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Blazers win Monday night. The Portland Trail Blazers, a team that relies on long-range shooting, couldn’t buy a three-pointer for the first 23 minutes of Monday night’s game versus the Indiana Pacers.
Luckily for the home team, the percentages eventually evened out. After missing their first 10 attempts from behind the three-point line, the Trail Blazers went 13-of-22 thereafter from deep on the way to defeating the Indiana Pacers 106-98 last night.
The Trail Blazers are now 43-27 overall, 26-9 at home and have swept the season series versus the Pacers 2-0. With the win, the Trail Blazers remain in fourth in the Western Conference and are 1.0 games behind the Rockets for third and are 4.5 games behind the Warriors and Nuggets for first.
Damian Lillard had a game-high 30 points to go with a season-high 15 assists, two rebounds, three steals and one block. It was his ninth double-double of the season and his 23rd game of 30-plus points. He became just the second player in franchise history to record at least 30 points and 15 assists in a game, joining Clyde Drexler (3/14/86 at Dallas).
The Oregon women's basketball team will host Portland State on Friday to open the NCAA Tournament, the NCAA announced Monday.
The Ducks (29-4) received a No. 2 seed for the second year in a row, and were placed in the regional to be hosted by Portland for the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds. Matthew Knight Arena will also host a first-round game between No. 7 Texas and No. 10 Indiana, with the winner to play the Oregon-PSU winner on Sunday. The Longhorns and Hoosiers will tip off Friday at 4 p.m. PT. The Ducks and Viks will play 30 minutes after the conclusion of that game.
Mariners' Opening Day on the way. Ichiro Suzuki isn’t carrying a hot bat, but he will be carrying the hopes of an entire nation on Wednesday, as Mariners manager Scott Servais confirmed the 45-year-old outfielder will start in Seattle’s Opening Day game against the A’s at the Tokyo Dome.
Ichiro was the center of attention during the Mariners’ two exhibition wins over the Yomiuri Giants in his first time playing in Japan since the most recent Opening Series in Tokyo in 2012, but he went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Monday’s 6-5 win and is now 2-for-31 on the spring.
The near-sellout crowd hung again on every Ichiro move, however, and roared in appreciation when he unleashed a strong throw from right field on the fly to third baseman Ryon Healy after Alex Guerrero had tagged up at second in the third inning.
The Oregon Ducks will open the 2019 NCAA Tournament on the West Coast, with an extra day of rest, when the Ducks face Wisconsin on Friday in San Jose, Calif.
The UO men are the No. 12 seed in the South Region, and will face the fifth-seeded Badgers, who lost Saturday to Michigan State in the Big Ten semifinals. Oregon deservedly earned the Pac-12's automatic bid by winning the conference tournament Saturday night, with a 20-point blowout of Washington in Las Vegas., 68-48.
The Ducks (23-12) and Badgers (23-10) met in the second round of the tournament in both 2014 and 2015, with Wisconsin winning both, in Milwaukee and then Omaha, Neb. This time they play in San Jose, where Oregon won as a No. 12 seed in 2013, against Oklahoma State.
Oregon won four games in as many nights to win the tournament. The Oregon women’s program will find out today where they will open post season play.
Oregon Tech’s Baseball Team (6-21, 2-10 NAIA-W) put up an increased effort but still fell to University of British Columbia (14-11, 9-3 NAIA-W) in both games of NAIA-West play on Sunday at Kiger Stadium, falling at a close 6-4 in the first game and 4-3 in the second.
UBC won the twinbill by scores of 6-4 and 4-3.
The Hustlin' Owls will travel to Lewiston, Idaho next weekend to play Lewis-Clark State College as part of NAIA-West, with games taking place at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sunday.
In softball, No.3 Southern Oregon University (21-4, 8-1 CCC) took over first place in the Cascade Conference standing after sweeping No. 9 Oregon Tech (18-10, 6-3 CCC) on Sunday, 3-1 in game 1, and 11-4 in game 2, as the Raiders pulled off the four game sweep at University Field.
Oregon Tech will next host Carroll College this Friday starting at 2:00 pm and Saturday at 11:00 am at the new John and Lois Stilwell Stadium
A dedication ceremony for the new field will take place between games of Saturday's doubleheader with at approximately 1:00 PM. Game one of the doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am - game tickets available for purchase at the gate.
An MRI confirms Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum with a popliteus strain in his left knee, it was announced by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. McCollum will be re-examined in a week.
McCollum sustained the injury in the third quarter of the Trail Blazers game at San Antonio on March 16.
For the season, McCollum has averaged 21.3 points (46.3% FG, 38.0% 3-PT, 83.1% FT), 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.79 steals and 34.1 minutes in 68 games (all starts).
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019
The Oregon Ducks' astounding defense secured the first comeback win of the 2019 Pac-12 Tournament, a 66-54 upset of third-seeded Utah on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.
