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Scoresheet: Honors roll in for Warner Pacific players and more

A scan of what's happening with local athletes and teams in various sports:

Basketball

• Warner Pacific College basketball forward Stephen Harris made the NAIA All-American first team announced on Wednesday.

Harris, a 6-5 senior from Hillsboro High, was the Cascade Collegiate Conference men's player of the year. He led the Knights to the No. 1 seed in the CCC tournament, a tourney title and the No. 5 national ranking before WPC lost in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.

Harris led the conference in rebounding (10.5 per game), ranked third in steals (1.8) and sixth in scoring (15.9).

Concordia's Adam Herman was a third-team NAIA All-American. He led the CCC with 22.4 points per game and was second in rebounds (9.55) and third in field-goal percentage (.604).

• From the Warner Pacific women's basketball team, Chelsey Christensen made second team All-American. She also was a CCC player of the year. The senior guard from Central Catholic averaged 19.8 points per game.

• Terrence Ross, the NBA Slam Dunk champion from Jefferson High, got his first start with the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. He replaced Rudy Gay, who was out with a stiff back. Ross had 14 points, five rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes as the Raptors beat Cleveland 100-96.

On Wednesday, Toronto played at Boston, Gay returned to the starting lineup and Ross was back to coming off the bench but had 13 points in 24 minutes of a 112-88 loss at Boston.

Gay's arrival from Memphis on Jan. 30 had cut into Ross' playing time.

• Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz was in an optimistic mood this week, even after the Cardinals, who feature ex-Franklin High star Shoni Schimmel, lost 83-59 to No. 2 Notre Dame in the Big East tournament semifinals.

"We're close to being able to make a significant run and put things together," he said.

The Cardinals, ranked 16th, will play host to the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

Schimmel scored 20 points in the Notre Dame game. The 5-9 junior guard was named to the all-Big East team for the second year in a row and leads the Cardinals with 13.8 points and 3.7 assists per game. She is shooting .329 on 3-pointers, with 246 attempts — about eight per game. Her sister, Jude Schimmel, a 5-6 sophomore guard, is averaging 5.1 points in 23.0 minutes per game off the bench. She is .322 from 3-point range and has a better overall shooting percentage (.403) than her big sister. Shoni has 54 steals, Jude 57.

• In the NBA Development League, former UO guard Tajuan Porter is averaging 8.1 points per game, and ex-OSU guard Seth Tarver, from Jesuit High, is at 10.0 points per game.

• PSU junior basketball forward Angela Misa has been named Big Sky Top Newcomer, and senior guard Courtney VanBrocklin made the all-conference second team.

Misa had 10.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. VanBrocklin led the Vikings with 14.7 points, third-best in the Big Sky.

Wrestling

• Jacob Mitchell, from Jefferson High, won the 285-pound national wrestling title for Clackamas Community College.

Mitchell, a redshirt sophomore, helped the Cougars place third in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament at Des Moines, Iowa.

Hockey

• Sven Beartschi, one of the Portland Winterhawks' most recent additions to the NHL, has wound up in the minors. The Calgary Flames sent the 20-year-old to the American Hockey League's Abbotsford Heat last weekend.

"He's an NHL baby. … It's part of the speed bumps that you have to through," Flames coach Bob Hartley told the Calgary Herald.

In 10 games with Calgary this season, Baertschi had no goals and one assist — and two injuries.

He was described as "clearly rocked" by the demotion.

"I've never been that disappointed so far in my whole hockey career," Baertschi told the Herald. "It just didn't go the way I would have liked."

Baertschi had scored three goals in five Flames games last season as an emergency call-up from the Winterhawks.

• Another ex-Hawk, eight-year NHL defenseman Braydon Coburn, leads the NHL in minor penalties. He has 17 in 28 games with Philadelphia. The Flyers have been leading the league in penalty minutes.

• Still another former Winterhawk, center Ryan Johansen, has been seeing more action lately with the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets. Johansen got his first shootout goal on Sunday in a win over Detroit, although he missed Tuesday night as the Blue Jackets fell in a shootout against Vancouver.

Football

• Andre Broadous, who starred at quarterback for Cal Poly, was timed in 4.71 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Mustangs' NFL Pro Day.

