Sports in brief
Boxers win big
over Walla Walla
After claiming their first victory of the season over Walla Walla on Nov. 15, the Pacific womens basketball team beat the Wolves again on Sunday, this time by a 50-point margin, 83-33.
I was very pleased with our all-around team effort and focus for this game, especially coming off of a four-day Thanksgiving break, Pacific head coach Sharon Rissmiller said. As a coaching staff, we challenged our team with a couple goals for this game and the team responded well.
Olivia Cook paced the Boxers with 13 points in 23 minutes of play. She shot 57 percent from the field and collected five rebounds to go along with four steals and one assist.
Paige Jensen led the Boxers in the rebounds with 15. Dailey Koga tallied nine points and newcomer Kelsey Misseldine also scored nine points.
The team accomplished one of the most important goals we set for them with regards to our offensive game plan, Rissmiller said. We have a big nine days ahead of us, but I know this team is ready.
The Boxers (2-0) return home tonight to play host to New Hope Christian at 5 p.m. The Boxers will open Northwest Conference play on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Willamette. Tip off for Saturdays game is at 6 p.m.
Pacific to honor Hall of Famer
Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame member Dan French, a standout three-sport athlete in the 1950s and a longtime Pacific mens basketball coach and athletic director, died Oct. 14 at his home in Indian Wells, Calif. He was 78.
His life and contributions to the university will be recognized with a halftime ceremony at Pacific mens basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 23 against Willamette. A reception will be held prior to the game at 7 p.m.
Mr. French was born on May 12, 1934, in Eldorado Springs, Mo., but was raised in Hillsboro. He graduated from Hillsboro High School and earned his bachelors degree from Pacific in 1956 and earned his masters in physical education in 1964.
A standout three-sport athlete, Mr. French was a four-year letter winner in football, basketball and track and field. Mr. French was inducted into the NAIA District II Hall of Fame in 1968 and the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.
Unified sports in Forest Grove
Forest Grove Unified Sports combines students with and without disabilities on the same team to play hard and have fun.
Basketball season starts on Dec. 13 and runs through March 13 with practices once a week from 4-5:30 p.m. and two tournaments during the season.
The league is in its sixth season and is looking for coaches and players. Anyone ages 8-21 is eligible to play and anyone 16 and older is eligible to coach. There is no cost to play, so sign up today!
Winter sports preview on tap
The News-Times will publish its annual Winter Sports Preview next week, with stories and schedules highlighting the upcoming basketball, wrestling and swimming seasons.