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  • Monday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on Highway 26 east approaching Vista Ridge Tunnel

    The latest updates on the traffic scene for Monday evening.

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    PORTLAND, 6:19 p.m.: Highway 26 eastbound

    A crash is blocking a single lane of Highway 26 approaching the tunnel.

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    PORTLAND, 6:00 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Moda Center

    Traffic is backing up at the Moda Center due to a crash on I-5.

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    PORTLAND, 4:27 p.m.: Naito Parkway at Taylor Street

    Southbound traffic on Naito Pkwy is being slowed by a car stopped on the road.

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    VANCOUVER, 4:09 p.m.: Interstate 5 at Mill Plain Blvd.

    A crash is blocking traffic on both I-5 north and State Route 14 west.

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    The area of N. Commercial Avenue and N. Blandena Street is closed off due to police activity. Best taking Vancouver or Williams Ave.

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

  • Class 6A state basketball playoffs from A to Z: Trends, winners, losers and teams/players to watch

    The A-to-Z look at the Class 6A boys and girls basketball playoffs, which begin Tuesday with boys first-round games and end March 14 with boys and girls state championship games in Chiles Center: A NEW venue for this year's 6A boys and girls tournament is University of Portland's Chiles Center, the previous home for the girls tourney from 1983-2009....

    The A-to-Z look at the Class 6A boys and girls basketball playoffs, which begin Tuesday with boys first-round games and end March 14 with boys and girls state championship games in Chiles Center:

    A NEW venue for this year's 6A boys and girls tournament is University of Portland's Chiles Center, the previous home for the girls tourney from 1983-2009.


    BIDDING for four consecutive finals are South Medford girls, champs in 2012 and runners-up in 2013-14.


    CIERRA Walker of Oregon City is the Shoni Schimmel of this girls playoffs, at least her ability to shoot 3-pointers.


    DOUBLE-DIPPING at state, where a school lands a boys and girls team in the state tournament, has a good chance to happen at Central Catholic, Jesuit, South Salem and West Linn. Those four have their boys and girls team ranked among the OSAA's top 10.


    ELI Lininger of South Eugene gives the Axemen a puncher's chance to reach the boys tournament as a No. 13 seed because he's one of the state toughest forwards to guard.


    FORM means nothing in recent 6A boys tournaments, as the No. 1 and 2 seeds have failed to reach the finals in the past four championship games.


    GAS prices could be an issue -- they're up 80 cents/gallon in the past month! -- if North Medford's girls want to make a playoff run. The Black Tornado play at Tigard on Wednesday, potentially at Beaverton on Saturday, then Chiles Center if they qualify for the state tournament.


    HARD to win a state title without a good record. Last time a boys team won the championship with more than six losses was South Salem (21-8) in 1996.


    IT'S even harder to do it in girls. The most losses any big-school state girls championship team has had is six (Oregon City, 2014; Lakeridge, 1991).


    JUST using that factor, only nine boys teams and 10 girls teams have six losses or fewer this season.


    KATIE McWilliams of South Salem hopes to finish her high school career at the state tournament in Chiles Center, but she'll continues her basketball career in Oregon, at Oregon State.


    LUCKY No. 7 seed? North Medford boys might hope so, as the No. 7 team has reached the boys state finals two of the past four years (Sheldon 2014, Westview 2011).


    MOST teams from one league in the playoffs is the Three Rivers with 15 (eight girls, seven boys).


    NEW to 6A is Jefferson, which as the No. 4 boys seed seeks to win its third consecutive state title, after winning the past two in 5A.


    ODDS of a boys team with a losing team making the state tournament are long, but not impossible. Last team to do it was West Linn in 2011. There are five in this year's 32-team playoff field.


    PAYTON Pritchard and Anthony Mathis of West Linn make up a rare Oregon backcourt that includes two future Division I collegians.


    QUIET on the upset front as far as major shockers go in boys first-round games. Last year, four higher seeds beat a lower seed in a first-round game, but the biggest upset was a 21 beating a 12 (Reynolds over Grants Pass).


