Scots still hope to win wrestling title
David Douglas loses in dual meet to unbeaten Hood River
David Douglas took a hit Wednesday in its drive to win the Mount Hood Conference wrestling title for the first time, but the Scots are still confident they can prevail at the district tournament next week.
Hood River, with several dozen parents and fans in tow, beat the Scots in a dual meet 31-26 Wednesday at David Douglas, giving it an unbeaten record heading into the district tournament.
For David Douglas to win the district title (barring a miraculous tournament collapse by Hood River), it must win the district tournament. Senior Justin Snoderly, ranked No. 2 at 215 pounds, said he is optimistic that this could happen.
'We definitely can compete with the other teams,' Snoderly said. 'We've put the work in as a team this season, I think we can win the district tournament.'
The Mount Hood tournament is Feb. 15-16 at Barlow High.
MORE SNODERLY: Portland State came calling for Snoderly's services as a fullback on the football team, and he signed with the Vikings on Wednesday. He said he also might try to join the Portland State wrestling team.
MORE SCOTS: David Douglas saw the return of longtime basketball and golf coach Tim Hurley last month. Hurley spent last year in Adelaide, Australia, learning about cricket and rugby and Australian football while on a teaching exchange with John Wood, who taught Australian football to students at David Douglas.
Hurley taught at Modbury High alongside a friend he met 10 years earlier. He said the highlights of his stay were Kangaroo Island and the opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where temperatures are well above 100 degrees on a daily basis so residents build their homes into the ground.
Hurley said the only down side of the exchange was that it caused him to miss two basketball seasons. Instead of coaching one team, he's helping out with several of the David Douglas teams.
MORE FOOTBALL: Jesuit's D.J. Jackson, who ran for 2,292 yards last season, is headed to Boise State along with Franklin's Legedu Naanee. One thing both players will benefit from is new turf at Bronco Stadium. Naanee said the school was in the process of replacing the turf with a newer surface. It will still be the school's trademark blue.
OLYMPIC FEVER: Grant senior Matt Froman, who is one of the KBPS student sportscasters, might be in the crowd at tonight's Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies in Salt Lake City. Froman, who has family in Salt Lake, got invited to attend the Olympics because tickets were so readily available. He's set to view men's and women's hockey and the luge. And the opening ceremonies Ñ if scalping goes well. None of the hockey tickets are for games involving the Americans.
'It's still Olympic hockey,' Froman said. 'That's going to be pretty neat.'
The other KBPS sportscasters are Reid Spolek of Grant, Jon Singer and Keith Metz-Porozni of Wilson and Dylan Berichon of Benson. The student sportscasting program, the station says, is more than 60 years old and counts Nike co-founder Phil Knight as one of its graduates.
BOYS HOOPS: The PIL came out of December all banged up and somewhat overrated, but that doesn't appear to be the case as February rolls around. Lincoln nearly upended No. 1 Jefferson on Tuesday, Madison has center Chris Botez back to go along with dynamic guard Chris Stephens, Wilson continues to be about one quarter (usually the fourth quarter) away from being a state title threat, and Benson has emerged as a hungry group of juniors.
Perhaps all that preseason talk about the PIL being tough and deep might be true after all. Of course, that means one of those teams doesn't get to the state playoffs.
GIRLS HOOPS: Say goodbye to Central Catholic's Mount Hood win streak (is there a jinx brewing?). The second-ranked Rams were cruising to their 29th straight conference win when Barlow outscored them 19-8 in the fourth quarter Tuesday and won 47-44.
The Rams are still on pace to win the the conference title and reach the state tournament for a second straight year. Their next battle will be with the state tournament seeding committee, which makes its decisions Feb. 24. The state tournament is Feb. 26-March 2 at the Chiles Center.
If Wilson can beat Lincoln tonight, the Trojans' final hurdle to an unbeaten league season would be Tuesday at home against Jefferson, which still harbors thoughts of a league title entering tonight's games.
REMEMBER ME?: Centennial grad Don Stykel, once the scourge of the Mount Hood Conference in baseball, has resurfaced at Oregon State. He earned a win in relief Feb. 1, after nearly two years away from the team because of arm problems. Last year he worked the grounds at Coleman Field and appeared capable enough of throwing that coaches asked him to return in the fall. Stykel, a 1997 Centennial grad, gave up an earned run in two-thirds of an inning, but that was good enough for the victory in the Beavers' 10-9 decision over Oral Roberts at the Arizona State tournament. É Lincoln grad Alayna Vincent has turned into Central Washington's first reserve, averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as the Wildcats chase the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball title. Western Oregon also plays in this conference. Vincent, the Tribune's All-City player of the year last winter, is shooting .538 from the field but only .580 from the free-throw line. Central plays at conference leader Western Washington on Saturday.