Benson sprinter Micah Williams wins Gatorade award
Micah Williams, a two-time state champion sprinter this year for Benson High, has been named Gatorade Oregon boys track and field athlete of the year.
The award recognizes athletic and academic achievement, along with character on and off the track. He has a 4.0 GPA and has done volunteer work in various local youth sports programs.
Benson coach Leon McKenzie said: "Micah has tremendous poise for someone his age. He sets goals and goes to great lengths to attack his training and achieve those goals. He has an internal drive that I haven't seen in many athletes, ever."
Williams now is a finalist for the national award to be announced soon.
A 5-8, 170-pound junior-to-be, he set Class 6A meet records in winning the 100 in 10.42 seconds and 20 in 21.19 at the Oregon School Activities Association championships hosted by Hayward Field.
Other recent Oregon winners of the Gatorade boys track and field award have been Henry Mong (2016-17, Franklin), Harrison Schrage (2015-16, Grant), Julian Body (2014-15, Jesuit), Matthew Maton (2013-14, Summit), Beau Brosseau (2012-13, Oregon City), Jefferson Jarvis (2011-12, Hidden Valley), Ryan Crouser (2010-11, Barlow), Sam Crouser (2009-10, Gresham), Elijah Greer (2008-09, Lake Oswego), Nathan Mathanabe (2007-08, Lincoln) and Kenny Klotz (2006-07 Central Catholic).
Last week, Williams placed fourth in the USA Junior Olympics finals at Indiana University, earning a spot on the U.S. team for the world championships next month in Finland.
To help with travel costs, visit gofundme.com/micah-williams.
The men's quarterfinals will be Friday morning, with the winners advancing to semifinal matches Friday afternoon.
The 109th edition of the tournament is being played at Bend Golf Club.
Golfers had to win twice on Thursday and need two more wins on Friday to reach Saturday's championship match.
The quarterfinal matchups include former University of Oregon golfer Robbie Ziegler taking on Happy Valley's Michael Senatra. Portlander David Ganz, a former Gonzaga golfer, will meet Bryce Wortman from Creswell, who golfs for San Jose State. Wortman ousted Portland's Trevor Harding on Thursday, 3 and 2.
In the upper bracket, Brian Humphreys (Vancouver, Washington), the tournament runner-up the last two years, takes on David Hansen of Edmonds, Washington. Hansen knocked off medalist Justin Kadin, 3 and 1, in the round of 32 Thursday morning.
In the other quarterfinal, Oregon State's Spencer Tibbits (Vancouver, Washington) plays Santa Clara's Michiel Eyre (West Salem High). Tibbits advanced Thursday with a 3 and 2 victory over Charles Sitton V.
In the 35th edition of the women's tournament, top-seed Gigi Stoll (University of Arizona/Beaverton High) will face Jessica Young (Wedderburn) in the quarterfinals.
The other upper bracket women's quarterfinal will pit Amanda Elich (University of Houston/Camas, Washington) against Madison Odiorne (Washington State/Summit High).
The lower bracket of the women's tournament features a battle between pair of Portlanders and a Civil War match. Second seed Ellen Secor (Colorado State/Sunset High) needed 20 holes on Thursday to defeat Jenny Krause. Secor will meet Portland's Amanda Jacobs (ex-University of Idaho/Central Catholic). The final quarterfinal matches Oregon State's Ellie Slama (South Salem High) against Oregon Duck golfer Madi Daniel (Bakersfield, California).
On Thursday, Stoll downed Taylor Hartley, 6 and 5. Secor survived a match with Jennifer Krause on the 20th hole. Jacobs defeated Portland State's Hannah Swanson, 2-up. Slama needed 22 holes to get past Gretchen Johnson.
• In the Oregon Women's Senior Amateur, defending champion Lara Tennant of Portland will take on two-time winner Leilani Norman of Eugene in the Friday quarterfinals. Qualifying medalist Sandy Cameron of Redmond plays West Linn's Joori Kim. No. 4 seed Ginny Burkey of Eugene faces Marcia Fisher of Molalla. Anita Wicks of Roseburg, who won the tournament in 2016, takes on Yon Okinaka of Ridgefield, Washington.
Tennant won 7 and 5 on Thursday against Sandy Little.
PORTLAND 12, Gresham 1
Before 1,877 fans at Walker Stadium, Portland struck out 17 hitters and smacked four extra-base hits to rout its crosstown rival in an exhibition game.
The GreyWolves, who are playing an independent schedule, also lost this week to the Pickles, 9-4 and 7-0.
Joel Casillas (Cal State Northridge) got his second start of the season for Portland on Thursday and struck out two. Leo Nierenberg (Washington) followed and struck out four to pick up the win.
Nick Paciorek (Northwestern) and Michal Frias (UC Irvine) were next on the mound for the Pickles. Frias struck out six. Brett Walker (Oregon) fanned two in the ninth. Nierenberg and Walker were making their Pickles debuts.
Center fielder Joey Cooper (Cal State Northridge) got the scoring started with a solo home run in the second. Portland then added three more runs.
Sacrifice flies from Cooper in the fourth and first baseman Jace McKinney (University of Portland) in the fifth increased Portland's lead.
Third baseman Mike Perez (UCLA) homered in the sixth.
Portland tacked on four runs in the seventh via a two-RBI double from Daniel Budke (Pepperdine), an RBI double off the bat of Jake Berry (Utah Valley) and an RBI single from Gabe Skoro (UP).
Noah Cardenas (UCLA) scored on a fielder's choice in the eighth.
