KERSEY, THE PLAYER, THE PERSON,  BLAZED A TRAIL

KERSEY, THE PLAYER, THE PERSON, BLAZED A TRAIL

It was at once sad and wonderful, the final tributes to the late Jerome Kersey. There was a...

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Ex-Hawk Johansen emerges as NHL star

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Thunder revamp roster for sophomore season

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Harrison off to hot start for OSU

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Blazers guard Wesley Matthews goes down with a season-ending Achilles tendon injury early in the second half Thursday night at Moda Center.
March 06, 2015

It's a win, but a big loss, for Blazers: Matthews out for season

by Kerry Eggers
The mood in the Trail Blazers' Moda Center locker room was solemn Thursday night, even after a 94-75 dismantling of the Dallas Mavericks. The Blazers had a large burden to bear. Shooting guard…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Arron Afflalo, acquired a couple of weeks ago at the NBA trade deadline, could wind up filling much of the void left on the Trail Blazers after starting guard Wesley Matthews went down Thursday night with a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
March 06, 2015

Arron Afflalo: 'I'll be me'

by Stephen Alexander
Next man up? Blazers' recent arrival says he's ready to start again, but feels for injured Wesley Matthews With 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter of Thursday night’s game between the…
March 05, 2015

Ducks get it done when it counts, edge Beavers for Civil War…

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS -- The 334th renewal of the Civil War basketball series opened with a surprise and ended with what has become the norm in recent weeks -- an Oregon victory, another Oregon State…
March 05, 2015

Big Sky tourney play within Vikings' grasp

by Portland Tribune
Men’s basketball: With two regular-season games to go, Portland State is on the verge of making the eight-team Big Sky Conference tournament, but isn’t quite there. Portland State is tied with…
March 05, 2015

Portland could field wood-bat baseball team

by Steve Brandon
Walker Stadium possible site for Great West League Portland could be on the verge of having a baseball team again. The fledgling Great West League, featuring wood-bat baseball for college…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF RYAN HUTCHISON - Mo Farah, a Portland-based Olympic champion distance runners, celebrates his indoor 2-mile record.
March 05, 2015

Media access ensures public stays informed

by Kerry Eggers
On Sports Recent comments about the media by Michele Roberts, first-year executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, struck a nerve with many reporters across the country,…
Photo Credit: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - David Douglas guard Charles Jones splits a pair of Beaverton defenders on his way to the hoop in the first half Tuesday.
March 04, 2015

Scots finish strong to avoid early upset

by David Ball
6A BOYS BASKETBALLPlayoffs — first round Team Score #6 David Douglas68Beaverton62 Beaverton center Hunter Sweet started the fourth quarter with a drive to the basket for a three-point play…
March 03, 2015

Viks at their peak shooting for Big Sky

by Stephen Alexander
PSU needs one more win to ensure berth in tournament With two games remaining, the Portland State men’s basketball team has not clinched a spot in the Big Sky Tournament. The Vikings need either…
March 03, 2015

TV, radio

by Portland Tribune
Tuesday, March 3 Prep boys basketball: Westview at Lake Oswego, 7 p.m., KUIK (1360 AM) ... Tigard at Southridge, 8:30 p.m. (delayed), KUIK (1360 AM) College men’s basketball: Georgetown at…
March 03, 2015

Sports birthdays

by Portland Tribune
March 4, 1954 Peter Jacobsen (age 61) Peter Erling Jacbosen was born on this day in Portland, attended Lincoln High and the University of Oregon, and went on to capture seven PGA Tour titles,…
March 03, 2015

Oregon sports history

by Portland Tribune
March 3-4, 1947 Legendary basketball coach Howard Hobson, who led the University of Oregon’s “Tall Firs” to the first NCAA championship in 1939, is stirring interest with his creation of…
March 03, 2015

Status report

by Portland Tribune
Blazers: Portland has a midweek back-to-back facing the Los Angeles Clippers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Staples Center, then returning to Moda Center for a 7:30 p.m. Thursday game against Dallas.…
March 02, 2015

Are Beaver grapplers ready to do damage at NCAAs?

by Kerry Eggers
In upset, Latham nabs Pac-12 best wrestler award, individual title CORVALLIS — If they don't call Joe Latham "Broadway Joe," maybe they ought to now. Moments after he was honored as most…
March 01, 2015

