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Portland traded goalie Shane Farkas to the Victoria Royals and made 11 selections in the annual Western Hockey League bantam draft.

In exchange for Farkas and a fifth-round pick in the draft, Portland received a fourth-round pick — the same pick the Winterhawks sent to Victoria last year in acquiring Jared Freadrich.

Farkas will be in his 20-year-old season in the WHL in 2019-20. In 2 1/2 seasons with Portland, the Pentictin, British Columbia native played in 84 regular-season games and went 47-24-3-4 with a goals-against average of 2.96 and a save percentage of .902.

In four playoff appearances, all in relief, Farkas had a 1.68 goals against average and a .946 save percentage.

Joel Hofer, a signed prospect of the St. Louis Blues, will be the Winterhawks' primary goalie as a 19-year-old next season.

The trade left the Hawks with four players entering their overage season, one more than the WHL limit. Those are forwards Jake Gricius, Lane Gilliss and Josh Paterson and defenseman Matthew Quigley.

Thursday's bantam draft was the first opportunity for WHL teams to add 2004-born players. Players drafted Thursday are not eligible to play full-time in the WHL until the 2020-2021 season.

Portland's first pick came in the third round, No. 58 overall. The Hawks selected center Kyle Chyzowski from Surrey, British Columbia. He had 17 goals and 29 assists in 33 games with the Delta Hockey Academy in the Canadian School Sport Hockey League.

The other forwards drafted by Portland were Carter Streek (80th) from Kamloops, British Columbia; Luke Schelter of Centennial, Colorado; Landon Van Engelen of Tofield, Alberta; Marek Hejduk of Parker, Colorado; James Snuggerud of Chaska, Minnesota; Marcus Nguyen of Calgary, Alberta and Maddox Fleming from Rochester, Minnesota.

With their third pick, No. 105 overall, the Winterhawks selected defenseman Rhyder Thompson from Russell, Manitoba.

With their fifth pick, No. 148, the Hawks took goalie Ty Shumanski (6-3, 226) from Hafford, Saskatchewan.

Players eligible for the WHL bantam draft live in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.



The host Yellowjackets swept a pair and will play two more against Concordia to conclude the regular season.

With Thursday's losses, the Cavaliers fell to 13-25 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (and 15-31 overall). But the Cavs, who are fifth in the GNAC, still have hope in trying to catch Saint Martin's for the fourth and final league playoff spot. Saint Martin's is 15-21 (19-26) with four games remaining, two Friday and two Saturday, all against Western Oregon. Concordia owns the tiebreaker with the Saints.

In Thursday's opener, MSU Billings broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the sixth inning. Concordia scored again in the seventh on an RBI single by Jake Wikel. The first run came on Liam Knowles' sacrifice fly in the third.

In the seven-inning nightcap, MSU Billings snaped a 2-2 tie with a four-run sixth. Knowles hit a two-run home run in the fourth.


CONCORDIA 5, Western Oregon 0

Central Washington 8, Northwest Nazarene 0

No. 1 seed Central Washington beat the No. 4 seed, and No. 3 Concordia downed the No. 2 to open the three-day Great Northwest Athletic Conference championships at Concordia's Porter Park.

For the host Cavaliers, Mckenzie Smith pitched a one-hitter and hit a three-run home run.

Smith (15-8) allowed two walks and struck out two.

Hannah Self gave the Cavs (29-21) a 2-0 lead with her first-inning HR.

Smith homered in the sixth.

Western Oregon fell to 31-15.

The results make Friday's schedule look like this:

Concordia versus Central Washington at 10 a.m. … Western Oregon versus Northwest Nazarene in a 12:30 p.m. elimination game … and then the Concordia-CWU loser will meet the WOU-NW Nazarene winner at 3 p.m.


Portland State and Oregon State will play in the 2019-20 Preseason WNIT.

Sixteen teams have been invited, including Boise State.

The pairings will be announced later this spring. The Vikings and Beavers each will play at least three games in the tournament.

• OSU's Mikayla Pivec and Destiny Slocum will attend the May 16-20 tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the U.S. Pan American Games team.


The Portland Pilots have added goalkeeper Josh Lagudah, from Loyola Chicago, for his senior year.


Oregon State middle blocker Kory Cheshire will be back next season on a sixth year of eligibility granted by the NCAA.


Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch, midfielders Tobin Heath and Lindsey Horan and defender Emily Sonnett are on the 23-player U.S. roster for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France.

Megan Rapinoe, a former University of Portland star now with Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League, also was named to the roster.


Three former Oregon Ducks are in the Wells Fargo Championship at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Second-year PGA Tour pro Aaron Wise shot a 2-under-par 69 to tie for ? after the first round.

Veteran Ben Crane had a 72, and tour rookie Wyndham Clark shot 74.

Rory McIlroy and Joel Dahmen took a one-stroke lead with 66s.


Rookie Norman Xiong from the University of Oregon

was even par through 15 holes when play was suspended by darkness and veteran Scott Harrington, who played at Jesuit High, had a 2-over 74 in the first round of the Nashville Golf Open in Nashville, Tennessee.

They were well behind leader Robby Shelton (64).

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