TUESDAY SPORTS NEWS/Best-of-seven WHL first-round series will have 2-2-1-1-1 format; PSU gets 2 TV games; OSU sweeps Pac-12 awards; Ducks No. 3 in softball; Nguyen wins in golf: UO women No. 1, men No. 2 in track poll


The Portland Winterhawks and Prince George Cougars have (finally) worked out scheduling details for the Western Hockey League first-round playoff series.

It's a best-of-seven that will start Friday at Prince George.

Here's the schedule:

Game 1 — at Prince George, 7 p.m. Friday

Game 2 — at Prince George, 7 p.m. Saturday

Game 3 — at Portland, Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 29

Game 4 — at Portland, Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30

Game 5 (if necessary) — at Prince George, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 1

Game 6 (if necessary) — at Portland, Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m. Monday, April 3

Game 7 (if necessary) — at Prince George, 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5

The series winner advances to play the Kelowna-Kamloops series winner in the Western Conference semifinals.

• Portland's Cole Kehler has been named the Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the week.

The 19-year-old from Altona, Manitoba, Canada, was 2-0-0-0 last week with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage, stopping 66 total shots in road victories over Tri-City and Seattle.


Two Portland State games in 2017 will be on Root Sports.

The Vikings will be televised live when they play at Montana State on Oct. 7 and when they visit Eastern Washington on Nov. 18.

Kickoff times have not been determined.

• Western Oregon will open an 11-game football regular season on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Idaho State.

The Wolves' next game kicks off their Great Northwest Athletic Conference season — it will be at Central Washington on Sept. 9.

The WOU home opener is Sept. 23 against Humboldt State, starting at 1 p.m.

The finale is Nov. 11 in Monmouth versus Simon Fraser, also at 1 p.m.


Oregon State swept the Pac-12 individual weekly honors after sweeping Arizona State in a three-game series last week at Tempe.

Jake Thompson was named the conference pitching of the week, and Cadyn Grenier was voted as the player of the week.

Thompson allowed two hits over 7 13 innings, with a career-high 10 strikeouts, in Saturday's 4-0 OSU victory.

Grenier hit .538 in the series (7 for 13), with a double, home run and two RBIs.

• Oregon State sophomore infielder Nick Madrigal will play for the USA Baseball college national team this summer.

The team will train in Cary, North Carolina, site of the USA Baseball national training complex, and play a series of games against teams from the Coastal Plains League June 20-25. The U.S. squad will play host to games against Chinese Taipei and Cuba June 27-July 7 in Cary and Durham, North Carolina.


The Oregon Ducks, the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division I, are third again this week in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll and the Softball rankings.

Florida is No. 1 in the Softball poll and No. 2 in the other.

Florida State has the top spot in the USA TodayNFCA poll and ranks second in the other.

In the Softball rankings, Florida got 10 first-place votes, Florida State three, Oregon 10, and Alabama one.

In the USA Today/NFCA rankings,

Florida State received 24 first-place votes, Florida two and Oregon five.

The Softball poll has Arizona fourth, Washington fifth, Utah 13th, UCLA 16th, California 23rd and Arizona State 24th.

The USA Today/NFCA coaches poll puts Arizona at No. 5, Washington No. 6, Utah No. 11, UCLA No. 15, and Arizona State No. 21.


Former Lincoln High golfer Phoebe Nguyen, a junior at Whitman College, was named Northwest Conference women's golfer of the week.

She was the medalist at the D-III National Preview, which had five teams ranked in the top 20 and a field that included 2016 national champion Caroline Ordian of Redlands.

Nguyen shot a 6-over-par 150 at Bay Oaks Country Club in Houston to win by one stroke.


Five Oregon Stater athletes earned all-Pac-12 honors, led by first-team all-around competitor Kaytianna McMillan and Madeline Gardiner, who was first-team on the balance beam and second-team in all-around. Both are seniors.

Senior Erika Aufiero made the first-team on uneven bars, and junior Dani Dessaints was first-team vault.

Sophomore Mary Jacobsen earned second-team vault honors.


The University of Oregon women's team, which won the NCAA Indoor title, is ranked first in the nation outdoors in the USTFCCCA poll.

Kentucky's women are second, followed by Arkansas, LSU and USC in the top five. Stanford is ninth, and Washington was the only Pac-12 team to make the top 25, checking in at No. 13.

The Oregon men are No. 2 in the USTFCCCA rankings, behind Florida.

The men's poll also has Arkansas third, Texas A&M fourth and LSU fifth. Stanford is 10th, USC is 11th, and UCLA is 18th.

• The Concordia University women's team is ranked eighth in NCAA Division II.

One other GNAC team, Saint Martin's, made it in the top 25, coming in at No. 24.


A team from Lake Spanaway Golf Course in Tacoma, Washington, has won the PNW Pro-Assistant tournament at Glendale Country Club in Bellevue.

Mike Fosnick and Shane Prante shot a 7-under-par 65 on Tuesday for a 15-under 129 total.

Mike Montgomery and Derek Berg of Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish teamed up for second place, one shot back, after a 61 in the second and final round of the two-day event.

The Oswego Lake Country Club duo of Brent Murray and Scott Erdmann had a 66 and were alone in third at 132.

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