Benson's Williams wins national sprint title
Track and field: On the same weekend that their high school's girls basketball team won the state championship, two other athletes with ties to Benson High had a big weekend as well.
State sprint champion Micah Williams, a junior at Benson, won a national title in the boys 60-meter dash at the New Balance Nationals Indoor. His winning time of 6.60 seconds at The Armory in New York was a new U.S. No. 1 mark.
Former Benson standout Chaquinn Cook, a senior at Oregon, set a school record and placed second in the NCAA Indoor Championships, helping the Ducks take third. Cook scored eight of UO's 32 points with her leap of 45 feet, 4 1/2 inches — breaking her own school record by nine inches. Arkansas (62 points) and USC (51) finished 1-2 in the meet, with Ohio State (28) fourth.
Blazers: Portland (40-26) is back on the road for its next three games. The Blazers will face the Los Angeles Clippers at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Orleans at 5 p.m. PT Friday and San Antonio at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Timbers: Portland, 0-1-1 coming off Sunday's 4-1 loss at Los Angeles FC, will be the first home opponent in FC Cincinnati MLS history on Sunday. Kickoff is 2 p.m. PT. Cincinnati also is 0-1-1.
Thorns: Portland continues to train for its Spring Invitational, March 24, 27 and 30 at Merlo Field.
Winterhawks: Portland has three regular-season games remaining — 7 p.m. Tuesday against Everett (at Memorial Coliseum), 6 p.m. Saturday at Seattle and 5 p.m. Sunday vs. Seattle (at the coliseum). The Hawks split two games last weekend at Prince George. That left them with 84 points, three ahead of Spokane, which has a game in hand on Porltand in their race for second in the U.S. Division and home-ice advantage in their pending first-round playoff series.
College women's basketball: Portland State earned the No. 4 Big Sky tourney seed, beating host Montana State 68-65 on Saturday. Those two teams will meet at 1:30 p.m. PT Thursday in the conference quarterfinals at Boise, Idaho. The winner is likely to go up against No. 1 seed Idaho at 4:30 p.m. PT Wednesday.
• Oregon (29-4) finished second in the Pac-12 tournament, and the regular-season conference champs (29-4) are expected to be a No. 2 NCAA Tournament seed. Oregon State (24-7), which fell to Washington in the semifinals, is considered a likely No. 4 seed.
• The Portland Pilots lost their West Coast Conference tournament opener 76-69 to finish 13-17.
• Concordia's season ended at 16-13, a school record for victories at the NCAA Division II level. The No. 5-seeded Cavaliers lost 68-65 to No. 4 Central Washington in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
College men's basketball: The Pac-12 tournament is Wednesday-Saturday at Las Vegas, Nev. Oregon State, the No. 4 seed, has a first-round bye and will play the Colorado-California winner at 2:30 p.m. PT Thursday. Oregon got the No. 6 seed with a 4-0 finish that included a 55-47 upset of No. 1-seeded Washington on Saturday in Seattle. The Ducks open at 8:30 p.m. PT Wednesday against 11th seed Washington State and with a would face No. 3 Utah at 8:30 p.m. PT Thursday.
• Portland State finished 7-1 in the regular season to go from a tie for ninth to a share of fourth in the Big Sky standings and earn a first-round league tournament bye. The fifth-seeded Vikings (16-15, 11-9) will open against fourth seed Weber State (17-14, 11-9) in a 1:30 p.m. Thursday quarterfinal at Boise, Idaho. PSU drew a season-high 2,077 fans to Viking Pavilion for Saturday's 84-80 home win over Montana State. Sub guard Deante Strickland from Central Catholic led the Viks with 19 points.
• Portland's season ended at 7-25 and on an 18-game skid with a 67-47 loss to San Diego in the West Coast Conference tournament.
College softball: Pac-12 play begins this week with three-game series Friday-Sunday. Oregon visits Arizona (ranked 12th last week). OSU is at Arizona State (16th last week). The Ducks are 11-10. The Beavers are 16-5. … Portland State (8-10) plays host to Ohio State (9-6) for a 3 p.m. Tuesday doubleheader at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex in Hillsboro. The Vikings then will play Seattle and North Dakota twice each in the Seattle University Invite, Saturday and Sunday.
College women's gymnastics: No. 12 OSU, coming off a loss at No. 5 LSU, competes at 7 p.m. Friday at Gill Coliseum against North Carolina, Iowa and Seattle Pacific. It's the final meet before the March 23 Pac-12 championships at West Valley City, Utah.
College men's tennis: Oregon (13-1) was ranked 12th last week (behind only No. 7 Stanford among Pac-12 teams). Ducks senior Thomas Laurent was No. 5 nationally in singles.