Ducks favored to meet Trojans for Pac-12 title

Oregon wins the North, USC wins the South to set up epic battle
July 16, 2012

In the eyes of many college football analysts, the 2012 Pac-12 Conference race comes down to USC and Oregon.

Athlon Sports is picking the Trojans over the Ducks. In its Pac-12 Football 2012 Predictions, the publication has USC going 9-0 in conference play, with a Pac-12 title-game win over the Ducks. Athlon has Oregon at 8-1, its lone loss in conference play coming on November 3 against the Trojans in Los Angeles.

That one certainly appears likely to be the make-or-break game for either team's season, and it's understandable why many are giving the Trojans the edge at this point, with quarterback Matt Barkley having returned for his senior season and Oregon in the exact opposite boat, having lost Darron Thomas, who decided to skip his senior season for a shot at the NFL. Also gone is LaMichael James, leaving many analysts pointing to USC's starting experience as one of its big edges over Oregon.

According to the Pac-12, the Trojans have a conference-best 19 returning starters for 2012, while the Ducks are tied for sixth-most with 14 returners.

Wilson rallies for state title

Trojans score four runs in bottom of seventh for 7-6 win
June 2, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

KEIZER - A four-run rally in their final at-bat pushed the Wilson Trojans to a 7-6 win over Summit in the Class 5A baseball championship game Saturday at Volcanoes Stadium.

Trialing 6-3 and heading for the bottom half of their order, the Trojans, who had left the bases loaded in the sixth, tied the score on a double by John Venables, the team's No. 7 hitter, and won when Kevin Shimomaeda, pinch-running for Venables, scored on a throwing error setting off a frantic celebration.

Wilson, which got three hits out of catcher Jonah Harris, the team's No. 8 hitter, finished 23-8.

"We were pretty down after the sixth, but we just found a way to come through," designated hitter Chris Beard, the team's lead-off hitter, said. "This is the best way to win a title, with a play like that."

Summit, working to win the school's 11th team title during the 1011-12 school year, finished 25-6.

The Trojans overcame five errors in the game, although none of them led to a run.

Summit pitchers were charged with just three earned runs.



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