Beavers hitting, but not on all cylinders, Pat Casey says

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Pat Casey was a bit grumpy Saturday night, even after an offensive explosion that saw his Oregon State baseball nine complete a three-game sweep of Grambling State at Goss Stadium.…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - The Trail Blazers pick up a big victory over Northwest Division rival Oklahoma City, coming from behind Friday night at Moda Center.
February 28, 2015

Westbrook shines, but Blazers have final say

by Kerry Eggers
"Never say die" has cliché written all over it, but it is apropos when mentioned in the same breath with the Trail Blazers this season. Trailing by 15 points in the third quarter and by 11 with…
February 28, 2015

OSU women win Pac-12 title in style

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — There were so many things to watch in the moments following Oregon State's 73-55 victory over California Saturday at Gill Coliseum. There was confetti across the playing floor,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook (left) holds his head after taking a blow from a teammate in the final seconds of Friday night's game against the Trail Blazers.
February 28, 2015

Westbrook produces everything but a win

by Stephen Alexander
For all but the final 34 seconds, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook set Moda Center on fire Friday night. With OKC forward and reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant (foot injury) out…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - Kyle Singler (right) of Oklahoma City tries to defend a long jumper by Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge.
February 28, 2015

Singler thrilled to be with contender

by Stephen Alexander
When forward Kyle Singler was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb, 19, he was ecstatic about playing for a contender for the first time in his NBA career. “I’ve…
February 28, 2015

Sac State snaps PSU's streak in Big Sky showdown

by Stephen Alexander
Portland State's men played Sacramento State close until the final minutes Saturday night at Stott Center. As the Vikings' final home basketball game of the season drew to a close, though, their…
February 27, 2015

Competition starts Tuesday for Andersen's Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
From first-year Oregon State coach Gary Andersen's pre-spring practice media session: • The focus through the five weeks of thrice-weekly sessions will be to create a competitive environment,…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF WARNER PACIFIC COLLEGE - After four years away from college basketball, point guard Earl Jones returned to action as a junior for the Warner Pacific Knights, and helped the Knights earn a co-championship in the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season.
February 26, 2015

Jones makes most of his second chance

by Jon Fuccillo
After four-year hiatus from basketball, point guard shines for WP Four years without competitive basketball were like hell on Earth for Earl Jones. “I thought life was over,” he says. “I was…
Photo Credit: MELISSA MAJCHRZAK/GETTY IMAGES - Former NBA and former Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman says he hasnt been doing much in retirement, but it seems like time just flies by.
February 26, 2015

Retirement's a winning game for Rick Adelman

by Kerry Eggers
Family comes first for former NBA, Blazers coach Last week, George Karl returned to the bench, taking over head coaching duties with the Sacramento Kings. Karl, 63, hasn’t yet gotten the bug out…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - New Trail Blazer Arron Afflalo (4) congratulates Steve Blake after a 3-point basket in Sundays game against Memphis, which was Afflalos first with Portland.
February 26, 2015

Blazers reset their rotation

by Kerry Eggers
The acquisition of Arron Afflalo changes plenty with the Trail Blazers as they head toward the playoffs. The 6-5, 215-pound Afflalo, recently arrived via trade from Denver, is going to play. The…
February 26, 2015

Timbers' Caleb Porter: Wait till March 7

by Stephen Alexander
In Wednesday’s midweek preseason match, both the Portland Timbers and the Chicago Fire sent out lineups consisting mostly of players not expected to be starters this season. There was some…
February 26, 2015

TV, radio

by Portland Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 26 College men’s basketball: BYU at Portland, 7 p.m. Root Sports, KMTT (910 AM) ... Oregon State at Stanford, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks, KEX (1190 AM) ... Nebraska at Ohio State, 4…
February 26, 2015

Sports birthday

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 27, 1992 Meyers Leonard (age 23) The Trail Blazers’ 7-1 forward-center was born on this day in Robinson, Ill. The Blazers picked him No. 11 overall in the 2012 NBA draft, after his two…
February 26, 2015

Oregon sports history

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 26-March 3, 1975 Joni Huntley, high jumping sensation and Oregon State freshman from Sheridan, repeats as U.S. women’s indoor champion at Madison Square Garden. A few days later, she goes…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Wesley Matthews scores on a breakaway dunk as the Trail Blazers defeat the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at Moda Center.
February 25, 2015

