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  • What to expect this high school football season: The Oregonian high school sports top 5

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Saturday, August 29.

    Here are the five most-viewed high school sports items on OregonLive for Saturday, August 29:

    1. Taking stock of Oregon high school football: Preseason analysis


    2. 18 days, 70 teams: The Oregonian/OregonLive Football Tour 2015


    3. Vote for Fans Game of the Week: What should we cover in Week 1?


    4. Oregon high school football uniforms 2015: What's your favorite?


    5. Forest Grove's Taylor Jensen: from ball boy to quarterback for his father/coach Dwight Jensen

  • Crash closed three lanes of Interstate 84 at 181st Avenue

    The incident is affecting freeway ramps, too.

    Update: At 5:50 p.m., the transportation department revised its estimate down to 20 minutes.

    A crash on Interstate 84 near Gresham briefly closed three lanes of the freeway westbound, and the Oregon Department of Transportation warned drivers to expect delays.

    The crash closed three right lanes and freeway shoulder at 181st Avenue in Gresham, according to the state, which warned drivers to use caution and expect delays. The incident affected freeway ramps, too.

    First reports of the crash came around 4:50 p.m. and initial delay estimates ran as high as 2 hours. An hour later, though, the transportation department revised its delay estimate to just 20 minutes.

    -- Mike Rogoway

    mrogoway@oregonian.com
    503-294-7699
    @rogoway

  • Taking stock of Oregon high school football: Preseason analysis

    We're back! A new high school football year is upon us, and with that, some buys, holds and sells in the form of opinion with season openers just days away: Buying this

    We're back! A new high school football year is upon us, and with that, some buys, holds and sells in the form of opinion with season openers just days away:

    Buying this


    Certain 6A league champs: Picking the Three Rivers, Portland Interscholastic, Southwest and Greater Valley leagues is a tough task, so let's get the easy ones out of the way. Central Catholic takes the Mt. Hood Conference, and Jesuit the Metro League this season. Not so much a prediction as stating the obvious. It's definitely hard to pick against the Rams, who have won 33 consecutive MHC games, dating back to their last league loss in 2009 to Centennial.


    Incentive to win? Which coach will decide to go Mike Riley and offer a trip to In-N-Out for winning a game in Medford this season. Starting with Week 2, that prize is on the table, as the burger chain with an intense following opens its first Oregon store in Medford on Sept. 9. While coaching at Oregon State, Riley made a media splash by treating his team to In-N-Out trips after several road victories. First up is Canby, which plays at North Medford on Sept. 11. Though two days after it opens, it might be more difficult for the Cougars to get inside In-N-Out than beating North Medford.


    Great Friday openers: The first week of high school football games includes several eye-catching matchups. Five that are worth the ticket price are Central Catholic at Jesuit, West Linn at Oregon City,Hillsboro at Liberty, Sheldon at Tigard and Sherwood at Grants Pass. Though the headliner is Rams at Crusaders, Hillsboro at Liberty is the most meaningful, as it's a showdown of returning Northwest Oregon Conference co-champions.


    Most intriguing team to watch: Keep a close eye on Grant. The Generals could be anything this season, in part because of their coaching dynamic. The team's new head coach is Randy Heath, promoted from defensive coordinator to replace long-time coach Diallo Lewis. Defensive-minded coaches typically are loathe to take chances on offense, because field position is everything to a defense. Instead, Heath went bold and hired offensive coordinator Dominic Ferraro, a free-wheeling offensive thinker who was behind Westview's point explosion in 2014.


    Holding for now


    Class 6A state champion: Central Catholic is shooting to become the first team to win three consecutive state titles in the big-school classification. Says here it won't happen, though as always, I reserve the right to change my mind. Going with Jesuit, which is no upset. The Crusaders are loaded with experience, a 36-man senior class that includes two-way star Jordan Happle, quarterback Eric Restic and a linebacker standout in Mike Petroff.


