OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/Pilots dedicate Merlo Field; Winterhawks play in Eugene; Benson No. 4 in state football


"Jungle Jamey" Baccelleri, the Portland resident known as "the world's biggest gate-crasher" shows up (and gets in) as the University of Portland dedicates its new $1.2 million Harry A. Merlo Field with a soccer doubleheader featuring the Pilots' men and women. The crowd of 2,360 sees the 15th-ranked UP women of coach Clive Charles defeat Washington State, 8-1. Tiffeny Milbrett, a freshman from Hillsboro, scores two goals. Charles' Pilots men lose to the Huskies, 1-0, despite the efforts of junior goalkeeper Kasey Keller. Some 4,000 permanent seats are still planned to go in.

• A Portland Winterhawks exhibition game against Seattle at the Lane County ice skating complex in Eugene draws 854 fans (an estimated 600 from Portland), putting a damper on thoughts of a Western Hockey League franchise in the city.

• Benson High's football team, ranked fourth in the state, defeats host Marshall, 25-16.

• Rich Brooks' Oregon Ducks fall to Dick Tomey's Arizona Wildcats, 22-17, at Autzen Stadium. Stanford, led by QB Jason Palumbis out of Lakeridge High, pounds out a 37-3 win over Dave Kragthorpe's Oregon State Beavers.

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