Thunder give honors

The Portland Thunder have handed out individual awards after their first Arena Football League season.

Defensive back Bryce Peila, from Western Oregon University, was named team MVP.

Cornerback Eric Crocker was tabbed as the defensive player of the year.

Receiver Douglas McNeil III took offensive player of the year plaudits.

Duane Brooks, a wide receiver, was selected as the special teams player of the year.

Backup quarterback Darron Thomas, a former Oregon Ducks standout, was chosen as the ironman of the year and the fan favorite.

Top linemen were Max Jean-Giles on offense and K.C. Obi on defense.

Defensive back Varmah Sonie was picked as the rookie of the year.

Portland Classic loses Wie

U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie is expected to miss another month or so of competition, including the Aug, 28-31 Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, with an injured finger. The tournament, however, already had added 18-year-old English standout Charley Hull with a sponsor’s exemption. She helped lead Europe to a Solheim Cup victory in 2013.


Portland has signed 17-year-old center Alex Overhardt, the team’s 11th-round pick in the 2012 Western Hockey League bantam draft. The 6-0, 175-pounder is from Cherry Hills, Colo.

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