The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, January 24, 1990, Page 6, Image 6

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January 24,1990
Page 6
Cougars 6-0, set to battle 6-0 Chemeketa tonight
by Mark A. Borrelli
Sports Editor
The Clackamas men’s basket­
ball team continues to impress all
doubters, as they added another
two wins to their record last week,
improving their league record to
a red hot 6-0.
South Western Oregon
Community College was the lat­
est team on the wrong side of the
Cougar magic. Once again, Clacka­
mas didn’t dominate this game,
but they did enough to win.
The contest stayed close
through out the first half, and
Clackamas nursed a 33-25 halftime
advantage. The second half saw
the Cougars play turn sloppy, and
just like that, SWOCC was back
in the game. Missed free throws
gave SWOCC hope, as Clacka­
mas connected on only 9-20 for
the game, but the “Cardiac kids”
held on to post their sixth straight
league victory.
“I didn’t think that we played
real well. (SWOCC) played pretty
good defense and executed their
offense real well,” commented
Coach Royce Kiser.
Todd Spencer headed the
offense attack, popping in 20 on
8-9 shooting. David Daniels
chipped in 12 points, and Tim
Osburn added 11 points and seven
“I felt really good, I shot well
in warm-ups; I just felt really good,”
said Spencer.
In a game that was supposed
to be close with Umpqua Jan. 17,
the Cougars came out and played
their best game of the year and
flew by the Timbermen 77-59.
“We played very well in that
game, probably our best of the
year,” said a pleased Coach Kiser.
Umpqua defenders had a hard time
staying with Osburn, as he erupted
for 24 points, including a pair of
dunks. Osburn also added.eight
rebounds. Guard David Daniels
scored 13 points and dished out
four assists.
Coach Kiser is surprised that
his team is off to a 6-0 start, but
he’s not surprised with their per­
“If you’d told me that we’d be
6-0 at this point at the beginning,
I never would’ve believed it. I’m
not surprised how well we are
playing because we have some good
players. I don’t think it’s one guy
either; we have our main four,
(Osburn, Spencer, Daniels,
Nesland) but our bench has been
doing a great job,” said Kiser.
The Cougars don’t have much
time toenjoy their success, as they
face co-league leader Chemeketa
Wednesday at Salem.
“It looks like we’re in for a
tough one Wednesday. They’re very
tough and we’re going to have to
come ready to play,” said Kiser.
At least one Clackamas player
can’t wait to travel down to Cheme­
“I realty don’t care for Cheme­
keta at all. I love to beat them
more than any other team,” said
Brett Nesland hangs between two Umpqua defenders. The
surprising Cougars are tied for 1st place with a 6-0 record.
Photo by Tim Zivney
Natural ability paves way for Osburn
by Mark A j Borrelli
Sports Editor
Clackamas high-flying forward
Tim Osburn has logged enough
air time this year to qualify for
free travel on most airlines. His
gravity-defying athletic ability has
helped his team get off to a 6-0
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If you’re at a game and hap­
pen to witness Osburn playing,
you’ll know why many fans shriek
in anticipation when Osburn gets
the ball on a fast break. They know
that chances are that Osburn will
delight the crowd with a two handed
“I like to dunk. Everyone
would like to dunk if they could. I
would dunk every time if I could,
but I generally look for the open
opportunity,” said Osburn.
Though Osburn’s dunks are
the most exciting part of his game,
as he’s had at least one in every
game, he possesses natural ath­
letic ability, which has made him
an important member of the
Cougar team this year.
ufi£ “fifefcaiyery quick player. It’s
hard for one player to guard him
in a man to man because he is so
quick,” said Coach Royce Kiser.
Kiser also credits maturity as a
reason for Osburn’s improvement
this year.
“He has really improved his
game. He plays good defense; his
man really doesn’t score a lot of
points. He has matured as a ball
player,” said Kiser.
Osburn credits more playing
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time, and more independence as
the key to his success.
“I feel that I have more free­
dom this year. I’m getting a lot of
playing time, and I’m playing the
position that I played in high school,
and I feel that is the right position
for me,” said Osburn.
' * ” * .Osburn’s main goals this year
are to help his team get to the
NWAACC tournament So far this
season, the Cougars have played
with inspiration, and are right on
target with a 6-0 record.
“We’re a lot faster this year,
but I think that the big difference
is that we have more of a desire to
win,” said Osburn.
Osburn’s basketball career got
off the ground at an early grade,
when with the help of his father
and grandpa, he started playing
“My grandpa got me playing
in the second grade. My father
was a coach, and he really helped
me; he has helped me more than
anyone,” said Osburn.
Many of Osburn’s free mo­
ments were spent on playground
courts improving his basketball
skills. He became good enough to
earn first team All-League hon­
ors his senior year at Barlow High
School, and received honorable
mention All-State. Osburn hopes
to stay involved in basketball, and
the 6-foot-2 sophomore would like
to move on to a four-year school
next year, receive a scholarship,
and keep on playing basketball.
“I want to keep playing bas­
ketball, no matter where it may
be,” said Osburn.
The transition from high
school athletics is a big one for
any athlete, but Osburn has taken
it in stride, but not with out deter­
mination and hard work
“Everyone in college is good,
not just a few people like in high
school. Prepare yourself to work
hard and play good everyday, and
prepare yourself for lack of fan
support,” commented Osburn.
Three sports offered in
winter intramurals
by Mark A. Borrelli
Sports Editor
Basketball, volleyball, and
racquetball, are the three sports
that will be played in Clackamas’
winter intramural program.
Sign-up deadlines have al­
ready expired for basketball, and
the 5 on 5 tournament began play
yesterday. Game time for the
basketball tournament is Tues­
days and Thursdays at 12:30 pm.
Coed racquetball is also being
offered, but if you’re not a mem­
ber of the racquetball class at the
East Side Athletic Club, then
you’re out of luck, because you
must be a member of this class to
sign-up for the tournament This
round robin tournament will be
held at The East Side Athletic
Club, and the dates and times of
the matches are to be determined.
If youhave no shooting touch,
and you hate being confined in
small places, but want to partici­
pate in intramurals, then maybe
3 on 3 coed volleyball is for you.
This tournament is open to all
CCC students, but limits the
amount of Clackamas volleyball
players to a maximum of two a
team. The times and dates of the
tournaments have yet to be de­
Once again, for the lucky
winners, Intramural T-shirts will
be awarded to the champion team
in every sport. What better way
to impress someone than with a
Clackamas intramural champion
Sign-up information as usual
is posted in lower Randall Hall
on the intramural board across
from Kathie Woods office. For
times and dates, you can contact
Kathie at 657-6958 ext 418.
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Fridays, 8 p.m. — Pauling-102, 104, 105
Wednesdays, Noon — Orchard Center 121
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Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., 8 p.m. — Orchard Center 121
Thursdays, 7 p.m. — Community Center 116
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. — Pauling 105
Mary Fitzgerald from Clackamas County Mental Health is on campus the 2nd
and 4th Tuesdays, from 9 to 11 a.m. in CC-116. Open to students and
staff. No appointment necessary. (Scheduled dates for Winter term: January 9,
23; February 13, 27, and March 13.) For further information and counseling,
Vince Fitzgerald is available daily in the Counseling Center.
concerned about addictive behaviors and social issues who want to educate and
support students.) Contact Student Activities for information.
For additional information, contact the Student Activities office in the Commuiit)
Center or call: 657-6958, ext. 250.