The Clackamas print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1989-2019, April 25, 1990, Page 8, Image 8

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    SPORTS
From the other side...
by
Staci Beard
Blazer mania
Even asfans begin to pack
thè ballparks, there is still some
unfinished business-basket­
ball has yet to pick it’s cham­
pion.
As wonders have it the
Portland Trail Blazers actually
have a chance to be competi­
tive in post-season play.
I will be the first to admit
I have not been the most stand-
by-your-team-through-thick-
and-thin person. I have often
come close to being kicked out
of the room where a Blazer
game is being viewed because
of my less then positive com­
ments on their performances.
But how' many times in the
past have the Blazers cruised
through the regular season get­
ting Portland’s fans’ hopes up
only to fall face first in the first
round of the playoffs.
This year has a different
feel to it. Gone are the feel­
ings of unhappiness that per­
vaded last year’s team. Every­
one seems to like Rick Adel­
man. Even the team members
are crediting Adelman with the
new feelings around the team.
People aren’t fighting because
of minutes. It is amazing what
losing a couple of people and
the gaining of a level-headed
veteran named Buck Williams
can influence even more a
team’s chemistry. It must be
working because thus far we
have yet to sèe any Sports Il­
lustrated articles appear won­
dering if anyone is happy.
To win it all though would
be a difficult task. Detroit Pis­
tons are playing almost as well
as last year. The Chicago Bulls
could be a unpredictable team
with the practically unstop­
pable Micheál Jordan. Then
there is the always-present Los
Angeles Lakers. But after last
weekend’s slam to the Lakers,
why be gloomy? Just go for it
and cheer and argue with
friends about the Blazers
chances.
This could be a rare op­
portunity. Don’t mess around
and miss it.
Winning doesn’t matter
The number one pick in
the NFL draft is a quarter­
back from Illinois Jeff George
who was picked by thè Indian­
apolis Colts. He is reported
to have received a contract
that will give him 15 million
dollars over the next six years
. Put this in perspective, he
has not played a down of foot­
ball in the pros. But as of now,
he has a contract that is big­
ger then Joe Montana who
has won four Superbowls and
three MVP awards. He is also
getting more money then Ran­
dall Cunningham who while
he hasn’t won a Superbowl is
one of the main reasons the
Philadelphia Eagles have won.
Docs this make sense to you?
THE CLACKAMAS PRINT
April 25,1990
Page 8
CCC takes two victories at SWOCC meet
By Dan A. Fulton
Sports Writer
The Clackamas Cougars track
team went down to SWOCC on
April21,and came home with first
place victories for both the men
and women.
In a three-school competition,
Clackamas ran away with first
scoring a sizzling 103 points. Linn
Benton wound up second with 79
points, while SWOCC found home
track not so pleasant finishing a
very distant third with 11 points.
Richie Taylor leaped his way
into first in the triple jump jump­
ing 42’10". Meanwhile, his team­
mate David Bate sprang a first place
victory over the high jump bar with
a jump of 6’4". In the 400m hurdles,
Randy Fish ran 56.02 seconds taking
home the first place trophy. In the
200m hurdles, the Cougars finished
one and two. Gabe Crane cruised
to first in 22.7 seconds and Todd
Gibson came a close second run­
ning in a time of 23.14. In the pole
vault competition, Joe Bartley
sprang his way to second place
vaulting 12 feet.
In the 4x400 relay event,
Clackamas took second in a time
of 3:36.91. In another 4x100 relay,
the team of Parker, Crane, Gi­
bson and Larson finished first with
a time of 42.36.
In the 400m dash, the Cou­
gars placed second and third, going
to Crane and Bob McCrum.
The Cougars got a lift from
Shaun Ferguson winning the 5,000
in a time of 16:23.95 in his first
meet back with the Cougars from
being ineligible. Mike Paulson had
a good day taking second in the
5,000 in a time of 17:51.11, which
was almost a minute better than
the third place finisher. The 10,000
saw him bring home his first col­
lege victory with 35:41.07. Fol­
lowing closely and finishing sec­
ond behind his twin brother Mike,
Marc Paulson ran the 10,000 in
37:01. .
Kyle Riggs let no one outjump
him in the long jump, taking first
leaping 22’6-1/2". Once again, Mike
Hieb surpassed everyone in the
javelin taking first, tossing the jave­
lin 205’2". John Landis finished
third with a throw of 165 even.
In the 800 Cougar sensation
Nav Larsen, who is a rookie in this
event, finished second in 2:00.12.
Following Larson in third was
Beardall in 2:00.44.
In the 100 meter, thè Cougars
took all the medals. Todd Gibson
took the gold with a time of 11.3
seconds, Parker finished second
in 11.38, and Fish took third in
11.43.
In the 100m hurdles, Crane
wound up first springing to the
finish line in 15.35. In the 1500,
Kevin Buse made sure that Clacka­
mas took another first-place fin­
ish running a time of 4:04.32.
“It was a relaxed meet for the
men,” commented Track Coach
Mike Hodges. “We had a lot of
fun.”
The women had to work a
little harder without Angie Wright,
who sat out, but still managed to
outhustle Linn Benton and fin­
ished first scoring 65 points to
their 62.
For the women, Erika
Lorentson had a first place finish
in the 100m hurdles with a time of
12.77. The 400m hurdle saw
Lorentson slip to second hurdling
in a time of 1:09.88. Alison Mun­
son took the 400m in 1:05.87.
