Honors in the PIL
Recent recipients of Portland Interscholastic League honors for 2017-18:
Sportsman of the Year — Damon Hickok, Grant
Sportswoman of the Year — Samantha Brauckmiller, Franklin
E. Paul McCall Coach of the Year — Robert Key, Grant basketball
Martha Richard Coach of the Year — Emily Ngan, Cleveland girls soccer
Ron Pheister Award — Jacob Hockett, Wilson assistant coach in football, wrestling and baseball
Athletic Director of the Year — Mike Nolan, Wilson, and Nathan Stanley, Cleveland
Schools of the Year — Wilson, Cleveland (presented by the Positive Coaching Alliance)
Robert Blanchard Distinguished Service Award — Karrin Garrison
Middle school coaches of the year, by cluster — Matt Farley, cross-country, Joseph Jefferson (football) and Meghan Eigo (track and field), Cleveland; David Cole (volleyball), Franklin; Lance Johnson (wrestling), Wilson; Cliff Vogl (girls basketball) and Ellis Matthews (boys basketball), Madison; Jacob Lusby (baseball), Jefferson
Youth Sports Coordinator of the Year — Kaitie Swengel, Grant cluster
Sportsmanship School of the Year — Franklin
• An inaugural member of the Portland Pickles, shortstop Sahid Valenzuela, helped Cal State Fullerton knock off No. 2-seeded Stanford in the NCAA regional on the Cardinal's home field last weekend. Valenzuela was 3 for 12 with an RBI, and the Titans beat Stanford, 2-1 and 5-2, to advance to the super regional round.
It's the second year in a row Valenzuela, who played for the Pickles in 2016, and Cal State Fullerton have ousted Stanford in a regional at its ballpark.
The Titans are 4-0 in their last four postseason games against the Cardinal.
• The Portland Fighting Shockwave women's football team capped its 2018 home season last Saturday with a 22-14 win over the Everett Reign.
The score will stand, though the game was halted just before halftime.
According to Fighting Shockwave co-owner Rebecca Brisson, the Everett team walked off the field at Roosevelt High 23 seconds before halftime. Everett was unhappy about a series of penalty calls, including two unsportsmanlike conduct flags. The Reign players returned to the field, but game officials decided to forfeit to Portland.
On Monday, the Women's Football Alliance said the score fill stand. News of any further sanctions against Everett was expected to come by midweek.
Before the emotions took hold, Portland's Jackie Lewis scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns that covered 82 and 85 yards.
The Fighting Shockwave never trailed after rookie Gabrielle Johnson scored on a 16-yard run. Portland converted two-point conversions after two of its three touchdowns. Rebecca Dawson ran in one conversion, and Tess Bair caught a pass from Veronica Ferguson for the conversion that made the score 22-14 late in the first half.
The Fighting Shockwave are scheduled to finish their regular season against the Tacoma Trauma at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mount Tahoma High in Tacoma, Wash. The Fighting Shockwave (5-2) beat the Trauma twice in Portland early in the season.
• Guess the Hillsboro Vikings football team... better known as Portland State ... has nowhere to go but up — and west.
The Viks went winless in 2017, and now they've again been banished, almost entirely, to Hillsboro Stadium, where they will play four of their five home games in 2018, as things currently stand.
Hillsboro Stadium is a nice facility — for high school football.
It's not nearly as comfortable as Providence Park. It doesn't have the surrounding amenities, being 14 miles from campus and off a busy freeway instead of in downtown and next to the offerings of Northwest Portland and the Pearl.
The Vikings play their home softball games in Hillsboro — but this is major college football being whisked away from its traditional home field due to conflicts with the managing soccer teams and lingering construction at Providence Park.
Too bad the football program has to take a step back again, just when Portland State basketball and volleyball get to take a step forward with the new Viking Pavilion.