The Hops' front office will be staffed by the McMurray and Wombacher families

It will be a family affair in the front office of the Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball team, with husband and wife duos making up the meat of the staff.

Mike McMurray and Laura McMurray are the majority owners of the team. Mike is also the president of the Hops, while Laura doubles as the chief financial officer. K.L. Wombacher is the Hops’ executive vice president and general manager, while his wife Lauren is the director of merchandise.

On Jan. 19, the McMurrays and the Wombachers put in some face time with the Oregon baseball community, attending the annual Old Timers Baseball Banquet held at the Multnomah Athletic Club.

The dinner was more a remembrance of past baseball glories than a look ahead to the future. However, the McMurray and Wombacher families impressed many of the people in attendance.

“They fit in extremely well with the Oregon baseball community,” said a source who attended the event.

Riddle commits to UND

Sam Riddle, Century’s standout quarterback, has given a verbal commitment to play football next year for the University of North Dakota, a member the Big Sky Conference.

Riddle led the state last season with 3,609 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes.

Jaguars slip to third

When the Century High boys basketball team faced Tigard on Jan. 18, it was a clash of the top two teams in the Pacific Conference. The Jaguars just did not have enough to keep up with Tigard and wound up falling, 77-56.

Century then got dealt another very tough loss when Tualatin won a shootout on Tuesday, 104-98. The loss has Century (10-6, 4-2) sitting in third place in the conference standings behind both Tigard and Tualatin.

The Jaguars will play Tualatin again on Feb. 12 and Tigard on Feb. 19.

Falcons off to hot start

The Liberty High boys swim team is literally making waves this season. The boys team is off to a 4-1 Northwest Conference record (6-1 overall), which puts the Falcons in a lock with St. Helens for second place in the conference.

Sherwood is currently in first place with a 4-0 record. Liberty has two more dual meets this season against Sandy and Wilsonville before the Northwest Oregon Conference Championships on Feb. 8 at Parkrose High School.

Liberty sits in second

Liberty’s wrestling team has shown well this season. The Falcons are currently tied for second place with Sherwood in the conference with a 3-1 record. Liberty trails only Sandy (4-0).

The Falcons will host Sherwood on Feb. 7. That will be the last dual meet for Liberty before the NWOC District meet at Sandy High School on Feb. 15-16.

Districts looming for Tide

Glencoe High’s boys swimming team is sitting in the upper echelon in the Pacific Conference after posting good results in conference dual meets.

The Crimson Tide are currently sitting in second place with a 4-1 record behind McMinnville (5-0). Glencoe will have two more conference meets against Newberg and Forest Grove before heading to the Pacific Conference District Meet on Feb. 8-9 at the McMinnville Aquatic Center.

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