WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Ducks sophomore Xiong medalist at Stockton regional; Pac-12 honors UO's Simpson, Johnson


The Ducks shot 8-under-par 280 in the final round of the NCAA Stockton regional to qualify for the NCAA championships for the fifth straight year.

UO finished the regional 12-under and placed fifth at The Reserve at Spanos Park. The top five teams from each regional advanced to the NCAA championships. 

The Ducks were tied for sixth with Colorado and three strokes behind TCU after the first two rounds. Colorado finished seventh at 2-under after shooting 290 on Wednesday. TCU had a 296 in the third round and dropped to eighth place. 

Oregon sophomore Norman Xiong shot 15-under 201 to win the tournament. Xiong fired a 6-under 66 on Wednesday to finish one stroke in front of Stanford's Brandon Wu (68).

Ducks junior Ryan Gronlund carded five birdies and an eagle on the back nine for a closing 65. He tied for 13th at 212.

Junior Edwin Yi (72) had a 219 total, sophomore Kevin Geniza (76) came in at 222, and freshman Donald Kay (76) was at 228.

The NCAA championships begin on May 25 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  

UO finished second at the 2017 NCAA championships behind Oklahoma and defeated Texas in a sudden-death playoff to win the program's first title in 2016. 


Two members of the University of Oregon men's team were honored on Wednesday by the Pac-12.

Senior Damarcus Simpson was named Pac-12 men's field athlete of the year. 

Robert Johnson was named conference men's coach of the year after leading UO to its 12th consecutive league title on Sunday. 

Simpson claimed his second consecutive Pac-12 championship in the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 27 feet, 4 inches. He ranks first in the NCAA in the event. 

Simpson also took second in the 100 meters in 10.14 seconds. Teammate Cravon Gillespie won the event in 10:05. 

Johnson is in his sixth season as head coach. He has won the award in four of the past six seasons, including in 2017.



New Portland Pilots coach Michele French has received a commitment from left back Emily Collier, a member of the Portland Thorns Academy from Blanchet Catholic High in Salem.

Collier will be a freshman at UP this year.


Four members of the Oregon women's team have been selected to represent Team USA at the 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup. 

Sophomores Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard and Erin Boley and junior Oti Gildon won the USA Basketball women's 3x3 national championship in April. 

The Ducks were undefeated in the tournament. 

This will be the first time Team USA sends four players from the same college to the World Cup. The competition takes place June 8-12 in Manila, Philippines. 


The Rangers scored four two-out runs in the ninth inning to earn a series split. 

Trailing 1-0, Seattle first baseman Ryon Healy bobbled a ground ball hit by Rougned Odor to put runners on second and third base. A passed ball charged to Mariners catcher David Freitas on a swinging third strike allowed two runs to score.  

Reliever Dan Altavilla then issued a walk and an infield single to push the deficit to 5-0. 

Third baseman Kyle Seager homered off Rangers closer Keone Kela in the bottom half of the inning. 

The game was a pitcher's duel for the first seven innings. Seattle's Christian Bergman allowed two hits, but Bartolo Colon held the Mariners to no runs and four hits in 7 2/3 innings. 

Texas moved to 17-27 with the win while Seattle fell to 24-18. 

Seattle opens a four-game series with Detroit at 7 p.m. Thursday at Safeco Field. Left-hander Marco Gonzales (3-3, 5.31) is projected to start for Seattle. Former Oregon State standout Matt Boyd (2-3, 3.21) gets the nod for Detroit (19-23). 

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