    Class 5A state champion: A crapshoot, though it's hard to foresee a repeat championship for Hermiston. Silverton, Springfield, Liberty, Ashland and Summit are all possibilities. In the end, though, Liberty and Springfield could make for a nice state final. As a sucker for experience, let's go with the tepid pick of the Falcons and their 28-man senior class to win the school's first state football title.


    The Benson experiment: As much as I applaud Benson principal Curtis Wilson for the aggressive move to temporarily shelve varsity football this season as the school tries to rebuild its football program, not sure it will work. With a junior varsity-only program, it's tough to convince juniors and seniors to turn out for football. It's possible first-year coach Devarieous Sly-Clay will recruit the heck out of the underclassmen and build the program to 50 players and beyond and eventually bring varsity back to Benson. But it's a long shot. It may be time for the PIL to take hard look at combining Benson and Jefferson's football programs, as both struggle for numbers.


    Selling


    Let Conner Mitchell play: One of the state's best players is currently sidelined as the eligibility appeal of Oregon City running back Conner Mitchell was recently denied by the Mt. Hood Conference. Technically, they're correct, as Mitchell transferred to Lake Oswego after last season, only to return to Oregon City this summer. If there was something nefarious behind the transfer, I'd say punish Mitchell. But this seems to be a combination of an innocent mistake and a kid who needed to grow up a little. To deny Mitchell his eligibility smacks of the high school track and field official who goes out of his way to look for minor uniform violations. It's petty. Mitchell should play.


    Teams on the fence: Teams that could be in for a tumble this season include Hillsboro, Parkrose, Hermiston and Westview. Hillsboro remains strong, but it lost a strong senior class that won its first eight games of 2014. Was Parkrose all Jonathan Boland, or is it more than that? We'll soon find out. Hermiston should win its league, but replacing that stout 28-man senior class is almost impossible. Who knows with Westview. The Wildcats caught a lot of people off-guard with their unorthodox offensive approach last year, but that coaching regime is gone.


    PIL deserves four playoff berths: Many OregonLive commenters will disagree, but until the OSAA changes the rules, the PIL deserves four guaranteed state football playoff berths. This really isn't debatable: regardless of what you think of its strength, the PIL is by definition a 6A league, and gets to play by the same rules as every other league. Is the sixth or seventh-place team from the Three Rivers better than one of the PIL playoff teams? Maybe, even probably. So what? If you're finishing sixth or seventh in an eight-team league, you don't belong in the state playoffs.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Friday evening commute: Be on the lookout for rain, Hood to Coast runners

    Friday afternoon's commute across the Portland area will be the first in months with a high chance of rain.


    Tips for wet weather driving after a dry spell
    Slow down. Driving through water at high speed can cause you to lose control. Lowering your speed helps you avoid sudden stops caused by disabled cars, debris and other hazards.
    Expect roads to be slick. The first few hours of rain can be the most dangerous.
    Turn on your headlights to improve visibility. And disengage your cruise control.
    Keep your distance. A car needs two to three times more stopping distance on wet roads.
    Motorists and bicyclists must watch for each other. Cars won't stop as quickly and bicycles may be harder to see. Give riders room.
    -- Oregon Department of Transportation

    Friday afternoon's commute across the Portland area will be the first in months with a high chance of rain. Commuters will also need to be on the lookout for Hood to Coast runners who will be making their way through the are on their trek to Seaside.

    Forecasters for the National Weather Service in Portland predict that a strong front packing high winds and heavy rains will push through the area starting this afternoon. Forecasters say the weather system could dump 1.5 to 2 inches of rain in the Coast Range and Cascade foothills, and an inch or more in the Willamette Valley from Vancouver south to Eugene.

    The Oregon Department of Transportation says rain -- the first heavy one after the state's long, dry summer -- will make roads treacherous. Accumulated oil and grease will rise to the surface with the rain.

    Hood to Coast runners will be entering the city in Southeast Portland. They will cross the Hawthorne Bridge and move through Northwest Portland to Oregon 30. A map shows the route in Portland and the rest of the way to the Oregon Coast.

