by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Erik Spoelstra, from Jesuit High and the University of Portland, has coached the Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA titles.Random thoughts while waiting for summer. Real summer. The one with sunshine, blue skies and warm weather.

• Will Miami Heat Erik Spoelstra ever be generally considered one of the best coaches in the NBA?

• Maurice Cheeks???

• I'm not sure how I would use him, but I would want Tim Tebow on my roster.

I don't think there will be much of a quarterback controversy in New England — no one is going to suggest Tebow should start over Tom Brady, or at least no one will be taken seriously if they do.

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Tobin Echo-Hawk is leaving Portland State's softball program to coach at Texas El-Paso.• Tough loss for Portland State softball: Coach Tobin Echo-Hawk is off to potentially more lucrative pastures as coach at Texas-El Paso.

Echo-Hawk led PSU to four NCAA playoff appearances and four league titles in the past five years.

She'll be in building mode with the Conference USA Miners, who were 13-35 last season.

"I had a great feel about it," Echo-Hawk told the El Paso Times. "The research I did about UTEP, about the city of El Paso, it seems like a hidden gem. It can be extremely successful.

"It's in a great softball conference, Conference USA. The facilities are amazing. It's not a small town, but that community support, why can't it be good?

"There's a ton of talent; the former coaches did a great job of bringing in talent. It's getting them confident, believing in themselves, being a little more competitive in everything."

• The Tigard Tigers played an intrasquad football game June 8. The Black team beat the White 60-54.

The game wrapped up two weeks of spring practice.

Not to pick on Tigard High, but, really?

Yes, this college-like approach is reality these days for high school sports and athletes — if you want to keep up with the Joneses, or the Tigers.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAN BROOD - Black team tight end Cam Yarnell catches a two-point coversion pass during Tigard High's recent intrasquad game.Black team quarterback Jett Even, the school's returning stater, looked to be in midseason form, reports veteran sports writer Dan Brood of The Times, which covers Tigard and other schools in the area.

Tigard opens Aug. 30.

"It's coming up fast," Even told Brood.

Between now and then, I'm sure the Tigers — and many, many other local prep teams — will be busy with even more weight lifting, practices, drills, 7 of 7 tournaments, hitting and game simulations.

All of this makes a better football player for the coaches and the school.

I'm not so sure it makes a better, more well-rounded young person.


by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Brandon Roy is slated to appear at Sunday's University of Washington alumni basketball game.• Sunday's University of Washington 1 p.m. alumni basketball game at Hec Edmundson Pavilion has a powerful list of scheduled participants.

Among those on the tentative bill:

Brandon Roy, Terrence Ross, Nate Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, Spencer Hawes, Tony Wroten and Jon Brockman.

Robinson and Ross — both recent winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest during All-Star Weekend — are slated to compete in a dunk contest after the game.

• Outfielder Trevor Crowe, from Westview High, has gone on the Houston Astros 15-day disabled list.

Crowe sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder Thursday, smashing into the fence chasing a home run hit by Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy. Crowe narrowly missed the ball, and lost his glove as he fell to the warning track.

"I had a great read on the ball," Crowe said. "I feel like if I just had another 6-8 inches, I would've been able to jump and catch the ball. I accelerated and jumped, and the wall won. It's almost like the catch was playing in my mind and almost as instantaneously, I was looking up at the roof."

Crowe, a 29-year-old in his fourth MLB season, had started seven of the past nine games in right field. This year, he has played in 34 games, batting .200.

• The Portland Chinooks beat the Salem Sabres 110-103 Thursday night in an International Basketball League game at Eastmoreland Courts.

The win put the Chinooks (12-5) securely into third place in their division, one game behind the Vancouver Volcanoes and 1 1/2 games behind the Bellingham Slam.

Portland is on a nine-game win streak, with victories in 12 of its last 14 games.

As usual, the Chinooks had a balanced attack. Jared Cunningham scored 22 points; Germain Jordan had 21 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds; former Jefferson High star Kevin Ford had 19 points and 12 rebounds; ex-OSU Beaver David Lucas scored 18 points, and Greg Foster had 12 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.

Joe Burton, from Oregon State, led Salem with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Daniel Deane, another ex-Beaver, had 22 points and 18 rebounds.

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