two-time Olympic Decathlon gold medalist and five-time World Champion

Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Olympic Heptathlon medalist and World Champion

Thurman Bell, Roseburg High School football coach (second in all-time wins)

2002 University of Portland Women’s Soccer Team, NCAA champions 

Aaron Paulson, Adaptive sports paralympic swimming gold medalist

2006-2007 Oregon State University Mens Baseball Team, College World Series champions.

This year’s ceremony also featured a special tribute to Harry Glickman, a 1986 Hall of Fame inductee and acknowledged “father” of professional sports in Oregon. Early on, Glickman was responsible for bringing a number of NFL pre-season exhibition games to Portland’s then Multnomah Stadium. In 1960, he founded the Portland Buckaroos, WHL hockey club. In 1970, he won the expansion franchise for the Portland Trailblazers professional basketball team, and served as the team’s president from 1987-1994.

Each year the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame helps preserve Oregon’s rich sports heritage through its recognition of outstanding Oregon athletes and special contributors to sport.

In addition, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame college scholarships of $3,000 each, made possible by contributions from the MacTarnahan Family Trust, awarded to six student-athletes to be used for continuing their education at Oregon colleges and universities.

This years list included:

Hunter Knox – Harrisburg high school

Aaron Alexander – Molalla high school

Cody Stahl – Dayton high school

Fayth Dunn – Neah-Kah-Nie high school

Katelyn Lester – McNary high school

Tia Lohman – Beaverton high school.