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  • Oregon high school baseball and softball fields: Which one is your favorite?

    Check out photos of Oregon's best baseball and softball fields.

    Even here in rainy Oregon, we can play spring sports with the best of 'em. And to help celebrate that, we are collecting photos of baseball and softball fields from around the state.

    Does your field boast a great view? Awesome seating? Cutting-edge technology in the dugout? Take a picture and send it along. We'll include it in our gallery, then let readers have the final say on which field is most impressive.


    The inspiration for this came in one of our weekly live chats (noon Wednesdays. Be there.). Some early leaders for favorites are:



    • West Salem

    • Astoria

    • Clackamas

    • Alpenrose Stadium

    • Wilson

    • Concordia (where Central Catholic plays)

    • Roseburg

    • North Eugene


    If you'd like to submit a photo, email kimus@oregonian.com or tag us on Instagram (@OregonianHSsports). "Extra credit" if you can give us a little information about the field's history, name or special features.




  • Washington repels Oregon, Jazz Johnson, 109-108 in Northwest Shootout: Boys basketball recap

    HILLSBORO – Washington hit Oregon with a barrage of three-pointers in the Northwest Shootout boys basketball all-star game Saturday night at Liberty High School. And in the end, it was just barely enough for Washington to overcome the play of Lake Oswego’s Jazz Johnson in a 109-108 win. The 5-foot-10 Johnson, who has signed with Portland, made 14 of...

    HILLSBORO – Washington hit Oregon with a barrage of three-pointers in the Northwest Shootout boys basketball all-star game Saturday night at Liberty High School.

    And in the end, it was just barely enough for Washington to overcome the play of Lake Oswego’s Jazz Johnson in a 109-108 win.

    The 5-foot-10 Johnson, who has signed with Portland, made 14 of 22 shots and finished with a game-high 35 points. Camas’ Trevor Jasinsky came away with the game MVP, but the buzz afterward was about Johnson.

    Washington coach Bill Liley, who has had some summer run-ins with Johnson with his Eastside Catholic team, raved about him.

    “We’ve never stopped him, and nothing was different today,” Liley said. “He missed, and I appreciated him missing for once. He is a fantastic player. (Portland coach Eric) Reveno is getting a really good player, and I’m going to look forward to following his career.”

    Johnson broke down the defense to score on drives and made 5 of 8 three-point attempts.

    “Every time I’ve played at Liberty, I’ve always shot good,” Johnson said. “It gives me confidence coming into the game, so I was letting it go.”

    His competitiveness impressed Oregon coach Larry Doty.

    “It was obvious when Jazz stepped on the floor, he’s not afraid of anybody,” Doty said. “He’s got a lot of swag like that.”

    Still, it wasn’t enough to overcome hot-shooting Washington, which made 15 of 34 shots from three-point range.  Seven different players connected from deep as Washington ended Oregon’s two-game winning streak and closed the gap in the series to 11-9.

    “I felt comfortable with it,” Liley said of the long-distance assault. “My high school team shoots a ton of threes, so it kind of carried over.”

    Oregon, which trailed by as many as 10 in the first half, rallied to take a 73-68 lead in the second half. With Johnson on the bench, however, Washington took control with a 12-0 run to go ahead 91-82 with 7:23 left.

    Johnson hit a three-pointer and scored on a drive to get Oregon within 100-98 with 2:45 to go, and drove for the potential tying basket, but missed, and Federal Way’s Viont’e Daniels countered with a layup for a 102-98 lead.

    Washington stayed in control and iced the game with free throws, including two by Bellevue’s Kyle Foreman with five seconds left for a 109-105 lead. Jefferson’s Kadeem Strickland made a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it 109-108.

    “Everybody that got a chance to see that game came away entertained, I can tell you that,” Liley said.

    The 6-foot-7 Jasinsky, who is headed to Western Washington, made 8 of 11 shots and finished with a  team-high 22 points.

    “This is an awesome experience, for sure,” Jasinsky said. “There’s nothing better than a good basketball game, especially when you have this talent around you. So many good players.”
    Johnson tipped his cap to Jasinsky.

