Winterhawks season delayed — The Western Hockey League on Tuesday, Dec. 15, announced it will delay the start of its 2021 season.
The league targeted a Jan. 8 start, but with rinks across Canada and the United States closed and COVID-19 cases at record levels, that plan changed.
The WHL Board of Governors will meet sometime in January to consider start dates.
The move means the new owners of the Portland Winterhawks — there has been no official announcement, but the club's sale is expected to close by Dec. 31 at a price of $5.85 million — will have to wait a bit to see their team in action.
The WHL previously announced plans for teams to play a division-only schedule, meaning the Winterhawks will compete with only its U.S. Division rivals if/when a season happens.
Women's college basketball — Beaverton native Cameron Brink did her part Tuesday as Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer passed Pat Summitt to become the winningest coach in NCAA Division I college women's basketball.
Brink, a 6-4 freshman, had 12 points, seven rebounds and blocked four shots off the bench for the top-ranked Cardinal in a 104-61 win over Pacific at Stockton, California. The Mountainside High grad, who played three seasons at Southridge High, is averaging 12.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks five games into her college career.
It was the 1,099th win for VanDerveer, one more than legendary Tennessee coach Summitt.
VanDerveer is in her 42nd season as a head coach — her first win on Dec. 1, 1978, came as Idaho's coach. She coached the Vandals for two seasons and Ohio State for five before taking the Stanford job in 1985. She's coached the Cardinal for all but one season (1995-96) since.
• The Portland State women's basketball team's Big Sky Conference games this weekend at Weber State have been canceled due to positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Weber State program. The Vikings still are slated to play Wednesday at Dixie State (6 p.m.), their first game of the season.
College men's basketball — The Portland Pilots won their fifth game in a row, beating College of Idaho 88-74 on Tuesday at the Chiles Center. Ahmed Ali had 22 points and Michael Henn a career-high 21 as the Pilots (5-1) handled the NAIA Yotes (1-4).
• Oregon adds game: The Ducks (4-1, 1-0) have added a nonconference game against San Francisco (5-3) at 5 p.m. Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena (Pac-12 Network TV). Among the Dons' wins is a victory over then No. 4-ranked Virginia.
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