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Welch accepts Roosevelt job

• Roosevelt didn't go far to find its new football coach. Athletic Director Kris Welch has accepted the job.

Welch didn't apply when John Robinson decided to step down in midspring, but he was tabbed for the job by Principal Andy Kelly. Welch has been an assistant coach at Central Catholic and Roosevelt for 11 years.

'I guess he thought since I was already in the building, I'd be the right guy for the job,' says Welch, who'll continue to be the school's athletic director. 'I'm excited.'

Roosevelt went 1-8 last year and has won the Portland Interscholastic League title just once in the last 50 years, in 1995.

Welch says he plans to ditch the double-wing offense the Roughriders used last season.

nÊRoosevelt is searching for a girls basketball head coach. Tyrone White resigned because his position working for Multnomah County in the high school building was reassigned.

nÊWhen Troy Berry was named Benson's boys basketball coach recently, it basically made a free agent of Benson assistant Earl Clark.

Clark, 25, is interested in the openings at Lincoln and Franklin. 'There are some jobs available, and I'll take whichever one I can get,' says the former Benson player. 'I think I'm ready for the next step, and that's a head coaching position.'

Clark graduated from Benson in 1995 and spent time playing for College of the Sequoias, University of the Pacific and Cal State Dominguez Hills before completing his degree requirements recently at Portland State.

nÊLincoln Athletic Director Mark Pinder reports that the hiring process for a boys basketball coach has advanced to the interview stage. The next two weeks will be a busy time for Pinder. He also has positions to fill in boys soccer and wrestling.

The boys soccer position attracted a very long-distance phone call. 'I got a call from a coach who was headed to town with his club team,' Pinder says. 'And he was calling from Luxembourg. That doesn't happen every day.'

nÊParkrose grad Travis Gardner has signed a letter of intent to wrestle at Oregon State.

nÊMembers of the tennis community gathered at the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center last week for a groundbreaking ceremony on a stadium court to be built on the sprawling athletic complex by September. With a stadium court, the center hopes to attract a Davis Cup event. The first major event will be the Class 4A state finals in May. Brian Leahy, the center's director, says he isn't sure about which final Ñ boys or girls, singles or doubles Ñ will be played in the stadium. Currently, all four are played simultaneously. 'It's a good problem to have,' Leahy says.

nÊCleveland junior Olivia Bender is training for the Butte to Butte 10K in Eugene on July 4. She finished second in the 15-19 age group last year with a time of 41 minutes, 37 seconds. Erin Gray of South Eugene won the division and went on to win the state cross-country title in November. Bender won the 14-and-under division in the 2001 Butte to Butte.

• Oregon boys basketball teams won only one game against the four out-of-state teams at the Adidas Rose City Showcase last weekend, but they were at least competitive in most of those games. The Portland Legends had a 12-point lead in the second half over the Atlanta Celtics before letting that edge slip away. They lost when the Celtics threw down a dunk at the buzzer of the third overtime to win 79-77. Atlanta beat Seattle in the tourney final.