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Friday's top 10

From Winterhawks to preps to colleges to Mariners -- what went right, what went wrong


1. Winterhawks falter. Can they recover?

Portland is down 1-0 to Kelowna in their best-of-seven WHL West final, after falling 5-4 Friday at Kelowna.

The Hawks led 3-0 after one period and 4-2 in the second but couldn't hang on.

The Rockets outshot them 36-16, including 14-4 in the final frame.

Oliver Bjorkstrand led Portland with two goals. The first came 33 seconds into the game. The other was on a power play at 5:49 of the opening period.

The Hawks' vaunted power play was 2 for 5.

Kelowna improved to 5-0 this season against the Winterhawks.

Game 2 is 7 p.m. Saturday at Kelowna (KPAM 860 AM).

Can the Hawks recapture their first-period magic, or will their psyche and their defense be exploited again by the Rockets?

  • 2. Thunder almost strike. (But Portland still winless in AFL)

    The expansion Thunder nearly upset the San Jose SaberCats on Friday.

    But a 38-32 loss before an announced 9,075 at Moda Center dropped Portland to 0-5 in the Arena Football League.

    San Jose (3-3) overcame a 32-31 deficit with a touchdown at the 5: mark of the fourth quarter.

    The Portland defense was stellar again, forcing five turnovers. And new QB Kyle Rowley, acquired in a Monday trade with the Orlando Predators, was effective at times, going 21 for 45 for 244 yards and two TDs. His 48-yard strike to Douglas McNeil III put Portland ahead by one late in the third quarter.

    The Thunder's next game is 4 p.m. PT Saturday at the Jacksonville Sharks.

  • 3. Blazers touch down in Texas

    Portland had a lengthy final workout at its practice facility in Tualatin on Friday, then flew to Houston for Game 1 of their NBA first-round playoff series (6:30 p.m. PT Sunday, TNT).

    Blazers coach Terry Stotts says his team must stop the Rockets in transition.

    Portland center Robin Lopez says Houston star Dwight Howard "has his limitations. We're going to try to take advantage."

    Read these takes and more.

  • 4. Ducks, Ducks and more Ducks

    • Talk about firepower — how about the No. 1-ranked UO softball team?

    Oregon swatted Cal around for 15 runs in the fourth inning Friday. Yup, 15 runs in one inning. The outburst, which included 12 hits (three home runs) and 19 batters, lifted the Ducks to a 15-3 win at Howe Field.

    • Meanwhile, at PK Park, pitching was the story, as it usually is for George Horton's Ducks. This time, it was Jeff Gold going seven innings in a 6-3 win over Washington State.

    Speaking of Horton, the win was his 700th in the NCAA D-I ranks.

    Speaking of Gold, the victory was his ninth of the year — tying him for the NCAA lead and making the 6-3, 175-pound senior from Moragan, Calif., the only hurler at 9-0.

    And, with eight consecutive wins, the Ducks are third in the Pac-12 at 9-5 (30-10 overall).

    Oregon is ranked 10th, 11th and 23rd in the major national polls.

    • Also, at Hayward Field, the three-day Oregon Relays began with various Duck winners, including Dakotah Keys (personal-best 8,027 points in the decathlon), football receiver Devon Allen (PR 52.56 in the 400-meter hurdles), Sam Crouser (247-4 javelin) and Greg Skipper (224-0 weight throw). Former Jefferson High standout Boru Guyota placed second in the 800 in a season-best 1:49.41, getting nipped at the line by Aaron Evans of Oregon Track Club Elite.

  • 5. Christian Martinek signs with Oregon State baseball

    Beavers coach Pat Casey got a letter-of-intent from the 6-5 Jesuit High ace left-hander … who also starred in football for the Crusaders.

    "A front-line guy who can come in her and make an impact," Casey said in a press release.

  • 6. PIL baseball, track and field

    • Class 6A Grant won its second in a row, beating 5A Benson 7-3 Friday at Buckman Field.

    6A Lincoln blanked league rival Thurston 3-0. Joey Angyus tossed a one-hitter with no walks and four strikeouts, allowing just three runners on base. Griffin Bolte was 2 for 3 with a double, and Andrew Gazeley's RBI double in the fifth inning gave the Cardinals the lead for good. "Our outfield played like we had five guys out there -- they were solid," Lincoln coach Rob Herder says.

