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Sports media headed in a new direction

Online coverage is next phase, and readily available
By Cliff Pfenning, Publisher

Greetings fellow Oregonians and sports fans far and wide, and viewers interested in the future of sports media coverage.

These are challenging times for everyone, individuals, families, communities, businesses both small and large. It’s been especially harsh on the sports media world, as without events to cover, and with advertising revenue basically coming to a halt, a significant portion of writers and editors have been laid off, leaving some big questions about what might be coming in the future when the world gets back to some kind of normalcy. The stories that have been told through sports coverage generation after generation, are simply not going to be produced like they have been for the athletes and fans involved with those stories. That doesn’t mean there’s not going to be any coverage, it’s just going to less and for some time because that’s how capitalism works.

But, that’s the traditional business model based on newspapers, and I’m here to promote the shift in sports media that’s ready to happen. And, it’s going to be through the website oregonsports.com. We have a number of significant advantages over traditional media starting with the very key one - low overhead. As revenue does improve, we’ll be able to direct that to staff, which will make the company stronger and more valuable to the Oregon sports community. And, we also don’t have key limitations of newspapers - paper and the space
available - and TV stations and the time they have available. Through the internet we have all the space in the world to cover stories, and all the time avail to showcase those stories through video. We just need the writers, photographers, editors, etc., to produce those stories. And that’s the true shift in sports media - it’s going to involve the public to a significant degree.

Our main coverage is going to be the pro teams and major college programs in the state because that’s where the most interest is. But, we’ve got the ability to cover every level, every sport, every activity to a degree that has not been available in the past, it’s just going to involve your content, mostly volunteer and primarily through blogs. And they can be very specific blogs such as 6A volleyball or 3A wrestling or 2A baseball or softball. Or badminton, or ... if you can dream it up, and provide a few paragraphs on a regular basis, we can make it happen.

And, we’re going to have a lot of fun with this, too. That’s our motto, We have fun with Oregon.

As advertising revenue returns, we’ll be able to provide more traditional coverage. In the meantime there’s several things you can do as viewers that will help this shift take place - and that’s simply viewing. Check back with us on a daily basis Monday through Friday for now, and see if there’s anything interesting.
If there is something interesting, please feel free to leave a comment. And visit our social media pages and subscribe or follow those, especially YouTube. Video is a key element to our gameplan and having subscribers will allow for generating revenue through YouTube.

Another element is local ownership, something that's been cast aside for many, many years.

So, thanks for viewing and think about how you might become involved with this because that’s the future - we just put a brand on it: oregonsports.com.


It's official, spring sports cancelled

High School Class of 2020 has played for final time
Staff Report

Spring sports were officiall cancelled for the remainder of the year by the OSAA Wednesday following a directive by Governor Kate Brown to close schools for the remainder of the academic calendar year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Effectively, because schools are now closed through mid-June, there's no ability to schedule practices and games, so any hope of returning after then initial closure to April 28 ended.

“Today’s heart wrenching decision is difficult for all members of the OSAA family,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “We empathize with students and school communities, especially our graduating seniors, but recognize that these cancellations will allow our collective focus to remain where it’s most needed at this time - on the health and safety of all Oregonians.”

The OSAA halted its schedule March 12 during the final days of the boys and girls Class 6A, 5A and 4A basketball state tournaments following a decree to close schools by Brown. No contests have been played since.

It is the first time state championships will not be held in OSAA sports since 1962 when all three classifications ended in co-champions due to finals being rained out. State finals were also rained out in 1954 and '53. State finals were held both years in boys golf, as well as boys tennis.

The state boys track and field meet has never been cancelled since it began in 1927.

 

 

Crane leads top seeds to state titles

Only Oregon Episcopal provides an upset in 3A, 2A, 1A brackets
Staff Report

The first weekend of OSAA boys and girls basketball championship tournaments played out basically as expected with five of six brackets being won by the top-ranked team - except for the Class 3A boys.

In a remarkable weekend, Oregon Episcopal - seeded 10th, beat two-time defending and top seed De La Salle on the way to its first title, which came over ninth-seeded Cascade Christian in the final. The Aardvarks, who lost twice to De La Salle by an average of 18 points, had never even been to a final.

The other five brackets were all won by the top seed - Clatskanie (3A), Kennedy (2A) and Crane (1A) on the girls side and Toledo (2A) and Triad (1A) on the boys.
Only Clatskanie, though, repeated as champion. With its core group being juniors, the Tigers look primed to be a three-time champion next season.

