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Monday local sports news/Beavers Slama, Taylor share lead; Oregon State's Tibbits tied for second in Husky Invitational


Oregon State and Oregon were 1-2 through two rounds of the 15-team Cougar Cup at Pullman, Washington, with two Beavers tied for the individual lead.

OSU junior Ellie Slama and newcomer Issy Taylor from Australia shared the top spot at 6-under-par 138, both shooting 68-70 at Palouse Ridge.

Three golfers were one shot off the pace. Oregon's Amy Marsuoka and Tze-Han Lin were tied for eighth at 141 going into Tuesday's final round.

Slama, from South Salem High, did not have a bogey.

The Beavers finished Monday at 13-under 563. The Ducks were one strokes behind and four ahead of third-place Denver.

Oregon State's first-round score of 10-under 278 tied the lowest in school history.

• Concordia senior Cammie Decker grabbed the lead at the True North Classic at Richmond, British Columbia. She shot a career-low 71, 1-under-par, at Richmond Country Club, and was one better than two Simon Fraser golfers, Jaya Rampuri and Estee Leung.

The Cavalies were third at 311 behind Simon Fraser's 295 and Western Washington's 304 in the 11-team, 57-player event, which ends Tuesday.


Host Washington had the lead, and Oregon State was fourth and Oregon fifth through two rounds of the 15-team Husky Invitational at Bremerton, Washington.

The Huskies totaled 22-under 554 at Gold Mountain-Olympic Course. Long Beach State was second at 562 with one round to go.

After Nevada (567) came OSU (569) and Oregon (572).

Oregon State's Spencer Tibbits was tied for second, one shot behind Owen Avrit of Long Beach State. Tibbits shot 70-68 for a 6-under 138. Avrit had rounds of 67-70.

Nate Stember, a freshman at Oregon from Lincoln High, led the Ducks and was in a tie for ninth at 140 after going 69-71.


Oregon sophomore left tackle Penei Sewell has been named Pac-12 Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in a 35-3 win against Montana.

• Two Western Oregon players have earned Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors for their play last weekend.

WOU quarterback Ty Currie, a senior from Yreka, California, was voted Offensive Player of the Week. He completed 16 of 32 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown in a 34-27 loss to NCAA Division II No. 12 Texas A&M-Commerce.

Andrew Gross, a kicker/punter for the Wolves, was chosen as the Special Teams Player of the Year. The junior from Gladstone made all three of his PAT kicks against Texas A&M-Commerce and punted four times for an average of 37.8 yards, with one inside the 20-yard line. He also averaged 62.6 yards on five kickoffs.


Washington, Portland, Oregon, Stanford and UCLA rank 1-5, in that order, in the West region rankings released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.


The USTFCCCA West region rankings have Washington, Oregon, Boise Stanford, Stanford and Oregon State 1-5, with Portland at No. 12.


After a tough week in more ways than one, the Oregon Ducks have dropped four spots to 14th in the national rankings.

Oregon lost outside hitter Willow Johnson to injury early in the week, and fell in all three of its road matches against top-10 teams — this week's No. 4, Penn State, and No. 6, Pittsburgh, and No. 7, Minnesota.

Nebraska, Stanford and Texas rank 1-3.

Washington is the highest-rated Pac-12 school, now 10th and having moved up two slots. Utah is 18th, USC 20th and California 24th.


The 141-member U.S. roster is set for the outdoor world championships, Sept. 27-Oct. 6, at Doha, Qatar, and it includes eight former Oregon Ducks along with several members of local track clubs.

Matthew Centrowitz, an ex-UO runner who competes for the Bowerman Track Club in Portland, is entered in the men's 1,500 meters, and former Duck Phyliis Francis returns as a defending champion in the women's 400. Francis was a gold medalist in the 2016 Olympics, as were Centrowitz and another 2019 Team USA member, ex-Duck English Gardner, who qualified for Doha in the women's 100.

Also from the UO program are Raevyn Rogers in the women's 800, Devon Allen in the men's 100 hurdles, Cravon Gillespie in the 4x100 relay, Cole Walsh in the men's pole vault and Jasmin Todd in the women's long jump.

Another ex-Duck, Jessica Hull, will run for Australia in the women's 1,500.

Other Bowerman Track Club members headed to the championships are Shelby Houlihan in the women's 1,500, Lopez Lomong in the men's 10,000, Marielle Hall in the women's 10,000, Karissa Schweizer in the women's 5,000 and Colleen Quigley and Courtney Frerichs in the women's steeplechase.

The Nike Oregon Project will have Craig Engels in the men's 1,500, and Donavan Brazier and Clayton Murphy in the men's 800.

Oregon Track Club Elite will be represented by Ben Blankenship in the men's 900, Hanna Green in the women's 800 and Hassan Mead in the men's 5,000.

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