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Shipley misses out on bid to nationals

For the third straight year, Tyler Shipley earned All-West Region honors to lead the Pacific cross-country team at the NCAA West Regional Championships, hosted by Willamette University at Bush’s Pasture Park on Saturday.

The 2014 Northwest Conference champion finished in 16th place overall, covering the frozen 8,000-meter course in a time of 25 minutes, 59.9 seconds. Shipley was the third NWC runner to cross the finish line, bettered by the ninth-place finish of Puget Sound’s David Santillan and the 10th-place effort of Willamette’s Yonny Catillo.

While the placing earned Shipley All-West Region honors, a third straight trip to the NCAA Division III Championships was not in the cards. The 16th-place performance made Shipley the No. 8 individual finisher that was not a member of the top two teams — Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer. The top two teams and the next seven individuals earned automatic qualifying spots, meaning Shipley will miss the national meet for the first time in his career after qualifying in 2012 and 2013.

Shipley led a young Pacific team to a 17th-place finish in the men’s competition with a score of 440 points. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won the regional title with 46 points, while Pomona-Pitzer placed second with 52 points.

Les Schwab Invite tickets go on sale

Tickets to the 2014 Les Schwab Invitational, which will be held Dec. 26-30 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, are now available for purchase online.

Fans have the option of buying individual session tickets, which are good for four games, or four-day tournament passes that are good for all 32 games of the tournament. Fans that purchase tournament passes will also receive free entry to the slam dunk contest that takes place on Monday, Dec. 29.

As an incentive to purchase tickets early, all tickets and tournament passes sold on or before Friday, Dec. 5 will be available for last year’s prices ($15 per session, $65 for all sessions). Beginning on Dec. 6, ticket prices will increase $1 per ticket and $5 for tournament passes. Reserved seating is available during each evening session.

The LSI allows local basketball fans to see how well Oregon schools match up against elite high school programs and players from all over the country, as the tournament annually draws nationally ranked teams and future college and NBA stars. The LSI is one of the most popular and well-attended high school basketball tournaments in the country.

This year’s field includes defending LSI champion Rainier Beach (Wash.), plus defending national champion Montverde (Fla.) Academy. Wheeler (Ga.) and Peninsula (Wash.) are the other out-of-state teams.

Individually, Montverde features three players from ESPN’s Top 100 recruiting list for the class of 2015, including the nation’s No. 1- ranked player in LSU commit Ben Simmons. Wheeler features the nation’s overall No. 2 player in Jaylen Brown.

Oregon schools in attendance will include Central Catholic, Grant, Jefferson, Jesuit, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Oregon City, Reynolds, South Salem, West Linn and Westview. Additionally, tournament host Liberty will make its first-ever appearance at the LSI.

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