    RED HOT? Teams with the longest winning streak heading into the playoffs are Jesuit boys (16) and Oregon City/Grant girls (17).


    SINCE 1993, only four girls championship games have included teams from the same league (1993, 2004, 2007, 2010).


    THE home team in boys second-round games are 31-1 the past four years. The only loss was West Linn over Lake Oswego in 2011.


    UPSETS in the second round are more frequent in girls, but still rare. The home team is 16-0 the past two years, but the road team won three games in 2012.


    VICTORY for a long-shot in the first round? Try No. 26 Barlow in boys, No. 20 Newberg in girls.


    WEST LINN is the last boys team to win a state title but not its league, in 2013.


    X FACTOR is the state tournament's ability to determine the state player of the year, as many coaches wait to see how the cream fares in the biggest games. Almost impossible to win the award if you're not in the tourney field.


    YOU want a couple finals picks? Sorry, it's chalky: West Linn-Central Catholic in boys, South Salem-Oregon City in girls.


    ZEROING in on a champion, it's West Linn in boys, and South Salem in girls.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Portland Metro Monday Traffic: I-5 Northbound crash at Haines St. exit; Paving work closes lanes on Holgate tomorrow

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    Wet roads and possibly light sprinkles for the first morning commute of March, but skies should clear by midday.

    Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 8.53.56 AM.pngU.S. 26 east at Helvetia 

    HILLSBORO U.S. 26 at Helvetia 8:55 a.m.; Injury crash eastbound U.S. 26 at Helvetia Road blocking right and middle lane.

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    LAKE OSWEGO 8:32 a.m.; Injury crash in Lake Oswego on McVey Avenue and Oak Street may involve a bicycle. 

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    I-5 TUALATIN 8:22 a.m.; Crash northbound on I-5 at Nyberg Street exit. Causing delays, but mostly in the right emergency lane.

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    EAST PORTLAND 8:06 a.m.; Stall eastbound I-84 at 102nd Avenue. Back up to 122nd Avenue.

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    BEAVERTON 8:01 a.m.; Non-injury crash on Southwest Walker Road and 173rd Avenue. Crews need to clean up a fuel spill, avoid the area.

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    GRESHAM 7:53 a.m.; Police responding to a three vehicle crash in on West Powell Road at Powell Loop.

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    UPDATE BEAVERTON U.S. 26 8:40 a.m.; Crash inbound on U.S. 26 at Cedar Hills Boulevard. Right emergency lane blocked. CLEARED.

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    Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 7.54.21 AM.pngI-5 northbound just before Haines 

    UPDATE I-5 NORTHBOUND AT HAINES STREET 8:37 a.m.; Northbound traffic backing up before 217 for this crash in the left lane just prior to the Haines Street exit. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE DOWNTOWN 7:45 a.m.; I-5 Northbound on the top deck of the Marquam Bridge has a stall in the right lane. CLEARED.

    EAST VANCOUVER 7:33 a.m.; Crash SR 14 westbound at the 164th Avenue exit. Not blocking at this point.

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    VANCOUVER 7:32 a.m.; Crash in the median I-5 southbound south of Main Street overpass. Not blocking.

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    UPDATE SOUTHBOUND I-5 DOWNTOWN 7:10 a.m.; Crash in the left lane south I-5 just after the Marquam Bridge. ALL LANES OPEN. Backup remains solid from I-84 Westbound and backup I-5 northbound before the Marquam Bridge.

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    Remember TriMet's new schedule starts today and transfer tickets are now worth 2.5 hours (they were only good for 2 hours prior to March 1). Check the TriMet schedules to see if your bus service has changed.

    Winter paving work on Southeast Holgate Boulevard from 76th to 82nd avenues will close lanes from 7 a.m. -5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3-4. Expect delays in the area.

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

  • Portland Metro Monday Forecast: Partly cloudy day with light rain in the morning, clearing skies in the afternoon

    Highs today will reach 54 degrees. Lows tonight and tomorrow morning could dip below freezing. As the week progresses, we could hit highs in the low 60s by Friday.