After trailing by six after the first 20 minutes, Oregon outscored the Utes by 18 in the second half to maintain its perfect 5-0 record against Utah in Las Vegas.
Oregon now moves to the semifinals for the fifth consecutive year, the longest active streak in the Pac-12, where they will face second-seeded Arizona State (8:30 p.m. PT, 1240 AM/106.5FM).
Prior to that game, after starting a three-game road trip with a victory in Los Angeles versus the Clippers, the Portland Trail Blazers head east to face the New Orleans Pelicans Friday night in the first game of a back-to-back. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. on The Winner CBS Sports Radio, Wynne Broadcasting at 106.5FM/1240AM.
The OSU Beavers basketballers, meanwhile, lost 73-58 to Colorado in a game many felt was a major upset.
Is Oregon State’s season finished? The NCAA Tournament is out, and those who make National Invitation Tournament projections have the Beavers on the outside looking in. That may leave OSU (18-13) deciding on whether to accept a berth Sunday in the College Basketball Invitational, a tournament Oregon State won in 2009 under then-coach Craig Robinson.
Less than a week ago, there were several inches of snow on the ground at Kiger Stadium, but baseball fans here in the Basin have adequate opportunities to see baseball this weekend.
Today, the Mazama Vikings host Marshfield in a doubleheader at Kiger beginning at 12noon, and then Oregon Tech hosts a four-game series Saturday and Sunday against the University of British Columbia. Doubleheaders will be played both Saturday and Sunday.
Basin Life Sports Schedules!
Friday, March 15
Blazers: Portland at New Orleans, 5 p.m. on The Winner CBS Sports Radio 1240AM/106.5FM, Wynne Broadcasting
College men's basketball:
Oregon vs. Utah, Pac-12 semifinals, Las Vegas
College women's basketball: Portland State vs. Eastern Washington, 12pm
Oregon State at UCLA
Washington at Oregon, 6 p.m.
Oregon at Arizona, 6 p.m.
Oregon State at Arizona State, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 16
Blazers: Portland at San Antonio, 5:30 p.m. on The Winner CBS Sports Radio 1240AM/106.5FM, Wynne Broadcasting
Winterhawks: Portland at Seattle, 6 p.m.
Timbers 2: Portland at San Antonio FC, 5:30 p.m.
College men's basketball: Pac-12 final, Las Vegas, Nev., 7:30 p.m.
Washington at Oregon, 4 p.m.
Oregon State at UCLA, 6 p.m.
Oregon at Arizona, 2 p.m.
Oregon State at Arizona State, 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 17
Timbers: Portland at FC Cincinnati, 2 p.m.
Winterhawks: Seattle at Portland, Memorial Coliseum, 5 p.m.
Oregon State at UCLA
Washington at Oregon, 12pm
Oregon at Arizona
Oregon State at Arizona State, 12pm
Monday, March 18
Blazers: Indiana at Portland, 7:30 p.m. on The Winner CBS Sports Radio 1240AM/106.5FM, Wynne Broadcasting
Thursday, March 14, 2019
The Oregon men's basketball team doubled down on defense to stifle the Pac-12's leading scorer and produce in the largest margin of victory in Pac-12 Tournament history.
The Ducks held Robert Franks to eight points and throttled Washington State 84-51 in the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena.
WSU was the fifth straight opponent that Oregon held below 62 points - something that the Ducks haven't done since the 1984-85 season.
The Ducks also reached the 20-win plateau for the ninth consecutive season. Oregon is now just one of 11 teams nationally with nine or more consecutive 20-win seasons.
The Ducks will play #3 Utah in a rematch of the 2018 quarterfinals Thursday night (8:30 p.m.,1240 The Winner CBS Sports Radio) 106.5.
Oregon State, meanwhile, rolled into Las Vegas late Monday night, more than 48 hours in advance of the Beavers’ Pac-12 men’s basketball Thursday quarterfinal game.
OSU’s only shot at the NCAAs is winning the Pac-12 tournament. As for the NIT, the Beavers are on the bubble. They probably need a win, and maybe two, to sew up a berth. The field for the 32-team NIT tournament, which ends with semifinal and final games at Madison Square Garden in New York City, is announced Sunday after the NCAA releases its bracket.
With their flight to Tokyo looming today and Opening Day just a week away, the Mariners pared their roster down Wednesday to the 30 players who’ll make the trip to Japan.
Infielder Kristopher Negron cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma, which leaves rookie Dylan Moore as the winner of the utility battle. J.P Crawford was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, clearing the way for Tim Beckham to open the season as the starting shortstop as expected.
Also reassigned to Minor League camp were right-hander David McKay, outfielder Jake Fraley and catcher Austin Nola.
