Champions Tour, LPGA top players visit Oregon this week

Senior PGA players duel for major title
By Cliff Pfenning,

The week after the drama of the PGA Championships, the golf world will focus on Oregon as both the PGA Champions Tour and LPGA Tour descend on the state.

Many of the world's biggest names from the Champions Tour will be at Crosswater Club at Sunriver for The Jeld-Wen Tradition, while the top women's players are at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains for the Safeway Classic

The Jeld-Wen Tradition, one of the Champions Tour majors, will play out on NBC Saturday and Sunday.

The Safeway Classic is a 54-hole tournament.

Among the players scheduled to compete in The Jeld-Wen Tradition are Tom Watson, Corey Pavin, Nick Price and Bernhard Langer, who has won two-straight majors and is leading the Champions Tour points standings. Langer won the Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open this year.

Defending champion Mike Reid is among the top candidates as tournament favorites.

The Safeway Classic is headed by Cristie Kerr, who won the LPGA Championship, and Yani Tseng, who won both the Kraft Nabisco Championships and Women's British Open.

Oregon Sports HOF inducts next class

Ashton Eaton heads list of in-state greats

Ashton Eaton, the 2012 and 2016 Gold Medalist in the decathlon, and his wife Brianne, Theisen-Eaton, headed the list of inductees to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony conducted at the Multnomah Athletic Club, Sept. 19.

National championship teams from Oregon State and the University of Portland, long-time football coach Thurman Bell and adaptive sports legene Aaron Paulson were also inducted.

The inductees were:

Ashton Eaton, two-time Olympic Decathlon gold medalist and five-time World Champion

Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Olympic Heptathlon medalist and World Champion

Thurman Bell, Roseburg High School football coach (second in all-time wins)

2002 University of Portland Women’s Soccer Team, NCAA champions 

Aaron Paulson, Adaptive sports paralympic swimming gold medalist

2006-2007 Oregon State University Mens Baseball Team, College World Series champions.

This year’s ceremony also featured a special tribute to Harry Glickman, a 1986 Hall of Fame inductee and acknowledged “father” of professional sports in Oregon. Early on, Glickman was responsible for bringing a number of NFL pre-season exhibition games to Portland’s then Multnomah Stadium. In 1960, he founded the Portland Buckaroos, WHL hockey club. In 1970, he won the expansion franchise for the Portland Trailblazers professional basketball team, and served as the team’s president from 1987-1994.

Each year the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame helps preserve Oregon’s rich sports heritage through its recognition of outstanding Oregon athletes and special contributors to sport.

In addition, Oregon Sports Hall of Fame college scholarships of $3,000 each, made possible by contributions from the MacTarnahan Family Trust, awarded to six student-athletes to be used for continuing their education at Oregon colleges and universities.

This years list included:

Hunter Knox – Harrisburg high school

Aaron Alexander – Molalla high school

Cody Stahl – Dayton high school

Fayth Dunn – Neah-Kah-Nie high school

Katelyn Lester – McNary high school

Tia Lohman – Beaverton high school.


Portland begins parks review

Portland looking for more than $3 million in cuts for next budget
By Cliff Pfenning,

PORTLAND - The annual process of cutting funds for Portland parks began Thursday as Portland Parks and Recreation Director Mike Abbaté addressed a crowd of more than 100 citizens who gathered in the Gateway neighborhood to learn more about where the money actually goes and what the most valuable things are.

"It's the start of our annual budget process," Abbaté said. "We have a group of five advisors who meet many times for about six months to develop our budget, but these public meetings are very important to that process."

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz also spoke at the meeting, which lasted several hours, and included areas with translators in Vietnamese and Russian.

The PP&R budget of $62 million is looking at a five percent cut - just over $3. Attendees were given a 11x18 sheet with significant details on where the funds come from and are directed, split into three segments: Asset Management, Land Stewardship and Recreation.










Class of 1963 still rates as state's best

Four of the state champion wrestlers went on to international glory
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

There are few years - in any state - when a group of high school wrestling champions go on to future greatness at the national and international level more than Oregon saw in 1963.

This year marks the 54th anniversary of a group that included two future World Champions, and three future Olympians - one of whom played in the NFL for a season.

And, the year also included the first cultural exchange team from the state to go abroad - to Japan for a monthlong tour.

Rick Sanders, then a senior at Lincoln, Henk Schenk, then a senior at Silverton, Fred Fozzard, a junior at Marshall, and Jess Lewis, a sophomore at Cascade all won titles in 1963.

All would go on to national and then international success on the mat, and on the football field with Lewis’ career at Oregon State and into the NFL.


Badminton works way into metro mentality

Portland Badminton Club looks at a second facility
By Cliff Pfenning,

In less than two years, competitive badminton has taken hold in the Portland metro area that the lone professional club is looking to expand.

Ralph Cervantes, who opened the Portland Badminton Club in 2009, recently said he’s looking at opportunities for a second club.

“We’ve had great response at our club at all levels,” Cervantes said. “We’re actually starting to outgrow our current facility and that makes it somewhat necessary to look for a second site.

“Badminton is a growth sport in Portland.”

The Portland Badminton Club is located in Hillsboro, close to the Intel campus, where most of the players work. But, enough players, especially those in younger competitive age-groups, have become members, that Cervantes has begun to investigate a second club.

Badminton, which is an Olympic sport, has organized clubs at several in-state colleges and universities. The PBC has sponsored several tournaments that have attracted regional competitors.

For more information on the Portland Badminton Club, visit



Bellotti, Stoudamire head Class of 2015

Annual Oregon Sports Hall of Fame set to induct six individuals, one team
Nov. 10, 2015 /

Coaching great Mike Bellotti and basketball star Damon Stoudamire are among the Class of 2015 set to be inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in November. The annual ceremony is set to take place at the Multnomah Athletic Club, Nov. 19.

