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  • Field set for Tuesday's boys basketball Class 6A first round state playoff games

    With Friday's Class 6A boys play-in games decided, the 32-team state playoff field is set. Here are the pairings for Tuesday's first-round games: 32 Centennial vs. 1 West Linn, TBA

    With Friday's Class 6A boys play-in games decided, the 32-team state playoff field is set. Here are the pairings for Tuesday's first-round games:

    32 Centennial vs. 1 West Linn, TBA


    17 Lincoln at 16 Sheldon, 7 p.m.


    24 Westview at 9 Lake Oswego, 7 p.m.


    25 Tigard at 8 Southridge, 7 p.m.


    28 Sherwood at 5 South Salem, TBA


    21 McMinnville at 12 South Medford, 6 p.m.


    20 Oregon City at 13 South Eugene, 7 p.m.


    29 West Salem at 4 Jefferson, TBA


    30 Grant at 3 Jesuit, TBA


    19 Wilson at 14 Clackamas, 7 p.m.


    22 West Albany at 11 Lakeridge, 7 p.m.


    27 Beaverton at 6 David Douglas, TBA


    26 Barlow at 7 North Medford, TBA


    23 Newberg at 10 McNary, 7 p.m.


    18 Tualatin at 15 Reynolds, 7 p.m.


    31 Aloha at 2 Central Catholic, TBA


    Winners of Tuesday's games advance to the Friday's second round. Friday's winners earn a berth in the Class 6A state tournament March 11-14 in Chiles Center.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Jeret Schmelling, Dawson Day step up, help push Centennial past Canby 58-42: 6A boys basketball play-in recap

    Jeret Schmelling and Dawson Day did the heavy lifting early, Dezmond Stoudamire took over late, and host Centennial knocked off Canby 58-42 in a Class 6A play-in game Friday in Gresham. Schmelling had eight first-half points and Day buried two three-pointers in the second quarter, helping the Eagles (11-14) build a 31-22 halftime lead. Stoudamire helped put it away...

    Jeret Schmelling and Dawson Day did the heavy lifting early, Dezmond Stoudamire took over late, and host Centennial knocked off Canby 58-42 in a Class 6A play-in game Friday in Gresham.

    Schmelling had eight first-half points and Day buried two three-pointers in the second quarter, helping the Eagles (11-14) build a 31-22 halftime lead. Stoudamire helped put it away by scoring 12 of his game-high 22 in the fourth quarter.


    Jace Cates had 18 points to lead the Cougars (8-17).

  • Osawaru Odighizuwa of David Douglas continues perfect season at 43-0 entering Class 6A semifinals: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships

    Osawaru Odighizuwa of David Douglas isn't so much pursuing perfection again as he is getting it in a headlock, ramming it into the mat and pinning it. After three wins Friday at the Class 6A state wrestling championship at Memorial Coliseum, the junior is 43-0, into the 285-pound semifinals and two victories from clinching a second consecutive undefeated prep...

    Osawaru Odighizuwa of David Douglas isn't so much pursuing perfection again as he is getting it in a headlock, ramming it into the mat and pinning it.

    After three wins Friday at the Class 6A state wrestling championship at Memorial Coliseum, the junior is 43-0, into the 285-pound semifinals and two victories from clinching a second consecutive undefeated prep season and state championship.


    "I don't want to lose, especially not now," he said. "Before if I lose then I guess I have to make up for it at this tournament, but now there's no make-up time. This is where I have to do my work."


    Since his promotion from junior varsity as a sophomore, Odighizuwa has lost just once, at the national Greco-Roman championships last summer. And within days of that rare loss, he met the same opponent in the national freestyle semifinal and routed him in a 10-0 technical fall. So much for having the secret to beating the teen they call "Osa," the one who drew a three-deep crowd at his matches Friday. 


    "I always tell him he’s getting ready for nationals. Not that this isn’t a big target for him but he has to think bigger so he’s always improving," said David Douglas coach Quinn Collett, a former Portland State wrestler from the early 2000s who is Odighizuwa's practice sparring partner and, perhaps, the only man in the building this weeked able to score on the heavyweight.


    "He kicks my butt every day," said Odighizuwa, who was 46-0 as a sophomore at 220.


    He, in turn, has taken it to Oregon's 6A heavyweights every match this year, an unblemished run that continued Friday.


    He beat Thurston's Jackson Casteel in the pigtail round in 1 minute, 49 seconds, and moved on to beat Newberg's Chase Potheri in 1:25.


    "He’s a little slow on his feet right now," Collett said. "We push nonstop offense, shot after shot. I'm pretty hard on him."


    His semifinal berth was won by fall 1:29 into his quarterfinal with Beaverton's Anibal Gonzalez.


    "Once you’re down there with him his strength just overtakes you," Gonzalez said. "He’s so wide he can reach … you just can’t move when you’re down there."


