Forward Bright Dike scored his fourth goal of the season and goalkeeper Steve Cronin saved six shots as the Portland Timbers shut out AC St. Louis 1-0 at Anheuser-Bush Soccer Park on Saturday night, avenging a 3-0 loss just two weeks earlier on the same field.
Dike scored his third goal in four games, midfielder Keith Savage earned his first assist of the season, Cronin turned in his eighth shutout on the campaign and forward Ibad Muhamadu took a team-high five shots to lead the Timbers (8-7-7, 31 pts).
Terry Porter, the point guard during the Portland Trail Blazers' run to two NBA Finals appearances in the 1990s, leads the eight-member class set for induction into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, the museum announced Tuesday.
Porter played 17 seasons in the NBA and helped the Blazers reach the 1990 and '92 Finals. During his 10 years in Portland, he set the franchise record for three-pointers made and also was the recipient of the Walter J. Kennedy Citizenship Award in 1993. More recently, he coached the Milwaukee Bucks and Phoenix Suns.
PORTLAND - Playing on both offense and defense took a toll on Robin Knebel this season, but not without reward.
Knebel, a lineman involved in contact on virtually every play, helped the Umpqua Valley Knights reach the Oregon Football League championship game for the first time and was selected as the league’s Most Valuable Player Monday night.
Knebel, 28, is a former standout at the University of Oregon, who trained briefly with the Baltimore Ravens. This is his fourth season with the Knights.
"There’s a lot of other great players in the league, so I’m definitely honored to be selected for this award," Knebel said. "It feels good, especially with the season we’re having."
The league Player of the Year awards went to Portland Monarchs quarterback Russell Schneider on offense and Umpqua Valley safety Anthony McIrvin on defense. Schneider, who played at Portland State, passed for 2,521 yards and 35 touchdowns. McIrvin, in his seventh year in the league, finished with 78 tackles - second in the league - and also had three interceptions.
The Special Teams award went to kicker Jason McGregor of the Rogue Warriors.
Umpqua Valley linebacker Brian Benson and Portland Monarchs strong safety Aaron Dickson shared the Rookie of the Year award.
The Coaching Staff award went to Umpqua Valley.
The Sportsmanship award went to the High Desert Lightning, which finished last in the standings but played out its season despite having just 14 player at one game.
The staff at oregonsports.com selected the award winners based on statistics and results from the regular season, and voting for the all-league teams done by coaches.
Portland (8-0) and Umpqua Valley (7-1) are set to meet in the championship game, June 12, at Milwaukie High School. Portland is the two-time defending champion. The game will be webcast live at www.oregonsports.com.
Knebel, who was selected as the Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Offensive Player of the Year in 2008, helped the Knights lead the league in rushing average at 199.5 yards per game. The team’s defense allowed just 11.8 points per game, including just six points in their regular-season meeting with the Monarchs, who averaged 54 points in their other seven games.
Knebel finished with 48 tackles, putting him in the top 20 in the league. The Knights had five other players, including McIrvin and Benson, on the defensive first team.
Portland had seven players on the first-team offense.
The Knights reached the playoffs in just one of their previous seven seasons and were 2-6 last year, when they were outscored 220-136. The team lost 60-0 to Portland in its preseason opener, a game that helped lead Knebel to volunteer to play both sides of the line.
"Getting linemen is always a challenge," he said. "I’d never played both sides before, but thought I’m capable and it might give us a boost. And, I wasn’t the only guy who did that, too."
John Kiewert, another first-team all-league lineman, also played parts of games on both sides of the line.
The consistent contact, Knebel said, took a toll on his body.
"Yeah, I could feel it at the end of the season, and the playoff game," he said. "Having three weeks off before the title game is really going to help myself and the other guys on the team get ready for the Monarchs."
