During the past week, there have been some pretty amazing games, wins and sports performances in Oregon woman’s sports. I’ll try to capture all the major stories here, but if I missed one, please don’t hesitate to let me know!
Central Catholic High School (I graduated in 2004) Girls Volleyball repeats as state 6A champions:
HILLSBORO — Central Catholic repeated as OSAA Class 6A volleyball champion Saturday night by defeating rival Jesuit 25-20, 25-27, 25-22, 25-18 in the final at Liberty High School.
The 2010 final was a rematch of the previous year’s, also won by Central Catholic in four games.
Martenne Bettendorf had 22 kills and Cheyne Corrado added 20 for Central Catholic. Alyssa Foster had 46 assists and 12 digs.
Jesuit’s Elizabeth Brenner had 22 kills and 12 digs, and teammate Katie Waters added 14 kills. Megan McCool registered 42 assists.
The Rams gave coach Rick Lorenz his ninth big-school state title, his fourth with the Southeast Portland school. Lorenz reached the 1,000-victory mark this season and is believed to be the only coach in Oregon history with that many wins.
University of Portland Women’s Soccer score 9 goals against University Texas San Antonio to advance:
The Pilots scored two goals within a span of two minutes early in the first half and rolled to an easy 9-0 win against the University of Texas San Antonio (13-8-2) in front of 3,177 fans in a first-round game of the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer championship.
It seemed as if just about every Portland player who wore cleats scored a goal as the second-ranked and top-seeded Pilots moved through to the second round. Portland (19-1-1) will face Northwest rival Washington Sunday at 1 p.m. at Merlo Field. The Huskies defeated Oklahoma 4-0 in a first-round game Friday night.
The Pilots’ nine goals were their highest total since they defeated Oklahoma State 9-0 during the 1999 season. The Pilots dominated the game so thoroughly that Portland coach Garrett Smith started inserting substitutes midway through the first half and played reserves for much of the second half.
The Pilots kept scoring even with reserves in the game, but Smith wasn’t making any apologies.
“We’re in the playoffs. In a game like this, we gotta keep playing,” Smith said. “It’s nothing personal, but I’m never gonna tell a team not to score goals. That’s the hardest part of the game.”
Sadly, the Pilot’s season came to an end at the hands of the Washington Huskies . Sad loss, awesome soccer team none the less.
Oregon State Beavers Women’s Basketball open the season with a dominating win:
Freshman Alyssa Martin (Portland, Ore.) shot 5-for-7 beyond the arc, 9-for-12 overall, to spark the Oregon State women’s basketball (1-0), 71-39 win over Long Beach State (0-1) on Saturday evening in legendary Gill Coliseum in front of a crowd of 1,532.
The University of Oregon Women’s Basketball team also opened the season with a monster win:
The Oregon women’s basketball team christened the year with its ninth consecutive season-opening victory, defeating visiting Western Oregon, 110-70, at McArthur Court on Saturday afternoon.
The Ducks (1-0) had six players in double figures led by Amanda Johnson’s 13th double-double of her career, scoring 18 points and adding a game-high 11 rebounds.
Finally, some cool pics and info about Skate America figure skating competition, which took place in Portland this past weekend:
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Among the 60 skaters in Portland this week, 16 different nations are represented. The competition is set up in an Olympic-style format and employs the rules of the International Judging System.
The entries include Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S., the ice dancing silver medalists at the Vancouver Games, and Japan’s Daisuke Takahashi, the men’s bronze medalist.