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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Visiting Reno rallies to knock off Timbers 2 in weather-delayed match; Hops fall at Salem-Keizer

WINTERHAWKS

Portland will play its Western Hockey League season opener on Sept. 21 at home against Tri-City.

After a second home game against Kamloops on Sept. 22, the Winterhawks will play their next seven games on the road, including making their one road trip through the Central Division.

For the second year in a row, the WHL schedule will be 68 games. Portland will play eight of its 34 home games in November, after playing only twice at home in October. Portland plays five of 10 December games at home, six of 12 January games at home, six of 12 February games at home and five of nine March games at home.

The regular season ends with games at Seattle on March 21 and at home against the Thunderbirds on March 22. The Hawks and T-Birds play 12 times. Portland faces its other U.S. Division rivals eight times each, BC Division teams four times each and the 12 Eastern Conference teams once, with the Eastern Division teams visiting Portland.

• Portland announced that associate head coach Kyle Gustafson and assistant coach Don Hay have signed contract extensions.

Gustafson, also the team's assistant general manager, will be in his 17th season with the organization.

Hay will return for a second season with the Winterhawks. Hay is the WHL record-holder for wins as a head coach with 750.

TIMBERS 2

Reno 1868 FC 2, PORTLAND 1

Former T2 player Seth Casiple had a goal and assist as Reno erased a halftime deficit to win the United Soccer League Championship match at Providence Park.

Casiple's cross was headed in by Daniel Musovski in the 60th minute, and Casiple scored on a 20-yard free kick in the 63rd minute.

Brayan Hurtado scored for Portland in the 14th minute, breaking into the penalty area to collect a through pass from Jose Carlos Anguiano.

It was the first time this season that Timbers 2 have lost a match they led at halftime, and it ended a club-record six-match unbeaten run.

Portland is 7-3-6 (27 points), tied for second in the Western Conference. Reno is 7-4-5 (26) is fourth.

Wednesday's match was delayed nearly an hour by thunder and lightning.

T2 played a young lineup with many of their regular contributors in the lineup for the Timbers MLS match at Montreal.

Next for Portland is a Saturday road game against conference-leading Phoenix Rising. 

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

Portland State has hired CJ Killin as an assistant coach.

Killin replaces Zach Payne, who recently took an assistant coaching job at Montana.

Killin, 30, comes to PSU after one season as an assistant coach at Idaho State. In the previous four seasons he spent one year as an assistant coach at four different junior colleges.

"CJ has an excellent mind for the game and is a relentless recruiter," Vikings head coach Barret Peery said in a press release. "CJ is very respected in the basketball world and has great relationships and ties that will help him be very successful in our program. He knows me very well and understands how we do things, therefore his transition to our program will be very smooth."

HOPS

SALEM-KEIZER 5, Hillsboro 3

A slow but steady scoring surge from the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes in the final three full innings doomed the Hops, costing them Game 2 of the series at Volcanoes Stadium.

After starting off hot with three runs in the first two innings, Hillsboro's offense dropped off while the Volcanoes heated up, scoring four of their five runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. The Hops had one hit in the final five innings and six total. Salem-Keizer accumulated nine hits.

Hops righty Erin Baldwin (0-1) gave up three runs in one inning.

RBI singles from Kristian Robinson and Jorge Barrosa in the first inning gave the Hops two runs. Another from Eddie Hernandez in the second had the Hops up 3-0.

That was the end of the offense for Hillsboro and the beginning for Salem-Keizer. A fielding error gave the Volcanoes a run in the bottom of the second, cutting Hillsboro's lead to two. A two-run homer from Tyler Flores tied the game up in the sixth at 3-3.

A force out that brought in Marcos Campos in the seventh pushed the Volcanoes over the hump, with a passed ball in the eighth bringing in Franklin Labour to make it 5-3 Salem-Keizer, evening the series.

The finale is 6:35 p.m. Thursday.


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