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Bannister fares well in relief role

Mt. Hood CC baseball pitcher Christian Bannister tossed two innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out a batter, during the NWAACC all-stars 7-4 win over Canada on Wednesday. The Northwest squad swept all three games over Team Canada during the World Baseball Challenge in Prince George.

Mt. Hood CC’s Ryan Degner hit 1 for 2 and scored three times during the team’s 9-3 win over Canada on Monday, while college teammate Mychal Harrington went 1 for 4 with a run scored. Eric Huson threw 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing just one hit to close out the victory.

The NWAACC all-stars finished fourth in the five-team tournament with a 3-4 record.

Burres finds his groove in China

Brian Burres out of Barlow High holds a 9-5 record with two shutouts this season for the Lamigo Monkeys of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In his first season overseas, Burres ranks among the league’s top five for wins (9), strikeouts (84) and ERA (3.67).

Resort hosts Art Skipper golf tourney

The Resort at the Mountain hosts the Art Skipper Jr. Memorial golf tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15. Entry is $100 per golf or $400 for a foursome. The entry includes a cart and admission to the awards barbecue. Tickets for the awards dinner only are also available for $35. Prizes will be awarded for skills competitions such as long drive, closest to the pin and putting.

Proceeds from the event benefit the No Pioneer Left Behind program, which helps cover participation fees for athletics and other clubs such as band and drama. The event raised more than $8,000 last year.

The entry deadline is Sept. 1. For more information, call the Sandy High athletic office at 503-668-8011, ext. 7114.

Newspaper hosts Fantasy Football League

The Pamplin Media Group’s eastside sports department is hosting a weekly NFL pick’em contest. To join, search “Gresham Outlook” on the nfl.com fantasy website.

Thorns rally to win semifinal match

It'll be the Portland Thorns FC versus the Western New York Flash on Saturday in Rochester, N.Y., for the National Women's Soccer League championship.

The Thorns advanced with a 3-2 overtime victory at FC Kansas City, while New York topped visiting Sky Blue FC 2-0 in Saturday's semifinals.

The title game will start at 5 p.m. PT at Sahlen's Stadium, the Flash home field in Rochester.

During the NWSL regular season, the teams tied in both meetings. Portland came from behind for a 1-1 draw July 14 at Jeld-Wen Field and played New York to a 0-0 standoff Aug. 10 at Sahlen's Stadium.

Both teams had 38 points in the regular season, with the Thorns going 11-6-5 and Western New York finishing 10-4-8.

In the semifinals at Overland Park, Kan., Portland midfielder Allie Long got the winning goal in the 103rd minute, capping a rally from two goals down.

Long took a pass from substitute forward Tiffany Weimer and hit from 18 years. It was Long's fourth goal of the season.

Portland went on to protect the lead in the second 15-minute OT period and held KC to one shot in overtime.

Thorns goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc wound up with a season-high 10 saves.

Kansas City scored in the 12th and 25th minutes to lead 2-0.

Portland midfielder Tobin Heath scored in the 33rd minute and got the equalizer in the 65th minute on a goal by Weimer.

Portland led 21-14 in shots for the game, with a 12-10 edge in shots on goal.

Thorns star forward Alex Morgan, nursing a knee injury, did not play.

Carli Lloyd, a U.S. national team midfielder, scored both Western New York goals in the Flash's semifinal victory. She connected in the 33rd minute and in the third minute of second-half stoppage time.

Team Morrow wins Neely Cup crown

Team Morrow scored a 7-2 win over Team Vernon in the Neely Cup final to open Winterhawks training camp last weekend. Team Morrow scored the last four goals of the game with Brendan Leipsic and Taylor Leier each scoring twice in the championship game.

The Winterhawks travel to Spokane for its opening preseason match Friday and open the regular season at home Friday, Sept. 20, against Prince George.