Sports Update

May 2-9


Velaida Harris, who played at Portland State and coached at Lake Oswego and Lincoln, has been named an assistant basketball coach at Oregon.

She had served as UO's director of basketball operations during the 2007-08 season, and got reassigned to coaching after the resignation of Selena Ho last month.

Harris was the head coach at Lake Oswego High School from 2004-06, where she directed the program to two state playoff berths and a fourth-place finish at the 2005-06 state tournament. She had a 40-15 record with the Lakers.

Harris coached at Lincoln from 1997-2004, leading the program to six state playoff berths, three trips to the state tournament and three PIL titles. Harris had a record of 123-52 at Lincoln.

Harris also worked as the program director and coach for the Portland Elite Basketball Organization for eight years, heading the selection and evaluation of players throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. An overwhelming 80 percent of the seniors in the program went on to play college basketball, she says.

Harris played collegiately at Portland State from 1989-1993.


Oregon City guard Brad Tinsley has signed with Vanderbilt.

Tinsley had also considered Wake Forest. Oregon had been recruiting Tinsley, but the Ducks signed Sunset's Garrett Sim instead.


A pair of former Portland Winter Hawks players will face each other in the NHL Eastern Conference finals.

Marian Hossa, a 1998 Hawk, scored 7:10 into overtime Sunday as Pittsburgh eliminated the New York Rangers (and former Hawk Brandon Dubinsky) 3-2 Sunday.

The Pens will play Philadelphia and former Portland defenseman Braydon Coburn. The Flyers won the season series, 5-3.

Dallas (with former Hawk Brenden Morrow) will face Detroit in the Western Conference finals. Morrow scored 9:03 into the fourth overtime Sunday as the Stars eliminated San Jose, 2-1. It was the eighth longest game in Stanley Cup playoff history.


Shawn Estes' team-high fourth victory helped the Portland Beavers win their third game in a row Saturday. Estes (4-2) went a season-high seven innings, giving up one unearned run and four hits as Portland stopped New Orleans 6-1 at PGE Park. Estes' ERA dropped to 3.67.

Reliever Josh Banks held the Zephyrs scoreless over the final two innings for Portland (13-14), which has won six of its last seven games.

Brian Myrow's three-run homer and Luke Carlin's two RBIs led the attack.

Carlin is batting .393 and has nine RBIs in 10 games.

The series continues at 2 p.m. Sunday at PGE Park. FSN will televise the game live.


Oregon State dropped its series opener Saturday at Washington State.

The Beavers fell to 8-8 in the Pac-10 and 20-7 overall with their 10-3 defeat.

Mike Stutes lasted through the seventh inning as the OSU starter, but the Cougars broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the bottom of the third and two in the fourth.

Daniel Robertson and Lonnie Lechelt led the OSU offense with two hits apiece.


Portland native Steve "Two Pound" Forbes lost by unanimous decision to Oscar De La Hoya in a 12-round fight Saturday night in Carson, Calif.

Forbes, a huge underdog, lost all 12 rounds on one judge's card and 11 of 12 on the other two cards. But the bigger De La Hoya wasn't able to knock down Forbes or end the bout early.

De La Hoya used the bout as a tuneup for an expected September match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who beat him last May in the richest boxing match in history.


Portland State goes into the final day of Pacific Coast Softball League play one game behind co-leaders Loyola Marymount and Sacramento State.

The Vikings will play a double-header Sunday at Santa Clara after sweeping the Broncos on Saturday 3-2 in 10 innings and 11-0.

PSU is 11-7 in conference and 28-27 overall. The odds of a Viking title are long, though, because Portland State needs a sweep Sunday and two losses by both Loyola Marymount (at Saint Mary's) and Sac State (at San Diego)

Senior right-hander Mandy Hill struck out a career-high 16 batters and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th in Saturday's opener.

In the nightcap, the Viks scored six runs in the first inning and never were headed. freshman righty Nichole Latham earned the win.


Junior quarterback Lyle Moevao and sophomore kicker Justin Kahut led the White team to a 22-3 victory over the Black in Saturday's Oregon State spring football game at Reser Stadium.

Moevao passed for 226 yards, and Kahut had four field goals, including makes from 50 and 55 yards.

Running back Ryan McCants scored the first touchdown on a two-yard run in the second half. He finished with 57 yards on 16 carries.

The other TD came on Moevao's swing pass to James Rodgers that went for 72 yards.


Chip Ambres hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday to lift the Portland Beavers over the New Orleans Zephyrs 6-4 at PGE Park.

Brian Myrow drove in two runs, and Craig Stansberry clubbed a pinch-hit, two-run homer for the Beavers.

Starter Josh Geer allowed only one earned run in six innings, but the decision went to reliever Mike Adams (2-1).


Shawn Estes (3-2, 4.61 ERA) takes the mound at 7 Saturday night as the Portland Beavers face New Orleans at PGE Park.

Chip Ambres' hit a go-ahead, two-run single as the Bevos beat the Zephyrs 6-4 Friday.

Brian Myrow drove in two runs and Craig Stansberry hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer.

The win gave Portland (12-14) five wins in six games, following a six-game losing streak.

Portland native and former Beaver Brady Clark joined the Zephyrs before the game after being designated for assignment by the Mets, New Orleans' parent club, on April 24.

Matt Antonelli walked in the third inning and has reached base in 21 of his 22 games.


Grant High's Paul McCoy has signed to play basketball at Southern Methodist in Dallas, Texas, after also considering Virginia and North Carolina.

McCoy led the Generals to the Class 6A state title in March. He had earlier signed with Pepperdine, but got his release when the Waves canned their coach.

Meanwhile, Oregon City's Brad Tinsley continues to weigh his options. It's believed that Tinsley is deciding between Wake Forest and Vanderbilt, although North Carolina also showed interest late in the recruiting process.

Sunset's Garrett Sim has signed to play at Oregon after getting his release from California, which fired coach Ben Braun and replaced him with Mike Montgomery.