Pacific wrestlers shine at tourney

Bruce Balcita and Eric Harder won all four of their matches and Caleb Malychewski won three times last Sunday to lead the Pacific men’s wrestling team to three victoryies at the Wartburg Desert Duals, held at the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

Pacific went 2-1 against its first NCAA Division III competition of the season, beating Washington & Lee 28-17 and No. 28 Loras 30-9, while also taking a 30-7 loss to No. 5 Olivet. The Boxers also beat their lone NAIA competition of the tournament, winning 19-18 over No. 9-ranked Baker (Kan.).

With their 3-1 record at the tournament, the Boxers improved to 5-2 this season in dual meet competition.

Balcita picked up a pin and a major decision en route to his four-match sweep, doubling his win total and improving to 8-5 on the season and 8-4 in matches at 165 pounds.

Harder picked up a string of major decisions among his four wins and improved to 13-6 on the season at 133 pounds. He became the second Pacific wrestler this year to eclipse the 10-win plateau.

Malychewski saw his 14-match win streak come to an end when he lost in the second match of the day, 5-4, to Olivet’s Jeff Holm. The junior dominated his other three matches, however, earning a pin and a pair of technical falls as he ran his record to 16-2 on the season.

Vikings flirt with 100-point mark

Coming off their first loss of the season, the Forest Grove boys basketball team turned in a record performance last Thursday against South Albany.

The Vikings (5-1) came out gunning against South Albany’s breakneck attack, opening the game on a 20-2 run and flirting with the 100-point barrier before settling for a 99-61 victory.

“We played pretty dang well,” said Forest Grove head coach Greg Evers. “We got a little tight down the stretch trying to get to 100. I thought we might be able to do it, but we missed our last five or six shots.”

Junior point guard Michael Garcia led the way with 27 points, eight assists and eight steals, and freshman Taylor Jensen added 20 points. Garcia and Jensen made five three-pointers apiece en route to a school record 15 threes in the game.

Jon Cirlincione had a season-high 18 points, while Spencer Johnson scored nine pointsß and Rodney Jensen added eight.

Next up for Forest Grove is the Century/Hillsboro Tournament, which will run from Thursday through Saturday.

Boxers will host softball clinic

Pacific University will be hosting a high school softball camp on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Stoller Center.

The camp, which is geared toward high school players, will be led by Pacific head coach Tim Hill, with additional instruction from former Team USA member Ashley Charters and noted hitting instructor Sparky Parker, as well as Pacific University players.

The camp will feature hitting and fielding sessions in the morning, followed by individual sessions in the afternoon, with specific focus on hitting, catch, infield play and outfield play. There will also be an additional session that focuses on slap hitting and bunting.

The camp will cost $80 per player, which includes a free T-shirt, and numbers will be limited, so pre-registration is advised. Players should bring a batting helmet, bat, batting gloves and sneakers. Lunch will not be provided.

For more information, please contact Tim Hill at 503-352-2167 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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