Behind Matthews, Blazers steamroll Spurs

by Kerry Eggers
LaMarcus Aldridge emerged from the shower and headed toward his stall in the Trail Blazers' Moda Center locker room Wednesday night, stopping to gaze at media surrounding his teammate. "Wes-ley…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - New coach Wayne Tinkle has lifted the fortunates of Oregon State mens basketball, but in general hes not a big fan of heights -- or roller-coaster rides.
February 24, 2015

Tinkle left comfort zone for OSU job

by Kerry Eggers
Call to be Beavers' new head coach too powerful to ignore CORVALLIS — After an outstanding career as a player at Montana in the late 1980s, Wayne Tinkle had more basketball left in him. Over the…
February 24, 2015

Oregon sports history

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 24-25, 1990 Sales for the Oregon Lottery's Sports Action game on NBA contests are lagging at about $50,000 per week (compared to $375,000 per week on NFL games). Portland's Bill Hildick,…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Teri Kersey, wife of the late Jerome Kersey, and his daughter, Kiara, who is holding her daughter, Harley, watch the big screen at Moda Center on Sunday night as the Trail Blazers pay honor to the late forward with a video of him singing the national anthem when he was a player for Portland.
February 22, 2015

Fourth-quarter collapse costs Blazers on night that could have…

by Kerry Eggers
Tributes honor Jerome Kersey It had all the earmarks of a Sunday night for the Trail Blazers and their fans to treasure at the Moda Center. There were pregame tributes to the late Jerome Kersey,…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Jerome Kersey (center) was seemingly everywhere as a Trail Blazers ambassador, representing the team in the community. Here, he shares a moment with fans at the 2013 Special Olympics Oregon event.
February 20, 2015

My memories of Jerome Kersey: He was one of a kind, never to be…

by Kerry Eggers
When I got the call Wednesday night that Jerome Kersey had passed away, I was at my family vacation home in Lincoln City. My first thought: It can't be. And then, the irony. When Kevin Duckworth…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JIM CLARK - Jerome Kersey, Trail Blazers forward and ambassador who died Wednesday, worked hard to make himself a highly successful NBA player, and earned just as much respect, if not more, for his work off the court and after his playing career.
February 20, 2015

Kersey's death leaves Blazer family devastated

by Kerry Eggers
Teammates, coaches, executives all grieve loss of one of Portland's greatest players, ambassadors One day, he is the living, breathing epitome of the Trail Blazers' organization. The next day,…
February 20, 2015

Beavers at crossroads: Was it fun while it lasted?

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Two old friends and current coaching rivals shook hands at the end of Thursday night's game at Gill Coliseum, lingering to exchange a few words. "I told (Oregon State's Wayne Tinkle)…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - KERSEY
February 19, 2015

Blazers remember Jerome Kersey

by Steve Brandon
Tears streamed down Terry Porter's face as he tried to come to grips with Wednesday's sudden death of Jerome Kersey and express how much Kersey meant to him and the community. "Just too soon,"…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF SCOBEL WIGGINS - His Montana roots have helped, but a drive to do what others say cant be done is giving new Oregon State mens basketball coach Wayne Tinkle the passion to roll up his sleeves and make the Beavers competitive.
February 19, 2015

Beavers are believers in Wayne's world

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Jimmy Anderson has spent the past 58 years in Corvallis, first as an Oregon State player under Slats Gill, then as an assistant coach under Gill, Paul Valenti and Ralph Miller, then…
February 19, 2015

Push for the playoffs

by Kerry Eggers
How Blazers, other NBA teams stack up heading into stretch Fewer than two months and between 27 to 31 games per team remain before the regular season is complete and the NBA playoffs begin. In…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jerome Kersey, with wife Teri.
February 19, 2015

Rip City the better for knowing Jerome Kersey

by Steve Brandon
The horrible news took awhile to sink in Wednesday night. Jerome Kersey, gone? The guy who exuded more energy, life and passion than arguably anyone ever to work for the Trail Blazers? At age…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - Aaron Afflalo puts up a jump shot for Denver in a game thi season against Portland.
February 19, 2015

Blazers deal for Afflalo, Gee

by Portland Tribune
Portland sends Barton, Robinson and Claver to Nuggets The Trail Blazers set their table for the NBA playoffs on Thursday, making a five-player deal before the annual trade deadline. Guard Arron…
February 19, 2015

Main Events

by Portland Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 19 Prep boys basketball: Liberty at Parkrose, 7:15 p.m. ... Grant at Wilson, Franklin at Jefferson, Cleveland at Roosevelt, Benson at Madison, 7:30 p.m. Prep girls basketball:…