There are still 35 players in camp, but five of those are injured and not traveling to Tokyo. Third baseman Kyle Seager and right-handed relievers Gerson Bautista, Anthony Swarzak and Sam Tuivailala are all expected to be placed on the 10-day injured list to open the season and outfielder Mallex Smith will also remain in Arizona to continue playing games after missing much of spring with a strained elbow, though he could be ready to play when the club returns to Seattle.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Owls Fall To Spring Arbor in NAIA National Championship Game
No. 7 ranked and No. 2 seeded Spring Arbor University showed up in a big way on Tuesday night in the Sanford Pentagon as a career-high 32 points from Brandon Durnell sent them past No. 8 ranked and fellow No. 2 seed Oregon Tech 82-76 to win the first NAIA National Championship Title in their program's history.
The win is huge for the Cougars, who started their season unranked but quickly climbed the polls, earning a 30-7 record over the course of the season. The team pushed their way through National Championship play with a lead on the half in all five games.
As for the Hustlin' Owls, who upset defending champion and overall number one seed Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday and then CCC rival College of Idaho on Monday in a hard-fought battle to the Championship game, the loss keeps them from their fourth Championship Title in their program's history for at least another year.
Blazers Take Clippers in L.A.
For the better part of three quarters, neither the Trail Blazers nor the Clippers were able to get much separation in an important contest for both teams at Staples Center.
CJ McCollum changed that. After starting the game by missing his first seven shots, McCollum was all but unstoppable in the fourth quarter, scoring 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting to turn a close game into a comfortable 124-104 victory in front of a crowd of 16,686 Tuesday night in Los Angeles.
The Trail Blazers are now 41-26 overall, 16-17 on the road this season and have now secured the tiebreaker with the Clippers by virtue of winning the season series 3-1. Portland is in a tie with the Oklahoma City Thunder for fourth in the Western Conference standings with 15 games to play.
The Oregon Ducks Baseball team had the tying and go-ahead runs on base in the ninth inning, but couldn't complete a late-innings comeback for the third straight game in a 7-6 loss to No. 6 Oregon State Beavers at Goss Stadium Tuesday night.
In high school baseball, Henley opened the season with a game against Cottage Grove at US Cellular Park in Medford and beat the Lions, 13-3, in a game shortened to five innings due to the 10 run rule.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2019
Owls To NAIA Division II Championship Game
The College of Idaho Men’s Basketball team did all it could to muster a comeback against the Oregon Tech Owls, but its cold streak earlier in the game proved too much to overcome.
The Yotes put themselves in a big hole in the final 10 minutes of the first half, scoring just a single point during that stretch, and were never able to recover, as Oregon Tech took a 93-81 win on Monday in the NAIA Division II semifinals in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Oregon Tech's bench held a 40-25 scoring advantage. The Owls as a team held a 44-32 edge in the paint, while forcing 15 turnovers while only committing 11 of their own – outscoring College of Idaho 25-14 in points off turnovers.
With the win, OIT won its fourth in a row going into the National Championship game on Tuesday against Spring Arbor (Mich.) A win for Tech would bring them to four overall National Championships, making them the first team to do so.
Ending the regular season on a four-game win streak sent the Oregon Ducks up in the NET rankings, which should solidify its position in the NIT, and made its path in the Pac-12 Tournament far less treacherous.
Short of winning the Pac-12 Tournament and receiving the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, there does not appear to be any way the Ducks can receive an at-large bid by going 3-1 this week. But their spot in the NIT is much more secure, with DRatings.com projecting the Ducks as a No. 4 seed in the NIT, up from a No. 6 seed last week.
Barring a loss to Washington State, which lost to Oregon in Pullman a week ago, the Ducks should not be in any jeopardy of losing out on a second straight NIT berth.
The high school baseball season begins this afternoon, weather permitting, as Henley travels to Medford to play a game against Cottage Grove at US Cellular Park. Mazama opens play this weekend, while the OSAA schedule shows KU still in preparation mode and will not open play until next week.
Monday, March 11, 2019
There won’t be $429 on the line, but there will still be something much bigger at stake for the College of Idaho men’s basketball team.
After losing to Oregon Tech in a de-facto regular-season Cascade Collegiate Conference championship game on Feb. 16, Yotes players took all the money they had in their wallets, $429 total, put it in an envelope in the roof of the opposing locker room, determined to collect it when they returned to Klamath Falls, Oregon, for the conference tournament championship game against Oregon Tech.
The Yotes never got that opportunity, though, as the Owls were upset by No. 8 seed Northwest in the opening round of the conference tournament.
The money has since been returned, and now the College of Idaho gets another shot at Oregon Tech. The Yotes beat Morningside (Iowa) 62-59 on Saturday in the NAIA Division II Tournament quarterfinals, setting up a date Monday in the semifinals against Cascade Conference foe Oregon Tech.
