Recreation

Ducks, Beavers keep learning curves moving

NEWS FROM TUESDAY: Tigard loses, plays for third in LL Softball World Series
Staff Report

With less than three weeks remaining before their season openers, both Oregon and Oregon State continued their fall camps on grass fields Tuesday.

Oregon upped its intensity by including officials during team drills as well as live tackle periods.

Oregon held preseason All-American LaMicheal James out of contact drills.

Oregon State veterans posed for their headshots and the team celebrated the birth of Dawsen Langsdorf to assistant coach Danny Langsdorf and his wife Michele.

OSU WOMEN’S TEAM OPENS GYM

Timbers win in St. Louis, Bevos string ends

Dew Tour hits high point at Rose Garden
Staff Report

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).

Ramps keep pushing skateboarding

Burnquist talks up Vert and Mega
Staff Report

As the sport of skateboarding continues to expand, the ramps used for competitions keep putting more and more air into jumps, right into mega ramps of events such as the Dew Tour.

Skate legend Bob Burnquist, in Portland for the Dew Tour at the Rose Garden, talked about skate ramps with oregonsports writer Jeremy Lloyd.

Dew Tour hits Portland; baseball/softball in full swing

Roseburg drops opener at Legion World Series
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

A mild upset in the Skateboard Vert Jam final highlighted the first day of the Dew Tour Friday at the Rose Garden.

Pierre-Luc Gagnon, fourth in the season standings, won the final with a stellar score of 91.26 to beat season leader Sandro Dias, who finished at 89.38.

In the other final, Gaby Ponce won the women’s Skateboard Vert Jam final at 72.51, easily clearing second-place finisher Mimi Knoop, 69.88.

Events continue throughout today and Sunday.

Portland is the third stop of the five-city schedule.

OSU, Oregon head to pads as practice heats up

Legion, Softball World Series get underway
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Oregon and Oregon State went through their final football practices without pads Thursday and got prepped for 90-degree heat with plenty of water.

“I think we’re doing good with that, OSU coach Mike Riley said. “That’s just one more test you have to endure during camp.”

Both teams had more than 100 people attend their practices

Beavers’ fans missed tailback Jacquizz Rodgers for most of practice as he was busy with a photo shoot for a national magazine.

 

PORTLAND BEAVERS

OFL champions fall in title game

Second trip to Vegas ends in loss
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The season-long goal to win the mythical national championship in minor league football came up a game short for the Portland Monarchs Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Monarchs, ranked No. 1 by the Minor League Football News, fell 47-24 to the fourth-ranked Glendale Bulldogs of Phoenix, Ariz., in the national title game.

Glendale, champions of the Copperstate Football League, finished the season 10-0.

Portland, champions of the Oregon Football League, finished 13-1.

Porter leads 2010 Class into Hall of Fame

Eight members set for induction
Staff Report

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.

Monarchs dominate OFL all-star teams

Umpqua Valley's Knebel wins MVP award
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

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

Rookies realize it takes stones to curl

Olympic sport gets a showing at Lloyd Center ice
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

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.

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