    “I’ve played against Trevor before, and he did his thing then,” Johnson said. “But he’s gotten a lot better since last summer. I was really impressed with him.”

    Washington also got 18 points from Daniels and 17 points and six assists from Eastside Catholic’s Matisse Thybulle , who signed with Washington.

    South Eugene’s Eli Lininger (Yale) had 19 points and 19 rebounds for Oregon. Reynolds’ Drew Eubanks, a 6-10 center who has signed with Oregon State, had 19 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Strickland made four three-pointers and finished with 18 points.

    -- Jerry Ulmer


    julmer@oregonian.com
    503-816-7323
    @jerryulmer

  • What new Oregon businesses are near you? Search our database

    Thousands of companies registered last month as new businesses or new business names with the Oregon Secretary of State. All can be searched by name or by address in The Oregonian/OregonLive's new statewide database.

     

    What would you guess a southern Oregon business called Dropzone Specialties does? What about Ezee Duz It in Aloha?

    The two intriguingly named companies were among thousands that register last month as new businesses or new business names with the Oregon Secretary of State. All can be searched by name or by address in a new statewide search tool from The Oregonian/OregonLive.

    Searching on your own address or zip code can return surprising results, as can searching for keywords in business names.

    The new firm in Creswell called "Raingear" isn't planning to make slickers. The company's filing says it will make retrofit wiper systems for antique vehicles.

    Just one new business name includes the term "marijuana," but six announce "cannabis." Many others use words that have nothing to do with the newly legalized crop but are deeply involved in the budding industry.

    Two have "Beaverton" in the name, but four include the word "Gresham."

    The Oregon Poultry Hatchery is the only firm incorporating the word "poultry" in its newly minted name. Its principal place of business: the St. Johns section of North Portland.

    And what about those two businesses we mentioned at the beginning?

    Ezee Duz It describes its work as "exercise and sports products." Dropzone Specialties? Its filing says the company's work includes "custom vinyl graphics, stickers and signs," plus "custom metal work, fabrication and welding." Posts on its Facebook page, which has 137 "likes," suggest a company on the move.

    Remember, of course, that registering a new business doesn't mean its owner is ready to hang out a shingle, manufacture a widget or even answer the door. Also bear in mind that some familiar businesses might show up in the database if they restructure or register new variants on existing names.

    Enjoy meeting your new corporate neighbors. If you discover something noteworthy, let us know in the comments section below.

    And check back soon: We'll update the database with a new batch of companies at the start of each month.

    -- Steve Suo

    -- Searchable map by Lynne Palombo and Dave Cansler

  • Walk-off winner from Oregon City's Wiley Braun puts Pioneers in second place: 6A baseball recap

    Braun lined single in the bottom of the ninth to cap a 2-out rally

    Oregon City first baseman Wiley Braun started toward home plate for his turn at bat in the bottom of the ninth inning, but Oregon City coach JJ Winkle wanted to talk with the senior first.

    "I want someone to hit for you," Winkle told Braun.


    Oregon City had the winning run on second base, and all Braun needed to do was get a base hit and Austin Williams would score -- and Braun knew that.


    Braun looked at his coach and firmly responded, "No."


    Braun came through for the Pioneers with a line drive over the second baseman to plate Williams and give Oregon City a 7-6 win in nine innings Friday in Mt. Hood Conference baseball action at Oregon City High School.


    The senior's approach at the plate against Barlow reliever Zach Wilkinson, who had been very good at changing speeds with a slow breaking ball, was to not let the Bruin hurler get to that pitch.


    "I wanted to hunt the fastball," Braun said. "That's the approach we've all been trying to take."


    Braun hit the first pitch of the at-bat, a fastball on the outer half of the plate.


    "This was a game that aged me about 10 years," Winkle said. "The last few games, Wiley has been good for us, and he's one of the guys you'd want up there."


    Braun spoiled what had otherwise been a great relief outing from Wilkinson, who came in for Barlow with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the Pioneers mounted the two-out rally.