GIRLS TOURNAMENTS

3A - No. 1 and defending champion Clatskanie beat No. 2 Sutherlin 51-40 behind an all-star trio of juniors - Shelby Glodgett, Olivia Sprague and Kaity Sizemore, who combined for 46 points and 33 rebounds, helping the Tigers close out a 23-2 season.

2A - Sophia Carley and Ellie Cantu combined for 36 points to lead No. 1 Kennedy to a 48-26 win over Monroe. Carley finished with 13 rebounds as well.

1A - Top-ranked Crane won the girls title with a 45-41 decision over St. Paul, closing out an undefeated season. St. Paul’s two losses were both to the Mustangs, who featured just two seniors.

BOYS TOURNAMENTS

3A - Tenth-ranked Oregon Episcopal completed an improbable run to its first title with a 35-33 win over No. 9 Cascade Christian. The Aardvarks, who beat No. 1 De La Salle in the quarterfinals, trailed 30-25 with 6:55, but finished the game on a 10-3 run, finishing the season at 22-7.

2A- No. 1 Toledo beat No. 2 Western Christian 58-48 to complete a 26-3 season. The Boomers won their three tournament games by an average of 21 points led by all-tournament seniot Conner Marchant, who had 22 points and seven rebounds in the final. Four of Toledo’s starters played all 32 minutes of the final.

1A - Triad edged Damascus Christian 58-56 in spite of making just one of six free throws in the final 51 seconds. The Timberwolves, who avenged a loss to the Eagles in the second game of the season, had won their previous four state playoff games by an average of 24 points.

College, prep hoop get down to business

Brackets are in action across the state, West Coast
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

It's time for a whole lot of seasons to end for high school and college basketball teams.

Lots of hugs. A team meeting, and some speeches - an annual right of passage as playoffs and tournaments are in full swing across Oregon and the West Coast.

Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments begin for girls teams today, with boys basketball tournaments beginning tomorrow at the same classifications in Coos Bay, Hermiston and Baker City.

Playoff brackets for girls and boys teams at the Class 6A, 5A and 4A levels began Tuesday night with those tournament set to start next week.

At the college level, there's significant action as well - in Las Vegas, where both the Pac-12 and West Coast Conference tournaments are set to play out beginning Thursday.

NCAA

In the Pac-12 women's tourney, Oregon State, ranked 14th, begins play on Thursday after finishing fifth in the highly competitive conference, which has five teams in the Top 14 of the final national rankings. The Beavers play Washington State in the first round.

No. 3 Oregon plays its game in the quarterfinals against one of Thursday's winners on Friday. 

In the WCC tourney, the University of Portland women's team doesn't play its first game until Saturday with its opponent still to be determined with games starting Thursday.

UP's men's team plays Santa Clara in the opening round Thursday.

The Pac-12 men's tournament is set for next week.

At the Div. II level, Western Oregon begins play in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's tournament in Seattle on Thursday against the University of Alaska.

At the Div. III level, the Northwest Conference played its tournaments over the weekend and George Fox of Newberg won the women's tournament for the third consecutive year on Saturday. The Foxes will play Montclair State Friday in the first round of the 64-team national tournament in Arlington, Va.

NAIA

In the Div. II Cascade Conference, both Northest Christian of Eugene and Southern Oregon played their way into the national tournament Tuesday. NCU won the tournament for the first time and SOU earned its spot by reaching the title game.

Oregon Tech reached the title game of the men's tournament, but Southern Oregon, which finished second during the regular season is automatically qualified for the national tournament despite losing in semifinals.

NWAACC

In the newly-renamed Northwest Athletic Conference, the 16-team men's and women's tournaments begin on Thursday in Everett, Wash. The women's tournament includes unbeaten Umpqua, Lane, Clackamas and Mt. Hood all in action, with winners playing Friday in the second round. Umpqua has finished second the past two seasons.

On the men's side, Clackamas, Umpqua, Portland and Chemeketa begin on Saturday with winners reaching the quarterfinals Sunday. Both tournaments close out the following weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thurston girls turn frowns upside down with title

Lack of individual champion doesn't overcome a team championship
By Abby Emrich, Oregonsports Writer

PORTLAND - On the final day of the OSAA State Wrestling Tournament, Thurston High School’s girls had a bittersweet victory. 

 Individually, the Colts did not have a champion. But, they did enough before Saturday night's finals to secure the school's first team title in girls wrestling, edging Bend 72-66.

