Basketball tourney in Forest Grove
Twenty-eight teams of Unified Special Olympics athletes, partners, coaches and supporters from across the state will once again descend upon Forest Grove High School for a basketball tournament this weekend.
Returning for the eighth straight year, the Forest Grove Invitational is the largest Unified youth tournament in the area, with teams from Hillsboro, Beaverton, Wilsonville, West Linn, West Albany, Rainier, McMinnville and Portland.
Forest Grove Unified Special Olympics organizes the event, which takes place each January. The Forest Grove School District donates its facilities for the event and Special Olympics Oregon provides food, uniforms and awards. The community comes together to provide all of the volunteers for the event. The goal is to provide a place for students of all abilities to have a team they can be a part of to learn sports skills and build friendships.
Elementary and middle school teams will compete from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, followed by high school teams from 1-6 p.m.
Vikings will host doubleheader
Fans of the Forest Grove basketball teams should note a slight change in the schedule for this Fridays games.
Normally when the varsity teams play doubleheaders, the girls play first and the boys follow. On Friday, though, that pattern is going to be reversed. The Viking boys will kick off the doubleheader against McKay at Joe Moran Court at 5:45 p.m. The girls will follow at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Both the junior varsity boys and girls squads will square off against their Scots counterparts at 4:15 p.m.
Also, Jack in the Box is sponsoring a couple of contests during the night. A 3-point shooting contest and a drawing for two free meals will take place during each varsity game. If the Viking girls are victorious in their game, everyone in attendance will receive a coupon for a free medium curly fries.
Jamieson shines for George Fox
Kaitlin Jamieson came up clutch for the George Fox womens basketball team last Saturday to help keep her Bruins undefeated this season.
A 2014 Forest Grove High School graduate, Jamieson scored a career-high 27 points against Whitworth in Northwest Conference action to lead her team to an 82-72 win in Newberg. The 6-foot-3 sophomore forward also hauled in 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. She shot 12-for-17 from the field and also had two steals and two blocks.
Jamieson has started all 15 games this season for the Bruins (15-0, 6-0 NWC), who are currently ranked second in the country. She is averaging 10.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
McHone picks up NWC weekly honor
Pacific junior Karli McHone was named the Northwest Conference womens basketball student-athlete of the week for her play in a pair of road wins over the weekend.
McHone had 16 points and seven rebounds in a 78-70 overtime win against Puget Sound on Friday. The next night she dropped 29 points in a 62-53 triumph over Pacific Lutheran, hitting 6-of-7 shots from 3-point range.
The Boxers host Lewis & Clark on Friday at 6 p.m.