    A Barlow error allowed Williams to reach safely, and then Wilkinson plunked Jacob Marquez in the back to put runners at first and second to set the scene for Braun.


    Oregon City had two notable relief pitchers eat up innings and keep the game in reach for the Pioneers. Marquez came in during the fourth inning to clean up a mess, and then gave way to hard-throwing Zach Sprague in the eighth.


    Sprague is the Pioneers' catcher so he doesn't see much time on the mound, but when he gets on the hill, he showcases a blazing fastball.


    "He's kind of our Friday mop-up guy," Winkle said of Sprague. "I'm not afraid to use him at all, we just don't really need to."


    Sprague worked the eighth and ninth innings and had three strikeouts. Braun said the team feels comfortable when Sprague pitches even though he's the team's best catcher and doesn't pitch a lot.


    "He's got a mentally of a bulldog," Braun said. "We've come together as a team over the past few games."


    Barlow's last shot of offense was from the big swing of starting pitcher Ian VanderMeer. VanderMeer launched a Marquez offering deep over the left field fence for a 2-run home run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 6-6.


    Barlow was hampered by four errors which led to four of Oregon City's runs.


    Oregon City (4-2 MHC, 8-7) moved into a tie for second place in the Mt. Hood Conference with Clackamas, and Barlow (3-3 MHC, 7-5) is now in a tie for fourth with Centennial.


    Oregon City starts a three-game series with Centennial in Gresham on Monday, and Barlow hosts Reynolds.


    --Billy Gates


    bgates@oregonian.com
    503-221-4336; @GatesOnSports


  • Oregon City's Wiley Braun hits walk-off single in ninth to beat Barlow 7-6: 6A baseball photos

    Pioneers overcome towering game-tying 2-run home run from Barlow's Ian VanderMeer

    It lasted a little more than three hours, but a Wiley Braun single in the bottom of the ninth ended the game and lifted the Oregon City Pioneers to a 7-6 win over Barlow on Friday at Oregon City High School.

    Barlow's Ian VanderMeer hit a towering 2-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to tie the game at 6-6.


    A full recap of the game will come later tonight, but here are some photos from the game.

  • Sherwood suspends softball coach Jodi Moore for two games following forfeit

    Sherwood decided to suspend Jodi Moore for forfeiting a game against Barlow ahead of OSAA rulings.

    Sherwood High School suspended softball coach Jodi Moore for two games after the Bowmen forfeited a contest against Barlow last week, Bowmen athletic director Randy Ramp confirmed Friday.

    Sherwood trailed 18-0 heading into the top of fifth inning against Barlow on April 10. The Bowmen had few players available and their starting pitcher had an injury that had worsened throughout the game, Barlow coach Rob Gehrke said.

    Gehrke said he, Moore and the umpire agreed to end the game before Barlow batted in the fifth, when Sherwood ran out of other pitching options. Gehrke said he completely supported the move, and supports Moore.

    Sherwood self-reported the violation to the OSAA.

    Rule 86 of the OSAA Handbook states, “Removal of a team from competition prior to completion of that competition shall be considered a gross act of unsportsmanlike conduct.”

    “We were up 18-0, and their pitcher was hurt to begin with,” Gehrke said. “Her injury had gotten worse and worse and they didn’t have anymore pitching.”

    Gehrke said he didn’t think the forfeiture was a rules violation, and if his team had faced personnel concerns, he would have made a similar decision.

    “I’m not going to throw somebody else that’s new,” he said.

    Moore served her suspension during Sherwood’s game against Canby on Wednesday and Newberg on Friday. Assistant coach Ashley Thomas filled in as head coach during Moore’s suspension.

    Moore must now appear before the OSAA’s Executive Board at the group’s next meeting on May 4, when she could face additional penalties.

    The Sherwood Bowmen are 4-8, and 1-1 during Moore’s suspension.


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

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Sellwood Bridge closed all weekend

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Friday night.

    The Sellwood Bridge will close later tonight and remain closed until at late as Monday morning. 

    The U.S. 26 ramp to downtown Portland will also be closed over the weekend.