The Yotes and the Owls have played in two close games so far this season, with the College of Idaho taking a 71-68 win on Nov. 30 in Caldwell and the Owls winning the regular-season finale. Today’s semi-final game begins at 4pm.
It’s only been a month. A long month of practices, film, games and probably more than few regrets and mental re-enactments.
On February 10, in front of a national television audience, the Stanford Cardinal absorbed the worst home loss in program history, an 88-48 humiliation at the hands of the Oregon Ducks.
Last night, though, The Cardinal hustled their way to a 64-57 win over top-seeded Oregon to capture their 13th conference tournament championship in 18 seasons.
Oregon, which has now absorbed three losses since that win at Stanford, was disappointed not only in the result that denied them a second straight tournament title and perhaps a No. 1 seed in the NCAA brackets, but by the effort they put forth.
Oregon and Stanford are both projected to enter the NCAA Tournament bracket with No. 2 seeds, and both look like teams capable of reaching the NCAA Women's Final Four in Tampa, Fla.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has made a public declaration urging the U.S. Secretary of State to warn Turkey that their actions against Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter are “unacceptable”.
Wyden’s office has published a press release explaining the Senator’s stance on Kanter and the INTERPOL “red notice” initiated by Turkey which makes international travel risky for the NBA player.
The release quotes Wyden’s letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
“President Erdogan has responded like many thin-skinned autocrats before him, by going after Mr. Kanter and his family,” Wyden wrote. “America cannot and must not stay silent in the face of such a blatant assault on free thought and expression. This is even truer when the perpetrators of such odious behavior are supposed friends and allies.”
Kanter signed with the Trail Blazers in February, a veteran’s minimum contract that expires in July of this year.
FRIDAY, MARCH 8, 2019
The Henley Hornets had a fervent rally late in the ballgame last night against the Stayton Eagles before falling 57 to 53 at Pacific University in the quarterfinals of the OSAA class 4A OnPoint Community Credit Union state championships last night.
Henley trailed the entire game until there were two minutes left when they took the first lead. Andrew Reynolds scored 21 points to lead the Hornets who now play in a 10:30 a.m. consolation game this morning.
Randy Barleen announced his resignation as head Boys Basketball coach at Mazama High School yesterday.
He has led the team to several States playoff appearances in the past several years including a Skyline Conference Championship one season ago.
The Oregon Tech men and women's basketball teams play at the exact same time in two locations today in the second round of the NAIA division 2 National Tournament. The men are in Sioux Falls South Dakota and they will match up against Indiana University Kokomo while the women in Sioux City Iowa meet Antelope Valley from Southern California. Both teams are scheduled to take the floor around 1:45 this afternoon.
It was nice to be back on familiar ground for the Portland Trail Blazers last night after being on the road for 15 days.
However the Blazers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 129 to 121 to open a home stand at Moda Center. The wind solidifies Oklahoma City's hold on third place in the Western Conference playoff race in the NBA.
THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 2019
It was 8th ranked Oregon Tech (25-7) who rode a 26-6 run past Antelope Valley (16-13) in the first half of their first round NAIA National Championship game on Wednesday night, in the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., giving them the advantage they needed to hold for the win 75-65.
The victory for the Owls allows OIT to continue their bid for a fourth National Championship as they head into the second-round games on Friday, taking on No. 6 seeded Indiana University Kokomo, while marking UAV's second National Tournament appearance without a win.
Junior Mitchell Fink led the Tech effort and took game high honors with 22 points.
In women’s basketball play, #25 ranked Oregon Tech (24-9) met #8 ranked Marian University (27-7) on the court in the Tyson Events Center on Wednesday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa for the second time in the team's history as part of the NAIA National Tournament, and – led by senior Mikaela Schumaker with a double-double – the Owls pulled off the upset with a final score of 63-50 over the Knights.
The win sends OIT to the round of 16 at the tournament, where they will face Antelope Valley on Friday at 11:45 am (Pacific).
The Henley Hornets Boys Basketball team plays Thursday night (tonight) in quarterfinal action at the OSAA 4A state tournament in Forest Grove against #3 Stayton, who is riding a 12 game winning streak.
The Hornets go into tonight’s game with a 17-7 record. Tip off is scheduled for 6:30 and you can hear the action on Wynne Broadcasting’’s KFLS 102.5FM or 1450 AM.
Oregon State suffered a gut-wrenching 81-76 overtime loss to Washington in Alaska Airlines Arena in college basketball last night. Washington is now 15-0 at home.
Oregon State lost for the fourth time in five games, all by narrow margins. The Beavers went to overtime Wednesday, and the other three losses were by one, two and three points.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2019
After building a 15-point lead in the first quarter, the Portland Trail Blazers were outscored by 11 in the second quarter and 13 in the fourth quarter to fall 120-111 to the Grizzlies in front of an announced crowd of 13,801 Tuesday night at FedExForum In Memphis.