    If Odighizuwa came out of nowhere last year to lay waste to Class 6A, he wrestled this season with a target bigger than the pair of interlocking "Ds" on the back of his singlet.


    Because he's now a known quantity, opponents often stall matches, Collett said, trying to hold onto Odighizuwa to extend the match as long as possible. To combat it, the Scotsmen coaches ask Odighizuwa to "shoot" for his opponents' legs from the first blow of the whistle and not allow them any time to lock in.


    Odighizuwa thought he wrestled too tentatively Friday, not that it was reflected in the results.


    "There are some things I gotta work on as far as technique goes and that became obvious today with my shots," he said. "Small things I can fix by tomorrow."


    "At 40-0, you're good," said Gonzalez, his quarterfinal foe, while a fresh bag of ice rested on the left elbow that Odighizuwa had injured on one of his shoots. "There's going to be a day when someone turns him or something."


    Just not Friday. And maybe not for a while at the Oregon prep level.


    -- Andrew Greif
    agreif@oregonian.com
    503-221-8100
    @andrewgreif

  • Gresham's Colby Winnett within reach of unbeaten season: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships

    With a 35-0 record, Gresham senior Colby Winnett is exactly where he imagined he would be heading into the semifinals of the OSAA Class 6A wrestling tournament Saturday. “Yeah, that was my goal at the start of the year, to go undefeated and win another state title,” Winnett said Friday after beating Roseburg freshman Brandon Jeffers 13-4 in the...

    With a 35-0 record, Gresham senior Colby Winnett is exactly where he imagined he would be heading into the semifinals of the OSAA Class 6A wrestling tournament Saturday.

    “Yeah, that was my goal at the start of the year, to go undefeated and win another state title,” Winnett said Friday after beating Roseburg freshman Brandon Jeffers 13-4 in the 160-pound quarterfinals.


    Winnett, who won the title at 160 last year, not only hasn’t lost this season, but he hasn’t trailed. His closest call was a 3-2 win over Barlow junior Zephraim Childs, the No. 2 seed at 170.


    “I’m better this year. I’ve gotten stronger,” said Winnett, who has committed to Missouri.


    Winnett was the 132-pound runner-up as a freshman at Barlow before missing his sophomore season due to a shoulder injury. Winning the state title last season propelled him into his senior season.


    “It gives me a lot of confidence going into this tournament,” Winnett said. “I’ve been wrestling really well, good composure, listening to my coaches.”


    Winnett will face Thurston senior Mason Davis (32-8) in the semifinals.


    “It’s a little different this year because I know all the guys are coming after me, the man to beat,” Winnett said. “I’ve just got to stay focused and get another title, hopefully.”


    -- Jerry Ulmer

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on Highway 26 westbound approaching Scholls Ferry Road

    A 2:15 p.m. bridge lift, compounded with a crash that blocked the left lane, has Interstate 5 northbound in bad shape.

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    BEAVERTON, 5:47 p.m.: Highway 26 westbound

    A crash is blocking traffic on HWY 26 just before Scholls Ferry Road. Cars jamming up on I-405

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    TIMBER, 5:38 p.m.: Highway 26

    A multi-vehicle crash has shut Highway 26 down in Timber so that Life Flight can land on the highway. Expect delays.

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    PORTLAND, 5:06 p.m.: Interstate Bridge

    I-5 north cant catch a break. A disabled vehicle is blocking the right lane on the bridge.

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    PORTLAND, 4:40 p.m.: Interstate 405 north

    Yet another crash affecting northbound traffic. This one on I-405 north approaching Burnside.

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    PORTLAND, 4:30 p.m.: Interstate 5 north

    Another crash on I-5 north to report. This one is at Marine Drive. Traffic is already horrible in that direction. 

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    TUALATIN, 4:12: Interstate 5 south

    Another crash on I-5 south. This one is just south of the I-205 exchange. Traffic backed up to HWY 99.

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    TIGARD, 4:03 p.m.: Highway 217 north

    A minor crash is jamming traffic on Highway 217 north near Greenburg Road. Traffic really slow back to Interstate 5.
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    WILSONVILLE, 3:55 p.m.: Interstate 5 south

    I-5 near Elligsen Road looks blocked due to a crash. Traffic backed up to the I-205 junction.

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    BEAVERTON, 3:48 p.m.: Highway 26 eastbound

    A crash popped up on the Google Map on HWY 26 between Highway 217 and Canyon Road. The trip into the tunnel is pretty slow.

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    PORTLAND, 3:39 p.m.: Interstate 205 south

    Reports of two possible crashes on I-205 south around the Interstate 84/Division St. area. Traffic backed up to Marine Drive.

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    A 2:15 p.m. bridge lift, compounded with a crash that blocked the left lane, has Interstate 5 northbound in bad shape to start the evening commute. 

    Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland

  • Friday Night Spotlight: Oregon high school basketball scores, recaps, videos, photos

    Wrestling takes center stage this weekend, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about basketball. This is the place to follow all of the evening's action, including Class 5A regular-season finales and Class 6A play-in games. Use the comments section to find scores, discuss the matchups and leave questions for our high school sports reporters.

