MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Oregon State fires women's soccer coach Rhode; UO 17th in volleyball rankings; Pac-12 honors Amadi; WHL honors Blichfeld; Glass top star in series opener


The Concordia Cavaliers, who won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, will open the NCAA Division II playoffs at home at 2 p.m. Thursday against Seattle Pacific.

Concordia is a No. 2 seed in the 32-team tournament.

Concordia's Tuominen Yard on campus also will be the site of a first-round matchup at 11 a.m. Thursday between No. 3 seed Western Washington and No. 6 seed Sonoma State.

Concordia downed rival Western Washington 2-1 in overtime in Saturday's GNAC final at Tuominen Yard. The win capped the four-team conference tournament and boosted the Cavs' record to 14-1-3.

Western Washington, which is in the playoffs for a seventh straight year, fell to 16-3-1. WWU was the regular-season league champion.

Seattle Pacific, also in the GNAC, is 12-5-2.

Concordia edged Seattle Pacific 2-1 in the GNAC semifinals lastd week.

Concordia also will play host to a second-round matchup at 2 p.m. Saturday.

• Oregon State has releived coach Linus Rhode of his duties after 11 seasons. He was 88-110-24 overall, including 2-17-0 this year.


Oregon is ranked 17th in the NCAA Division I poll. The Ducks dropped one spot after defeating No. 21 UCLA and losing to No. 13 USC last weekend.

Stanford, which will play host to Oregon at 8 p.m. Thursday, remained No. 2 behind 23-0 BYU. The Cardinal are 22-1.

Washington State is 19th, and Washington is 25th.


For the second time this season, Oregon senior safety/punt returner Ugochukwu Amadi has been named Pac-12 special teams player of the week. He helped the Ducks defeat UCLA 42-21, with a 56-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

• Linfield (6-2) is ranked 22nd in the NCAA Division III coaches poll and 24th by d3footballcom. The Wildcats moved up one spot from last week in the coaches' voting but dropped a notch in the other rankings. Linfield won 47-41 at Puget Sound on a last-minute touchdown pass.

Whitworth, which has clinched at least a share of the Northwest Conference title and is 8-0 overall, is 15th and 12th.


Oregon State was tied for sixth and Oregon ninth out of 18 teams after the first round of the Saint Mary's Invitational.

The Beavers were at 2-over-par 286, the Ducks at 291.

BYU took a 10-shot lead on second-place Pepperdine with a 13-under 271 at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, California.

Three OSU players and two UO golfers were tied for 13th at 71. The Beavers got that score from Sean Kato, Spencer Tibbits and Nolan Thoroughgood. The Ducks' Edwin Yi and Craig Ronne matched them.

BYU's Peter Kuest fired a 10-under 61 and opened up a seven-shot lead.

The tournament runs through Wednesday.


Oregon was fifth and Oregon State tied for eighth out of 12 teams after one round of the three-day Pac-12 Preview at Nanea Golf Club in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The Ducks turned in an even-par 292, while OSU shot 297. California and Southern Cal have the lead at 289.

Cal's Cindy Ohio shot a 6-under 67 for a two-stroke lead. Petro Salko of Oregon was tied for ninth at 71. Oregon State's Olivia Benzi and two Ducks, Amy Matsuoka and Kathleen Scavo, were in a tie for 14th at 73.

OSU's Nicole Schroeder had a 74, and the Beavers' Ellie Slama and Mari Nishiura and UO's Alexis Phadeungmartvorakul all shot 75.


Joachim Blichfeld, Portland winger, has been named Western Hockey League On the Run Player of the Week. The seventh-round 2016 NHL draft pick of the San Jose Sharks had four goals and five assists as the Hawks swept three games last week, beating Victoria 7-3 and 2-1 and Spokane 8-6. He has 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) in 17 games.

• Winterhawks forward Cody Glass appeared to be okay after crashing into the end boards late in Monday's game between a team of WHL stars and Russian junior hockey stars.

The WHL won the first game of the Canada-Russia series, 2-1 in Kamloops, British Columbia.

Despite not figuring in either goal for the WHL, Glass had a team-high four shots on goal and was named first star of the game.

A pair of Lethbridge Hurricanes scored for the WHL, Dylan Cozens in the first period and Jordy Bellerive in the third.

With the WHL on a late power play, Glass crumpled awkwardly into the end boards as he and a Russia player chased the puck. The 19-year-old Vegas Golden Knights prospect grabbed his knee but was immediately up and back in the play and created a scoring chance.

The second game between the WHL and Team Russia is 7 p.m. Tuesday in Vancouver, B.C.

The Canada-Russia series continues with the Russians playing teams from the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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