The Trail Blazers are now 39-25 overall and 15-17 on the road this season. With the loss, Portland finishes a seven-game, 15-day road trip with a 5-2 record.
CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, 3-of-5 shooting from three and 6-of-6 shooting from the free throw line.
The Trail Blazers now head back to Portland, with an important game against the Oklahoma City Thunder looming Thursday night at the Moda Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
No. 25 ranked Oregon Tech Lady Owls are ready to play their first round contest at 3:30 pm CST (1:30 pm Pacific) today against No. 8 ranked Marian(Ind.) at the 28th annual NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship, Opening Round inside the Tyson Events Center.
The Knights enter the tournament as a #2 seed and are the Crossroads League regular season champions with a 27-6 record. Prior to losing to Taylor in the Crossroads League Tournament final, Marian had won nine games in a row.
Oregon Tech enters today's game with a 23-9 record. The Lady Owls will be the number seven seed and is heading to the national tournament for the fifth time in six years. The Owls are winners of 13 out of 14.
While the women compete in Sioux City, Iowa, the men are in Sioux Falls South Dakota for the national tournament and will face Antelope Valley. Oregon Tech is heading into the national tournament for the 17th overall time and, third year in a row. OIT is 33-13 all-time at the tournament including three National Championships (2004, 2008, 2012).
Antelope Valley and Oregon Tech have met earlier this year with the Owls winning a close 79-78 game at Danny Miles Court back on November 16, 2018.
TUESDAY, MARCH 5, 2019
The Oregon Ducks football team held an introductory press conference for new defensive coordinator Andy Avalos yesterday afternoon.
Ducks coach Mario Cristobal and Avalos were both present. Cristobal said he attended the Nike coaches clinic in Portland last weekend, and he pushed back start of spring practice to Saturday to allow for more install of defense before starting on the field.
For his part, Avalos said the tradition of Oregon was what attracted him to the job.
He added “there’s been a long line of coaches that have come from Oregon to Boise State where I formally was. And the brand, the excitement here that coach Cristobal is bringing. I think there’s a lot that coach is doing and it’s a very exciting place to be right now. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Blazers in action tonight. After playing six games over the course of two weeks on the road, the Portland Trail Blazers (39-24) finish up one of their longest road trips in franchise history in Memphis with a tilt versus the Grizzlies (25-40) at FedEx Forum. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Tuesday’s game marks the third of four meetings between the Trail Blazers and the Grizzlies during the 2018-19 season. The season series is tied, 1-1.
Hear the game on 106.5FM/ 1240AM CBS Sports Radio The Winner, KRJW.
After 10 sterling performances, the Oregon State Beavers Baseball Team turned in its first clunker of the Pat Bailey era.
The sixth-ranked Beavers grounded into five double plays and amassed just three hits Sunday afternoon as West Virginia salvaged the three-game non-conference series with a 2-0 shutout before a Goss Stadium crowd of 3,588. It was Oregon State’s (10-1) first loss since the 2018 College World Series.
Oregon State is ranked number 4 in the nation.
MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019
The Henley Hornets boys basketball team are the lone remaining high school basketball program in the Basin still in state competition, thanks to a 59-49 win at home Friday night against Philomath.
The Hornets meet Stayton in the Class 4A quarterfinals in Forest Grove Thursday night. The Henley girls nearly pulled off a big upset on the road Saturday, but lost to North Marion 48-45, and the Mazama boys saw their season end as well this weekend with a 53-26 loss at Woodburn.
The Portland Trail Blazers used a 15-3 run in the fourth quarter, sparked by recent addition Rodney Hood, to come away with a 118-108 victory versus the Charlotte Hornets in front of a crowd of 18,355 Sunday afternoon at the Spectrum Center.
The Trail Blazers are now 39-24 overall, 16-16 away from the Moda Center and 19-5 versus teams from the Eastern Conference. The Trail Blazers have now swept the season series 2-0 versus the Hornets and are 5-1 on their current seven-game road trip.
Portland now sits at third place in the Western Conference, five games behind the Warriors for first and 3.5 games behind the Nuggets for second.
Portland wraps up the longest road trip in team history against Memphis tomorrow afternoon.
The Arizona State Sun Devils turned back Oregon State 74-71 in Pac 12 play on Sunday at Gill Coliseum. The win secures ASU (20-9, 11-6) the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament to be held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas beginning March 13.
Oregon Tech snapped a five game losing streak with a 15-7 game to win over Corban University after the Owls dropped game one 10-8 Sunday afternoon at Volcanoes Stadium.
The Owls move to 6-13 on the year and 2-6 in NAIA-West play with the Warriors moving to 3-1 in the NAIA-West and 5-11-1 overall.