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Feb 19, 2015

TV & Radio

by Portland Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 19 Prep boys basketball: Cleveland at Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m., KBPS (1450 AM) College men’s basketball: Utah at Oregon State, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks, KEX (1190 AM) ... Portland at…
Feb 19, 2015

Sports Birthdays

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 19, 1957 Mike Johnston (age 58) The Pittsburgh Penguins coach, formerly coach and general manager of the Portland Winterhawks, was born on this day in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.…
Feb 19, 2015

Oregon sports history

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 19-23, 1990 The Trail Blazers sign coach Rick Adelman to a three-year contract extension of the one-year deal he got after replacing Mike Schuler in spring 1989 for the final 35 games as…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Former Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey, who played for 11 seasons with Portland, died Tuesday at a Tualatin hospital. He was 52.
Feb 18, 2015

Former Blazer Jerome Kersey dies

by Pamplin Media Group
Former Portland Trail Blazer Jerome Kersey died Tuesday at Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center. He was 52. KOIN 6 News reported that the cause of his Feb. 17 death has not been reported. Kersey…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Kurt Yinger, a right-hander from Camas, Wash., is one of the top returning pitchers for the 2015 Portland Pilots, who launched their season on the road last weekend.
Feb 17, 2015

Expectations high as Pilots tweak lineup

by Stephen Alexander
UP sets up strong defense with mix of veterans, key transfers The University of Portland baseball team will have a blend of veterans and key transfers this season. “Right now, experience is one…
UP's new baseball field.
Feb 17, 2015

New turf field improves Pilots' baseball outlook

by Stephen Alexander
The University of Portland will enter this baseball season with one of the finest and most manageable fields in the state. After raising $850,000, the Pilots have turned Joe Etzel Field into a…
Feb 14, 2015

Beavers in driver's seat to claim Pac-12 title after win over…

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — The view from the top of the Pac-12 women's basketball standings is magnificent, but there is little room to breathe. "We control our destiny now," said Oregon State coach Scott…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Don Johnson, former New York Yankees pitcher, grew up and lived in Portland.
Feb 13, 2015

We'll miss Dean Smith, 'Tark', 'Earthquake' Enyart and Don…

by Kerry Eggers
Weighing in on a variety of sports subjects … • It was a rough week for the passing of sports figures, both nationally and locally. On the national scene, we lost basketball coaches Dean Smith…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY - Esvan Middleton (right), 6-7, gives the Concordia Cavaliers a strong rebounder who can be part of the scoring mix, as well.
Feb 12, 2015

Leaders in their class

by Stephen Alexander
Knights, Cavaliers chase top seeds With just four conference games left, the men’s basketball teams at Warner Pacific College and Concordia University are tied for second in the Cascade…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JOHN LARIVIERE - Daniel Gomis of Oregon State collects a rebound in a game this season at the University of Portland.
Feb 12, 2015

From Senegal to team leader at OSU

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Daniel Gomis isn’t sure what he wants to do with his life after basketball. Maybe he’ll be a coach and a teacher. Perhaps he’ll start his own business. Whether Gomis remains in the…
Feb 12, 2015

Main events

by Portland Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 12 Prep boys basketball: La Salle Prep at Parkrose, 7:15 p.m. ... Rainier-De La Salle North Catholic at Moore Street Community Center, Portland Christian at Portland Adventist…
Feb 12, 2015

TV, radio

by Portland Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 12 College men’s basketball: Pepperdine at Portland, 7 p.m., KMTT (910 AM) ... Mississippi at Florida, 4 p.m., ESPN ... Tulsa at Connecticut, 4 p.m., ESPN2 ... American at Lehigh,…
Feb 12, 2015

Birthdays

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 13, 1981 Luke Ridnour (age 34) The Oregon Ducks point guard of 2000-03 was born on this day in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and grew up in Blaine, Wash. He is in his 12th NBA season, and on the…
Feb 12, 2015

Oregon sports history

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 15, 1984 With an all-out style and swagger, Bill Johnson, 23, of Brightwood, wins the Olympics downhill at Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. He is the first American man to capture a gold medal in…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard surveys the Los Angeles Lakers' defense in the Trail Blazers' homecourt victory Wednesday night.
Feb 11, 2015

Blazers roll into All-Star break with momentum after rout of…

by Kerry Eggers
Not to suggest that the Trail Blazers' 102-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers was a walkover Wednesday night at the Moda Center. But consider the Lakers' starting five: forwards Ryan Kelly…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Bill Enyart earned All-America honors at fullback for the Oregon State Beavers and helped lead them in their Giant Killers season of 1967.
Feb 11, 2015

