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Hawks ready for another playoff run

Portland tops WHL for wins, points
Staff Report

After two-thirds of the WHL season, the Portland Winterhawks are cruising along to another playoff berth, and perhaps home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

At least that's where they are currently.

Portland entered the week at 40-10-3-4, 87 points, and is three points ahead of Everett in the U.S. Division. But, the Silvertips are hot at 9-1 in their past 10 matches, which is four wins better than Portland. Everett has 40 wins and 84 points. Third-place Spokane is also on a 9-1 stretch and has 75 points.

The Hawks have a three-game road trip this weekend, playing at Tri-Cities Friday, Seattle Saturday, and Everett on Sunday.

Portland plays at Spokane, March 13, and then is host to Everett, March 14.

The regular season closes out March 22.

Portland lost to Everett in the first round of the league playoffs last season, and to the Silvertips in the second round in 2018, and first round in 2016.

The Winterhawks last won the WHL title and played in the Memorial Cup in 2013, and played in the league championship series in 2011, '12 and '14. They last missed the playoffs in 2009.



2019 - Lost Everett first round

2018 - Beat Spokane first round, lost Everett second round

2017 - Beat Prince George first round, lost Kelowna second round

2016 - Lost to Everett first round

2015 - Beat Seattle first round, beat Everett second round, lost Kelowna West Final

2014 - Beat Vancouver first round, beat Victoria second round, beat Kelowna West Final, lost to Edmonton WHL Final

2013 - Beat Everett first round, beat Spokane second round, beat Kamloops West Final, beat Edmonton WHL Final, lost to Halifax Memorial Cup Final

2012 - Beat Kelowna first round, beat Kamloops second round, beat Tri-Cities West Final, lost to Edmonton WHL Final

2011 - Beat Everett first round, beat Kelowna second round, beat Spokane West Final, lost to Kootenay WHL Final

2010 - Beat Spokane first round, lost Vancouver second round




Ducks keep Eugene buzzing

4CAST: NCAA women, Pac-12 baseball, softball, Hawks, soccer
Staff report

The Oregon women’s basketball team moved to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 for the second straight year with a 101-73 win over Minnesota Sunday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon will play either Central Michigan or Ohio State, which play today, Saturday with the winner facing either Notre Dame or Texas A&M next Monday in Spokane, Wash.

“I will be shocked if they’re not playing in the Final Four,” Minnesota coach Marlene Stollings said after watching the Ducks put up 30 points in two different quarters Sunday. “They were rolling on all cylinders.”

Sunday’s second-round game matched two of the top-10 scoring offenses in the nation, and the teams combined for 52 points in the first quarter. From there, though, Oregon - leading 30-22 after the first quarter, outscored the Gophers 52-28 in the next two quarters to effectively decide the outcome.

Oregon blew the game open with a 10-0 run to close out the second quarter, capped by a fadeaway three-pointer at the buzzer by Sabrina Ionescu, while she was being fouled.

Ionescu led all scorers with 29 points, while sophomore Ruthy Hebard added 22 for the Ducks - playing in front of a vocal crowd of 7,576 fans.

Oregon made 11 of its 22 3-point attempts.

The Ducks had never been to the Sweet 16 until last season, when they reached the Elite Eight.


Michael Gretler homered in the second inning to spark the top-ranked Oregon State baseball team to a sweep of California Sunday as the Beavers won the series finale, 6-4, in Berkely, Calif.
The win pushed Oregon State to 18-1 on the year, matching the 1951, 1962, 2013 and 2017 teams for the best record through 19 games. The victory also sends the Beavers back to Corvallis with a 3-0 conference record; OSU has won 13 consecutive Pac-12 games dating back to the 2016 season.]
The sweep marked the Beavers’ third in Berkeley since 2012 after getting swept at Cal in 2016. OSU starts a three-game series with Washington on Friday.
In other Pac-12 action, Oregon lost all three games of its series against Arizona State in Tempe, Ariz., to drop to 12-7. The Ducks return to Eugene for a three-game series with Cal starting Friday. Oregon is 8-2 at home this season.


Sixth-ranked Oregon rallied from a loss Friday to beat UCLA Saturday and Sunday and is 25-5 heading for a weekend off before a three-game series with rival Oregon State March 29-31 in Corvallis.

Oregon State recovered from a 12-0 loss Saturday to beat Cal 8-3 Sunday and earn a 2-1 series win in Corvallis. Oregon State won the first game of the series 10-5 Friday and is 19-10 heading into a three-game series at UCLA Friday.


The 72-game regular season came to a close with a 5-4 loss to Spokane Sunday for the Portland Winterhawks, but the season begins anew Saturday. Portland, which finished the regular season at 44-22-1-5 for 94 points, plays the Chiefs in a seven-game series with the first two games in Portland Saturday and Sunday.


The Portland Thorns and Portland Timbers return to the pitch Saturday with league matches. The Thorns, who drew with Houston 0-0 Saturday at Merlo Field, open NWSL play at North Carolina Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland won its second NWSL title last season.

The Timbers, 0-2 in MLS action, play at Houston Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Portland has scored just once in its two games, and is looking for its first win under new coah Giovanni Savarese.

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