Oregon Tech will next head to Santa Barbara, California for a 4-game series with Westmont College on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 & 10.
After 23 games on the road to open the season the Owls will have their home opener March 16 & 17 hosting the University of British Columbia for a 4-game series at Kiger Stadium.
FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019
In high school basketball in the class 2A tournament in Pendleton last night Western Christian of Salem defeated Lost River 73 to 42 in first-round boys action.
Lost River trailed by just 6 at halftime 29-23 but the Pioneers we're too much in the second half. Lost River now meets Santiam high school in a semifinal at 10:30 this morning. You can hear that game on Kix 96.
The Henley Boys host Philomath and the Mazama boys are in Woodburn in the first round of the class 4A basketball playoffs tonight.
The Henley game will be on 1240 AM. 106.5 FM The Winner and Mazama on kfls news radio 1450 AM 102.5 FM. Both games scheduled for 7 p.m. kickoff. Should the teams win they will advance to the quarterfinals and the final site of the tournament at Pacific University in Forest Grove next weekend.
The Triad Timberwolves were eliminated from the class 1a consolation bracket yesterday losing to Damascus Christian at Baker High School.
The Portland Trail Blazers have won four games in a row and we'll try to make it five on their current road trip against the Toronto Raptors tonight. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The Oregon Ducks defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils in the next to the last regular-season game in the Pac-12 last night 79 to 51. Oregon is currently jockeying for position in the Pac-12 to increase their status in the standings to give them a better seed for the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas next week. They will wrap up the season against Arizona this weekend.
THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019
The Portland Trail Blazers remained undefeated on their post All-Star break road trip with a 97-92 victory versus the Celtics in front of a sellout crowd of 18,624 at TD Garden in Boston.
The Trail Blazers are now 38-23 overall. The Trail Blazers remain in fourth in the Western Conference standings and are five games behind the first-place Warriors but just a half game behind the third-place Thunder.
The Trail Blazers now head to the Great White North to face the Raptors Friday night in Toronto. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
The official bracket for the 2019 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship was released Wednesday afternoon.
No. 25 Oregon Tech will play its first round contest on Wednesday, March 6th, at 3:30 pm CST (1:30 pm Pacific) against No. 8 Marian(Ind.) the tournament will be held in Sioux City, Iowa for the 22ndstraight season – the longest streak of any current championship host at the Tyson Events Center from March 6-12.
Meanwhile, The official bracket for the 2019 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship was released Wednesday afternoon. No. 8 Oregon Tech (24-7) will play its first round contest on Wednesday, March 6th, at 9:45 pm CST (7:45 pm Pacific) against the University of Antelope Valley (16-12) at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Triad HS lost their opening game in the OSAA Class 1A tournament at Baker City last night to Trinity Lutheran, 52-41. The Timberwolves meet Damascus Christian in the consolation bracket this morning.
Tonight, Lost River opens state tournament play with a matchup against Westside Christian in Pendleton. That game is slated for 8:15pm and you can hear that game on KIX 96 (KFLS-FM), 96.5.
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27, 2019
It’s never wise to read too much into early Spring Training results, but Marco Gonzales certainly has looked like the pitcher the Mariners are willing to build their young rotation around with a strong three-inning start in Tuesday’s 4-4 tie with the Rangers at Peoria Stadium.
The 27-year-old southpaw allowed just a lone single and one walk in a scoreless outing that certainly didn’t hurt his chances of earning an Opening Day start when Seattle travels to Japan next month to face the A’s.
Mariners manager Scott Servais has yet to officially announce his regular-season rotation, but with James Paxton traded to the Yankees and longtime ace Felix Hernandez coming off the worst season of his career, Gonzales appears a logical choice.
Oregon Tech will send its largest contingent ever to the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships this week February 28 – March 2, 2019 in Brookings, South Dakota at Dakota State University.
Headed to the Championships on the women's side will be, Cindy Reed in the 5K as she currently has the 4th fastest time in qualifying at 17:38.33, Susie Garza and Danielle De Castro in the 1K, and the entire OIT Women's DMR team consisting of De Castro (1200M), Amber Von Essen (400M), Delani Dietrich (800M), and Garza (1600M).
Representing the OIT men are, Chris Ramirez in the 1K as he has the 3rd fastest time in the NAIA entering the Championships, and Hunter Drops in Pole Vault.
The Oregon Ducks football team this fall will have found their new defensive coordinator. Oregon is set to hire Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos for the same position with the Ducks, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Avalos’ hire complete Oregon’s coaching staff, which also saw the departures of outside linebackers coach Cort Dennison and wide receivers coach Michael Johnson, who were replaced by Ken Wilson and Jovon Bouknight, respectively.
