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Two track standouts get medals in Barbados

Galen Rupp and Mike

McGrath won medals at the Pan-Am Junior Games in Bridgetown, Barbados.

Rupp, who will be a senior at Central Catholic and is the defending state cross country champion, won gold in the 5,000 meters Friday, finishing in 14 minutes, 20.29 seconds.

McGrath, a Lincoln graduate headed for the University of Oregon, won the bronze in the 800 with a time of 1:50.16.

Sandy graduate Tommy Skipper did not clear a height in the pole vault.

HOOPS: Franklin's new boys basketball coach, Charles Odenthal, doesn't expect the Quakers to jump back into the state playoffs immediately, but he's hoping they get there before long.

Odenthal, 33, takes over a program that hasn't reached the playoffs since 1997 and finished

3-15 in the Portland Interscholastic League last season. The Quakers had just one player on the all-league team, JC Alexander, honorable mention as a junior.

'I don't have a lot of big expectations for the program,' says Odenthal, a landscape contractor. 'I'm going to work on getting the guys to play fundamentally sound ball, and where it goes from there É who knows?'

Odenthal played at Marshall and Portland Community College under coach John Lee, whose son Michael was a ball boy. Michael Lee is now at Kansas.

MORE HOOPS: Former Jefferson standout Antone Jarrell wore out opponents in his first two games of the Great Northwest Summer League at Roosevelt last weekend.

Jarrell, who played two seasons at Texas-El Paso but has transferred to Portland State, scored 37 points in a game Saturday and added 21 Sunday during a 114-60 victory in the up-tempo summer league.

One of Jarrell's teammates is another PSU player, DeShawn Anderson, who is transferring from Fresno City College. Anderson scored 41 points Sunday after tossing in 28 on Saturday.

Jarrell says he's working two jobs this summer in addition to staying in shape, getting ready for the winter season. He thinks that the Vikings will be much improved from last year, when they went 5-22.

'I expect to win,' says Jarrell, who played on Jefferson's 2000 state championship team.

Anderson also has a state title to his credit, having played alongside Deshawn Stevenson at Washington Union High in Fresno. Stevenson, a 6-5 guard, jumped from high school to the Utah Jazz in 2000 and finished second in the NBA's All-Star Dunk contest in 2001.

BASEBALL: Central Catholic and Grant played for the American Legion Area 2 championship Monday at Sckavone Field, with Central having won an earlier meeting between the teams on Sunday.

The winner advances to the Legion AAA state tournament Aug. 6-10 in Eugene.

Sckavone will be the site of the Legion A tournament, Aug. 1-5, with Cleveland earning an automatic spot in the eight-team field as the host team.

The Babe Ruth all-star teams from the Grant area reached the semifinals of the state tournament for players ages 13-15 Sunday at Walker Stadium before being eliminated. The players were from Madison High and the Southeast Portland team, a combination of Cleveland, Franklin and Marshall players,

ALSO: University of Portland Athletic Director Joe Etzel says he's not opposed to having high school soccer games played on Merlo Field, easily the top facility in the state. 'We would love to showcase our field to the state,' Etzel says. 'It just hasn't worked out yet with the state finals because there's always a conflict with the NCAA Tournament.'

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