THURSDAY SPORTS NEWS
Former Central Catholic High football star Ryan Nall, who recently completed his freshman season at Oregon State, and West Linn High senior Natalie Byrne are the Play It Forward award winners for December 2015.
They become nominees for an annual award, sponsored by Nike and Providence Health & Services, is part of the Oregon Sports Awards, set for June at Nikes World Headquarters.
Nall is being recognized for his volunteer efforts at the Boys & Girls Club of Corvallis.
Byrne, who plays lacrosse and soccer, was selectded for her support of kids with disabilities through work in activities including Special Olympics. She plans to attend USC next school year and play lacrosse.
RUPP TO RUN MARATHON
Portlands Galen Rupp plans to compete in the Olympic marathon trials leading up to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Rupps first full marathon will be at the Feb. 13 trials in Los Angeles. The top three finishers earn spots on the U.S. Olympic team.
Rupp, 30, also intends to compete in the Olympic track and field trials in Eugene in July. He placed fifth in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the 2015 world championships in Beijing.
CONCORDIA GETS BOOST
Concordia University athletics got a big boost with Thursdays announcement that longtime partner Lutheran Church Extension Fund has signed a five-year deal to support students and help with upgrades to Cavalier Gymnasium.
LCEF will receiev namking rights on the varsity basketball and volleyball court, along with increased signage at all campus athletic facilties. The gym floor will be renamed LCEF Court for 2016-17.
PICKLES ADD 3 DUCKS
The Portland Pickles college summer wood-bat baseball team has signed three more University of Oregon-bound players for its inaugural season of 2016. The latest signees are pitchers Declan Kearney and Ryne Nelson and infielder Gabe Mathews. Kearney is from Pacific Palisades, Calif., Nelson hails from Henderson, Nev., and Mathews plays for South Salem High.
VIKING GETS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Men's tennis player Nathan Boniel of Portland State has been named Big Sky player of the week in his sport. A sophomore from Sydney, Australia, he defeated the University of Portland's No. 1 singles player, Michael Pervolarakis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the Vikings' season opener last week.