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Oregon sports history

Dec. 21, 2002

The Portland Interscholastic League needs to raise a half-million dollars to save its spring sports.

Trail Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire, a Wilson High grad, has pledged $200,000, and the Oregon Sports Authority chips in with a $75,000 pledge.

The shortfall is due to the Portland School Board's decision earlier in December to cut funding for spring sports as a way to help slice $12.8 million from its 2002-03 budget.

PIL officials say they also have about $20,000 in miscellaneous commitments.