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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Pilots pitcher Baker makes all-WCC preseason baseball team/Jefferson, Grant 1-2 in 6A boys basketball rankings

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Wednesday's letter-of-intent signees included Parkrose High's Spencer Tatafu going to Idaho State. The 6-1, 245-pounder is expected to play on the defensive line.

• Western Oregon's 41-player signing class included several players from the Portland Interscholastic League.

Wolves coach Arne Ferguson will enter his 14th season with 18 players from Oregon, including receiver Romeo Akil (6-0, 175) from Jefferson High and Grant High products Saivon Brown (6-2, 165 receiver), Grant Ewell (5-11, 185 running back/defensive back) and Damon Hickok (6-1, 185 defensive back).

COLLEGE BASEBALL

University of Portland junior right-hander Kevin Baker is on the all-West Coast Conference preseason team, and the Pilots have been picked to finish 10th.

Baker was a second-team all-WCC pitcher last season.

The Pilots have 20 returning players, including seven position starters and three staring pitchers for third-year coach Geoff Loomis.

BYU and San Diego were picked to finish 1-2 in close balloting of the league's coaches, with Saint Mary's pegged for third, followed by Gonzaga, Loyola Marymount, San Francisco, Pepperdine, Santa Clara, Pacific and UP.

PREP BOYS BASKETBALL

Jefferson has received 11 of 12 first-place votes to lead this week's Class 6A coaches poll.

Grant is second, and Sprague is third with the other first-place ballot.

Behind Jefferson (178 points), Grant (164) and Sprague (151) in the top 10 are Southridge (144), West Linn (111), Jesuit (108), North Medford (104), McNary and Lake Oswego (99 each) and Lincoln (55).

Others receiving votes include 16th-place Madison (21), 19th-place Central Catholic (6) and 23rd-place Roosevelt (1).

WINTERHAWKS

Portland pounded the Victoria Royals 8-5 at Moda Center.

The Hawks improved to 32-18-1-3 (68 points) and trails first-place Everett by three points in the Western Hockey League West Division. Both teams have played 54 games.

BLAZERS

Idle Portland remained tied for sixth with Denver in the NBA Western Conference through Wednesday's play. Both teams are 29-25, and lead eighth-place New Orleans (28-25) by a half-game, the Los Angeles Clippers (27-25) by one game and Utah (26-28) by three games.

Just ahead of Portland and Denver is Oklahoma City (31-24). Minnesota, which lost 140-138 in overtime at Cleveland on Wednesday, is fourth in the West at 34-23, two games in front of OKC and 3 1/2 ahead of the Blazers and Nuggets.

PGA TOUR

Portland native Peter Jacobsen returns to the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this week to play in the tournament for the first time in 10 years.

Jacobsen, 64, plays only sparingly on the Champions Tour these days and has battled injuries for years, but he is eligible for the Pebble Beach event because of his victory in it in 1995.

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