    A system that moved south along the coast last night decided to dump the bulk of its rain in the overnight hours. What was initially forecast for a wet day has now morphed to partly cloudy with some clearing in the afternoon.

    Today was our last shot of moisture for what looks like 5-7 days. Not sure whose winter this is, but it certainly isn't ours.

    Highs today will reach 54 degrees. Lows tonight and tomorrow morning could dip below freezing. As the week progresses, we could hit highs in the low 60s by Friday.


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  • Final 6A boys basketball conference standings

    Final boys basketball conference standings in Class 6A. The playoffs begin Tuesday. Portland Interscholastic League

    Final boys basketball conference standings in Class 6A. The playoffs begin Tuesday.

    Portland Interscholastic League


    Jefferson 15-1


    Lincoln 12-4


    Wilson 11-5


    Grant 9-7


    Cleveland 8-8


    Franklin 6-10


    Roosevelt 6-10


    Madison 3-13


    Benson 2-14


    Metro League


    Jesuit 14-0


    Southridge 12-2


    Beaverton 9-5


    Westview 7-7


    Century 4-10


    Aloha 4-10


    Sunset 4-10


    Glencoe 2-12


    Mt. Hood Conference


    Central Catholic 12-2


    David Douglas 10-4


    Clackamas 9-5


    Reynolds 9-5


    Oregon City 8-6


    Barlow 4-10


    Centennial 4-10


    Gresham 0-14


    Three Rivers League


    West Linn 13-1


    Lakeridge 10-4


    Lake Oswego 10-4


    Tualatin 6-8


    Newberg 5-9


    Tigard 5-9


    Sherwood 5-9


    Canby 2-12


    Greater Valley Conference


    South Salem 15-1


    McNary 15-1


    West Albany 10-6


    McMinnville 10-6


    West Salem 8-8


    Forest Grove 5-11


    McKay 3-13


    Sprague 3-13


    North Salem 3-13


    Southwest Conference


    South Eugene 12-2


    North Medford 11-3


    South Medford 11-3


    Sheldon 10-4


    Grants Pass 5-9


    Roseburg 5-9


    Thurston 1-13


    Willamette 1-13

  • Taking stock of Oregon high school basketball: Week ending March 1 analysis

    The Sunday morning analysis of this past week's boys and girls high school basketball action: Buy and hold

    The Sunday morning analysis of this past week's boys and girls high school basketball action:

    Buy and hold


    Where to find tournament long shots: If you're looking at the 6A boys or girls 32-team bracket for a genuine long shot, go to the early-to-mid 20 seeds. The odds of a team pulling an upset over one of the top seeds is skinny. But a 23 through 27 seed gets to avoid the perceived cream. No. 26 Barlow strikes me as a boys team with an outside chance. The Bruins come from the battle-tested Mt. Hood, and open against No. 7 North Medford, then face a second-round of either No. 10 McNary or No. 23 Newberg. It's doable. Frankly, I don't see any long shot hopefuls in girls; the top 12 are solid. Perhaps if there's a team with a whisper of hope, maybe it's No. 26 Gresham. If the Gophers (15-9) can get past No. 7 St. Mary's Academy, they might face No. 10 Central Catholic, a team Gresham played competitively during the MHC season.


    Then there were two: And they're both in girls, the lone basketball unbeatens heading into the postseason, Sutherlin (4A) and Damascus Christian (1A). Sutherlin (27-0) was a tour de force this season, winning 22 of its 24 games by double digits. The Bulldogs have won an incredible 55 consecutive games, their last loss coming in the 2013 4A semifinals to La Grande. Since posting an 11-14 record in 2010-11, Sutherlin's record 109-2. Wrap your arms around that one: 109-2! Damascus Christian (27-0) is almost as impressive, as its four-year record is 108-7.


