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boxers no match for willamette, locals run well at marathon, basinski honored at conference

boxers no match for willamette

Willamette used its impressive running game to rack up 464 yards of total offense, and the Bearcats converted three Pacific turnovers into scores Saturday to fly to a 49-7 victory in Northwest Conference football action.

Willamette (2-3, 1-1) saw 16 players earn credit for rushes to combine for 295 yards on the ground, led by a 59-yard performance by Jamiere Abney. Scott Perlin, Dylan Jones, Mason Brown and Joseph Harmon scored rushing touchdowns for Willamette. The Bearcats' defense also came up big with three interceptions, all of which were converted into scores.

Pacific (0-5, 0-2) finished with 323 yards of total offense and had the ball for 32 minutes of the game, but found a number of scoring opportunities scuttled by turnovers. P.J. Minaya led Pacific's 266-yard passing attack, coming off the bench to complete 13 of 18 passes for 167 yards and the Boxers' only touchdown.

Jordan Fukumoto had his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season, finishing with 114 yards on four catches. Blake Anthony finished with 64 yards, which also came on four catches, and Gunther Schultze led the Pacific rushing attack with 21 yards on five carries.

locals run well at marathon

Grayson Penfield of Forest Grove clocked a personal best time of two hours, 57 minutes and 38 seconds in the Portland Marathon on Sunday, good for a first-place finish in the men's 19-and-under age group.

Penfield, a sophomore at the University of Portland, was 55th out of 3,746 men running the 26.2-mile race, and 58th overall out of 7,397 runners. He covered the distance at an average pace of 6:47 per mile.

Mason Kennedy, also from Forest Grove, crossed the finish line in 3:29:41, good for third place in his 19-and-under age division. His 7:40 pace put him 304th among male runners and 349th among male and female runners at the annual event in downtown Portland.

basinski honored at conference

The late Jeff Basinski received yet another award in Forest Grove - this time from the governor.

Basinski, the former Forest Grove High School athletic director, died this May at the age of 65. Earlier this summer he was inducted into the Forest Grove Hall of Fame and last week Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax brought home a plaque from the Oregon Mayor's Conference designating 'Coach Bass' as a recipient of the 2011 Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports annual Fitness Leadership Awards.

Truax said parks director Tom Gamble, who was a state champion swimmer for FGHS during Basinski's tenure, helped him put together the successful nomination and said the award was a fitting tribute to a '35-year career of teaching, coaching and leading by example.'

His widow, Connie Basinski, accepted the award at Monday's city council meeting, saying her late husband viewed sports as a compliment to academics, and a means to keep students engaged. 'Many kids are not college-bound,' she said. 'Getting them to graduate was very important to him.'