    News staffers at The Oregonian/OregonLive will monitor and update major traffic news at OregonLive.com/roadreport. You may also follow the commute using the Twitter hashtag #PDXtraffic (or look to the box at the bottom of this story.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Hillsboro's 2015 football schedule, breaking it down week by week

    Here is a look at Hillsboro's 2015 schedule as the Spartans attempt to repeat last year's co-Northwest Oregon Conference championship: Sept. 4: at Liberty, 7 p.m.

    Here is a look at Hillsboro's 2015 schedule as the Spartans attempt to repeat last year's co-Northwest Oregon Conference championship:

    Sept. 4: at Liberty, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 14-6 Game recap


    If it weren't for Jesuit-Central Catholic, this could be the local game of the week. It's a showdown of last year's NWOC co-champs, one where Hillsboro prevailed 14-6. The Spartans have three consecutive wins over Liberty, but extending that to four will be difficult. Liberty has a veteran roster with 28 seniors returning and perhaps the state's strongest group of linebackers. That won't be easy for a Hillsboro team breaking in a new quarterback.


    Sept. 11: Glencoe, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 49-28 Game recap


    It's a mixed bag at Glencoe, which has a proven coach in second-year Mike Fanger, but is struggling with numbers, so much so that the Crimson Tide will go without a junior varsity team this season. Glencoe is coming off an 0-9 campaign, and figures to have a lot of inexperience throughout the field.


    Sept. 18: La Salle Prep, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 51-27 Game recap


    The first of two games where the opponent looks to have a lot of firepower at the receiver position. La Salle Prep appears improved under second-year coach Aaron Hazel. Hillsboro had better not look back to last season, when it had the easiest of times with the Falcons after scoring 43 first-half points.


    Sept. 25: at St. Helens, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 53-41 Game recap


    St. Helens is loaded for a two-year run with a strong junior class. The Lions will have Hillsboro's attention after last year, when St. Helens made a game of it by scoring three third-quarter touchdowns and 28 points in the second half. Lions' receiver/defensive back Bryce Bumgardner is one of the NWOC's top players.


    Oct. 2: Sandy, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 24-9 Game recap


    Hillsboro's win over Sandy last year was described in the Oregonian/OregonLive story as "gritty," which fairly sums up the Pioneers. They take on the hard-nosed personality of their coach Joe Polamalu. Sandy has a tough start to the NWOC schedule, and could be a little on desperate side by the time it faces the Spartans.


    Oct 8: at Putnam, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 36-14 Game recap


    Hillsboro's only look at a wing-T offense this regular season. The Kingsmen should be significantly improved on offense, as they return most of their offensive line and quarterback Jake Hamilton. The Spartans return two players who were big playmakers a year ago against Putnam, as linebacker Hunter Morse recovered two fumbles, and receiver Evan Nelson caught one of the team's four touchdown passes.


    Oct. 16: Parkrose, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 28-22 Game recap


    The Broncos are a difficult read, as it hard to know where this program will head with quarterback Jonathan Boland off to college. Parkrose looks to have a capable quarterback replacement in rangy Clackamas transfer Cedric Brooks. The Broncos strength is their defense, where most of the starters return, including playmaking defensive backs Chris Wilson and Robin Richmond.


    Oct. 23: at Milwaukie, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 47-0 Game recap


    The Mustangs are attempting to rebuild under second-year coach Jon Wolf, who previously built a successful program at Gladstone. With Milwaukie playing many two-way starters and this being the season's eighth game, the Mustangs' health will tell the tale as to whether they can compete with Hillsboro.


    Oct. 30: Wilsonville, 7 p.m.


    2014: L 12-0 Game recap


    Hillsboro has its lone regular-season score to settle here, as Wilsonville were the only team to beat the Spartans in NWOC play in 2014. The Wildcats have a potential NWOC player of the year candidate in quarterback Connor Neville, as well as a flashy group of receivers. Wilsonville comes into Hillsboro off a Week 8 game against Liberty, and these are the three most likely league title contenders heading into the season.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Think you know more than we do about football? Prove it and win prizes

    Join us in a contest to see who can accurately predict the winners of Oregon high school football games.