Portland improved to 10-1 in home games.
Portland and Gresham next play in a seven-inning exhibition game at 1 p.m. on June 30 at Walker Stadium. ?
In WCL action on Thursday, the Corvallis Knights lost 12-4 at the Port Angeles Lefties; the Cowlitz Black Bears lost 5-0 at home against the Bellingham Bells; the Yakima Valley Pippins defeated the visiting Kelowna Falcons, 13-5; and the host Wenatchee AppleSox fell at home to the Walla Walla Sweets, 10-4.
Corvallis is tied with the Pickles for first place in the South Division, both 9-5. Walla Walla (9-6) is third in the division, followed by Cowlitz (7-11) and the Bend Elks (4-14).
Portland will open a three-game series at Walla Walla at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
WEST COAST LEAGUE
The Portland Pickles will have another nearby rival next season.
The West Coast League announced Thursday that a 12th team will join the league for the 2019 season. The team will play in Ridgefield, Washington, just north of Vancouver.
The as-yet unnamed team will play in a 1,800-seat baseball stadium being built as part of a recreation complex near Ridgefield High.
The team name will be announced at a later date, according to West Coast League President Tony Bonacci.
Also not yet made public is who will own and operate the team. Bonacci, who owns the WCL's Cowlitz Black Bears, said organizational announcements will come in the near future.
"We understand what a tremendous baseball area it is. I think it will be a natural fit both for the league and in particular with Portland up the river and Cowlitz to the north," Bonacci said.
The new team will join the Pickles, Black Bears, Corvallis, Bend and Walla Walla in the South Division of the summer wood-bat league that features current college baseball players.
Having a 12th team, and a sixth in the south, will ease scheduling challenges that come with having an odd number of teams.
The Pickles, a third-year team that plays at Walker Stadium in Lents Park, joined the West Coast League this season after spending their first two seasons Great West League.
"We've been looking to get to 12 (teams). But by the same token, we wanted to make sure it was the right fit," Bonacci said.
Though the team will be based in Ridgefield, 14 miles north of the Interstate Bridge, officials representing Clark County and each of the county's cities welcomed the news.
"All you have to do is look at the population and the growth rate of the area north of the Columbia River and it's pretty obvious it's a great place for a baseball team," West Coast League Commissioner Rob Neyer said. "So we feel very lucky to have a team there."
The population of Clark County, which stretches east to Washougal and includes Battle Ground, La Center and Ridgefield north of Vancouver, is more than 420,000 and growing.
Neyer said the 1,800-seat stadium at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex will be somewhere in the middle of West Coast League capacities.
"This facility is a perfect size for what we are doing," Bonacci said.
HILLSBORO 4, Eugene 0
Four Hillsboro pitchers combined on a five-hitter watched by 2,027 at Ron Tonkin Field.
Kyler Stout pitched the fifth and sixth innings to earn his second win of the season in relief. He struck out five and allowed one hit.
Trevor McKenna struck out three over two innings, and Wesley Rodriguez worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth to complete the first shutout of the season for Hillsboro (4-3), which halted a three-game losing streak.
Jose Caballero hit a two-run triple in the bottom of the third for the Hops. Alex King and Ryan Dobson, who had reached on singles, scored.
In the Hillsboro fifth, Jorge Perez drew a leadoff walk and scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by Joey Rose.
In the seventh, Perez hit a leadoff single, stole second, was bunted to third by Dobson and scored on a wild pitch.
Both teams finished with five hits, four of Eugene's off of Hillsboro starting pitcher Matt Tabor. Tabor threw the first four innings without a walk and two strikeouts.
Faustino Carrera (1-1) took the pitching loss for Eugene (4-3).
The Emeralds and Hops complete a three-game Northwest League set at Ron Tonkin Field at 7 p.m. Friday.
USA TRACK AND FIELD
Lopez Lomong of the Bowerman Track Club in Portland turned back the clock and pulled off a major surprise on Day 1 of the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
The 33-year-old, two-time Olympian (2008, 2012) won the men's 10,000 meters at Drake Stadium. He won a battle at the end with Shadrack Kipchirchir. Lomong finished in 28 minutes, 58.38 seconds. Kipchirchir, who had the lead entering the final stretch, clocked 28:59.67.
Lomong won U.S. titles in the 1,500 meters in 2009 and 2010.
The women's 10,000 winner was Molly Huddle.
Numerous athletes with Oregon connections advanced in Thursday qualifying.
The list included former Ducks Matthew Centrowitz and Eric Jenkins, both now with Portland's Nike Oregon Project, moved into the men's 1,500 finals, Jenkins qualifying fastest in 3:40.63. Former Ducks Sam Prakel, Colby Alexander and Johnny Gregorek, and NOP's Craig Engels, also advanced.
The men's 400 had ex-Ducks Mike Berry and Marcus Chambers move into the semifinals.
In the men's 100, UO's Cravon Gillespie also moved out of the first round and into the semis.
The women's 100 semifinal field will include three former UO standouts: Jenna Prandini, Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington.
Oregon's Briyahna DesRosiers advanced to the semis in the women's 400.
In the women's 800, former Duck Raevyn Rogers won her heat to earn a spot in Friday's semifinals. Also advancing were Oregon's Sabrina Southerland, ex-Duck Laura Roesler and Hanna Green of Oregon Track Club Elite in Eugene.
Oregon Ducks graduate Wyndham Clark got off to one of his slowest starts as a rookie, firing a 6-over-par 76 in the first round of the Wichita (Kansas) Open.
Clark was tied for 130th out of 156 starters.