Winterhawks pick a center first out of 11 in WHL bantam draft
The Portland Winterhawks selected center Gabe Klassen with the 19th pick in the Western Hockey League bantam draft.
The Hawks selected 11 players in Thursday's draft, the first opportunity for WHL teams to acquire 2003-born players. Players selected on Thursday cannot play full-time in the WHL until the 2019-2020 season.
In a Winterhawks statement about the draft, assistant general manager Matt Bardsley described Klassen as one of the smartest players available.
"When we watched him play, we loved the way he sees the ice, and he plays the game at a pace we want our team to play with," Bardsley said. "He's a center who's slippery, distributes the puck well and can make plays in traffic."
From Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Klassen (5-7, 135 pounds) led the Saskatchwean Bantam AA Hockey League in goals (52) and points (89) in 31 games last season with the Prince Albert Pirates bantam AA team.
Portland had two third-round picks, and picked goalie Lochlan Gordon (6-1, 170) from Edmonton 57th overall and defenseman Ty Murchison from Corona, California, with the 63rd pick.
In the fourth round, the Winterhawks took center Chaz Lucius from Blaine, Minnesota, 74th overall and defenseman Dawson Pasternak of Winnipeg, Manitoba, with pick 85.
The Winterhawks traded their first pick in the fourth round, No. 70 overall, to Saskatoon in exchange for 2002-born defenseman Kurtis Smythe of Cloverdale, British Columbia. Thursday is Smythe's 16th birthday.
In the fifth round, Portland took defenseman Ryan McCleary from Swift Current, Saskatchewan (pick 107) and forward Jonah Bevington from Yellowknife, Northern Territories (pick 109).
The Hawks' sixth-round selection was forward Aidan Litke from Winnipeg (pick 129). In the eighth round, Portland picked defenseman Brody Tallman from Lethbridge, Alberta (pick 173).
The Winterhawks made two 10th-round selections, choosing forward Parker Murray (5-11, 165) from Los Angeles (pick 213) and defenseman Max Burkholder from Chaska, Minnesota (pick 218).
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Mallory McGwire, a 6-5 forward, has left the Oregon Ducks to play for Boise State.
McGwire, from Reno, Nevada, averaged 7.3 points and 4.2 rebounds as a freshman starter, then 4.9 points and 3.5 rebounds last season as a reserve.
Simon Fraser 9, Central Washington 0 (5 innings)
Northwest Nazarene 3, Western Oregon 0
• In the double-elimination Great Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs at Concordia's Porter Park, No. 3 seed Simon Fraser held No. 2 Central Washington to one hit to take the opening game on Thursday.
Then No. 1 Northwest Nazarene scored all its runs in the fourth inning to down No. 4 Western Oregon, 3-0. Jordan Adams, the GNAC Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, struck out 13 WOU batters in a five-hitter.
Simon Fraser and Northwest Nazarene will play at 2 p.m. Friday. The loser will meet Central Washington in a 4:30 p.m. Friday elimination game.
COLLEGE MEN'S GOLF
• Concordia senior Nick Huff, from Vancouver, Washington, has been named to the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference team, along with four players from Simon Fraser and two from Western Washington.
• Norman Xiong of Oregon was voted to the all-Pac-12 team, with fellow Duck Ryan Gronlund namd honorable mention.
Xiong also has receied an exemption to play in the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship, Aug. 2-5, at Reno, Nevada.
The Ducks are headed to the May 14-16 NCAA regional at Stockton, California.
• Multnomah has hired one of its former players, JD Leonard, as coach. Leonard, 27, replaces co-coaches Scott Birkhofer and Kenneth Johnson. Leonard, from Salt Lake City, played three seasons for the Lions.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER
• Multnomah University in Northeast Portland is adding the sport to its athletics program and dropping women's golf.
• Tour rookie Aaron Wise, a former NCAA champion for the Oregon Ducks, carded a 3-under-par 68 in the opening round of the Wells Fargo Championship. He was tied for seven in the four-day event at Charlotte, North Carolina, three behind the leader, John Peterson.
Wise made six birdies and
Other notables and their scores: Rory McIlroy, 68; Jason Day, 69; Tiger Woods, 71; Phil Mickelson, 72.
Portland's Caroline Inglis and other golfers will try to play the first round of the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic on Friday, after winds of more than 30 mph, on top of a rain/lighting delay, forced the start of the 72-hole tournament back one day at The Colony, Texas.
SEATTLE 4, Oakland 1
• Hours after the big news that legendary outfielder Ichiro Suzuki will move from player to a front-office, assistant coaching role the rest of the season, the Mariners defeated Oakland in the rubber match of a three-game series at Safeco Field.
Robinson Cano drove in a first-inning run with a single and made it 2-0 in the third with another single. Nelson Cruz homered with Cano aboard to give the Mariners a 4-0 lead.
Oakland scored in the fifth on a Stephen Piscotty home run.
The Los Angeles Angels will open a three-game set at Seattle at 7 p.m. Friday.
Suzuki, 44, returned to the Mariners as a player this season. He hit .205 (9 for 44) in 15 games filling in for Ben Gamel, who came off the disabled list two weeks ago.
Ichiro's final game with Seattle was Wednesday, when he walked and scored and robbed the A's Matt Chapman of a hit with a running catch in left field in a 3-2 loss to Oakland.
In 18 MLB seasons, Suzuki hit .311, with 3,089 hits, 22nd on the all-time MLB list. He was a 10-time American League All-Star and 10-time AL Gold Glove winner. In 2001, his first year in MLB after playing in Japan, he was the AL MVP and Rookie of the Year.