WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland State's West earns Big Sky tennis recognition after Vikings doubles upset


Portland 1, Houston 1

Dairon Asprilla scored off a Sebastian Blanco assist on Wednesday as Portland played the Houston Dynamo to a 1-1 draw in a preseason match at Tucson, Arizona.

Houston took an early lead on a goal from Arturo Alvarez in the 12th minute after some confusion between Vytas and David Guzman.

The Portland goal came in the 33rd minute as Blanco earned his second assist of the preseason by delivering a cross for Asprilla to tap home.

The Timbers have one draw and one loss in two games in the preseason Mobile Mini Sun Cup tournament.

Blanco played 55 minutes before giving way to Andy Polo. Portland's other field starters played the first hour while Jake Gleeson played the entire match in goal.

The starting back four consisted of Alvas Powell, Larrys Mabiala, Liam Ridgewell and Vytas. Guzman and Lawrence Olum were the holding midfielders. Diego Valeri was the attacking central midfielder, flanked by Blanco and Asprilla, with Fanendo Adi at forward.

In the last half hour, the back four were Zarek Valentin, Julio Cascante, Bill Tulioma and Marco Farfan. The defending midfielders were Flores and Paredes. The attacking midfielders were Polo, Jack Barmby and Victor Arboleda, with Jeremy Ebobisse at forward.

Barmby had the best second-half chance for Portland off a play set up by Polo. Houston goalie Chris Seitz made the save.

The next preseason match for the Timbers is at 11 a.m. Saturday against FC Dallas in Tucson.


Portland State's Avery West has been named Big Sky Player of the Week. He and Tommy Edwards upset the nation's 50th-ranked doubles team last week in a 5-2 Vikings victory over Idaho State.

The 6-4 win came at the No. 1 double spot and was the first loss of the season for ISU's Peter Trhac and David Felix.

West, a junior from Bellingham, Washington, and Edwards, a sophomore from Century High in Hillsboro, are 5-1 as a team this season.


Eugene's Caroline Inglis, former state prep champion and Pac-12 winner for the Oregon Ducks, was tied for third at 4-under-par 68 after the first round of the $1.3 million ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open.

The leader, Jin Young Ko, fired a 65.

Inglis had five birdies and one bogey over the Kooyonga Golf Club's 6,599-yard layout in Adelaide, South Australia.


Senior Amar Dhesi of Oregon State, a native of Surrey, British Columbia, is the Pac-12 Wrestler of the Week. He completed a 9-0dual meet season with two victories, one of them over fifth-ranked Nathan Butler of Stanford, 8-5. Dhesi is 18-3 overall this season.


PORTLAND 123, Golden State 117

The Blazers riddled the defending NBA champions at Moda Center.

Portland won the first quarter, 40-27, and withstood a season-high, 50-point effort by the Warriors' Kevin Durant.

Damian Lillard scored 33 points, CJ McCollum had 29, and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers. Lillard had 18 points in the first quarter; McCollum scored 17 in the second half.

Portland improved to 32-26 going int o the NBA All-Star break, with a 10-1 record in its last 11 home games.

It was the Blazers' first win over the Warriors in their last eight meetings and the first since Feb. 19, 2016.


Vancouver 4, PORTLAND 2

The Hawks' win streaks ended at five overall and seven on home ice.

Portland out-shot the Giants 49-19 at Memorial Coliseum and led 2-1 after two periods.


Gresham's independent summer baseball team is bringing back Pete Ness, a former Jefferson, David Douglas and Central Catholic coach, to guide the team in 2018.

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