TUESDAY, FEB. 26, 2019
Blazers Over Cavaliers
After the Portland Trail Blazers started a seven-game road trip with two comfortable wins against quality opponents, the third leg Monday night in Cleveland versus the Cavaliers, owners of the third-worst record in the NBA, had significant “trap game” potential.
That potential was nearly realized.
Despite scoring the first 14 points of the game and leading by 23 at the intermission from three, the Trail Blazers nearly fouled and fumbled the game away in the second half before going on a late fourth-quarter run to come away with a 123-110 victory in front of a sellout crowd in Cleveland.
The Trail Blazers are now 37-23 overall, 13-15 away from the Moda Center, 17-4 versus teams from the Eastern Conference and 3-0 to start their seven-game trip. Portland has won four in a row and have secured a 2-0 sweep of the season series versus the Cavaliers .
Next up, the Trail Blazers head back to the eastern seaboard to face the Boston Celtics at TD Banknorth Arena Wednesday night.
Oregon Tech scored 8-runs over the final three innings for an 8-6 win in game one, then dropped game two by a score of 7-6 on the way to an NAIA –West split with College of Idaho (9-11, 3-1 NAIA-West) Monday at Wolfe Field in Caldwell yesterday.
The Owls will travel to Portland, Ore. next weekend for a Friday game at Lewis & Clark College starting at 2:00 pm then will travel south to Salem for doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday at Corban University.
Oregon Tech Athletics will host a farewell for its NAIA National Tournament-bound basketball players with a send-off on Thursday, February 28th at 6:00 p.m. in the College Union on the Oregon Tech campus.
The free event is open to the entire Hustlin' Owl community, and will include light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. Everyone who attends will be entered into a free raffle for some great Oregon Tech gear. Free posters will be given out to all kids with an autograph session to follow with the OIT players.
Oregon State softball coach Laura Berg has landed an important side gig, as Monday she was appointed to the 2019 USA Softball women’s national team coaching staff.
Berg, whose Beavers are off to a 12-2 start this season, joins a national staff that include head coach Ken Eriksen of South Florida, Howard Dobson of Louisiana State and Tairia Flower of Cal State-Northridge.
The national team will play in a number of international events this year as it prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019
Mariners win. Justus Sheffield had to wait longer than expected to make his Mariners’ debut, but the club’s new top pitching prospect lived up to expectations when finally given the chance with a strong two-inning outing in Sunday’s 4-2 victory over the Rockies at Salt River Fields.
Sheffield, acquired from the Yankees in the James Paxton trade, had been penciled in for his first appearance on Thursday, but rain wiped out that opportunity and he wound up being pushed back a few days by a slight blister issue on his pitching hand.
Japanese standout Yusei Kikuchi will make his MLB debut Monday against the Reds at Peoria Stadium. Shawn Armstrong and Dan Altavilla are among the relievers slated for the 12:10 p.m. PT game, which will be televised live.
College of Idaho got a walk-off RBI single in the tenth inning of a 3-2 win in Game 1, while Richard Walker tossed seven shutout innings in Game 2, as the College of Idaho swept the NAIA-West doubleheader from Oregon Tech on the diamond at Wolfe Field.
Game 1 College of Idaho 3 Oregon Tech 2 10-innings
Game 2, College of Idaho 9 Oregon Tech 1
The two teams are scheduled for a doubleheader today, in Caldwell.
Mazama’s boys will travel to Woodburn and Henley’s girls make the trek to North Marion in the first round of the OSAA Class 4A basketball tournament this weekend.
Henley’s boys, meanwhile, will have a home game Friday night against Philomath.
Lost River and Triad have advanced to their respective state tournaments in boys basketball. Lost River plays Western Christian Thursday in Pendleton, while Triad plays Wednesday night at 6:30 against Trinity Lutheran.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019
Here comes the weekend and the Portland Trail Blazers looked great as the unofficial second half of the season has begun. After one of their longest road trips in franchise history, the Blazers knocked down a 113-99 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in front of a sellout crowd of 17,732 Thursday night at Barclays Center.
The Trail Blazers are now 35-23 overall, 11-15 on the road this season and 14-4 against teams from the Eastern Conference. With the win, Portland remains in fourth-place in the Western Conference behind the Warriors, Nuggets and Thunder.
Jusuf Nurkic led all scorers with a season-high 27 points to go with 12 rebounds, three blocks and an assist in 28 minutes. CJ McCollum finished with 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting to go with six rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.
Enes Kanter lived up to his billing in his Trail Blazers’ debut, scoring 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting while grabbing nine rebounds, five on the offensive glass, in 20 minutes.
The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team struggled offensively on Thursday night, resulting in a 66-49 loss to USC at the Galen Center.
Louis King tallied 16 points, six rebounds and three assists … Victory Bailey Jr. also scored in double-figures with 10 points.
