MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Madrigal, Larnach, Grenier go in first round of MLB draft/Lewis, Erickson among those on College Football Hall of Fame ballot


• It was a huge day for Oregon State baseball.

Three players were drafted in the first round by MLB teams.

Second baseman Nick Madrigal led the way, going No. 4 overall to the Chicago White Sox.

Then it was Trevor Larnach, selected 20th by the Minnesota Twins

With the 37th pick, the Baltimore Orioles took shortstop Cadyn Grenier, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

Oregon State's previous best was two first-round picks (Mitch Canham and Eddie Kunz in 2007).

Madrigal, a junior, is the highest Beaver ever taken in the draft. Michael Conforto went No. 10 to the New York Mets in 2014.


• Oregon State's Jess Lewis, an All-American defensive tackle for Dee Andros' teams of the late 1960s, has been placed on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Lewis was a two-time all-conference pick (1967, 1969) and in 1970 played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America bowl.

Lewis is among 76 FBS-level players nominated. The National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame conducts the process, and ballots go to more than 12,000 NFF members and Hall of Famers.

Those selected will be announced on Jan. 7, 2019.

Also on the ballot is Cade McNown, a former UCLA and West Linn High quarterback. He was an All-American in 1998, and led the Bruins to a share of the Pac-10 title in 1997 and outright crown in 1998.

Dennis Erickson, who coached at Oregon State, is one of six FBS coaches on the ballot. Erickson also was head coach at Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami and Arizona State, during a span from 1982-11.

Former Linfield coach Paul Durham (1948-67) has been nominated among divisional coaches. He was 1962 NAIA Coach of the Year and won seven conference championships. He also served as the Wildcats' athletic director.


• Concordia's Jerret Mantalas has been named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year for men's track and field.

In his fourth season at CU, Mantalas coached the Cavaliers to the GNAC championship, with 11 athletes placing in the top three.


Portland 7, COWLITZ 2

• The Pickles have the best record in the West Coast League.

OK, so it's only after four games, but Monday night's series-opening victory over the Black Bears boosted them to 3-1 and into a one-game lead over the Bend Elks in the West Coast League South Division.

Cowlitz is 1-3 in the division.

It was the first game on the road for the Pickles, who went 2-1 at home last weekend against the Port Angeles Lefties.

Portland broke a 0-0 tie with four runs in the top of the fifth.

The three-game series continues at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


• Former University of Oregon star Sulman Raza was one of four players to earn a spot in the 2018 U.S. Open from Monday's 36-hole sectional qualifier at Portland Golf Club.

Raza, the only amateur to earn a spot at the PGC event, birdied six of his final 14 holes for a second-round, 5-under-par 66 and 5-under 137 total.

The medalist, Lucas Herbert of Australia, shot 66-64—130.

Also earning a spot in the June 14-17 major tournament — the 118th U.S. Open — were Christopher Babcock of Shoreline, Washington (68-65—133) and Michael Block of Mission Viejo, California (69-68—137).

This year's U.S. Open is at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York.

PGA Tour rookie Aaron Wise from the U of O also qualified on Monday. He won a berth in a 12-man playoff at a sectional qualifier in Memphis. Veteran pro and ex-Duck Ben Crane was one of those losing in the playoff. Norman Xiong, who recently announced he was leaving the Oregon program to turn pro, failed to qualify. Wise and Crane shot 136; Xiong was at 142.

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