- Portland Tribune - Sports
Oregon State pitcher Jonah Nickerson, named Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series last week, will receive the keys to his hometown, Oregon City, in a rally Friday.
At 11:30 a.m., Nickerson will get a police and fire department escort from the former site of Oregon City High, 1306 12th St., to Danielson's Thriftway, 1500 Molalla Ave., where a ceremony honoring him is scheduled to start at noon.
• Christine Sinclair continues to have a busy post-collegiate life. Sinclair, who led the University of Portland to its second NCAA title in four years last year, has been giving clinics and playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps of the 38-team United Soccer Leagues W-League. The women Whitecaps are 10-0-1 with one regular-season game remaining, Thursday at home against Real Colorado. Then it's on to the playoffs and possibly the W-League Final Four, set for Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, British Columbia, Sinclair's hometown.
Sinclair has four goals and two assists in six games for the 'Caps; another former UP forward, Tiffeny Milbrett, leads the club with eight goals and three assists in 10 games.
Sinclair was named collegiate woman athlete of the year last week at the Collegiate Women Sports Awards at Columbia University in New York. Also last week, she was named one of five finalists for best female college athlete by ESPN; the winner will be announced on ESPN during its annual Espy awards show, set for 6 p.m. July 16. Other finalists are Seimone Augustus, Louisiana State basketball; Cat Osterman, Texas softball; Virginia Powell, USC track and field; and Courtney Thompson, Washington volleyball.
• The Portland Pilots had a good week, too, as the women's soccer program landed transfer goalie Kelsey Davis from UCLA. Davis will redshirt next season while playing for the United States under-20 national team, then have three years remaining at UP.
UCLA, which lost to the Pilots in last year's NCAA title game, suffered a blow two weeks ago when forward Kara Lang, who also was playing for the Whitecaps, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Lang, UCLA's second-leading scorer as a freshman in 2005, is expected to have surgery this month and miss her sophomore season with the Bruins.