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Sports Archives for 2017-09


We start with prep football, and the opening week of League play in what is officially called ‘Special District-1’…but, we know it more commonly as, and will call it, ‘The I-M-C’

#1 ranked Mt. View looks for a 3-and-0 start as the Cougars entertain Hermiston at Jack Harris Stadium at 7pm. The Summit Storm are on the road at Pendleton, Bend hosts Redmond, and Ridgeview plays a
non-league game at Hood River.

In Class 4-A action tonight…final week of the preseason where Sisters hosts Crook County, and Madras welcomes Valley Catholic of Beaverton.
In other non-league games in the lower levels, La Pine ventures to Burns for a 3A showdown, and Culver entertains Santiam.



Defending 5A Champion Bend beat Redmond in straight sets 3-zip last night in High School Volleyball action, and 4th ranked Ridgeview was shutout at home in 3-games falling to #3 Summit.

Defending 4A Champion Sisters beat Cottage Grove 3-games-to-none in an early season Sky-Em showdown…Elsewhere, Crook County scored its first win of the season with a 3-1 win at Corbett, and Estacada took a 3-zip win at Madras. La Pine blanked Gilchrist 3-0 in an inter-league match, and, 2nd ranked Culver wins big at Heppner in straight sets, 3-zip.



(Pullman, WA)  -- Oregon State opens Pac-12 action with a road game tomorrow at number-22 Washington State.  Kickoff is 2:30 p.m.  The Beavers are 1-and-2.  The Cougars have scored 78 points in beating Boise State and Montana State in their first two games.  OSU lost 35-31 last year to the Cougars.



(Laramie, WY)  --  Oregon hits the road tomorrow to visit Wyoming with a 4 p.m. kickoff.  The Ducks are 2-and-0 with Royce Freeman rushing for six touchdowns and ranked eighth nationally with 303 rushing yards.  The Cowboys are 1-and-1.  Oregon went 1-and-5 on the road last season.  Wyoming has not defeated a Pac-12 team since beating UCLA 24-21 in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl.



(Portland, OR)  --   While the Trail Blazers do not officially begin training camp until Tuesday, September 26th, several players are already working out at the Moda Center.  The preseason tips off on October 3rd when the Blazers host the Suns.  Portland is expecting immediate contributions from rookies Caleb Swanigan and Zach Collins, a seven-foot center from Gonzaga who was the 10th overall pick in the draft.



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are preparing for Sunday's home opener against the 49ers.  Cornerback Richard Sherman sat out his second straight Seahawks' practice with a hamstring injury.  He has never missed a game since entering the league in 2011.  Seattle lost its opener 17-9 at Green Bay.  Russell Wilson passed for only 158 yards and no touchdowns against the Packers.  The 49ers made only 13 first downs in losing their home opener 23-3 to Carolina.



(Sandy, UT)  --  The Portland Timbers play at Real Salt Lake tomorrow.  The Timbers have won their past four MLS games and top the Western Conference with 44 points.  Real Salt Lake sits in eighth with 35 points.  Portland lost 4-1 to Salt Lake on July 19th.



Volleyball action tonight in the high desert with defending 5A Champion and 8th rated Bend hosting Redmond, and
4th ranked Ridgeview entertaining #3 Summit in IMC play.

Defending 4A State Champion and #1 ranked Sisters is at home taking on 15th ranked Cottage Grove in a Sky-Em showdown…and, in the Tri-Valley Conference, Crook County looks for its first win in 5 matches as the Cowgirls travel to Corbett. Madras welcomes Estacada.

La Pine hosts Gilchrist in a non-league match, and 2nd ranked Culver tangles with #14 Heppner on the road in the 2A division.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Blazers will host their 2017 Media Day on Monday, September 25th at the Moda Center.  Training camp kicks off the next day.  The preseason begins on October 3rd when the Blazers host the Suns.  In other team news, the Blazers signed rookie guard Isaiah Briscoe to a training camp deal.  Briscoe averaged 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 36 games at Kentucky last season and went undrafted this spring.
 



(Sandy, UT)  --  The Portland Timbers pay a visit to Real Salt Lake on Sunday.  The Timbers are first in the Western Conference with 44 points.  Real Salt Lake sits in eighth with 35 points.  Portland has five regular season games left.



(Undated)  --  In college football action on Saturday, Oregon hits the road to visit Wyoming.  The Ducks are 2-and-0 so far in the Willie Taggart era with wins over Southern Utah and Nebraska.  Oregon State opens Pac-12 action as they travel to face number-22 Washington State.  The Beavers are 1-and-2 this season.



