There were a few tears but no rainout Saturday as friends, former players, fellow coaches and more than 1,000 people celebrated the life of Mel Krause at the University of Oregon.
Krause, 80, who played baseball for the Ducks and coached them from 1971 through 1981, has terminal leukemia. He was honored in a special '9 Innings With Mel Krause,' which featured one speaker per 'inning,' and Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' in the ninth, with Krause stepping up for remarks in the 10th.
Speakers were Don Essig (UO public address announcer), Lowell Slick (Willamette High), Phil Schnabel (Franklin), Bill Thomas (North Eugene), Jim Richardson (Sheldon), Kirk Cameron (Oregon), George Horton (Oregon) and Terry Maddox (Oregon), each representing a school where Krause had coached baseball and/or basketball. Each one mentioned the positive impact Krause had on them and their teams.
Krause said he was proud that he gave direction to a lot of his young players' lives. 'I didn't go into teaching and coaching to win championships,' he said.
Krause even led the crowd in singing 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame,' after new Duck baseball coach Horton's remarks in the seventh 'inning.'
'Don't feel sorry me,' Krause said. 'I've had a great life. I have no regrets.'
• The best fencers in America -including 2004 Olympic women's sabre champion Mariel Zagunis of Beaverton and the world's No. 2-ranked sabre competitor, Rebecca Ward of Portland -will compete in Portland Friday through Monday.
The Division I national championships will take place at the Oregon Convention Center. More than 1,200 entries, male and female, are expected in epee, foil and sabre. For details, go to usfencing.org.
• The Portland Shockwave are 0-2 in Independent Women's Football League play. They opened with a 14-0 loss to the Seattle Majestics at Seattle's Memorial Stadium two weeks ago and lost 28-6 at the Corvallis Pride on Saturday.
• The Portland Chinooks of the International Basketball League are 3-5 going into a 7:15 p.m. Wednesday game against division rival Central Oregon at Warner Pacific College. The Chinooks beat the 2-2 Hotshots 137-128 at Warner last week. They lost to the Vancouver Volcanoes 129-128 on Friday before winning on the road Saturday 129-127 in overtime over the Snohomish County Explosion.