    To decide if you want to participate in The Oregonian/OregonLive's weekly high school football predictions contest, you should ask yourself three questions:

    1. Do I like football?


    2. Do I like free stuff?


    3. What am I waiting for?


    Seriously, what are you waiting for? For the first time this year, our weekly predictions come with prizes for eligible participants (be sure to read the fine print). We have weekly prizes and season prizes and we are also offering the opportunity to show up the, ahem, experts (that would be us). 


    Sign up here: http://contest.oregonlive.com/upickem/registration/login.asp?contestid=185706


    Then just enter your picks by game time each week, sit back and prepare to trash talk.


    Media members, join us! If you are an Oregon media member who wants to participate, sign up at the above link then send an email with your username to kimus@oregonian.com. Sorry, no prizes for you. But bragging rights can be just as sweet (well, almost).




  • Thursday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on I-5 south at I-205 junction in Tualatin

    The middle lane of I-5 south is blocked by a crash. Ambulance and police on scene.

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    PORTLAND, 6:39 p.m.: Highway 26 west at the Zoo

    The right westbound lane of Highway 26 is blocked by a stall. Jammed up thru Vista Ridge Tunnel.

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    TUALATIN, 5:50 p.m.: Interstate 5 south

    The middle lane of I-5 south is blocked by a crash. Ambulance and police on scene.

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    School is back today so watch out for those buses and crosswalks. The rain returns tomorrow so watch out for those slick spots.

    A taxi caught fire earlier today that briefly shut down all of Interstate 84 west near 47th Avenue.

    News staffers at The Oregonian/OregonLive will monitor and update major traffic news at OregonLive.com/roadreport. You may also follow the commute using the Twitter hashtag #PDXtraffic (or look to the box at the bottom of this story.

    -- The Oregonian

  • Driver admits crashing into teens in Gresham while taking cellphone video

    Elizabeth Dove, 24, pleaded guilty on August 27 to third-degree assault and reckless driving. She struck three teens walking in the crosswalk outside Centennial High School in January while taking video on her cellphone of her son.

    A Gresham woman who was taking cellphone video of her child when she crashed into three teens outside their high school in January has pleaded guilty to criminal charges.

    Elizabeth Dove, 24, spoke in hushed tones as she replied "yes", "no" and "yeah" to the questions of Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Eric Bloch on Thursday. She whispered "guilty" to three counts of third-degree assault and one count of reckless driving.

    Dove is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 21, which would allow more time for the three teen victims to attend, Bloch said. Dove's license will likely be suspended as part of the plea agreement, said her attorney Casey Kovacic.

    Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Annamarie Shoen, who is prosecuting the case, said she didn't want to disclose her sentence recommendation yet. Dove faces a maximum of five years in prison for third-degree assault and a maximum of one year for reckless driving, the judge said.

    The January crash outside Centennial High School injured three girls between 14 and 15 years old. One of the girls sustained skull, pelvis and knee fractures, another had a broken nose, concussion and lost a tooth, and the third teen suffered a torn ACL and a concussion, court documents said. Dove was indicted in the case in March.

    Investigators found a 19-second clip on Dove's phone that showed her hands off the steering wheel just before she plowed into the teens in the crosswalk, court documents said. She appears to be holding the phone in her left hand and making gestures with her right hand at her son sitting in the back seat. Phone records show she had also been texting before the crash.

    Dove told police at the scene that she took video on her cellphone "quite a bit before the crash," and that she never saw the teens before she hit them, court documents said.

    -- Everton Bailey Jr.

  • Breaking down Liberty's 2015 football schedule

    Here is a look at Liberty's 2015 schedule as the Falcons attempt to repeat last year's co-Northwest Oregon Conference championship: Sept. 4: Hillsboro, 7 p.m.

    Here is a look at Liberty's 2015 schedule as the Falcons attempt to repeat last year's co-Northwest Oregon Conference championship:

    Sept. 4: Hillsboro, 7 p.m.