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are preparing for Sunday's home opener against the 49ers.  Richard Sherman, Terence Garvin and K.J. Wright all missed practice yesterday.  Running back Thomas Rawls was a full participant after missing last week's loss to the Packers with an ankle injury.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks are back on the practice field as they get set to visit Wyoming.  The game will be Willie Taggart's first road test as the head coach of the Ducks.  Oregon is 2-and-0 following wins over Southern Utah and Nebraska in Eugene.  Wyoming bounced back from a week one loss to beat Gardner-Webb.  Oregon opens the Pac-12 schedule a week from Saturday at Arizona State.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers hit the road this weekend to open up conference play in Pullman against Washington State.  The Beavers are 1-and-2 as they take on Top-25 opponents in four of their next five games.  Following Washington State, OSU will host defending conference champion Washington in Corvallis.



(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Los Angeles Rams will be keeping punter Johnny Hekker around beyond this season.  They've signed the 27-year-old to a two-year contract extension.  Hekker initially inked a six-year extension in 2014 and is now under contract through 2022.  ESPN reports the Oregon State product is guaranteed 10-million-dollars, the most ever for a punter.  Hekker has led the league in punting the last two seasons.  His average of 46.9 yards per punt ranks third all-time in NFL history.



(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has found himself in some legal trouble.  Browner was arrested Monday in Los Angeles County on suspicion of criminal threats which is a felony.  He played with the Seahawks from 2011-2013 and won a Super Bowl with New England in 2014.  After spending the 2015 season in New Orleans, Browner signed with the Seahawks last offseason but was cut in the spring.



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are back on the practice field as they get set to welcome the 49ers.  Seattle is 0-and-1 after dropping the opener in Green Bay.  San Francisco is also 0-and-1.  The Seahawks' home opener kicks off at 1:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks are back on the practice field as they get set to visit Wyoming.  The game will be Willie Taggart's first road-test as the head coach of the Ducks.  Oregon is 2-and-0 following wins over Southern Utah and Nebraska in Eugene.  Wyoming bounced back from a week one loss to beat Gardner-Webb.  Oregon opens the Pac-12 schedule a week from Saturday at Arizona State.



(Renton, WA)  --  Head coach Pete Carroll fully expects running back Thomas Rawls to be back when the Seahawks host the 49ers this weekend.  Rawls did not play in the opening loss to Green Bay.  Seattle's home opener kicks off at 1:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field on Sunday.



(Corvallis, OR)  -- The Beavers hit the road this weekend to open up conference play in Pullman against Washington State.  The Beavers are 1-and-2 as they take on Top-25 opponents in four of their next five games.  Following Washington State, OSU will host defending conference champion Washington in Corvallis.



(New York, NY)  --  Diego Valeri scored in the 44th minute as the Portland Timbers dropped New York City FC, 1-0, on Saturday.  The Timbers are now first in the Western Conference with 44 points.  Portland visits Real Salt Lake on Saturday.



(Corvallis, OR)  -- The Beavers couldn't contain Minnesota's running game in a 48-14 loss on Saturday in Eugene.  The Gophers rushed for 253 yards and five touchdowns. Jake Luton threw for 135 yards and a score for the 1-and-2 Beavers.  Oregon State visits Washington State on Saturday.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Justin Herbert tossed three touchdowns and Royce Freeman ran for two more as Oregon downed Nebraska, 42-35, in Eugene on Saturday.  The Ducks led 42-14 at halftime.  The defense racked up four interceptions as the Ducks moved to 2-and-0 under first-year head coach Willie Taggart.  The Ducks visit Wyoming on Saturday.



(Green Bay, WI)  --  Aaron Rodgers threw for 311 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown to Jordy Nelson, as the Packers topped the Seahawks 17-9 at Lambeau Field.  Russell Wilson finished 14-of-27 for 158 yards and a fumble for Seattle, which hasn't won at Lambeau Field since 1999.  Wilson also led the team with 40 rushing yards.  The Seahawks host the 49ers on Sunday.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State faces off with Minnesota tomorrow night in Corvallis.  The Beavers are 1-and-1 after beating Portland State last week.  Minnesota enters at 1-and-0. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.



(Eugene, OR)  -- The Ducks look to move to 2-and-0 as they host Nebraska at Autzen Stadium tomorrow.  Oregon steamrolled Southern Utah, 77-21, to win in Week One.  The Cornhuskers are also 1-and-0 after a season-opening win over Arkansas State.  Kick-off is at 1:30 p.m.



(New York, NY)  --  The Portland Timbers visit New York City FC tomorrow at Yankee Stadium.  Portland is second in the Western Conference with 41 points, while New York City is second in the East with 50 points.  The game starts at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers are bringing in guard Archie Goodwin to training camp.  Goodwin has been invited to try out with the team.  The 22-year-old was the 29th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but has bounced around the league with stints in Phoenix, New Orleans and Brooklyn.



(Hillsboro, OR)  -- The Hillsboro Hops' 2017 season is over.  The Hops fell to the Eugene Emeralds, 10-4, in the Northwest League playoffs on Thursday, ending the three-game series.  Reliever Breckin Williams was charged with the loss.