In the long jump, Misti Gra-
ham saw her career-first jump fall
short of first with a leapof 13’1/2",
and Chris Nylen, who usually stays
with the shot put and javelin, ran
the 800 and finished second in
2:53.32.
Sonya Huit ran to the finish
line in the 10,000 picking up her
first college victory in 44:36.09.
The discus saw Lillard take out
teammate Chandler throwing thè
discus 135’7" to Chandler’s toss of
107’9". Once again Lillard’s near­
est competitor was her teammate,
this time beating out Nylen in the
shot put finishing one and two.
Lillard heaved the shot put 42’1/
4" to Nylen’s 38’8-1/2". In the re­
lays, the Cougars finished second
in the 4x100 and 4x400.
“They were really strong as a
team,” commented Hodges. “We
got some really strong perform­
ances by Huit and Paulson.” The
men are 15-0 while the women are
12-3. Their next meet is an invita­
tional, Saturday at the U of O.
“There will be a lot of good
competition there so it will be fun
to compete in,” said Hodges.
Cougars win, lose, and tie at Olympia
by Staci Beard
Sports Editor
With a week-long break in
league action the women’s soft-
ball team put their energies in to
honing their craft.
The first game was played be­
tween rain showers against West­
ern Oregon State JVs. In five in­
nings they were able to run over
the competition with a 14-4 vic­
tory.
Rain again caused a problem,
this time stopping the second game
for good in the second inning, with
the Cougars leading 8-7.
A number of Cougars had big
offensive days in the seven innings
played. K.C Jones went a perfect
3-3 while pushing across three RBIs.
Both Kristi Northcutt and Molly
Bremmer had 2-4 days. Jackie
Romine also came up with a 2-4
performance also adding three
RBIs. Julie Troutner and Jenny
Wimberly’had 2-3 with the latter
pulling in a team leading five RBIs.
“In seven innings we had 22
runs. It was our biggest offensive
output of the year,” stated Coach
Paul Fiskum.
In the first game Angie Baker
only let one earned run cross the
plate on way to her ninth victory of
the year.
Saturday, the team started on
a long day of travel and games.
Leaving Clackamas at 7:45 a.m. to
get to Olympia for the Crossover
Tournament, the team had enough
time to change into uniforms and
were then on the field warming up
for the first of three games.
First competition of the day
was an American Softball Asso­
ciation team called the Diamond
Queens from Linwood, WA. The
Cougars played them to a 3-3 tie.
The game was not played out due
to a time restriction.
“It should have been a 0-0
game. We both scored our runs on
Another strong outing was ning,” said Fiskum.
three hits. We also contributed
four errors to their success. But given by Baker who struck out
Cougars found the time to
we did get some luck when a girl nine while walking one. Fiskum find out things they need to fix and
lost a fly in the sun that had just feels part of Baker’s success is the others that they have improved
come out; it knocked in two rims,” pitch selection being called by her on. Concentration between double
explained Fiskum.
headers has been a problembut
catcher Romine.
Heather McCorkle pitched the
• “Romine has been catching even with three games on Satur­
first game giving up three hits but Angie since before high school. day the Cougars were able to keep
no earned runs.
She just calls a wonderful game up the concentration level and
Shoreline Community College whenever I talk to her about how not let down.
was the next competition for thé I want to pitch a batter she knows
Improvement is needed in the
Cougars and the team regained when to call the fastball, or the defense where the team has con­
their run making ability by win­ ■breaking ball, or the curve. She sistently been putting in a lot of
mixes them up so it puts the batter errors according to Fiskum.
ning 10-5 in six innings.
The Cougars jumped out off balance,” explained Fiskum.
“Defense is not where it needs
quickly scoring two in the first
Sunday was the next day of to be. The players know it—I know
inning. Then came four runs in action for Clackamas where they it. We have the ability to over­
both the second and fifth innings played Skagit Valley, the team they come it by scoring. We have play­
to give Clackamas the victory.
beat for last year’s NWAACC ers who are staying later to work
“The defense wasn’t quite what championship. This had a differ­ on it. I think we can do it,” ex­
1 wanted it to be. Our sticks are ent ending as the Cougars lost in plained Fiskum.
what carried us in this game,” said nine innings 4-6.
Next action for the Cougars is
Fiskum.
“We didn’t capitalize on our Friday at Olyinpia and Saturday
Those having big games were scoring opportunities. We left 12 at Green River. .
Troutner who went a perfect 3-3 runners stranded by the sixth in­
with three RBIs. Stickel brought
in two runs during her 2-4 day.
Lisa Williamson went a perfect 2-
2 scoring two runs. Baker, in as
designated hitter, went 2-3 with
two RBIs.
Baker’s offensive production
this weekend has Fiskum feeling
he has another good way to use
her skills besides pitching.
“This weekend I decided to
have a look see at what she could
do offensively because of what she
had been doing in practice. She
walked four times and went 2-6
while .scoring four times. I envi­
sion using her more at the plate
when she is not pitching,” stated.
Fiskum.
The last game for Saturday
ended with a 5-2 victory over
Highline. Clackamas again put
three errors in the scorebook which
helped Highline to score their two
runs. But the Cougars came back
in the sixth inning with their bats Lisa Williamson watches her hit towards left center field as she
heads toward first. Clackamas begins second half of league
to score three more runs.
Friday at Olympia.
Photo by Tim Zivney