Lincoln boosts track facility, expectations


Work on the track at Lincoln High's Mike Walsh Field is expected to begin early next week and be done in time for the start of football season.

The track surface is being built to NCAA specifications, which will allow the field to play host to college meets, says project director Amy Colville. Eventually, stands on the north side will seat close to 5,000.

'We've been working with Portland State as a partner all along,' Colville says. 'Our goal has been to be able to host the Big Sky Conference meet. We think that's going to happen once the track is finished.'

BASKETBALL: Franklin has hired Charles Odenthal as its boys coach. He has worked as a junior varsity coach for Scott Aker at both Franklin and Wilson for at least 12 years, Franklin Athletic Director Scott Santangelo says.

New Lincoln boys coach Jeff Bair led Willamette to a 40-40 record in the highly competitive Midwestern League in his five years there.

And 6-8 Bobby Lester, an all-PIL performer at Madison and a member of the Trib's All-City team this year, has signed a letter of intent to play at Concordia. The Cavaliers also signed Alex Hartman, a 6-4 guard from Prineville's Crook County High.

BASEBALL: The Mt. Tabor Little League won the Big League state tournament for players under age 18 last weekend at Pier Park, defeating Interstate, which featured Benson all-stater Gerry Jones, in a two-game series.

The Mt. Tabor team was set to leave for Billings, Mont., today for a regional tourney. Most of its players will be incoming seniors at Marshall High. Jarrod Grahn and Brandon Pietrzyk, stalwarts in Marshall athletics, are among them.

Paul Pietrzyk, Brandon's father and girls basketball coach at Marshall, is the team's coach. If Mt. Tabor wins the five-state regional, it heads to Easley, S.C., for the World Series.

SWIMMING: The east Portland-based Mt. Hood Swim Team is hosting the 11-state Western Regional meet at the Mt. Hood Community College pool through Sunday.

The meet is a mass of humanity for spectators, coaches and athletes. There are 62 entrants in just the girls 800 meters, including Jenni Stratton of David Douglas and Danielle Kinney of Reynolds, and there are 43 teams in the girls 200 freestyle relay. The 50-meter sprint has a field of 107 girls.

Olympian Megan Quann is expected to compete, too.

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