    2014: L 14-6 Game recap


    No doubt the Falcons will be looking for revenge here, as this was their only regular season loss last season. Liberty was stopped inside the 10-yard line during the final minute as it was driving for the tying score. The Falcons return 28 seniors for this rivalry game, while Hillsboro has some holes to fill. Season openers haven't been kind to Liberty of late, as the Falcons have dropped their past five, including games to Hillsboro in 2010, 2013 and 2014.


    Sept. 11: at St. Helens, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 46-13 Game recap


    This may not be the cake walk it was last season. St. Helens figures to be significantly improved this season, as it has a talented junior class that played many snaps as sophomores. The Lions' spread offense should provide Liberty's stout defense with one of its toughest tests of the season.


    Sept. 18: Sandy, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 41-35 Game recap


    The Pioneers made great improvement throughout the season, and ended up giving eventual state champion Hermiston a run in their state playoff game. The Pioneers lack


    the experience of a year ago, but coach Joe Polamalu says the team has better depth. Sandy is certain to test any team's toughness, including one of the state's top defenses in Liberty.


    Sept. 25: at Putnam, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 10-9 Game recap


    Putnam gives Liberty a change-up here as the Kingsmen are the league's only team that runs a wing-T offense. A year ago, Liberty needed a fourth-quarter touchdown to hold off the upset-minded Kingsmen. Putnam's offense could be a handful in Tim Jacobs' second year, as the Kingsmen strength is an experienced offensive line.


    Oct. 2: Parkrose, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 56-14 Game recap


    Liberty hasn't had a problem scoring against Parkrose of late, putting up a collective 100 points in the past two games. Clearly, this is a different Broncos team with quarterback Jonathan Boland off to college, but remaining are some key players, like receiver Vincent Vy and defensive end Odessa Harris. Parkrose's strength should be its defense, so the chance of another 50-point explosion is unlikely.


    Oct. 8: at Milwaukie, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 63-2 Game recap


    Another unique challenge as Milwaukie runs a run-based veer offense. Second-year coach Jon Wolf, who built a successful program at Gladstone, returns a Mustangs team with plenty of experience, and in particular the offensive line. The challenge here is whether Milwaukie has enough defense to challenge Liberty. The Falcons were geared down at the finish against the Mustangs last year after scoring seven rushing touchdowns.


    Oct. 16: at Bend, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 41-7 Game recap


    This is Liberty's lone non-league game. This was among Liberty's best performances in 2014, and perhaps its best as the Lava Bears were 5-4 but never really in this game. The Lava Bears return two first-team all-league players on defense in lineman Jordan Gentner and linebacker Justin Vinton, as well as one of the state's top kickers in Zach Emerson.


    Oct. 23: Wilsonville, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 21-14 Game recap


    A game that is likely to have NWOC championship implications, as Wilsonville is a perennial title contender. On paper, the Wildcats strength is offense, where they have a promising college prospect in quarterback Connor Neville, and several good receivers. The key is defense, as Wilsonville returns only one starter, but by week eight, seasoning may not be an issue.


    Oct. 30: at La Salle Prep, 7 p.m.


    2014: W 51-34 Game recap


    La Salle Prep had trouble finding its way in its first season in 5A a year ago, but things are looking up for second-year coach Aaron Hazel. The Falcons have improved participation numbers, and several players capable of big performances, particularly at receiver in Jalontae Walker and Matt Duarte.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Gresham police seek leads on fires set near homeless camp

    Three fires had been set intentionally within the last three days, police say

    Police are looking for a person who started fires near a vacant building where homeless people stay.

    Three fires have been set intentionally within the past three days, Officer John Rasmussen, spokesman with the Gresham Police Department, wrote in a news release.

    In one instance, a couch placed outside the building at the 18500 block of East Burnside Street was set ablaze on Aug. 24 at 2 a.m. It was extinguished after someone pulled it into the roadway.

    The next day, Gresham firefighters extinguished a fire at one of the building's entrances.

    At 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, neighbors used their garden hoses to put out a fire on the northwest area of the building.

    Anyone with information is asked to call the Gresham police tip line at 503-618-2719.

    -- Nuran Alteir
    nalteir@oregonian.com
    503-294-4028
    @whatnuransaid

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