Bateman sweeps titles at state tourney
Sandy Highs Kyle Bateman won the 170-pound Juniors freestyle and Greco wrestling titles at last weekends state championships in Corvallis. Teammate C.J. McKinnis won the 160-pound Cadets Greco title and was second in freestyle just a couple weeks after winning the freestyle tournament at the Northwest Regionals.
Also in the Cadets level at state, Blaine Hayes took second in the 132-pound Greco bracket, while Payton Andrews was third in the 88-pound freestyle division. At the Juniors level, Devin White (170) was second in Greco and third in freestyle, Tyler White (160) was fourth in Greco and Jonathan Morrell (126) was fourth in Greco.
Area coaches Calvin McKinnis and Loren Bateman were named to the Northwest team for the national tournament in Fargo, ND, in July.
Latest proposal keeps NWOC largely in tact
The OSAA redistricting committee is moving toward the final phases of its recommendations, and it appears the Northwest Oregon Conference will see only minor shifts for the 2014-2018 time block. The latest proposal unveiled at the April 8 meeting, calls for Sherwood to move to the 6A level as a member of either the Metro or Three Rivers leagues. The Bowmen will be replaced by new NWOC members Hillsboro (moving down from 6A) and LaSalle (playing up from 4A), giving the league nine schools.
Meanwhile Hermiston which had been included in past NWOC proposals has been moved to a four-team Columbia River League.
Schroeder takes second at Texas Invite
Sandy High graduate Makena Schroeder, a freshman at Texas Christian, finished second in the javelin at the Texas Invitational on Saturday. She filled the No. 2 spot throughout the competition with her best heave of 145 feet coming on her final trip down the runway.
? In other college track action, Sandy Highs McKenzie Warren, a freshman at Mt. Hood CC, was sixth in the discus and hammer throw and 10th in the shot put at the Western Oregon Invitational. Eric Gaines, a senior a Western, finished fifth in the high hurdles and sixth in the long jump.
Harris strikes out four in Bruins loss
Sandy High graduate Connor Harris, a junior at George Fox, gave up eight hits and struck out four in a start Saturday against Pacific Lutheran. George Fox held a 4-2 lead when Harris left the mound in the middle of the fifth inning only to see the Lutes rush back for a 6-5 win.
The Bruins are 24-9 on the season and sit second in the Northwest Conference standings.
Timbers blank San Jose for home win
Kalif Alhassan was tackled just outside the 18-yard box to set up Will Johnson for a close-range free kick which he turned into the games only goal in the 77th minute to lift Portland to a 1-0 home win over San Jose on Sunday night. The Timbers held possession for 65 percent of the match, and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made three saves to earn the shutout.
With back-to-back wins, the Timbers (2-1-3) have vaulted to third place in the Western Conference.
Winterhawks advance to West Finals
The Portland Winterhawks closed out a second-round sweep over Spokane with a 5-0 road win Wednesday night that saw five different players crack the net. Chase DeLeo and Taylor Peters each scored in the first period to build a quick 2-0 lead, while Oliver Bjorkstrand and Seth Jones finished with two assists apiece. Portland goalie Mac Carruth made 30 saves to collect his second shutout of the series.
Kamloops beat Kelowna in overtime, also closing out a sweep Wednesday night to set up a rematch of last years Western Conference finals. This years series begins at Memorial Coliseum with Games 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Winterhawks took three of four against the Blazers during the regular season.