Thurston moved up from sixth last year.

“Our one disappointment is not having a champion,” Thurston coach Bob Simons said. "But the title, that's huge."

Kaylee Annis lost to Century’s Nimo Sheikh at 105 pounds, 4-3. Cailee Hallett lost to Century’s Tyler Rabang at 120, 15-2. And Lindsay Burrell fell to Mountain View’s Taylor Ohlson, 3-1, at 135 pounds.

With three in the finals, and winning 7 out of 8 matches, the outcome of the Thurston girls matches were a surprise to many. That lead going into Saturday night is what saved the Colts.

 

 

Oregon wrestling revolves in big way

Only Crescent Valley repeats as state team champion
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Newberg, La Grande, Burns and Reedsport all added new chapters to their wrestling programs by winning state titles at the OSAA State Wrestling championships Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.

In Reedsport's case, it came down to one win in a title match to end Culver's six-year run as champion at the Class 2A level and become champion for the first time since 1967. La Grande needed the same result at 4A - a win in its final title match to beat last year's champion Sweet Home - and win its first title since 1996.

Newberg (2009) and Burns (2011) both had to go back a decade or more for their last championship.

Crescent Valley flew through the 5A championships after getting a strong challenge from Crook County through the quarterfinals.

Thurston won the girls tournament for the first time.

Since the state went to five state wrestling classifications in 2006, only once before had as many as four champions changed from one year to the next - in 2013, when all five champions failed to repeat. What made this year so different, though, is that La Grande, Burns nor Reedsport had finished as high as second in 2019. In Reedsport's case, it was eighth last year.

 

Roseburg has its back to the wall

Newberg has a significant challenge to win Class 6A, Crescent Valley and Crook County battle at 5A
By Cliff Pfenning

The first day of the OSAA State Wresting Tournament produced what any fan hoping for drama would have been hoping for - lots of drama.

Not only did Newberg move toward upending Roseburg's run of six-straight Class 6A titles, but the Class 5A race again took shape for Crescent Valley and Crook County to battle down to every consolation match and major decision team points at Memorial Coliseum.

Newberg, aiming for its first title since 2009, led Roseburg 175.5-170.5 after Friday's opening rounds with the Indians gunning for their seventh-straight title. Newberg has finished second the past two years.

Crescent Valley led Crook County just 130-125.5 heading into Saturday's matches, that feature the semifinals at midday and finals beginning at 7 p.m.

Culver looked like it's ready to win title No. 7 at Class 2A, and Sweet Home appears settled into defending it's 4A title.

At 3A, though, Burns looks ready to win its first title in 10 years. The Hilanders owned the Class 3A ranks - even before the state moved to five wrestling classifications, for most of the start of the century, then totally fell off the top of the podium starting after its 2011 title. 

Thurston looks ready to win the girls title following Hood River Valley from last year.

 

COLISEUM READY FOR TAKEOVER - TOURNEY PREVIEW

Is Newberg ready to take down Roseburg?

How about Culver winning again?

And Crook County? Sweet Home?

There's a familiar storyline going into the OSAA State Wrestling Championships set for Friday and Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, but the top one appears at the Class 6A level where Roseburg has dominated for more than a decade.

Since 2007, Roseburg has won all but two titles, including the past six. The Indians missed a title in 2011, and one in 2009. Newberg, which won the 2009 title, finished second the past two years - and by just seven points last year.

That's one of the top stories entering the weekend.

Culver will be looking to win its seventh consecutive title.

Crook County once dominated the Class 4A ranks, but moved to 5A last year and missed a sixth title in seven years by just 1.5 points. Two years priot, the Cowboys missed a fifth consecutive title by just one point to Sweet Home at the 4A ranks.

Sweet Home qualified the most competitors for the meet with 23 at 4A and will be the favorite there, while Glide and Nyssa return to their favorite roles at 3A, looking to unseat La Pine.

Hood River Valley returns as the defending champion in the girls meet.

 

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS

6A - Roseburg (6 straight)

5A - Crescent Valley

4A - Tillamook

3A - La Pine

2A - Culver (6)

GIRLS - Hood River Valley

 

Dobler wins overshadow Jesuit dominance

Aloha senior sets national record while Crusaders rule 6A again
By Cliff Pfenning

BEAVERTON - Oregon's most elite-level swimmer, Aloha senior Kaitlyn Dobler, performed as expected to highlight the individual portion, but Jesuit also performed as expected to dominate the team element of Class 6A at the OSAA State Swimming Championships Saturday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

Dobler, who is headed for USC, set a national prep record in the 100 yard breaststroke on the way to winning the event for the fourth straight year, and also set a state records in the 50 freestyle.

