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Bowling centers reopening

Thu, 10/22/2020 - 12:45pm
Portland's bowling alleys got the state to recognize their plight Staff Report

A week of motivated rallies helped Portland-area bowling alleys get the state to reconsider Phase One requirements and allow them to reopen immediately in news reported Thursday afternoon.

Bowling alleys in the tri-county area (Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas) had been closed since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March caused the state to create a three-phase guide for reopening. After seven months, all three counties remain in Phase One, which keeps non-essential businesses such as bowling alleys that involve larger groups of people to gather in the state of closure.

A rally on Oct. 11 involving the 15 Portland-area lanes, got local media attention, and a promotional video the state bowling business leaders produced showing the safeguards they'd put in place, caused the state to reconsider its guidelines. The move allows skating rinks to reopen as well.

Tough guidelines still exist such as closure by 10 p.m., and no more than 50 people are allowed in the lanes at one time. But, the business operators have already prepped for such guidelines, including closing every other lane and constantly cleaning all surfaces.


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Milbrett heads 2020 Sports Hall of Fame Class

Sun, 10/18/2020 - 11:13am
The soccer standout helped turn women's soccer into a pro sport By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Tiffeny Milbrett, right, helped the US win the 1999 World Cup. AP photo

Longtime US National Soccer Team standout Tiffeny Milbrett headed the 2020 Induction Class of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame, Sept. 26, in a virtual ceremony.

The event, held at the Multnomah Athletic Club, changed its format due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The 2020 class - the 40th for the Hall of Fame, includes baseball’s John Jaha, football player Rockne Freitas, multi-sport athlete Craig Hanneman, and Tom Jernstedt for special contributions.

Brian Grant received the Commitment to Community Award. 

Milbrett helped lead the University of Portland onto the national stage under coach coach Clive Charles, graduating in 1995 with 103 goals and 40 assists. She then played professionally in Japan, Sweden and three professional leagues within the US, starting with the WUSA in 2001. That league, the first women’s pro league in the United States, followed the US National Team’s win in the World Cup in 1999.

Jaha, a graduate of David Douglas High, went straight into professional baseball upon being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1984. He reached the Major Leagues in 1992 and played through 2001. He earned a spot on the American League All-Star Team in 1999 while a member of the Oakland Athletics, during a season in which he was voted the league’s Comeback Player of the Year. He hit 141 homers and drove in 490 runs during his career.

Hanneman played football at Oregon State and for the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots for four seasons before a leg injury ended his career in 1975. He is thought to be the oldest person to have summited the tallest peaks on the seven continents.

Freitas, another OSU football alum, played 11 years in the NFL for Detroit and Tampa Bay, earning a Pro Bowl spot in 1972.

Jernstedt played football at the University of Oregon, but became known as the “Father of the Final Four” during a 38-year career with the NCAA. His efforts helped  turn the national basketball tournament into the annual spectacle it is - moving from 25 teams to 65 teams in that time.



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