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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Portland falls at Provo in series opener; two Beavers advance at NCAA wrestling; Concordia's Barbarick steps down; goalie Hofer signs NHL deal


BYU 10, Portland 1

At Provo, Utah, the Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the first and rode a strong eight innings from starting pitcher Jordan Wood to take the opener of the West Coast Conference series.

The Pilots (15-7, 1-3 WCC) scored in the fourth inning when Hunter Montgomery doubled home Daniel Lopez.

Kevin Baker (0-2) started on the mound for Portland and gave up four runs in one-third of an inning.

Cody Hawken and Matt Kelly each had two of Portland's eight hits.

Game 2 of the series is 5 p.m. Friday.


Goalie Joel Hofer has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

Hofer, a Winnipeg, Manitoba native, was the 107th player selected in last June's NHL draft.

Acquired in January from Swift Current, the 18-year-old Hofer is 9-8 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .911 save percentage while sharing the goaltending job with Shane Farkas.


Two Oregon State wrestlers advanced to the championship quarterfinals with two wins Thursday at the NCAA championships in Pittsburgh.

At 125 pounds, senior Ronnie Bresser pinned Oklahoma's Christian Moody and won a 5-3 decision over Drew Hildebrandt. Bresser, the No. 4 seed, faces No. 5 Jack Mueller of Virginia in the quarterfinals.

At heavyweight, OSU's Amar Dhesi is in the quarterfinals after an 18-6 win over Cary Miller of Appalachian State and 18-1 technical fall over Thomas Haines of Lock Haven.

Dhesi, seeded sixth, faces No. 3 seed Gable Stevenson of Minnesota.

Redshirt freshman Grant Willits went 1-1 at 141 pounds and remained alive in the consolation bracket.

Redshirt sophomore Devan Turner went 1-2 at 133 pounds and was eliminated. Junior Bob Coleman went 1-2 at 184 and was eliminated. Sophomore Hunter Willits went 0-2 at 157.


Longtime Concordia coach Brad Barbarick has resigned.

In 25 seasons coaching the Cavaliers, Barbarick posted 375 wins.

In 2014-15, Concordia won a program-record 25 games and reached the NAIA Division II Sweet 16.

The Cavaliers made the Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament in 2017, their second season at the NCAA Division II level.


Former Oregon Ducks golfer Wydhmam Clark was tied for 46th in the PGA Tour's Valspar Championship after a first-round, par 71 over the Innisbrook Resort Copperhead Course at Palm Harbor, Florida.

The leaders, Joel Dahmen and Sepp Straka, were at 66, one ahead of Luke Donald, Kevin Kisner and Russell Knox.

• On the Tour, ex-Duck Norman Xiong turned in a 3-over 74 to tie for 124th through one round of the Chitimacha Louisiana Open at Broussard, Louisiana.

Vince Covello took the lead with a 63.

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