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Benson Tech junior Micah Williams goes even faster to break state 100-meter record; Winterhawks keep busy

Preps: Benson High junior Micah Williams just keeps getting faster. The reigning Class 6A 100- and 200-meter champion posted the fastest 100 ever by a West Coast prep when he ran 10.21 seconds in last week's Nike Jesuit Twilight Invitational at Jesuit.

The mark bettered the state record of 10.35 set in 2011 by Thomas Tyner of Aloha. It also ranks 16th all-time in the nation, and is the fastest nonwind-aided 100 in the nation this season.

Winterhawks: Last week was a busy one for the Hawks.

Joachim Blichfeld became the fourth Portland player to win the Western Hockey League player of the year award. Blichfeld, who has aged out of the WHL, tied for the league lead in goals (53) and led the league in points (114). He is expected to start his pro career next season with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. He is with Team Denmark preparing for the hockey world championships, May 10-26 in Slovakia.

Blichfeld joined Oliver Bjorkstrand (2014-15), Steve Konowalchuk (1991-92) and Perry Turnbull (1978-79) as Hawks named WHL player of the year.

Goalie Shane Farkas was traded to Victoria for a fourth-round pick in last week's bantam draft, plus a conditional 2020 draft pick. The move was expected as Portland has St. Louis Blues-signed prospect Joel Hofer returning for his 19-year-old season in goal.

The trade means the Hawks have four players who could return for their 20-year-old season. WHL teams are limited to three age-20 players, though Portland can wait until early next season to be at that limit.

Farkas played in 84 regular-season games and went 47-24-3-4 with a goals-against average of 2.96 and save percentage of .902.

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

The Winterhawks selected 11 players born in 2004 during the annual Western Hockey League bantam draft: eight forwards, two defensemen and a goalie.

Players selected will not be eligible to play full time in the WHL until the 2020-21 season, so the impact of the draft won't be clear for several years.

Portland's first pick was in the third round, No. 58 overall. But Winterhawks VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston called center Kyle Chyzowski a first-round caliber player.

At 5-8, 140, it's possible Chyzowski fell to Portland because of his lack of size. But Johnston has had great success with undersize players whose games are based on speed and skill.

Four of Portland's 11 picks are from the United States, including forward Marek Hejduk, the son of former Colorado Avalanche stud Milan Hejduk. Marek's twin brother, David, was selected six picks later by Everett, potentially adding spice to that rivalry in a few years.

Women's football: The Portland Fighting Shockwave got off to a good start on Saturday in Torrance, Calif. But they could not keep up with the Cali War in a 54-7 loss in Women's Football Alliance action.

The first loss of the season for the Fighting Shockwave (4-1) came against the other top division team on the West Coast. The Los Angeles region's team has been a difficult matchup for Portland in recent regular-season and playoff games.

The Fighting Shockwave scored early on consecutive big plays.

On Cali's first possession, Portland's Hailey Petit intercepted a pass at the goal line and returned it to midfield. On the next play, Gabby Johnson ran 50 yards for a Fighting Shockwave touchdown.

But without Morgan McCarley on the offensive and defensive lines and without fullback Sarah Malone, Portland could not keep the game competitive.

The Fighting Shockwave return home Saturday, taking on the Seattle Spartans at 6 p.m. at Roosevelt High. It'll be the next-to-last home game of the season for Portland.

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