    In the Portland Interscholastic League race, Madison remained on top. The Senators beat Roosevelt 13-2 to complete a three-game sweep. Austin Powers was 3 for 3 with two RBIs for the Senators. Madison has won nine in a row and is No. 7 in the Oregon School Activities Association 5A rankings.

    Behind the Senators in the PIL 5A: Cleveland is 5-1, Benson and Wilson are 3-3, Roosevelt is 3-6 and Franklin is 1-8.

    Wilson won 14-3 Friday at Franklin to take their series 2-1. The Trojans broke it open with 10 runs in the third inning. Senior Zach Wogan had four RBIs, and junior Orlando Lorang drove in three runs.

    • In track and field, at the Wilson Invitational, senior Tristan Anastas broke the Trojans' school record and improved his Class 5A-leading high jump by one inch, clearing 6-9.

    Cleveland junior Roba Sultessa ran the fastest 5A 800 of the year, winning in 1:54.76.

    Top teams at the meet: Boys -- Union (Wash.) 173 1/3, Cleveland 154 1/3, Wilson 109 1/3. Girls — Wilson 173, Cleveland 164, Union 118.

  • 7. OSU gymnast reaches NCAA finals

    Freshman Madeline Gardiner, from Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, reached the D-I balance beam finals, which are Sunday at Birmingham, Ala. She also tied for fourth in Friday's afternoon all-around session, scoring 39.225. On beam, she scored 9.900.

  • 8. Concordia sweeps and sweeps

    The Concordia University softball and baseball team swept road doubleheaders on Friday.

    In softball, the Cavaliers beat Southern Oregon 4-2 and 6-2. They are 18-4 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, in second place and one game behind 17-3 Oregon Tech going into a twinbill at 11 a.m. Saturday against the Owls at Klamath Falls. The Cavs have won eight in a row.

    One highlight for SOU: Sulie Augustine, a sophomore outfielder from Central Catholic High slashed a two-run HR in the fifth inning of Game 2. It was the first round-tripper of her Raiders career.

    In baseball, the Cavs downed OIT 13-11 and 4-3 on Friday. Concordia improved to 14-12 in the NAIA West and has won five consecutive games. The Cavaliers face the Owls again Saturday in an 11 a.m. doubleheader at K-Falls.

  • 9. Northwest Conference diamond action

    • Linfield's softball team, 33-7 and ranked No. 6 in D-III, began the four-team NWC tournament at McMinnville with victories of 14-3 over Willamette and 9-1 against Pacific.

    The Wildcats are scheduled to play again at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, needing just one more win in the double-elimination affair to earn the NWC tourney crown and a berth to the NCAA D-III playoffs. The 'Cats Saturday foe will be the winner of a 10 a.m. game between Pacific and Whitworth.

    • In baseball, host George Fox handed No. 1-ranked Linfield with its second D-III loss of the season, beating the Wildcats 4-1 in Friday's opener of a doubleheader. The 'Cats came back for a 12-3 nightcap victory, raising their record to 28-4 overall and 18-2 in the Northwest Conference.

    No. 23 George Fox is 25-9, 15-8. The Bruins' win snapped a 16-game streak by Linfield. GFU pitcher Clay Gartner (9-1) outdueled Linfield ace Chris Haddeland (8-1) in a matchup of the nation's winningest pitchers.

    The teams will meet again at noon Saturday in Newberg.

    Linfield still leads the conference by 3 1/2 games over Whitworth with four games remaining.

  • 10. Mariners find another way -- to lose

    Seattle keeps finding ways not to win.

    The latest painful defeat came Friday at Miami. A replay overturned a called out at third base in the bottom of the ninth — Kyle Seager lost control of the ball on his transfer — and set the stage for the Marlins' Giancario Stanton to blast a walk-off grand slam off reliever Yoervis Medina. That gave Miami an 8-4 triumph.

    Without the replay, Seattle could have walked Stanton, who is hitting .329 with six homers and a MLB-high 26 RBIs.

    The M's, with four pitchers on the disabled list, have lost four in a row.

    They fell to 7-9 and are fourth in the AL West, one game behind the L.A. Angels, 2 1/2 behind Texas and 4 in back of division-leading Oakland.