Two former PIL players to join Pickles
From PIL to Pickles
Two former Portland Interscholastic League players will be on the Portland Pickles' roster this summer.
The Great West League college wood-bat team, which plays home games at Walker Stadium, has signed former Lincoln High catcher Thomas Rudinsky and ex-Benson Tech infielder Kelechi "K.C." Anyanwu.
Rudinsky, the 2016 PIL player of the year, is a freshman at Lane Community College. He's 6-1 and 210 pounds.
Anyanwu has been playing for Clark Atlanta University, an NCAA Division II school in Georgia. He's a 5-10, 160-pound junior batting .394 as of last week, with 16 RBIs in 20 games.
Tee off for the PIL
The Portland Interscholastic League will host a golf tournament at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 21, to raise money for its middle school sports programs.
Registration is open through June 7 for the event at The Reserve Vinyards and Golf Club in Aloha. Go to pilathletics.com for information.
Former Timbers forward Maxi Urruti leads FC Dallas with three goals going into Saturday's 5 p.m. PT Portland match at Frisco, Texas. Urruti might have been the one filling in for suspended Fanendo Adi last weekend against Vancouver had the Timbers been able to afford to keep him after their 2015 MLS Cup title.
Dallas has scored eight times but allowed only three through eight games.
Former Portland Winterhawk Ryan Johansen got off to a good start in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Johansen had a goal and five assists to help the No. 8-seeded Nashville Predators sweep the No. 1 Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs (think Blazers-Warriors reversed).
Johansen, in his sixth NHL season, had a plus-7 rating and won 60 percent of his face-offs.
Nashville opened its second-round series Wednesday against the Blues in St. Louis. Game 2 is Friday.
Another former Winterhawk, Cody McLeod, was not in the lineup for Nashville against Chicago.
The first round was not kind to other former Winterhawks, who all bowed out.
Marian Hossa did not score for the Blackhawks.
Columbus lost to defending champion Pittsburgh in five games. Brandon Dubinsky had one goal and one assist. Seth Jones had two assists. Oliver Bjorkstrand had one assist.
Minnesota lost to St. Louis in five games. Nino Niedereitter had one assist in the series. Matt Dumba did not record a point.
San Jose lost to Edmonton in six games. Jannik Hansen had one assist.
The Portland Pounders took second place in the Division II tournament at the USA Quad Rugby Association national championships, which concluded Saturday in Phoenix.
The Pounders won three pool-play games and a semifinal before losing 54-46 to the Lakeshore Demolition from Birmingham, Alabama.
Quad rugby is a contact wheelchair sport played four-on-four on a basketball court.
Pounders coach Ed Suhr said the tournament was an eye-opening experience for some of the Pounders' newer players but that the team had a solid performance.
"They played well, played together," Suhr said.
Nervousness might have been a factor early in the championship match, Suhr said. The team from Birmingham took the lead and, despite several rallies, Portland could not gain the upper hand.
Jhon Orozco Nunez, who came to Portland from Colombia to learn about wheelchair rugby, was the Pounders' top player. Vancouver, Washington, resident Mike Summerson also had a strong tournament, according to Suhr.
The Pounders will hold occasional informal scrimmages during the summer before beginning regular practices again in October. The team is supported by Adaptive Sports Northwest and donations from area businesses.