FRIDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Seahawks QB Wilson joins Portland Diamond Project in efforts to land MLB team; Bardsley leaves Winterhawks for Kamloops GM job


• Portland State will play four of its five home football games this season at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Hillsboro games will be on Sept. 15 against College of Idaho, Sept. 22 against Montana State, Nov. 3 against Idaho State and Nov. 16 against Eastern Washington.

At this point, only the Oct. 13 game against Northern Colorado is scheduled to be played at Providence Park.

Portland State has played football games at Hillsboro Stadium in the past, during construction or conflicts at Providence Park.

PSU athletic director Valerie Cleary said moving the four games to Hillsboro was necessary again because of known conflicts, or potential conflicts, involving soccer or construction at Providence Park.

PSU opens its 2018 season on Aug. 31 at Nevada and plays at Oregon at 11 a.m. Sept. 8.


• The buzz increased on Friday around the Portland Diamond Project's efforts to bring Major League Baseball to Portland with the announcement that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, signer/songwriter Ciara, have become investors in the effort.

"We believe Portland is the next great Major League Baseball city, and that's why Ciara and I are excited to announce we are a part of the Portland Diamond Project," Wilson said in a press release. "It is time for MLB in Portland."

Ciara noted she once worked at the hot dog stand at Turner Field while growing up in Atlanta.

"I am excited about the opportunity to bring the camaraderie of the game to the city of Portland," she said. "I want to see this vision come to life and empower more women owners in major sports franchises."

Since announcing its intention to pursue a major league franchise for Portland, the Portland Diamond Project has been mostly quiet about its investors.

More notable, perhaps, is that Mayor Ted Wheeler is for the first time getting publicly behind the baseball to Portland effort.

After the announcement that Wilson and Ciara are investing in PDP, the mayor issued this statement:

"Watching the Portland Diamond Project steadily gain momentum over the past few months has been exciting, especially in light of today's announcement that Russell Wilson and Ciara have signed on as investors. Bringing a Major League Baseball team to Portland could have many extremely positive economic and social ramifications for the city, and I look forward to looking hearing more about the possibilities of this initiative."


• Longtime member of the Portland Winterhawks front office Matt Bardsley has been named general manager of the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers.

Bardsley has been with the Winterhawks since 1999, when he joined the club as an area scout. In 2007, he was promoted to director of player personnel, and in 2013 he was promoted to assistant general manager.

Bardsley has been instrumental in the Winterhawks' drafts and player recruitment, including the identification of key players on successful Hawks teams who went on to NHL careers.

In a statement from the Winterhawks, Bardsley thanked former coach and GM Ken Hodge for giving him the opportunity in 1999 and current coach/GM/VP Mike Johnston for continuing to give him a chance to grow his career.

One of Bardsley's first tasks will be to hire a coach. Don Hay retired at the end of the 2017-18 season.


• Cris Lewis, a former Portland State goalkeeper and Vikings assistant coach, has been hired as an assistant coach at Oregon.

Ducks coach Kat Mertz said Lewis will coach goalkeepers and assist with the defense.

Lewis was a four-time all-Big Sky goalkeeper. As a backup for the Portland Thorns, she played in one game, a 2-0 loss to Chicago on June 1, 2013.

Most recently an assistant coach at PSU, Lewis has coached goalkeepers at Pacific University and at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. She also has coached in the Olympic Development Program and at Tualatin Hills United youth soccer club.


Oregon State 9, Northwestern State 3

• At the Corvallis regional, the Beavers rode Bryce Fehmel's pitching and some good defense and key hits to a win in their NCAA postseason opener.

OSU (45-10-1), the No. 3 overall seed, moved into a 7 p.m. Saturday clash with LSU (38-25), which downed San Diego State, 6-4. The Beavers lost to the Tigers in last year's College World Series.

A record crowd at Goss Stadium — 3,908 — saw Goss raise his record to 10-1 with six hits and two earned runs allowed, along with a season-high nine strikeouts, in 7 2/3 innings.

Nick Madrigal got things started offensively for the Beavers with a two-run single in the third inning, and Kyle Nobach and Zak Taylor each hit a home run for OSU.


Washington 6, Oregon 2

• The Huskies moved into the semifinals with the win over the Ducks on Day 2 of the Women's College World Series at Oklahoma City.

Washington led all the way, taking advantage of some Oregon defensive miscues to break a 0-0 tie with four runs in the fifth inning.

The Huskies improved to 51-8, while the Ducks dropped to 53-9.

Oregon must go 3-0 over the next two days to get to the championship series, a best-of-three. The Ducks will play at 6:30 p.m. PT Saturday against the winner of a Saturday loser-out game between Georgia and Florida State.


• Concordia has named track and field standouts Christina MacDonald and Carlos Ortiz as its Athletes of the Year for 2017-18.

They'll receive their awards at the 17th Annual Fore the Students golf tournament June 11 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.


• Former NCAA champion Aaron Wise from the University of Oregon missed the cut by one shot at the Memorial Tournament at Dublin, Ohio.

Wise improved to a 1-under-par 71 on his second trip around Muirfield Village Golf Club to total 2-over 146.

The leaders, Kyle Stanley and Joaquin Niemann, were at 133.

Tiger Woods shot 67 and was tied for 24th at 139 in the event hosted by Jack Nicklaus.


• Wyndham Clark, a first-year pro from the University of Oregon, was tied for seventh midway through the Rex Hospital Open at Raleigh, North Carolina.

Clark fired a 3-under 68 at TPC Wakefield Plantation, giving him an 8-under 36-hole score of 134.

The leader, Sebastian Munoz, was at 130, one better than Joey Garber.

Clark is ninth on the Tour money list and in good position to advance to the PGA Tour next season (the top 25 finishers get playing cards for 2018-19).


SEATTLE 4, Tampa Bay 3 (13 innings)

• The Mariners opened a three-game home series with a win, thanks largely Mitch Haniger, who won it in the 13th with a leadoff home run.

Game 2 is 7 p.m. Saturday, with the series finale at 1 p.m. Sunday.


Port Angeles 3, PORTLAND 2

• The Pickles opened their third season, and first in the West Coast League, with a loss at Walker Stadium before a crowd of 2,507.

The summer wood-bat league Pickles had six hits to eight by the Lefties, who got a 2-for-3, one-RBI day from catcher Ronnie Rust, a former standout at Central Catholic High.

For the Pickles, Jake Berry was 2 for 3 with a double, and Gio Diaz and the Portland Pilots' Daniel Lopez each homered.


• In the Oregon School Activities Association finals at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer, La Pine downed Horizon Christian, 10-5, for the Class 3A title.

In the 2A/1A championship game, Knappa defeated Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii, 7-1.


• Dayton edged Rainier 3-2 to win the OSAA 3A championship at the OSU Softball Complex in Corvallis.

Kennedy took the 2A/1A crown with a 10-0 victory over Pilot Rock/Nixyaawii.

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