Portland preps stay mostly intact under new OSAA alignment
It will be more of the same athletically for Portland high schools, as the Oregon School Activities Association has approved classifications and districts for 2018-22.
Six classifications remain, and every Portland school either is staying where it is or moving to where it wanted to go.
In Class 6A, the nine Portland Interscholastic League schools remain in one district.
Jesuit will continue in the Metro League with its usual suspects in Aloha and Beaverton (Century and Liberty will go into the Pacific Conference).
Central Catholic and David Douglas will be back in the Mt. Hood Conference, along with their familiar opponents — and they won't have to battle with Oregon City, which is sliding over to the Three Rivers League.
St. Mary's Academy will keep playing in the TRL with familiar foes Canby, Lake Oswego, Lakeridge, Tigard, Tualatin and West Linn (with Newberg and Sherwood transferring to the Pacific).
In Class 5A, La Salle Prep and Parkrose return to the Northwest Oregon Conference, which will look identical except for the move up of Sandy into the MHC.
The 3A Lewis & Clark League will still have Catlin Gabel, De La Salle North Catholic, Oregon Episcopal School, Portland Adventist Academy and Riverdale, along with newcomers Horizon Christian and Westside Christian. Portland Christian's enrollment of 175 will put the Royals back down to 2A, a better fit for them, and into the Northwest League, which will include holdovers City Christian and Columbia Christian.
Portland Waldorf will remain in the 1A Valley 10 League.
Wanted: A win
Must win? You'd have to think pretty much so for Portland State football.
The Vikings have lost nine games in a row dating to last season, after falling 59-30 at Idaho State on Saturday.
PSU now will take an 0-7 season record into a very winnable game — a 4 p.m. Saturday matchup with North Dakota (2-6, 1-4) at Providence Park. UND lost at home last week, 24-17 to Sacramento State.
The Vikings went back to freshman Jalani Eason at quarterback against ISU, after Eason had lost his job to senior Josh Kraght. Their passing game had a few good moments, and their explosiveness got a boost from Andre Petties-Wilson, the junior transfer receiver from TCU whose best moments have come carrying the ball. He burst through a hole up the middle for a 77-yard touchdown run in the first half.
But highlights were few on either side of the ball — the PSU defense allowed 691 yards and an ISU season high for points, and the Viks trailed 31-16 at the half and 52-23 after three quarters.
Former pro boxer and world champion Steve "2-Pound" Forbes, a Grant High graduate, will have his first card as a promoter on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Jackson Armory, 6255 N.E. Cornfoot Road, in Portland. Forbes and partner Christina Lunzman are planning pro and amateur bouts, starting at 7 p.m., with doors to open at 6 p.m.
The 69th Hogan Cup, a Ryder Cup-like tournament for Pacific Northwest golfers, went to the professionals over the amateurs, 12 1/2-7 1/2 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club last week. The 26th Senior Hogan Cup matches, however, belonged to the ams. They downed the pros, 11-9.
Play ball (in 2018)
The Hillsboro Hops will open their 2018 season of Northwest League baseball play on June 15 at Everett. Hillsboro's home opener at Ron Tonkin Field is Wednesday, June 20 vs. Eugene. The Hops' regular season ends Monday, Sept. 3, at home against Spokane.