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    PORTLAND, 5:42 p.m.: I-5 at Marquam Bridge

    The right southbound lane of I-5 is blocked at the Marquam Bridge. Small backup to Hawthorne.

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    PORTLAND, 4:51 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge

    A crash somewhere near the west side of the Ross Island Bridge is jamming westbound traffic across the bridge.

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    TIGARD, 4:32 p.m.: Interstate 5 north near Highway 217.

    The right northbound lane of I-5 is closed near Highway 217 due to a crash.

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    PORTLAND: 4:31 p.m.: Interstate 84 eastbound

    Another stall on I-84 east. This one near Lloyd Boulevard. Traffic still jammed way back on I-5 in both directions.

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    PORTLAND, 3:36 p.m.: Interstate 84 eastbound

    The left eastbound lane of I-84 is blocked due to a crash near 33rd Ave. Traffic backed up to Interstate 5 and more.

    UPDATE, 3:59 p.m.: Stall is CLEAR

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    A crash on Interstate 5 south near Lower Boones Ferry Rd. was just cleared. Traffic is jammed back to Highway 99.

    Also of note: 

    TriMet also will have late night MAX disruptions on Sunday to repair a switch at SW 11th and Yamhill at Portland City Center. Shuttle busses will be in place from 9 p.m. Sunday through about 12:30 a.m. Monday.

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

  • Justin Prunk: Reynolds High teacher resigns after admitting to inappropriate texting

    Andrea Watson, a Reynolds School District, says officials learned through news reports and the Oregon Air National Guard on Thursday that Justin Prunk's military orders were rescinded in March.

    Justin Prunk, a Reynolds High School music teacher who lost his teaching certificate and was suspended for a year after admitting that he sent thousands of inappropriate texts to girls at the school, has resigned, school district officials said Friday.

    Andrea Watson, a Reynolds School District spokeswoman, said officials learned through news reports and from the Oregon Air National Guard on Thursday that Prunk's military orders were rescinded March 18. Prunk did not inform the district of the order change.

    Oregon National Guard officials on Thursday said Prunk is being processed out of the military.

    Prunk, a captain, was an air battle manager with the 116th Air Control Squadron based at Camp Rilea in Warrenton.

    Nick Choy, an Oregon National Guard spokesman, said Prunk was questioned by military officials after a December DUII arrest by a Multnomah County sheriff's deputy. The driving arrest was the first factor in his dismissal, Choy said. Another factor was the teacher's denial to school officials that he sent the texts to the students.

    "He said, 'No,' and that was a lie,'' Choy said.

    In late February, Prunk pleaded no contest to the drunken driving charge and was entered into a diversion program and placed on one year of probation.

    In the texts to students, Prunk shared information about his marriage and other personal family matters, according to a complaint filed in March with the Teachers Standards and Practices Commission. Though most of the texts were directed at one female student, hundreds more were exchanged with three other girls.

    According to the commission's report, the messaging took place during school hours and in the early mornings and evenings. Prunk "engaged in inappropriate relationships with students including inappropriate communications and unethical crossing of student/teacher boundaries" during the 2012-13 school year, the report said.

    MORE: Educators, students and technology: Should lines be drawn? If so, where and how?

    Watson said Prunk requested a one-year military leave of absence on February 23. The school district granted the leave and his official last day at the school was March 13.

    Watson said when district officials learned of the texts, they reported the incidents to the Fairview and Troutdale police departments. Prunk lives in Fairview.

    Fairview detectives who looked into the matter said they subsequently turned the case over to Troutdale police detectives because the incidents occurred mostly at the school or in Troutdale.

    Sgt. Carey Kaer, a Troutdale Police Department spokesman, said the case was suspended "and no further action is going to be taken at this time."

    -- Stuart Tomlinson

    stomlinson@oregonian.com
    503-221-8313
    @ORweather

  • Sam Barlow High School prom 2015 preview: 'Celebrate the Night in Black & White'

    The Oregonian/OregonLive's 2015 prom coverage begins this weekend.

    Sam Barlow High School students will "Celebrate the Night in Black & White" Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

    Last year, Barlow students donned their finest to rock out "A Night Under the Stars" at the Left Bank Annex. And in 2013, their bash was captured in photos at Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom.

