Ducks play for national title, Hawks play for Teddy Bears
Dec. 14, 2012
As much as the Oregon football team has captured the state's attention, it's women's teams that have brought home the hardware this fall with one national title and second waiting to be won Saturday.
Oregon will play for the NCAA Volleyball title Saturday against Texas, having won their way into the match with a solid 3-1 victory over top-seeded Penn State Thursday in Louisville, Ky.
The Ducks reached the title match for the first time behind Jesuit alum Liz Brenner, and Pac-12 Player of the Year Alaina Bergsma.
Oregon won the women's cross country title earlier in the fall.
The annual Teddy Bear Toss is Saturday at the Rose Garden, with the Winterhawks aiming for the league record set by Calgary.
Just six years ago, the team established a record with more than 11,000 Teddy Bears thrown onto the ice following the first goal of the game, but the team record is now 22,392, and the Western Hockey League record is 26,919. For the team to break that record with a sold-out crowd of more than 9,000, every fan would need three Teddy Bears. The Winterhawks are promoting purchase of teddy bears at Dollar Tree for ... $1.
The Trail Blazers can put together their first three-game winning streak of the season Sunday with a home game against New Orleans. Following a solid win over San Antonio on Thursday, the Blazers improved to 6-5 at home and can move within a game of .500 with a win over the Hornets, who enter the game with the worst record in the Western Conference - even below the Lakers - 5-16.
Portland is 10-12, and 11th in the West, but just a game behind eighth-place Dallas.
JESUIT BOYS BASKETBALL
The Jesuit boys basketball team - four-time defending state champions at Class 6A, continue their non-league schedule with a road game at Lincoln Friday. The Crusaders, who lost only to Oak Hill Academy and Central Catholic on the way to the state title, play in the Les Schwab Invitational that begins Dec. 26.
Fans will shower the Rose Garden's new ice with bears Dec. 15
Dec. 15, 2012
The Portland Winterhawks recently upgraded the ice sheet they play home games on NHL regulation size, and they'll get good use of it Dec. 15 with the annual Teddy Bear Toss.
Upon the game's first goal, fans showed the ice with Teddy Bears, an even that usually halts the game for 15 to 20 minutes as they get collected for distribution to area charities. Annually, the results are more than 10,000 bears collected.