(Eugene, OR)   --  Officials remain optimistic the Oregon home game Saturday against Nebraska will go on despite 14 large wildfires in the state.  There remains a smoke air quality alert for the area.  The Ducks practiced outside on their complex fields Wednesday after busing the previous day to Florence for a workout.  Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Autzen Stadium, pre-game at 12:00 noon on KBND.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State will try to win its second straight game Saturday when it hosts Minnesota.  The Beavers nipped Portland State 35-32 this past weekend to even their record at 1-and-1.  The Golden Gophers have not played since August 31st when they beat Buffalo 17-7.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers will play St. John's on Thanksgiving Day in a nationally televised game at Orlando, Florida.  Oregon State released its non-conference basketball schedule, which includes seven games at Gill Coliseum and a December 16th contest in Portland against St. Louis.  The first game is November 10 against Southern Utah.  The final non-conference game will be December 21st at Kent State.



(Portland, OR)  --  Forward Andrew Nicholson, who was waived by the Trail Blazers last week, has signed with a Chinese team.  Nicholson signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.  The Blazers acquired Nicholson in a July 25 trade that sent Allen Crabbe to the Brooklyn Nets.  He was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 draft and has also played with the Magic and Wizards.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will play the New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.  It will be the Timbers' first action since a 1-1 draw on August 27th at Seattle.  Portland is second in the MLS Western Conference with 41 points, one behind the Sounders.  Portland is 3-and-7-and-4 on the road.  New York City is 10-and-1-and-3 at home after a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City.



(Eugene, OR)  --   Gustavo Polanco singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the Emeralds edged by the Hillsboro Hops 3-2 in Eugene.  It was the first game of a best-of-three series in the Northwest League playoffs.  Hops pitcher Brian Schaffer struck out six and allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.  The series switches to Hillsboro for game two tonight.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State linebacker Beau Duronslet was named the Big Sky defensive player of the week. He made eight tackles, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble in the 35-32 loss to the Beavers this past weekend.  After road losses to Brigham Young and the Beavers, the Vikings are idle this week.  They will host UC Davis on September 16 for their first home game.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Emeralds and the Hillsboro Hops open the Northwest League playoffs tonight in Eugene in a best-of-three series. The Emeralds are a Cubs' farm club and finished with a 39-37 record.  The Hops are a Diamondbacks affiliate and topped the South Division with a 41-35 record.  Game two will be played tomorrow at Hillsboro.  Hops first baseman Pavin Smith finished third in the league with a .318 batting average and a .401 on-base percentage.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers will host the Golden Gophers on Saturday.  Oregon State beat Portland State 35-32 to even its record at 1-and-1.  Minnesota defeated Buffalo 17-7 on August 31st to kickoff its season.  Tyler Johnson caught six passes for 141 yards, including a 61-yard touchdown reception, in the Gophers' victory.



(Florence, OR)  --  The Ducks will practice today in Florence at Siuslaw Middle School, instead of Eugene.  With Eugene air quality listed as hazardous with four wildfires larger than 20,000 acres in the state, Oregon opted to move the practice about an hour away to the coast.  The Ducks will host Nebraska on Saturday.  Oregon routed Southern Utah 77-21 in its season opener.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will play the New York City FC on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.  It will be the Timbers' first game since a 1-1 draw on August 27th at Seattle.  Portland is second in the MLS Western Conference with 41 points.  Portland is 3-and-7-and-4 on the road.  New York City is 9-and-1-and-3 at home.
 



Here we go! September is here and,…High School football kicks off the new season tonight, but only one game in the region and that’s La Pine hosting Lost River. The other scheduled games in town have been moved because of the dangerous air quality from the wildfires.

So, defending IMC Champion Summit opens at 6A Clackamas under new head coach Corben Hyatt who takes over Joe Padilla.

The Bend Lava Bears have a tough test in Independence, just west of Salem where they take on 5A semifinalist from last year, Central.

Mt. View travels to South Albany, Redmond ventures to Portland to play Jefferson under new head coach Gene Dales, and Ridgeview plays at Thurston.

In the 4A ranks, Crook County faces Phoenix in Sutherlin, and Madras is at The Dalles. The Sisters Outlaws have a new head coach in Neil Fendall and they travel to Burns.

Culver takes on Illinois Valley at Noon at Roseburg High School, and Gilchrist plays at Bonanza.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks will meet Southern Utah tomorrow in their season opener.  It will be the inaugural Oregon game under Willie Taggart.  He was hired as Oregon's coach in December.  Oregon finished 4-and-8 last season.  Southern Utah is a member of the Big Sky Conference and went 6-and-5 last year.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Pat Connaughton will be a Trail Blazer again this season.  The club faced a Thursday deadline to waive Connaughton before his 1.4-million-dollar salary became guaranteed.  The team opted to keep the 2015 second-round draft pick.  He averaged 2.5 points in 39 games last season.  The Blazers have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers will host Portland State tomorrow.  Kickoff is at 11 o'clock at Reser Stadium.  The two last met in 2014, with the Beavers winning 29-14.  Oregon State will try to rebound from a 58-27 loss at Colorado State in its season opener.  Portland State lost 20-6 at Brigham Young in its first game.


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