Jesuit won the boys and girls titles for the second consecutive year. For the boys, it was actually their sixth straight and eighth in the past 12 years.

In the Class 5A meet, Churchill won its first boys title and became only the second Eugene School District team to win at any level, following Sheldon, which last won a title in the 2000 girls meet.

Crescent Valley won the girls meet for the second straight year at Class 5A.

Dobler missed the 50-yard freestyle record by 0.20 seconds on Friday, but went 0.25 faster Saturday to lower the event record to 22.30. In the 100 breaststroke, she set the state record at 58.75 Friday, then lowered that to 58.35 Saturday to edge the national record by 0.05 set two years ago in Indiana.

"I knew what the record was and I had a thought I could do it," Dobler said, "but I didn't have any idea if I was close to it during the race."

In her four years at Aloha, Dobler won seven individual titles, including the 50 free three times to go with the four 100 breaststroke titles. She's among the top contenders nationally to qualify for the Olympic Team in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in June.

Fellow senior Tia Lindsay of Sunset, who is headed to Arizona, missed winning four individual or relay titles for the second straight year with a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke. She won the 200 individual medley for the third time in four years, and the 200 and freestyle relays - the 400 freestyle relay for the fourth straight year. She also swam on the winning 200 freestyle relay for the second straight year. In four years she won 11 individual or relay titles. Sunset also won the state team title during her freshman and sophomore seasons.

Jesuit ran away with the Class 6A boys meet again, winning two relays and three individual wins to outscore second-place Lakeridge 124-68.

Jesuit's girls won one relay and finished second in two others to outscore Sunset 110.5-89.5.  

 

CHURCHILL, CRESCENT VALLEY SHINE AT 5A

Churchill got a pair of wins from sophomore Charley Page-Jones and a win in the 400 freestyle relay to highlight its first title after never having even finished second. 

Senior Finn had a second place in the 500 freestyle and junior Davis Wingard had a pair of top 4 finishes to spark the Lancers.

West Albany missed its own first title by finishing second for the second straight year.

In the girls meet, Crescent Valley won one relay and finished second in two others to outdistance Churchill 75-50. The Raiders also got an individual win from senior Paula Lomonaco in the 200 freestyle, and Francesca Criscione in the 200 individual medley. Criscione also won the 100 butterfly and sister Vivi Criscione won the 500 freestyle.

 

CATLIN GABEL, NEWPORT TAME 4A

Newport won its second straight boys title, while Catlin Gabel also became a first-time champion by winning the girls title.

Newport won all three boys relays and got two wins each from seniors Luke Bachart and Caden Shanks to easily outpoint Madras 75-30. Backart won the 200 and 500 freestyle finals, while Shanks won the 100 freestyle and 100 bacstroke. The Cubs won for the third straight year.

Catlin Gabel moved up from second last year by winning two relays and getting two wins each from juniors Eva Carlson and Lizzy Cook to outpoint last year's champion Sweet Home 78-65. Carlson won the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley, while Cook won the 50 and 100 freestyle. 

Sweet Home's program continued its consistency by finishing either first or second the past six years with three titles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 57th 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.

 

Jesuit primed to swim to more titles

Crusaders have dominated large-school races
By Cliff Pfenning

If this is the week of the state swim meet in Oregon, then the state must be getting ready to hear more about Jesuit High's team. That's how the recent past for Oregon has worked.

Southwest Portland's Jesuit Crusaders have owned the OSAA state meet the past five years on the boys side and will look to repeat as girls champions this year beginning Friday at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Beaverton.

Powered by the nearby Sunset Athletic Club and Multnomah Athletic Club, Jesuit has owned the boys meet since 2015, following a run of four titles by Sunset High. A team from outside Portland or Beaverton has not won the large-school title since Summit won its second straight in 2005. Either Jesuit or Sunset has finished second as well theee times in the past nine years.

Jesuit or Sunset has won the girls title nine times in the past 11 years or finished second five additional times during that stretch - including first or second the past three years.

Championship preliminaries for the three state meets: 5A, 6A and 4A, begin at 9 a.m. Friday, with the Class 5A finals starting the day's events at 8:15 a.m. Saturday. The Class 6A finals are set for 1:15 p.m. Saturday, and the Class 4A finals are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m.

 

 

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