The amazing life of Bill Enyart

by Kerry Eggers
Teammates crestfallen over death of former Oregon State fullback, 67; Known as 'Earthquake' and 'Buffalo Bill' and 'Buff,' he bowled over tacklers but was a Renaissance Man, as well; 'We've lost a…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION - Former Oregon State fullback Bill Enyart wore an orange tie to honor his teammates at his College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York.
Feb 12, 2015

2012: Hall of Famer Enyart's fond memories of 'Earthquake' days…

by Kerry Eggers
(Editor's note: This story appeared July 28, 2012 in the Portland Tribune.) Before there was Ken Simonton, Steven Jackson, Yvenson Bernard and Jacquizz Rodgers at Oregon State, there was Bill…
Photo Credit: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: JOSH KULLA - Parkrose High quarterback Jonathan Boland applies a stiff-arm to Wilsonville defensive back Charlie Stapleton. Boland was one of five high school players to sign a letter-of-intent with Portland State last week.
Feb 10, 2015

No time to lose

by Steve Brandon
PSU signs 13 recruits, but all eyes on Vikings coach Barnum Ah, letter-of-intent day. In college football, it’s like that warm afternoon in January and the sight of a new flower, which create…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF BLAKE BRANDEL - Central Catholic Highs Blake Brandel rates as a top prep offensive linemen and future left tackle for coach Gary Andersens Oregon State Beavers.
Feb 10, 2015

Local players cast their lot with new OSU coach

by Kerry Eggers
Brandel, Kearsley ready to make impact for Beavers A look at three of the 22 recruits in Gary Andersen's first recruiting class at Oregon State … • When Central Catholic High coach Steve Pyne…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF MICHAEL GOULDING/ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER - Travis Waller, a quarterback from Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., signed a letter of intent last week with the Oregon Ducks.
Feb 10, 2015

Ducks make a haul on signing day

by Stephen Alexander
22 commit to UO, making it 21st-best recruiting class The Oregon Ducks added 22 players during national letter-of-intent day last week. The Ducks signed one quarterback, one running back, three…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Trail Blazers' guard Damian Lillard joins teammate LaMarcus Aldridge on the NBA West All Star team after being added to the lineup.
Feb 10, 2015

Lillard in All-Star spot he deserves

by Kerry Eggers
On Sports Touching on a lot of subjects after a week of Super Bowl coverage ... • Damian Lillard’s absence from the Western Conference roster for the NBA All-Star Game didn’t last long. Sunday’s…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Bill Enyart starred at fullback for the Oregon State Beavers under coach Dee Andros.
Feb 10, 2015

Oregon State great Bill Enyart dies

by Portland Tribune
Bill "Earthquake" Enyart, an All-American fullback for Oregon State in the 1960s, has died of prostate cancer at age 67. Enyart, who had a lengthy battle with the disease, died at his mother's…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF SCOBEL WIGGINS - Jeff Hendrix is one of the key returning players for Oregon State.
Feb 10, 2015

Pat Casey's youngest Beavers team faces major challenge

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Ready or not, Oregon State's baseball season is upon us. OSU opens the 2015 campaign Friday in a four-day, four-team tournament at Surprise, Ariz., facing first Northwestern, then…
Feb 10, 2015

Main events

by Portland Tribune
Tuesday, Feb. 10 Prep boys basketball: Jesuit at Southridge, Liberty at La Salle Prep, Parkrose at Putnam, 7:15 p.m. ... Jefferson at Lincoln, Roosevelt at Grant, Cleveland at Madison, Franklin…
Feb 10, 2015

TV & Radio

by Portland Tribune
Tuesday, Feb. 10 Prep boys basketball: Sunset at Glencoe, 7 p.m., KUIK (1360 AM) NBA: Houston at Phoenix, 5 p.m, TNT ... Denver at Los Angeles Lakers, 7:30 p.m., TNT College men’s basketball:…
Feb 10, 2015

Sports birthday

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 11, 1981 Scot Thompson (age 34) The former Portland Timbers defender, now a coach and head of the Oregon Episcopal School girls program, was born on this day in New York City. He played for…
Feb 10, 2015

Oregon sports history

by Portland Tribune
Dyrol Burleson, University of Oregon distance runner, wins the Bill Hayward Award as the state’s top athlete of the year 1959. Medford High football coach Fred Spiegelberg is named man of the…
Feb 09, 2015

