NCAA track championships — Oregon freshman Micah Williams finished third in the 100 meters and the Ducks finished a distant second to LSU as the NCAA Men's Track and Field Championships wrapped up on Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Williams, out of Benson High, started fast in lane five and led the sprint until the final 15 meters or so. LSU junior Terrance Laird won the race with a time of 10.05 seconds. Houston freshman Shaun Maswantanyi was second in 10.09 and Williams third in 10.11.
LSU, the heavy favorite to win the meet, had the team title wrapped up midway through Friday's final events. The Tigers piled up 84 points, 31 more than the runner-up Ducks.
Oregon did have three individual champions on Friday. Sophomore Cole Hocker won the 1,500 in 3:35.35, a personal best. Senior Cooper Teare won the 5,000 in a meet-record 13:12.27. Redshirt freshman Emmanuel Ihemeje won the triple jump with a personal-best mark of 56-2.75.
The women's championship meet concludes Saturday. Television on ESPNU runs 3-6 p.m.
Oregon will have entries in the 400 relay final, Kemba Nelson in the 100 and Aneta Konieczek in the 3,000 steeplechase.
The highlight of the meet for the Duck women came Thursday, when senior Carmela Cardama Baez won the 10,000 meters.
Trail Blazers TV — Portland Trail Blazers announced a new multi-year television broadcast partnership with Root Sports, starting in the 2021-22 season. A joint venture between AT&T Sports Networks and the Seattle Mariners, Root Sports will bring Trail Blazers games to more fans than ever before across Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
With fans' accessibility top of mind, this transition will help spread the Trail Blazers roots even farther throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
"We are ecstatic to join the Root Sports regional network starting next season," said Chris McGowan, president and CEO, Portland Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter. "With so many other Pacific Northwest teams already in the Root Sports family and its broad footprint, choosing Root Sports was the best decision for our fans. We look forward to bringing Trail Blazers games to new viewers, as well as our loyal fans in Oregon, Washington and Alaska."
Root Sports is already the home of fellow Pacific Northwest sports teams the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Kraken, Seattle Seawolves, Gonzaga University Bulldogs, Big Sky Conference and the Portland Timbers.
NBC Sports Northwest, home of the Blazers for the past 14 years, has not been able to negotiate a deal with satellite providers Dish and DirecTV, which greatly affected viewership numbers. Root Sports has deals with both providers.
It hasn't been announced what the future of NBC Sports Northwest would be, but the network just lost its major tenant. Speculation has the network folding.
It's also unknown how many games will be shown on Root Sports.
Winterhawks updates — Nick Cicek was named the Western Hockey League U.S. Division defenseman of the year and Portland's Mason Mannek (4.0 GPA at Clackamas Community College) was the division's Scholastic Player of the Year.
Also last week, the Winterhawks learned their place in the 2021 WHL Prospects Draft (formerly called the Bantam Draft), scheduled for Dec. 9. Portland's first pick is No 36. It has four picks between No. 36 and No. 83. One day earlier, Portland will pick 11th and 34th in the WHL U.S. Priority Draft, which takes place Dec. 8.
NAIA softball — Former Putnam High pitcher Sarah Abramson helped Oregon Tech reach the championship round of the NAIA Softball World Series. Abramson pitched all nine innings of the final game, won on June 2 by Southern Oregon, 7-5.
A fourth-year junior, Abramson finished the season 27-9.
Southern Oregon repeated as national champions by beating rival Oregon Tech twice on June 2, finishing a climb through the losers' bracket at the tournament in Columbus, Georgia.
Southern Oregon does not have any players from the Portland area on its roster. The Oregon Tech roster includes Maddie Deverna from Newberg, Jensen Becker from Glencoe High, Kacie Schmidt from Mountainside High, McKenzie Staub from Hillsboro High and Lexie Klum from Tigard High.
Fighting Shockwave update — Coming off a 15-14 loss to the Capital Pioneers of Salem on June 5, the Portland Fighting Shockwave women's tackle football team is scheduled to take on the Nevada Storm at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12 at Century High School in Hillsboro.
Tickets cost $10 and are available through www.portlandfightingshockwave.com.
PSU hoops coaches — Portland State men's basketball coach Jace Coburn has hired Scott Sommer, Matt Dunn and Jamaal Williams as assistant coaches.
Williams was a teammate of Brandon Roy at Washington, helping the Huskies twice reach the Sweet 16. Sommer was PSU's director of basketball operations beginning with the 2018-19 season, and an assistant coach for the Vikings last season. Dunn has been an assistant coach at Northern Arizona (2012-21) and at IUPUI (2018-21).
PSU women's basketball coach Chelsey Gregg promoted Keithan Gregg to associate head coach and hired Beth Mounier and TJ Harris as assistant coaches.
— Paul Danzer
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