The Class includes long-time boys basketball coach Mike Doherty, UO running great Leann Warren, official Jack Folliard, football pioneer Elmer Kolberg and the 2000 Oregon State football team.

Bellotti succeeded Rich Brooks as coach of the Oregon football program and guided the Ducks to a record 116 wins against 55 losses. He is credited with building the program in to a national title contender, and the team followed with two appearances in the national title game following his move to become athletic director in 2009.

Stoudamire followed a stellar career at Portland's Wilson High School with a standout career at the University of Arizona and a 13-year career in the NBA that included six seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers

Mike Doherty is among the state's winningest boys basketball coach over five decades, and led McNary of Salem to the state title in 1968, Corvallis to a pair of titles (1980, '84) and Oregon City to the final in 2008.

Elmer Kolberg – An all-conference basketball and football player at Oregon State, Kolberg played two seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles and one for the Pittsburgh Steelers before entering the service in 1942. At OSU, he played three seasons for both basketball and football teams, and was named to the East-West Shrine Game in 1938. He was reputed to have set a conference record for personal fouls in a season while on the OSU basketball team.

Folliard is among the nation's most accomplished officials, and has regularly appeared on television as the head official of major games in the Pac-12 Conference. He is the head of the Oregon Athletic Officials Association.

Leann Warren was one of the University of Oregon's first female running stars, competing at the top national and international level in the early 1980s in both cross country and track and field in middle distances. She still holds the school record in the 1,500 meters and mile.

The 2000 Oregon State football team won a school-record 11 games and beat Notre Dame 41-9 in the Fiesta Bowl to finish the season ranked No. 4 in the nation - having started the season unranked. The team's lone loss was to Washington, 33-30, which helped the Huskies finish No. 3 in the nation.



Docherty, Stoll net amateur titles

College golfers dominate 106th Oregon Amateur Golf Championships
June 27, 2015

ALOHA - Alistair Docherty of Vancouver, Wash. and Beaverton’s Gigi Stoll captured titles in the 106th annual Oregon Amateur Golf Championships Saturday at The Reserve Vineyard & Golf.

Docherty beat Dylan Wu of Medford 2 & 1 for the men’s title.

Stoll beat Madison Odiorne of Bend 8 & 6 to defend her title.

In the men’s final, Docherty, a Chico State junior, jumped out to an early lead with birdies on two of the first four holes before bogeys on the next two holes allowed his opponent, a sophomore at Northwestern University, to get the match back to all square.

Wu began to take control of the match with a stretch of five birdies in six holes during the first 18 holes of the match before Docherty made two birdies on 16 & 17. Wu took the 18th hole to finish 4 Up at the conclusion of the first 18 holes of the match.

As they teed off in the afternoon on the 1st hole after a short break, Docherty again started hot with an eagle on the 515-yard par five 19th hole and won the 20th hole as well. It took Docherty until the 30th hole to get the match back to all square, before taking two of the next three holes on his way to a 2 & 1 victory and the title

In the Women’s final, Stoll began her journey toward the title with birdies on the first & fifth holes to take a 2 Up lead before Odiorne, a four-time OSAA state champion, scored a birdie on the par-five sixth hole. Stoll’s steady, consistent play saw her to continue to add to her lead with a birdie on 14 where the match stayed until they finished the first 18 holes.

Odiorne then birdied the par-five 19th hole for the last hole she’d win for the day. Stoll’s consistency lead her to win holes 20 and 21 with pars before birdieing holes 24, 27 and 30 on the way to her 8 & 6 win.

Both players are set to begin their collegiate careers in the Fall where Stoll will attend the University of Arizona and Odiorne will attend Washington State.



Amateur leagues throughout Oregon

American Legion

Babe Ruth / Cal Ripken

Junior Baseball Organization

Little League

Northwest Independent Baseball League

Willamette Valley Men's Baseball League

West Coast League - College


Lillard for President? Rose Bowl redux

The year-end episode of Sportsland delves into the hardcore topics
Dec. 29, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

So, what happened to the Rose Bowl?

Sure, it's where the Oregon football team will be playing in the College Football Playoffs Thursday, but the game itself - the Rose Bowl, got pretty much dropped to a playoff game being played at the Rose Bowl. That's a topic the Sportsland crew takes on in the year-end episode, recorded at Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland.

It's just a semifinal, and might not ever be the same game - although the playoff committee might have been able to keep the game relevant with a simple switch of match-ups. What if Oregon were playing Ohio State instead of Florida State?

Then, it's onto the NBA and the amazing Blazers' season, led by Damian Lillard. He'll never get voted to the All-Star team, because Portland is so far from the national limelight, but if he continues to play at his current pace, might he be a top contender for MVP?

The cast talks up his competitors as well as which team looks most dangerous in terms of playoff potential.

And, a few picks for the NFL playoffs, all of which wraps of the year.




Ridesharing arrives in Portland

LYFT offers free rides throughout metro area

While traditional transportation companies battle to preserve their market, the future of door-to-door cab service simply won't be the same regardless of how much taxi companies revolt.

The reality of getting a cab simply by opening an app on a phone and requesting a ride is too hard to deny as the way of the future.

Both Uber and Lyft have landed in Portland in 2015, and are working with the City Council to remain in the metro area.

While Uber, the more established company - having started in San Francisco in 2009, reached Portland first, opening its service in April, Lyft is working to expand its marketshare, primarily promoting a $20 free ride for first-time riders, who install the Lyft App and use the promo code MRLYKF as payment for the first ride.


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