Ortiz wins WinCo tourney

Carlos Ortiz held on Sunday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club to win the inaugural WinCo Foods Portland Open, a Tour event.

The 23-year-old Ortiz’s third victory this season came after a final-round, even-par 71 gave him a 14-under 270 total, one shot better than Adam Hadwin (closing 70) and Jason Gore (66).

Ortiz, a cinch for player of the year honors, led all tour players in season earnings ($515,403). He is a 6-0, 150-pound, second-year pro out of the University of North Texas, and he hails from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Seattle Sounders defender Zach Scott (right) and Portland Timbers midfielder Maximiliano Urruti fight for possession at Providence Park during Sundays MLS game. Seattle won 4-2.

Sounders swamp Timbers

Portland lost 4-2 at home Sunday to the Seattle Sounds, leaving the Timbers sixth in the MLS Western Conference.

Portland came out strong in the second half, after falling behind 2-0, but Seattle extended its lead to 3-0 in the 70th minute. The teams scored three times in the closing 18 minutes, including two goals by Portland sub forward Fanendo Adi.

The Timbers have a key match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday when they go to BC Place to meet the Vancouver Whitecaps. The ‘Caps are fifth in the West with 33 points (7-5-12). Portland has 31 points (7-8-10). The top five finishers in the regular season earn playoff berths.

Thorns bow out

The Portland Thorns’ up-and-down season ended on a low note in the National Women’s Soccer League semifinals. The Thorns fell 2-0 at FC Kansas City.

Portland had entered the playoffs as the NWSL’s No. 3 seed and was attempting to defend its title in the league’s maiden, 2013 season. FCKC scored in the 65th and 87th minutes.

Hops streak

The Hillsboro Hops’ Class A baseball team set a team record with eight consecutive victories last week. They got win No. 8 in a row, 5-4 in 11 innings Saturday, at home against the Spokane Indians, with Zach Esquerra singling home the winning run. Despite a 7-4 home loss Sunday to Spokane, the Hops entered the week with a two-game lead over Salem-Keizer in the Northwest League South. Hillsboro, which won the first-half division title, was 20-10, while the Volcanoes were 18-12. The regular season ends on Sept. 1.

Pilots go 1-1 on road

The University of Portland, ranked No. 11, began their 2014 season on the road last weekend with a 1-0 loss at No. 2 Florida State and a 2-1 win at North Carolina State.

Danica Evans gave UP a 2-0 lead with goals in the 52nd and 61st minutes Sunday. The Wolfpack scored in the 82nd minute, but the Pilots, with Hanna De Haan totaling five saves, held on in their second showing against an Atlantic Coast Conference team.

Vikings snap league mark

The Portland State women’s soccer team broke a 16-year-old Big Sky record, beating Utah Valley 1-0 in the season opener at Hillsboro Stadium in their 14th consecutive unbeaten outing. Freshman forward Mackenzie Bean slammed home a penalty kick in the 13th minute, and the highly touted, veteran PSU defense did the rest, holding Utah Valley to two shots as junior Angela Haluska won in her second career start.

PSU came back two days later to tie Boise State 1-1. It was the Vikings’ 10th straight home unbeaten performance. Senior midfielder Ariana Cooley got the equalizer for Portland State in the 55th mnute, with assists to senior Kelsey Henningsen and junior Torrie Morris.

Bjorkstrand leads way

Portland Winterhawks veteran Oliver Bjorkstrand tallied a hat trick Sunday to lead Team Gaustad to a 6-4 win over Team Gaustad in the final of the club’s annual Neely Cup preseason intrasquad tournament at the Winterhawks Skating Facility in Beaverton.

Schimmel helps Dream stay alive

Shoni Schimmel, the WNBA rookie guard from Franklin High, totaled 17 points, 3 rebounds, 10 assists, 3 steals and 3 turnovers in 41 minutes as the Atlanta Dream split two games of their first-round playoff series with the Chicago Sky. She was 6 of 14 from the field and 3 of 7 from 3-point range.

The deciding Game 3 will take place at 4:30 p.m. PT today.

Ex-UP golfer wins

Former UP golfer Joel Johnson won the 26th Oregon Mid-Amateur Championship men’s title at Emerald Valley Golf and Resort in Creswell. He shot a 1-over 143 for two rounds, beating Portland’s Mark Bowler by one stroke.

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