    Wrestling takes center stage this weekend, but that doesn't mean we've forgotten about basketball.

    This is the place to follow all of the evening's action, including Class 5A regular-season finales and Class 6A play-in games. Use the comments section to find scores, discuss the matchups and leave questions for our high school sports reporters.


    Keep checking our boys basketball and girls basketball homepages for recaps, photos and more. We'll have reporters at the following games -- and recaps from others:


    Boys: Aloha 71, Cleveland 62


    Girls: Liberty 47, Milwaukie 38 



    SCORES AND SCHEDULES


    Boys | 6A | 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A


    Girls | 6A | 5A | 4A | 3A | 2A | 1A


    Don't see your score? Become a score reporter for your school.

  • Roseburg's Layne Van Anrooy pins Austun Long of Gresham: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships video

    Roseburg sophomore Layne Van Anrooy pinned Gresham's Austun Long in the 152-pound classification to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 6A OSAA wrestling state championships on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum. In the video above, watch highlights of Anrooy's win over Long.

    Roseburg sophomore Layne Van Anrooy pinned Gresham's Austun Long in the 152-pound classification to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 6A OSAA wrestling state championships on Friday, Feb. 27 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

    In the video above, watch highlights of Anrooy's win over Long.


    --Jen Beyrle | @JenBeyrle

  • Forest Grove's Christian Guerra earns pin in first round win: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships video

    Guerra pinned his opponent in 3:02.

    Forest Grove wrestler Christian Guerra pinned Emijayh Flanahan of Gresham in 3:02 in the opening round of the 120-pound state championships. 

    See the match in the video above. 


    -- eanderson@oregonian.com
    503-294-7643
    @ErikCAnderson 

  • David Douglas' Osawaru Odihizuwa wins first round match: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships video

    Odihizuwa won with a pin in a time of 1:25.

    Undefeated wrestler Osawaru Odihizuwa of David Douglas notched a pin in his first-round match against Chase Pothier of Newberg in the 285-pound division.

    See the match in the video above. 


    -- eanderson@oregonian.com
    503-294-7643
    @ErikCAnderson 

  • Heavy favorites Cole Van Anrooy, Layne Van Anrooy and Osawaru Odighizuwa cruise into 6A quarterfinals: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships

    As a reigning state champion, Roseburg senior Cole Van Anrooy knows there is a certain amount of pressure to repeat this weekend at the OSAA Class 6A state wrestling championships. "As long as you’re mentally tough and you can work with that pressure," Van Anrooy said, "it’s not going to hinder your performance."

    As a reigning state champion, Roseburg senior Cole Van Anrooy knows there is a certain amount of pressure to repeat this weekend at the OSAA Class 6A state wrestling championships.

    "As long as you’re mentally tough and you can work with that pressure," Van Anrooy said, "it’s not going to hinder your performance."


    He followed his own advice perfectly to open the tournament Friday at Memorial Coliseum. Nothing stood in his way en route to Friday evening's 138-pound quarterfinal round.


    Van Anrooy, the champion at 132 pounds in 2014, beat Newberg's Justen McConville in a pigtail round and Glencoe's Christian Chan in the opening round in a combined 2 minutes, 5 seconds.


    The victories kept Van Anrooy on a collision course with second-seeded Jasiah Williams of Jefferson, who won the 132 state title in 5A last season. Together, they make the 138-pound division one of the most intriguing in the entire 6A tournament. Williams beat Gresham's David Velasco and McMinnville's Manny Humlie to earn his quarters bid.


    Williams will face Barlow's Joseph Knight this evening, while Van Anrooy gets Jess Hatfield of Sherwood.


    He and Van Anrooy were part of a top-heavy bracket at 138, with only one seeded wrestler — Sunset's Quinlan Bingham — losing.


    At 152, two more reigning state champions cruised through their morning matches. Roseburg's Layne Van Anrooy — Cole's younger brother by two years and the 138-pound winner a year ago — won two matches while second-seeded Timothy Harmon of West Linn did the same.


    Undefeated junior David Douglas heavyweight Osawaru Odighizuwa is also quarterfinal bound as he attempts to complete his second consecutive undefeated season. He beat Newberg's Chase Pothier in less than 90 seconds in the first round.


    "He’s a little slow on his feet right now," said David Douglas coach Quinn Collett, a former high school All-American who is the 285-pound Odighizuwa's training partner. "It’s actually harder because when you’re at that level everyone knows who you are and they just want to hang on and keep the match close. They’ll hold and stall and it makes it harder for him. That’s what we work on: When a guy wants to hold onto you, what do you do to open up the offense."


    And for several reigning champs Friday morning, the road to the quarterfinals was just that: wide open.


    -- Andrew Greif
    agreif@oregonian.com
    503-221-8100
    @andrewgreif

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