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OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/1998: NCAA women's basketball tournament coming to Memorial Coliseum; Wheeler in for Schonely

WOODJune 27-July 1, 1998

Quarterback Juston Wood from David Douglas High throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to 6-8 Nate Wente of Canby High on the final play to give the North a 20-17 victory over the South in the Oregon Bowl all-star football game before 5,288 fans at Civic Stadium. The play completes a 19-play, 96-yard drive that took the final 8 minutes, 3 seconds.

• The NCAA gives Portland (Portland State as host) Division I women's basketball regional games to be played in March 2000 at Memorial Coliseum.

The NCAA men's basketball committee has refused to play in Oregon because the state has a Sports Action lottery game. Net proceeds from betting on NFL games go to the athletic programs at seven state universities.

• With the Trail Blazers choosing not to bring him back as their radio play-by-play broadcaster, Bill Schonely is roasted at the Portland Hilton by friends, including Harry Glickman, Dave Twardzik, Paul Linnman and Bill Walton, who speaks for 25 minutes.

Schonely says he plans to work on lowering his 22-handicap in golf, take part in charity events and write his memoirs.

The Blazers promptly select Brian Wheeler, 36, to succeed Schonely, who had been their voice for 28 years and since their inception.


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