• Former Portland State linebacker Jordan Senn has re-signed with the Carolina Panthers. Senn has made his mark mostly on special teams. He was the NFL team's special teams captain, from Beaverton, last season and ranked second with 15 special teams tackles.

Gymnastics

• Oregon State's Makayla Stambaugh has been the Pac-12 gymnast of the week the past four weeks — the first four-peat gymnast in conference history. A senior, Stambaugh recently led the ninth-ranked Beavers to their highest score of the season (197.275) as they won the Comfort Suites Invitational. She was the all-around champion at that event with a career-high 39.600.

She won bars and floor and placed second on vault.

Soccer

• Former Portland Timbers forward Byron Alvarez will lead the Missouri Comets in the Major Indoor Soccer League championship series this week.

The Comets upset the defending champion Milwaukee Wave last week in the MISL semifinals to earn a title shot against the Baltimore Blast. Alvarez scored the game-winner with seven seconds left in a 15-minute overtime that decided the third game of the Wave series.

Alvarez leads the Comets with 74 points and 32 goals in 23 games.

The two-game finals start Thursday at Kansas City and conclude Saturday at Baltimore.

Softball

• In Cascade Collegiate Conference softball, Concordia gets a crack at preseason favorite and early CCC leader Oregon Tech this weekend. OIT is 4-0 (20-5) overall going into a doubleheader in Klamath Falls Friday with Concordia (3-1, 17-6). It'll be the Owls' home opener; Concordia is 8-2 at home, 1-2 away and 8-2 at neutral sites.

Laura Luther, a junior first baseman from Columbia River High and Clark College, ranks second in the CC in batting average (.418) and RBIs (20) and is tied for third in home runs (5).

Also in the top 10 in CCC batting are Cavaliers Taylor Copher (.408, 17 RBIs), a freshman shortstop from Sandy, and Kate Santos (.384, 19 RBIs), a sophomore catcher/second baseman from Gladstone.

The Cavs lead the league in team batting average (.336) and are second in runs (6.0 per game) and tied for first in homers (27).

Concordia was picked by the league coaches to finish third. The Cavs are tied for second with Corban, which was picked for second, and Southern Oregon, which was tabbed for fifth. Concordia plays at Southern Oregon in a Saturday doubleheader, capping a big road weekend for the Cavaliers.

• Kaylee Muir, from Lincoln High, is batting .286 in 12 games as a junior infielder for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The left-handed hitter has five RBIs in 28 at-bats.

Nebraska is 16-5 and tied for 21st and 26th in the two national polls.

Baseball

• Lewis & Clark's baseball team — which had started 0-10 — got a Northwest Conference player of the week honor last week.

Sophomore Eric Hyun was pegged after helping the Pioneers go 2-2 and improve to 2-12. Hyun, an outfielder from Oxnard, Calif., hit .500 with six RBIs. L&C split games in Tucson with Iowa Wesleyan and Wartburg.

Birthdays

March 18, 1925 — Don Paul, NFL defensive back from 1950-58 and a four-time Pro Bowl player from Tacoma, Wash., who was general manager of the inaugural (1975) Portland Timbers in their early days with the North American Soccer League (died in 2001 at age 75)

March 15, 1926 — Norm Van Brocklin, former University of Oregon quarterback who played 12 NFL seasons, won two titles and one MVP award, coached Minnesota and Atlanta and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (died in 1983 at age 57)

March 17, 1959 — Danny Ainge, former Blazers guard now the Boston Celtics' president of basketball operations (age 54)

March 17, 1961 — Sam Bowie, former Blazers center (age 52)

March 16, 1965 — Cindy Brown, former Grant High basketball star who played on the U.S. Olympic team that won gold in the 1988 Seoul Olympics

March 17, 1979 — Andrew Ference, former Winterhawks defenseman now with the Boston Bruins and in his 13th NHL season

Oregon sports history

March 15, 1919 — Lincoln High defeats Salem 27-14 in the championship game at the University of Oregon to win the first Oregon School Activities Association-sanctioned boys basketball state title.

Lincoln finishes the season with a 14-0 record, including wins of 23-10 over Eugene in the quarterfinals and 33-16 over Silverton in the semifinals. Salem beat Marshfield and Ashland in the opening rounds. Others in the field were Astoria and Hood River.