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CkckAMAS
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Sports
P rínt
Wednesday, May 12, 1999
Baseball squad
stumbles again
JOHN THORBURN
Sports Editor
The Clackamas baseball team
will miss the playoffs again.
After winning only two of the
five games that the Cougars
needed to win to challenge for a
playoff spot, the young squad was
all but eliminated from the
postseason play.
The team's play, however, has
continued to improve.
It seems that the Cougars' efforts
were too little too late.
"We're playing very good base­
ball right now," said Clackamas
Head Coach Robin Robinson.
"We've just been unlucky with
some close games but a very
young squad."
On Thursday, Clackamas took
on the Mt. Hood Saints in Gresham
in a doubleheader that was re­
scheduled due to rain from last
Tuesday.
In the first game, Ryan Oliver
and Dan Floyd pitched very well,
according to Robinson, but
couldn't get much offensive sup­
port in a 6-3 loss.
Todd Boyle led the Cougars with
a three for four performance at the
plate with two doubles.
In the second game; a 5-3 loss
for Clackmaas, Tim Fellows
pitched a complete game but
couldn't manage help from his
teammates.
Boyle went two for four with two
more doubles.
"We played pretty good base­
ball against Mt. Hood," said
Robinson. "Our defense has got­
ten better, but we left a lot of our
baserunners stranded."
On Saturday, Clackamas played
Blazers on roll again
For most of the season, it
was Portland who played timid
during big games. Monday
night however, was a different
story.
On a night when it looked as
if Karl Malone was the only
Jazz player to show up at the
Delta center, the Blazers were
busy showing Phoenix the way
to the playoff exit door.
This is
quite
a
change from
the regular
season,
when Utah
was the con­
sistent one
and Portland
didn’t always show up.
If Portland can keep this pace
up, things look good for the
second round, no matter the
outcome of the Utah-Sacra­
mento series.
Let’s not get ahead of our­
selves, though; the Blazers
first must finish the job against
Phoenix Wednesday night be­
fore we can start talking about
round two’s match-up. Looking
toward round two and not tak­
ing Sacramento seriously is
what got the Jazz beaten by a
young Sacramento squad
Monday night.
So far this series, the Blazers
have shown a team maturity
that hasn’t been present since
the end of March. They are
playing as a team again, play­
ing with a goal in mind.
At the start of game one
when Portland looked lost, in
need of someone to step up and
get things rolling, JR Rider took
over the game.
Rider took the burden to get
the offense rolling on his
shoulder's, and responded with
a carrer playoff high of 25
points.
Everything Rider put up
seemed to go down, as high
teammates got into the act as
well by creating offensive
player movement which more
often than not cleared the de­
fense to one side of the court.
This enabled Rider to get into
a shopting rhythm, which re­
sulted in him sinking many
tough, off-balance shots as the
defense keyed in on him down
the stretch.
Rider’s impact on the series
went far beyond the 25 points
he scored that Saturday in
game one.
Rider gave Portland a lift,
providing them with the go-to
player they have lacked re­
cently. His presence on the
court forced Phoenix to give
him special attention that
game, which opened up the
court for his teammates. When
Rider stepped up his play, it
opened the floodgate contain­
ing all of Portland’s bottled-up
play and feelings.
Rider's teammates responded
to his leadership role that game
by pulling together as a team.
Portland’s offense is full of
player movement again, no
longer appearing to be dead
tree stumps just occupying
court space.
The result of the Blazers' of­
fensive player movement has
been an improved shot per­
centage. Portland shot 62.9 per­
cent from the floor on Monday
night.
The player movement has
helped Portland's playing in
more ways than just shooting
percentage and scoring.
Portland's front court has
been dominate once again. The
movement has allowed the Blaz­
ers to clear the defense from
under the basket.
The result is increased re-
See Khosravi, page 8
JOHN THORBURN / Clackamas Print
Sophomore pitcher Tim Fellows winds up for the pitch while the Clackamas defense readies itself.
Southwestern Oregon Community
College [S WOCC] for three games.
The Cougars, hoping to take
three from the last place Lakers,
won the first two but lost the third.
In the first, Greg Palmer pitched
a 3-0 shutout only allowing five
hits.
In the second game, Ron
Landlot outlasted SWOCC 6-4
while Glenn Boss earned the save.
In the finale, the Lakers pounded
the Cougars for 11 runs while only
allowing Clackamas to score three.
Alvin Ellis earned the loss.
Clackamas has five games remain­
ing on their schedule and has the
opportunity to finish as high as third
place in the Southern Region.
Three of the five games, how­
ever, are against league-leading
Lane Community College.
"The good news is is that we're
playing very good baseball ev­
eryday now," noted Robinson.
"We'll be throwing our best
pitchers against Lane so it could
be a battle.
"We're young but we're getting
better which is encouraging."
Rohrer becomes All-American decathlete
JOHN THORBURN
Sports Editor
Freshman Brian Rohrer had a
good week last week.
He went to school, did some
homework and even watched
some TV.
Oh yeah, he also1 became an
All-American Decathlon.
Rohrer, a graduate of Columbia
River High School in Vancouver,
Wash., took part in the 1999 North­
west Athletic Association of Com­
munity Colleges [NWAACC]
Multi-Event Championships and
placed third in the conference to
earn national recognition.
On Monday, the first five
events were held, and according
to Clackamas Head Coach Jack
Kegg, Rohrer didn’t have a great
start to his bid.
“Brian had kind of a mediocre
performance on the first day,” noted
Kegg. “He did okay in the 100m
race, had a personal record in the
long jump and the 400m, but had a
pretty bad performance in the shot
put that really hurt him.”
After the first five events were
completed and the first day of
events were over, Rohrer sat in a
distant 8th place.
On the second day, however,
Rohrer won two events and fin­
ished in second place in ariother-
making up five places to take third.
“Brian had an incredible second
day that really allowed him to fin­
ish as high as he did,” noted Kegg.
“Going into the final event, he was
in fifth place, but he won the 1500m
race by 10 seconds. He would have
needed to win by 20 seconds to
win the decathlon.”
This year’s decathlon champion­
ship went to Spokane’s Dusty
Lane-the 1997 NWAACC De­
cathlon Champion. Lane’s perfor­
mance puts him in second in the
NWAACC behind the conference
record-holder and world record­
holder Dan O’Brien, also a former
Spokane athlete.
In track and field, the top three
finishers in the NWAACC Cham­
pionships are also named All-
Americans.
In the women’s multi-event
championships, Sophomore
Michaela Foeller competed in the
heptathlon finishing 11th overall.
Foeller improved in six of the
seven events and moved up to
#7 on Clackamas’ All-Time list in
the heptathlon.
Clackamas competes in the
Southern Region Champion­
ships this Friday and Saturday
at Mt. Hood.
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