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Oregon Sports Awards kicks off with first of month-long honors; Pickles home for exhibition games

COURTESY FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - CAMERON BRINKOregon Sports Awards: The first batch of awards is being announced this week, and 37 awards in all will go out by the end of July.

The Oregon Sports Awards show is taking a one-year hiatus as it revamps its approach, after 18 years on stage at Nike World Headquarters and with a history dating to 1948 and for decades, when it was known primarily as the Hayward Banquet of Champions.

The first winners, and other finalists, this year are:

6A/5A Prep Girls Athlete of the Year — Winner: Cameron Brink, Southridge. Finalists: Morgan DeBord, Glencoe; Kaitlyn Dobler, Aloha

Prep Girls Basketball Player of the Year — Cameron Brink, Southridge. Finalists: Ciera Ellington, Benson; Aspen Slifka, Banks

4A/3A/2A/1A Prep Boys Athlete of the Year — Winner: Blake Gobel, Banks. Finalists: Dax Bennett, Harrisburg; Jesus Rodriguez, Woodburn

Pickles: Portland goes into a break from West Coast League action on a two-game winning streak that followed a six-game losing skid. The Pickles rallied in the ninth inning and won 2-1 in the 10th on Saturday against visiting Yakima Valley, then pasted the Pippins 11-4 on Sunday at Walker Stadium.

The Pickles are 2-1 in the second-half WCL South Division standings Their next league game isn't until July 16, when they open a three-game homestand against the Bellingham Bells.

But Portland will have six exhibition games in six days at Walker Stadium. The lineup begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday with the first of three games against the Perth Colts from Australia. The San Francisco Seals open a three-game set at 7 p.m. Friday.

Hops: Hillsboro wraps up a home series with Boise at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ron Tonkin Field, then goes to Boise for three games against the Hawks, Thursday through Saturday. Then comes a showdown in Hillsboro with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, who are battling the Hops for the first-half title in the Single-A Northwest League South Division. The Hops will play host to Salem-Keizer at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 14, and 7 p.m. July 15 and July 16.

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