Former Benson player hauls in Manziel's first TD pass
Former Benson High running back Alex Green caught Hamilton Tiger-Cats QB Johnny Manziel's first touchdown pass in the Canadian Football League. The play came late in the first half of a preseason game against Montreal on Saturday.
Hamilton — with former Oregon Duck Jeremiah Masoli trying to hold off former Heisman Trophy winner Manziel for the starting job — opens its 18-game regular season Saturday at Calgary.
Green, who turns 30 on June 23, is hoping to extend his career. He's a dual threat who played the last half-season for Hamilton and its coach, June Jones, the former great athlete out of Grant High and QB at Portland State and in the NFL. At 6-0, 225 pounds, Green also can provide pass blocking for the Ticats.
On cut day in the CFL, the Toronto Argonauts released former Portland State defensive lineman Sadat Sulleyman.
• The Portland Pickles of the West Coast League open a three-game home series with the Yakima Valley Pippens on Tuesday. Start times are 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at Walker Stadium.
• Oregon's mostly forgettable showing in last weekend's NCAA track and field championship was a bit reminiscent of the drop-off in UO football in 2016, when coach Mark Helfrich's Ducks slipped from 9-4 to 4-8.
Oregon coach Robert Johnson is more than entitled to an off year, but it may be time to go back to the drawing board in recruiting and, particularly, in bolstering the Ducks in the distance events.
Oregon's men had a forgettable week, finishing in a tie for 35th at Hayward Field. Only two Ducks scored as they endured their worst NCAA championships showing in 18 years.
The UO women were much better, placing seventh, but even that was below expectations for the defending champions.
• David Douglas High's Savannah Proske has been honored by The Gresham Outlook, a sister paper of the Portland Tribune, as the most outstanding three-sport athlete in East County for 2017-18.
Proske capped her prep career by winning the Class 6A high jump title at Hayward Field.
"She competes at her best at the biggest moments," says David Douglas track and field coach Isaac Frederick.
Proske was undefeated in the high jump and triple jump in Mt. Hood Conference dual meets this season and led the league in scoring with 145 points, competing also in the 100 meters and 4x100 relay.
She also played volleyball and basketball for the Scots. In hoops, she averaged 13.5 points per game and leaves as the program's third-leading all-time scorer and all-time leader in rebounds and steals.
She plans to do track and field at Northwest Christian University in Eugene.
• Portland Christian High graduate Kim Hill and the U.S. women's volleyball team is playing well in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League tournament.
The U.S., ranked second in the world, knocked off No. 1 China in Jiangmen last week, improving to a first-place 11-1 with three preliminary round matches remaining, all this week in Argentina and vs. Korea, Serbia and Argentina.
The U.S. already has qualified for the six-team finals round, June 27-July 1 in Nanjing, China.
Hill, a 6-4 wing striker who also played for Pepperdine, is third on the U.S. team in scoring in the tourney, hitting .410 (second) and leading the squad in serve return efficiency.