    Beaverton High School will also celebrate its prom Saturday at Portland's World Trade Center. The theme is "Peter Pan." Don't miss Beaverton's prom 2014 photos.

    Students from Grant High School will kick off The Oregonian/OregonLive's prom coverage Friday with a night at the Tiffany Center and the theme "Old Hollywood." 

    Look for Grant's prom 2015 photos at oregonlive.com/prom on Saturday. Just for fun, check out Grant's 2014 prom photos.

    Students, parents and staff can add their photos to our coverage and follow the fun via Instagram or Twitter just by using #PDXprom. 

    Are you celebrating prom this year? We want to see your photos. Parents, students and teachers can add their own photos via Twitter and Instagram using #PDXprom. See all the photos with the #PDXprom hashtag.

    Happy prom weekend, Grant, Beaverton and Barlow! Be safe, have fun and check OregonLive for full coverage Saturday and Sunday.

    -- Sue Jepsen

  • Portland Metro Friday Traffic: Crash on HWY 217 near Greenburg; Sellwood Bridge closed for the whole weekend

    Contractors will close the Sellwood Bridge to all traffic (including foot and bike) from 7 p.m. tonight until possibly Monday evening.


    The Friday drive starts out cool, but clear. Grab those sunglasses as it's going to be bright driving all day.

    U.S. 26 HILLSBORO 8:45 a.m.; Crash westbound on U.S. 26 under the overpass of Cornelius Pass Road. Light slowing in the area.

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    CLACKAMAS 8:25 a.m.; Injury crash on Highway 212 just west of the intersection with Highway 224.

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    UPDATE MILWAUKIE 8:23 a.m.; McLoughlin Boulevard (Highway 99E) left lane closed in both directions for a crash north of Oak Grove Boulevard. CLEARED.

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    SOUTHEAST PORTLAND 8:10 a.m.; Crews responding to a reported injury auto-pedestrian crash at Southeast 92nd Avenue and Flavel Street.

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    WEST UNION 8:05 a.m.; Injury crash north of U.S. 26 at Jacobson Road and Northwest Century Boulevard.

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    Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 8.04.28 AM.pngHWY 217 Southbound at Greenburg 

    UPDATE BEAVERTON HWY 217 8:28 a.m.; Crash southbound on Highway 217 just prior to the Highway 99 W exit. ALL LANES OPEN. Traffic still slammed to Allen Boulevard.

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    HILLSBORO 7:15 a.m.; Crews heading to a three-vehicle crash at Northwest 185th Avenue south of Walker Road, near Tannasbourne.

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    BEAVERTON MAX STATION 9 a.m.; Drop-off and pick-up drivers who use the 10 minute parking at Beaverton Transit Center should note the area is closed today from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Do NOT use the bus only areas.

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    UPDATE SOUTHEAST POWELL 8:13 a.m.; Crash on Southeast Powell Boulevard eastbound at 136th Avenue. All lanes now open.

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    Screen Shot 2015-04-17 at 6.23.05 AM.pngI-205 North at Sunnyside 

    UPDATE I-205 NORTH OF SUNNYSIDE 6:54 a.m.; Vehicle roll over crash blocks two lanes I-205 northbound north of Sunnyside Road. ALL LANES OPEN, crash moved to right emergency lane.

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    GASTON 6:14 a.m.; Old Highway 47 just north of Gaston is closed early this morning for a house fire. Expect delays in the area.

    Weekend travelers in the metro area will need to find a way across the river that doesn't include the Sellwood Bridge. Contractors will close the bridge to all traffic (including foot and bike) from 7 p.m. tonight until possibly Monday evening. Weekend projects include a traffic pattern change at the west end of the bridge and install pre-cast concrete deck girders for the east approach.  When the bridge re-opens drivers will use a new approach on the west end of the bridge.

    In the meantime, consider the Ross Island as a driver's alternative, and possibly the Hawthorne for bicyclists.

    Check back throughout the morning for the latest commuting updates and follow us on Twitter: @trafficportland

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