The Ducks travel 13 miles up the road where they will face UCLA on Saturday.
The No. 20 ranked and #3 seeded Oregon Tech Lady Owls will travel to Salem, Ore. for the 2018-19 Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Women's Basketball Semifinals Friday to play #2 seeded Corban University in the CCC Basketball Tournament Presented by U.S. Bank.
Only four CCC squads remain—Eastern Oregon, Corban, Oregon Tech, and College of Idaho— as they compete for a berth to the CCC Tournament Championship on the line next Tuesday.
Klamath Union boys basketball have a play-in game in Sisters tonight.
The winner will join Henley and Mazama in the 16-team OSAA 4A basketball tournament bracket next weekend.
Spring baseball…the Mariners and A’s played just over an inning yesterday in Peoria, AZ before the rains came. (They even saw snow drop in Phoenix!) The unusually cold weather continues in Arizona today, where snow flurries were expected near Phoenix in the early morning hours today. The two teams will try and get a full exhibition game in today.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019
OWLS LOSE TOUGHT ONE AT CCC TOURNEY
A disappointing loss for the Hustlin’ Owls last night. No. 6 Oregon Tech's bid for the CCC Tournament Championship at Danny Miles Court fell short this Wednesday night as junior Mitchell Fink missed a potentially game-tying three-pointer as Northwest University pulled off the upset with a 78-75 win.
The victory for the Eagles marks the third time in CCC history that a number eight seed beat a number one – with the last instance in 2017 when Corban University overthrew Northwest Christian University and went on to win the CCC Tournament Championship.
Despite losing in the first round of the tournament, The Hustlin' Owls will travel to Sioux Falls, South Dakota from March 6th to 12th to participate in the NAIA National Tournament. OIT won the Cascade Conference regular season title.
New to the Portland Trail Blazers, center Enes Kanter, participated in his first practice Wednesday afternoon in Brooklyn since signing as a free agent last week.
The 6-11 veteran out of Turkey discussed why he decided to sign with the Trail Blazers, what he thinks he can add on the court and in the locker room, signing a restricted free agent contract with Portland four years ago, learning new plays and his time with the Knicks.
The Blazers have played just three games in the last 12 days, but get back to action this afternoon against the Nets in Brooklyn.
For the Mariners and A’s, it’s time to play ball on with the first game of exhibition baseball in the Cactus League set for this afternoon. But first will come a call to the weatherman, with rain in the forecast all day in the Phoenix area.
First pitch for the Cactus League opener is 1:05 p.m. PT at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, though both teams were already setting up contingency plans on Wednesday.
The Mariners have lefty Marco Gonzales lined up to pitch the first two innings against A’s right-hander Paul Blackburn, who was briefly in Seattle’s organization in 2016 before being traded to Oakland for Danny Valencia.
If the game is canceled, manager Scott Servais was still debating on Wednesday whether to have Gonzales get his work in with a bullpen session at the Mariners’ complex or push him back to a simulated game situation on Friday against Minor League hitters in Peoria.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2019
Freshman Kristin Farrell scored a career high 19 points – shooting 5-for-9 from long range – and freshman Courtney Clemmer scored 21 to tie her own career high as they led the #20 ranked Lady Owls (23-8) to their 13th win in a row, a 79-62 victory over the Knights of Warner Pacific (15-13) in the CCC Quarterfinals presented by U.S. Bank at Danny Miles Court.
OIT now travels to Corban in women’s play Friday.
The Tech men host Northwest University tonight in the first round of the men’s CCC tournament.
OIT has already wrapped up a berth in the NAIA national tournament next month by winning the CCC regular season title. Tip-off is scheduled for 7pm.
Both Henley teams and the Mazama boys have qualified for the OSAA Class 4A basketball tournament.
Mazama’s boys captured second place with a thrilling 44-42 win over Klamath Union last night. Henley’s girls clinched second in the girls race with a 57-39 win over North Valley.
Henley’s boys blasted North Valley 70-27 last night. They have won the Skyline Conference boys title.
All three teams will play in the first round of the tournament March 1-2.
While general manager Jerry Dipoto went about his Mariners makeover this offseason, Kyle Seager underwent a personal transformation of his own back home in North Carolina.
As Dipoto changed the roster and traded away much of the veteran nucleus, Seager switched up his diet, dove into workouts aimed at improving his flexibility, and healed up a broken toe he acknowledges now was the result not of a foul ball off his foot, but the rigidness of the muscles in his legs and feet
Not only has he lost considerable weight with a diet that features more eggs and spinach than meat and potatoes, he's carrying himself better and the confidence in his voice is clear as he talks about working with trainer Jason Lindsay in Charlotte, N.C., to gain flexibility that allows him to rotate his back and hips better at the plate in order to free up his swing and presumably drive the ball better.