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Powell Little League puts spotlight on anniversary

Powell Little League capped its 50th season Friday with a unique doubleheader under the lights.

Organizers brought in four 30-foot poles to illuminate the field at Brooklyn Park, where Buy Right Outlets defeated Newhouse and Hutchins Towing 7-6 for the championship in a game that began at 8:30 p.m.

'The lighting was almost magical,' says David Kemp, Newhouse and Hutchins coach. 'People just driving down the street pulled up to come watch.'

The temporary lights also were turned on for the third-place game at 6 p.m., won by Pizza Roma over Tennessee Red's.

Powell Little League, for baseball and softball players ages 6 to 12, is experiencing an increase in numbers, with about 320 players involved this season. The league has added a fence, with more than 30 sections all sold to advertisers.

'We want to bring in the lights again next year and make this our season-ending highlight for the kids,' Kemp says.

• The Les Schwab Bowl all-star football series is tied going into its 59th game, which is set for 7 p.m. Friday at PGE Park. The North won 36-30 last year to make the series 27-27-4. The last four games were decided by a touchdown or less.

The North has players from the PIL, Metro and Three Rivers leagues and Mount Hood and Pac-9 conferences, while the South squad comes from the Midwestern and Valley leagues and Southern Oregon and Intermountain conferences.

• Portland boxer Molly McConnell has had trouble lining up quality pro opponents. Last week, she had her first fight in eight months, but the former national amateur champion's bout lasted only 1 minute, 13 seconds. The ringside physician stopped it in the first round after McConnell (5-1-0 with two knockouts) suffered a cut over her left eye from an accidental head butt by Victoria Cisneros (3-4-2, one KO) of Albuquerque, N.M.

On the same card at Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Portland's Nelson Zepeda raised his record to 8-1-1 with three KOs as he won every round in a four-round cruiserweight win over James Brock (13-34-2, five KO) of Los Angeles. Portlander Hugo Nunez (3-1-1, three KOs) drew with Allen Cespedas (4-3-1, two KO) of Oakland, Calif., and Juan Jaramillo of Portland (6-4-2, one KO) lost by unanimous decision to Anthony Vasquez (5-3-1, one KO) of Midland, Texas.

• Linfield College has promoted Joe Smith to its head football coaching position. Smith had served as the Wildcats' defensive coordinator. A 1993 Linfield grad, he is a former All-America defensive back. He will be the 15th head coach in Wildcat history and replaces Jay Locey. As reported by the Portland Tribune on June 6, Locey resigned to become Oregon State's assistant head coach and position coach for running backs and tight ends.

• Lakeridge High's third annual alumni baseball game is set for noon Saturday at the school. A home run derby will take place at 11 a.m. For information, or to play, call Pacer coach Jason Phillips, 503-534-2319.

- Tribune staff