Roy Love: In the dictionary under "they don't make 'em like that anymore" is a photo of Love, the former athlete, coach and athletic director at Portland State who died recently at age 82.
Love, a Cleveland High graduate, touched all the bases for PSU and in the local sports community — and he was honored years ago with membership in both the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and Portland State Hall of Fame.
His passion for baseball, and other sports, and for doing things the right way and working with the media are things that set an example for numerous other coaches and administrators.
He guided Portland State through several eras and countless challenges, largely as baseball coach from 1962-74 and athletic director from 1975-86 and 1988-93, when he was asked to return. He also helped coach football for more than a decade and served as the Vikings' golf coach for a couple of years. The Viks won four national championships in volleyball and two in wrestling, along with five football league titles and various other crowns during his run as AD.
Among the coaches he hired were Mouse Davis, Don Read, Pokey Allen, Jack Dunn, Jeff Mozzichi, Teri Mariani, Marlin Grahn and Greg Bruce. That's a Hall of Fame achievement right there.
A celebration of life for Love will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Eastmoreland Golf Course.
Golf: Oregon State swept the Oregon Amateur last week, with Spencer Tibbits dominating men's play and Ellie Slama successfully defending her title. Both will be juniors next school year at OSU.
Tibbits, who had just missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by one shot, took medalist honors, then won six straight matches at Portland Golf Club. He trailed for only one hole the entire week and defeated Daniel Snoey, a 27-year-old former Portland Pilots golfer, 8 and 6 in the 36-hole final.
Slama was second in qualifying and won convincingly en route to her 36-hole final, where she turned back Haley Greb of Colorado State and Pendleton High 3 and 2.
Lara Tennant of Portland won the Oregon Senior Women's Am in an 18-hole final, downing Loree McKay of Portland 6 and 5.
Winterhawks: Four unsigned Winterhawk prospects were chosen in last week's NHL draft.
Defenseman Ryan Johnson was the final pick of the first round, by Buffalo. Forward Bobby Brink went to Philadelphia with the third pick of the second round. Defenseman Drew Helleson was the 47th overall pick, by Colorado, and forward Judd Caulfield was the 145th overall pick, by Pittsburgh.
All four are committed to play college hockey, which means they are not expected to join the Winterhawks — at least for next season.
A total of 28 WHL players were taken during the seven-round draft, seven of them in the first round. That included three of the top seven picks: Forward Kirby Dach of the Saskatoon Blades went third to Chicago, defenseman Bowen Byram of the Vancouver Giants went fourth to Colorado, and forward Dylan Cozens of the Lethbridge Hurricanes went seventh to Buffalo.
Track and field: After winning a silver medal in March at the inaugural World Deaf Indoor Athletics Championships at Tallin, Estonia, Portland resident Janna Vander Meulen missed her outdoor track season with a mild muscle strain of her quad and hamstring.
Only recently pain free, she is eyeing the 2020 World Deaf Outdoor Athletics Championships. Her next competition of any kind will likely come next winter during the indoor season.
In her featured event, the 60-meter hurdles, Vander Meulen ran a personal record of 8.94 seconds in the finals to take the silver medal at the meet at Estonia.
"To be honest, it wasn't my best race," Vander Meulen said. "I had a slow start and felt like I had to catch up with other hurdlers the entire race. Even with a few errors, I still won silver. So I'm happy with the result."
Vander Meulen also ran the 400 and the 60-meter dash but did not advance to the finals.
She said the highlight was reconnecting with other deaf athletes from around the world she met at previous international competitions.
"It doesn't matter if you won the gold or didn't even place, we still remember each other," she said. "That's the bond we all have together even though we may only see each other every other year. It's one thing I always look forward to every time I go to any deaf competition."
The dates and location for the 2020 World Deaf Outdoor Athletics Championships have not been announced. Also on the horizon: the 2021 Deaflympics, an Olympics-style sports festival for hearing-impaired athletes.
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