Ducks' big day: Vernon Adams in, Mark Helfrich extended

by Portland Tribune
It's been a significant day for Oregon Ducks football: The university on Monday extended coach Mark Helfrich's contract for five years, through Jan. 31, 2020, and the program acquired a…
JAY IRVINE
Feb 09, 2015

New Beavers cornerback Jay Irvine expects big things

by Kerry Eggers
The recruiting path that took Jay Irvine from Jacksonville, Fla., to Corvallis was a winding one. The 6-1, 180-pound cornerback first verbally committed to Florida A&M in the late summer. "It…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - Meyers Leonard knifes through the middle against the Phoenix Suns, helping the Trail Blazers win at home on Thursday.
Feb 06, 2015

Blazers' fourth-quarter burst busts Suns

by Kerry Eggers
No offense, but for the longest time Thursday night at Moda Center, there was very little offense to be found. Then suddenly, a keg of dynamite ignited for the Trail Blazers. Portland exploded…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews launches a 3-point shot.
Feb 05, 2015

Wesley Matthews excited to be part of 'crazy' field

by Kerry Eggers
Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews has made more 3-point shots than anyone in the NBA this season -- 151 going into Thursday night's game against Phoenix. But he has the impression that his…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF TORREY BAIL - Jefferson High grad Silas Melson ended up playing for No. 2 Gonzaga this season, rather than redshirting, and coach Mark Few says hes been in some big moments and made big plays.
Feb 05, 2015

Ex-Demo makes Bulldogs' job easier

by Andy Buhler
Zags change game plan; Silas Melson scores a key role SPOKANE — When Gonzaga recruited Silas Melson, his résumé fit the mold as a long-term program pillar, but the Bulldogs did not have…
Photo Credit: COURTESY OF MICHAEL WORKMAN - A busy, memorable Super Bowl week in Arizona came down to Seattle QB Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll discussing the teams final offensive play (above) moments after the New England Patriots intercepted Wilson  at the 1-yard line, and colorful Seahawks fans and cheerleaders.
Feb 05, 2015

If this is combat duty, I enlist

by Kerry Eggers
Mission to cover Super Bowl sports week was challenging but fun GLENDALE, Ariz. — A trip to the Phoenix area to cover Super Bowl XLIX can hardly be considered combat duty. Most sportswriters…
Feb 05, 2015

A lot in little time for Andersen, Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
It's never ideal to recruit in warp speed, which in effect Oregon State's new football coaching staff had to do after Gary Andersen's Dec. 11 hiring. But Andersen's first recruiting class, 22…
Feb 05, 2015

Key events for 2015

by Portland Tribune
Some upcoming sports events that will highlight the remainder of 2015 in Portland and Oregon: UO softball The Oregon Ducks, ranked No. 2 in the nation behind Florida in both preseason polls,…
Feb 05, 2015

TV & Radio

by Portland Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 5 Blazers: Phoenix at Portland, 7:30 p.m., TNT, KPOJ (620 AM), KKRZ (102.9 FM) NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Cleveland, 5 p.m., TNT Prep boys basketball: Madison at Franklin, 7:30…
Feb 05, 2015

Oregon sports history

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 5-9, 1967 Bill Saunders’ two goals (his 26th and 27th of the Western Hockey League season) lift the Portland Buckaroos to a 5-3 win over the Victoria Royals at Memorial Coliseum. The Bucks…
Feb 05, 2015

Sports birthdays

by Portland Tribune
Feb. 7, 1987 Joel Freeland (age 28) The 6-11, 245-pounder from Farnham, England, was a first-round pick (30th overall) of the Trail Blazers in 2006. He has played with Portland since the 2012-13…
Feb 04, 2015

Helfrich says it all adds up for Oregon

by Stephen Alexander
EUGENE — Like every coach at every college in the country, Oregon's Mark Helfrich talked Wednesday about how happy he was with the recruits the Ducks will bring in next season. “I have no idea…
Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Robin Lopez is introduced Tuesday night as the starting center for the Trail Blazers, as he returns after missing 23 games with a broken right hand.
Feb 03, 2015

'Ro-Lo' helps Blazers roll, sort of, to a win over Utah

by Steve Brandon
"Ro-Lo" and the Trail Blazers were rolling again Tuesday night. At least sort of, and just enough to defeat the Utah Jazz. Center Robin Lopez's return from injury sparked Portland to a 103-102…