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Schimmel sets a goal for season

Names, news and notes from an assortment of sports and places:

At Louisville, junior point guard Shoni Schimmel from Franklin High says she wants to reduce her turnovers (4.1 per game as a freshman, 3.8 as a sophomore) without losing the flashy style that has helped her stand out.

She could benefit from the return of 6-1 forward Monique Reid, who missed most of last season with a knee injury.

“We’re scary good,” Reid tells the Louisville Courier-Journal, of the duo. “We’ve kind of got the whole Kobe and Shaq thing going.”

Kurtis Mucha, former Winterhawks goalie, got his first career goal about a week ago to help the University of Alberta beat the University of Lethbridge. It was the first goal in the 94-year history of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. His shot found the net while the Lethbridge goalie was heading for the bench on a delayed penalty.

NBA D-League draft choices last week included ex-Beaver Omari Johnson (fifth round, Canton Charge) and former Duck Tajuan Porter (round six, Rio Grande Valley Vipers).

Also on training camp rosters: ex-OSU Seth Tarver and former Portland Pilot Darren Cooper, both with the Idaho Stampede.

At Loyola Marymount, new women’s basketball coach Charity Elliott — who coached Portland State from 2004-07 — has hired ex-Portland Fire WNBA player Jackie Stiles as an assistant. Both played at Southwest Missouri State, where Stiles became the all-time leading scorer in D-I.

The Portland Pilots are playing well going into the NCAA women’s soccer tournament. They are at home at 7 p.m. Friday against Washington State in the first round, and the Cougars have had a good year, too, losing four of their six losses and their one tie to ranked teams (losing to Stanford, Duke, Cal and Santa Clara and tying UCLA).

In games against common opponents, the Cougars are 5-1-0, the Pilots 3-1-2.

Former Lincoln High standout Scout Libke finished her Oregon Ducks career with a 2-0 Civil War soccer victory over visiting Oregon State. Libke wound up ninth on the UO all-time goal-scoring list (nine total, two this season) and eighth in career points (31).

In Willamette’s final men’s soccer game of the season, senior Mike McGrew from Grant got three assists (of his five for the year) and senior goalkeeper Bradley Eckerson from Cleveland picked up his first win of the season as the Bearcats beat Linfield 4-3 to finish 10-7-2.

Concordia’s men’s cross-country team ranks 14th in

NAIA after placing third in the Cascade Collegiate Conference meet last week at Lents Park. Southern Oregon is rated No. 1 in the nation.

Concordia senior Jenna Peterson, team captain and center back, was named conference defensive player of the week after the Cavs held Southern Oregon to four shots in a 1-0 tournament victory.

Oregon Ducks women’s basketball coach Paul Westhead has to wait for one of his players, Liz Brenner, to finish volleyball (UO is ranked fourth in the nation). Brenner filled in last year and will be a 6-1 sophomore this season on the hardwood. “From my knowledge, she hasn’t picked up a basketball since our last game last season,” Westhead says. “I expect her to show up the day after her last volleyball game. She’s a terrific player and a terrific athlete. ... Last year, I walked into the track coach’s office and he told me, ‘I’ll give you any three of my track players for Liz Brenner.’ They were dead serious.”

Happy Birthday

Nov. 12, 1945 — 

Dale Schlueter (age 67)

Nov. 14, 1968 — 

Kent Bottenfield (age 44)

Nov. 12, 1970 — 

Tonya Harding (age 42)

Nov. 11, 1977 — 

Robert Garrigus (age 35)

Nov. 8, 1985 — 

Darwin Barney (age 27)

Oregon sports history

Nov. 11, 1933 — Multnomah Stadium (now Jeld-Wen Field) seats 32,183 spectators for the Civil War football game. Both Oregon and Oregon State come into the game undefeated — the Ducks 7-0 and the Beavers 5-0-2. Oregon wins 13-3 and goes on to share the Pacific Coast Conference title, but Stanford gets picked to play in the 1934 Rose Bowl.

Nov. 10, 1987 — The Blazers acquire power forward Maurice Lucas from the Seattle SuperSonics for a second-round draft pic in 1990, who turns out to be Abdul Shamsid-Deen, a 6-10 center out of Providence who never plays in the NBA.

Nov. 14, 1987 — Marshall High, playing for the state volleyball title, loses 15-12, 15-13 in the final to Barlow before 2,341 at Chiles Center.

Nov. 10, 2008 — The Portland Winterhawks name Doug Piper team president.

Tweets of the week

Learn from it and move on, that all I gotta do. Tomorrow is an other day. Can’t wait! ... Thanks for your support everybody, I’ll bounce back tomorrow. That’s why you are the best fans in the world. Again sorry for tonite.

Nicolas Batum “@nicolas88batum

(after going 1 of 11 from the field Saturday at Oklahoma City)

Can somebody please bring me some wingstop

Damian Lillard “@Dame_Lillard

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