Swimming adventure ahead for Roosevelt athlete
Jensen Ervin's introduction to swimming was as a youngster in the pool during an Alaska cruise.
Now the sport is taking the Roosevelt High sophomore on another adventure.
Ervin was selected for a 16-member all-star team that will represent the Western United States at the Black History Invitational swim meet, Friday through Sunday in Washington, D.C.
Ervin, 15, is one of two local swimmers selected for the team. Owen Ngan, a Clackamas High freshman, also was chosen.
Swimmers were chosen based on their times during 2017. They also wrote a letter explaining why they wanted to participate.
With his Portland Aquatic Club team, Ervin often is the only African-American in the pool during practices and meets in Oregon.
"I'm really happy I get to swim with people of color," Ervin says.
The breaststroke is Ervin's primary event. His personal records (short-course) are 1:03 in the 100-yard race and 2:18 in the 200.
In the academic scholars program at Roosevelt, Ervin has a 3.8 GPA. His focus is engineering.
Track and field
Micah Williams, a sophomore at Benson High who was third in the Class 6A 100 meters last year, won the University of Washington Indoor prep 60-meter dash on Feb. 3 in a PR and high school track record of 6.88 seconds. He also placed third in the 200 in 22.25, also at PR.
New women Pilots
Three players have signed letters-of-intent to join the Portland Pilots women's soccer program as freshmen next season. They are: forward Madison Carter from Boise, Idaho; midfielder/forward Destinee Noel Manzo from Santa Ana, California; and midfielder Lily Schlake from Meridian, Idaho.
Portland's roster was predominantly sophomores and freshmen last season, when the team had only four seniors.
The Pilots had a short recruiting window. Michelle French was hired as coach in mid-December, replacing longtime coach Garrett Smith, who was fired at the end of his 15th season. French hired assistant coaches Dominic Doty and Maite Zabala in early January. Rachael Rapinoe also joined the staff as a volunteer assistant coach last month, and another ex-Pilot, Elli Reed, has come aboard as director of operations.
The third meeting of the season between the two top-ranked high school boys basketball teams in Class 6A takes place at 7:15 p.m. Friday, when No. 2 Grant visits No. 1 Jefferson. A full house of about 1,700 is expected.
Jefferson has twice beaten Grant this season, winning 79-70 at the Les Schwab Invitational and 81-80 in overtime on Jan. 6 at Grant's Marshall Campus gym.
Friday's game is the last league game for Grant. Jefferson will finish league play next Tuesday against Franklin.
The Portland Interscholastic League gets four automatic spots in the state tournament, with at-large bids determined by OSAA rankings.
Entering Tuesday games, Lincoln (8-6) was third in the PIL, followed by Benson (7-7) and Madison, Roosevelt and Cleveland (each 6-7).