Most Valuable Player Robin Knebel, Umpqua Valley Knights Player of the Year OFFENSE: Russell Schneider, Portland Monarchs DEFENSE: Anthony McIrvin, Umpqua Valley Knights SPECIAL TEAMS: Jason McGregor, Rogue Warriors Rookie of the Year (tie) Brian Benson, Umpqua Valley Knights Aaron Dickson, Portland Monarchs Coaching Staff of the Year Umpqua Valley Knights Sportsmanship Award High Desert Lightning
ALL-LEAGUE FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback Russell Schneider, Portland Monarchs Running Back Chance Kaeo, Oregon Outlaws Fullback Jason Hoyt, Portland Monarchs Tight End Aaron Sanchez, Portland Monarchs Wide Receiver Zach McGinnis, Umpqua Valley Knights JJ Johnson, Portland Monarchs Offensiver Line Robin Knebel, Umpqua Valley Knights Caleb Hitt, Oregon Outlaws Charlie Latt, Portland Monarchs Matt Ohman, Portland Monarchs Judiah Pickles, Portland Monarchs
DEFENSE Defensive Line Robin Knebel, Umpqua Valley Knights John Kiewert, Umpqua Valley Knights Justin Tutka, Portland Monarchs Kevin Pardy, Springfield Buzzards Linebacker Beau Gates, Portland Monarchs Brian Benson, Umpqua Valley Knights Jake Klein, High Desert Lightning Cornerback Jonny Jones, Umpqua Valley Knights Jered Roberts, Portland Monarchs Strong Safety (tie) Aaron Dickson, Portland Monarchs Chip McIrvin, Umpqua Valley Knights Free Safety Shawn Cardoza, Umpqua Valley Knights Utility Bryan Andyke, High Desert Lightning
SPECIAL TEAMS Returner Kristopher Butler, Klamath Crusaders Punter Ryan Smedley, Umpqua Valley Knights Kicker Shawn Cardoza, Umpqua Valley Knights
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback Jerred Hughes, Oregon Outlaws Running Back Alvin Thorton, Klamath Crusaders Fullback Mike Robinson, Rogue Warriors Tight End Jeff Randall, Umpqua Valley Knights Wide Receiver Titan Mann, Klamath Crusaders Andrew Johnson, Portland Monarchs Offensive Line David Stidham, Umpqua Valley Knights Gary Carter, Umpqua Valley Knights Jesse Nork, Klamath Crusaders Steve Thomas, Rogue Warrios Joel Darvell, Rogue Warriors
DEFENSE Defensive Line Quinn Closson, Portland Monarchs Johntai Olive, Portland Monarchs Leon Ireland, Klamath Crusaders Dustin Holmes, Oregon Outlaws Linebacker Mike Rifenbark, Umpqua Valley Knights Branden Brooks, Portland Monarchs Roy Price, High Desert Lightning Cornerback Jamil Wynn, Umpqua Valley Knights AC Crawford, Oregon Outlaws Strong Safety Tre Moreland, Vancouver Vipers Free Safety Andrew Fuller, Portland Monarchs Utility Ryan Stills, Portland Monarchs
SPECIAL TEAMS Returner Jeremy Jones, Vancouver Vipers Punter Matt Tefs, Vancouver Vipers Kicker Jason McGregor, Rogue Warriors
HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE Quarterback Nate Ellis, Klamath Crusaders Running Back Walter McClurg, Umpqua Valley Knights Fullback Jeremy Burrows, Umpqua Valley Knights Doug Hendrickson, Oregon Outlaws Wide Receiver Kenny Roberts, Portland Monarchs Almeir Barlow, Rogue Warriors Tight End Doug Hendrickson, Oregon Outlaws Offensive Line Dan Hobden, Umpqua Valley Knights Antwan Montoya, High Desert Lightning Mike Pett, Klamath Crusaders Jake Stennfeld, Portland Monarchs Scott Cramer, Springfield Buzzards
DEFENSE Defensive Line Steve Fittinger, Portland Monarchs Dominic Brock, Portland Monarchs Ryan Stills, Portland Monarchs Jamison Davis, Klamath Crusaders Linebacker Tim Ivanov, Vancouver Vipers Will Hill, Oregon Outlaws Ryan Davidson, Oregon Outlaws Cornerback Zack Saylors, High Desert Lightning Chris Jackson, Portland Monarchs Strong Safety Bruce Franklin, Rogue Warriors Free Safety Ryan Saban, Vancouver Vipers Utility Aaron Sanchez, Portland Monarchs
SPECIAL TEAMS Returner Nikita Smith, Portland Monarchs Punter Russell Schneider, Portland Monarchs Kicker Jose Moreno, Portland Monarchs
Shuffleboard on ice sprang to life Tuesday night at the Lloyd Center ice rink.
That's Curling for those in the know.
The Evergreen Curling Club showcased the Olympic sport to 48 people as part of an quarterly effort to build membership in what many first-time participants concluded was a lively and entertaining activity.
"It's got a lot facets to it that make it a lot of fun," Gladstone's Larry Cahill said. "It's like shuffleboard but with so many more levels to it.
"And you can work up a good sweat playing it."
Curling, which hardcore enthusiasts like to refer to as "chess on ice," dated from the 1500s, where paintings show a form of the game being played on frozen lakes. A curling club in Scotland traces its history to 1716.
Curling moved to Canada in the 1700s and a club in Montreal formed in 1807.
The sport received Olympic status in 1998.
The Evergreen Curling Club, which organizes seven-week seasons at Lloyd Center throughout the year, and members pay around $150 per season.
The club has four more demonstrations scheduled during and after the Vancouver Winter Games, which begin Feb. 12.