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    Page 2 Section II Portland Observer, June 10, 1982
Sport Talk
FENDALL FLOORCOVERING
by Ron Sykes
Sports Editor
Three years ago George Brian had
a dream. His dream was to see soft-
ball on the professional level in
Portland, Oregon.
Brian, a native o f the Bay Area,
came to the City o f Roses six years
ago, and began nurturing his dream
two years later.
“ I was very active during my
playing days in California. I loved
the game and saw it flourish there. I
believe, w ith proper guidance, we
can make it work here.”
Brian says the league w ill be self­
sponsoring and each player w ill be
required to pay $30 and the team
that wins the world series w ill re­
ceive $100 each plus a championship
ring.
Added to that will be $25 awarded
to eight gold glove winners, two
MVP's, two batting champions, two
coaches o f the year, and after year
one there w ill be two awards fo r
rookie o f the year.
Brian has hopes that the League
will eventually expand to 12 teams.
Softball is currently enjoyed in
some form or other by some 7,000
participants in the Portland area
The league is expected to begin
play in March o f ’ 83. The world
series and all-star dates w ill be an­
nounced later.
From the Omaha Royals o f the
class A A A comes this note: Darryl
Motley, ex-Grant star, is starting to
pick up the pace after getting o ff to
a slow start due to minor leg prob­
lems. Motley is h ittin g .280 w ith
three home runs and 29 RBIs.
M otley’ s average has increased
some 30 points during the last
month.
Okay, so Reggie Jackson is only
batting some .237, barely his
weight, but the powerful slugger is
contributing m ightily to the Angel
attack. Jackson has now powered
What happened to PIL track?
by Ron Sykes
The 56th annual interscholastic
track and field championships end­
ed on Saturday, May 29 and not one
winner was crowned from the PIC.
Just what is it that makes the state’s
most populated area so poor in
Track and Field?
” 1 think i t ’ s poor coaching and
lack o f desire to train,” said James
Broadous. Broadous* daughter
Lisa, a Benson senior, participated
in three individual events—the long
jump, 100 meters, and 200 meters—
and came up empty in all three.
Broadous ran a disappointing last in
the 200 meters.
” 1 really think Lisa has talent,”
her Dad says, ’ ’ but 1 doubt if the in­
terest is there.”
The question here is the interest in
Track was once here, so what
happened? Many knowledgeable
track fans in the PIC all credit the
rapid emergence of basketball as the
problem. Youngsters nowadays see
their idols “ Dr. J ,” Magic Johnson
and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar so much
on the tube, and they read about the
mega bucks they receive so it ’s only
natural that they direct all energies
toward the roundball.
Back in the ’60s both Grant and
Jefferson had powerful teams. The
1960 Jeff team led by All-American
Mel Renfro captured the State
crown, with Mel winning the long
jum p at 24-1 '/i, which remains the
top State mark.
In 1961 it was the Grant Generals
who won and established a track dy­
nasty from 1961-1970 by winning 5
o f 10 State meets. From 1971
through 1982 it’s been all South Eu­
gene except for a break by Aloha,
led by the redoubtable Rourke
Lowe, in 1978.
Now, most o f the state's black
population is centered in the Port­
land Metro area, right. And black
kids normally dominate the sports,
right. Well, there hasn’t been a 100-
meter dash P .I.C . champion since
Byron Howell turned the tric k in
1980. Kevin Vixie o f South Eugene
has won the last two leaving the
P IL ’s best in his wake.
W here are they now? The great
black sp rin te rs.. . remember Onia
Bates, W oody Green, Ricky Eat-
mon. Dale W arren, then Robert
Curry the Washington Flash. Where
are the boys o f today? Some will say
just glance over at the basketball
court at Irving Park on any given
day and you will see them sprinting
down the court in chase o f a loose
basketball.
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eight homers and leads the Angels in
game winning hits with 6.
And how about Oakland’s Ricky
Henderson? As o f last Sunday the
A ’s outfielder had swiped 49 bases
in 29 attempts.
Almost as amazing is the durabil­
ity o f Boston’ s Carl Yastremski.
" Y a z ,” as teammates call him, is
currently hitting .327, seventh best
in the AL.
And hats o ff to that gallant U of
O track squad led by the Crouser
brothers, Brian and Dean. Brian es­
tablished a national junior record by
hurling the spear 274 feet, good for
gold and brother Dean captured
both the shot and discus. Oregon's
super half-miler David Mack came
through to win the 800 in 1:48.2. All
in all the Ducks captured four gold
medals and all lour will return next
year. Dean Crouser and Mack are
both juniors, while Brian is only a
Frosh.
Chicago Cubs’ Ferguson Jenkins
became the seventh man in history
to join the 3,000 strikeout club May
25th to join the select group.
Although held to only six points
in game five, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
is our choice for MVP o f the 1982
championship playoffs.
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Far west field set
open FWC play on Monday night,
Dec., 27, meeting the Tennessee
State Tigers, a very strong indepen­
dent team, at 7:00 p.m. The second
half o f Monday’s doubleheader will
feature Drake against Southland
power Lam ar. It was the Lamar
Cardinals that upset OSU in the
1980 NCAA second round playoffs.
The pairings: Dec. 26—Oregon
vs Montana, 7:05 p.m.; Portland vs
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photography instructor Paul Blixt
w ill lead a week long nature photo­
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During their week on Mt. Hood,
students and instructor w ill spend
six nights at Tim berline Lodge.
Each day the group will hike to d iff­
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then meet in the evening to discuss
the day’s activities and critique their
work. A ll meals, including lunches
fo r the hikes, arc provided by the
Lodge.
"T h is program was so much fun
for the students and me last year I
thought it was worth repeating,”
says Blixt. “ In fact, the meals were
worth the price of the trip .”
Blixt explains that participants in
the class need not be fitness buffs or
expert photographers. The course
w ill cover zone system techniques,
use o f reflectors, close-up lenses and
bellows, as well as a ll aspects o f
nature photography. “ The hiking
trails are really quite easy to walk,”
he adds. The group is provided with
maps and w ill cover about three
miles a day, meeting at lunch to ex­
change questions and plan a fte r­
noon activities.
Enrollment in the class is limited
and those interested should register
now. For fu rth e r in fo rm a tio n
contact PCC’ s Educational Travel
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ture photography course in 1981. The class will repeat this year and
session.
enrollment is limited.
(Photo: Paul Blixt)
The field for the 27th annual Far
West Classic slated fo r P ortland’s
Memorial Coliseum from December
26-29 is now set and University o f
Oregon w ill open this year’ s FWC
by meeting Montana o f the Big Sky
Conference at 7:00 p.m . on the
26, h.
While Oregon and Montana open
the Classic, the second half o f the
first round will pi, defending cham­
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Portland a, 9:00 p.m.
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