    5A boys and girls night and day: The eight automatic qualifiers in girls Class 5A lined up perfectly with the OSAA rankings, as they're the top eight. Not so in boys, where No. 2 Summit, No. 5 Ridgeview and No. 7 Crater must earn their way into the field by winning a play-in game. I love it. It puts an emphasis on league, and not computer rankings. The five-team Intermountain was a winner-take-all for the one playoff bid, and Crater, part of a three-way championship in the Midwestern, lost three of four against the shared league champions. The play-in game says, go prove you're worthy of getting into the playoff field.


    Worth a look


    Coast is where it's at Saturday: None of the boys teams were unbeaten this season, but Dayton darned near pulled it off, going 25-0 before losing the West Valley League tournament finale to Horizon Christian of Tualatin. It's possible -- probable, even -- these two juggernauts will hook up in the Class 3A state title game at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Marshfield High School. There's no better rivalry in Oregon when it comes to big games; if they play for the 3A title Saturday, it will mark the fourth Dayton-Horizon Christian state final in six years.


    Catch this coach: If you haven't watched Horizon Christian, you're missing one of the all-time coaching greats on the West coast. Dave Brown has been the Hawks coach since 2006, but his roots were established in Southern California, where he won 527 games during a 33-year career. Brown, 72, has 732 wins during a 42-year high school coaching career.


    One man's 6A boys tournament field: Put this in pencil, and consider this merely an opinion, but here are my picks to make the eight-team 6A boys tourney field (as the line up on the bracket): No. 1 West Linn, No. 9 Lake Oswego, No. 12 South Medford, No. 4 Jefferson, No. 14 Clackamas, No. 11 Lakeridge, No. 10 McNary, No. 2 Central Catholic. Ask tomorrow, and I might have another eight-team field. It's that wide open among the top 16.


    One man's 6A girls tournament field: Same pencil for the girls' eight-team 6A tourney field (as they line up on the bracket): No. 1 South Medford, No. 9 West Linn, No. 5 Jesuit, No. 4 South Salem, No. 3 Beaverton, No. 11 Clackamas, No. 7 St. Mary's Academy and No. 2 Oregon City.


    Selling this


    Got nothing: This is always the space for something that's bothering me, but nothing significant strikes me this week. I've ranted plenty about the state's bloated postseason; 36 teams in 5A and 24 in 5A is an all-comers meet, not playoff competition for a state championship. But it's not going away any time soon, so might as well sit back and enjoy the games the next two weeks.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Week ahead in boys basketball: State tourneys in 3A, 2A and 1A; playoffs in 6A, 5A and 4A

    The week ahead in boys basketball: Class 6A boys first round, Tuesday: The 32-team bracket gets its first haircut here, with 16 winners moving on to the second round. Top-seed West Linn plays host to Centennial, while No. 2 Central Catholic is at home against Aloha. Some of the most intriguing games include Tigard at Southridge (the Tigers sometimes...

    The week ahead in boys basketball:

    Class 6A boys first round, Tuesday: The 32-team bracket gets its first haircut here, with 16 winners moving on to the second round. Top-seed West Linn plays host to Centennial, while No. 2 Central Catholic is at home against Aloha. Some of the most intriguing games include Tigard at Southridge (the Tigers sometimes play better than their No. 25 seed), Oregon City at South Eugene (the Pioneers were very competitive against the Mt. Hood's best) and Newberg at McNary (for a No. 22 seed, the Tigers threw scares into several top-notch opponents this season).


    Class 5A boys play-in, Tuesday: Three teams among the OSAA's final top seven -- No. 2 Summit, No. 5 Ridgeview, No. 7 Crater -- must earn their way into the 16-team state playoff field by winning a play-in game. For Ridgeview, it's a mind-bender, as it must hit the road and win at Parkrose, the Northwest Oregon's No. 4. Crater won't have it easy, either, as it plays host to Central, No. 4 from the Mid-Willamette League. Sandy and La Salle Prep, the NWOC No. 3 and 5, can get into the field with play-in wins.


    Class 3A, 2A and 1A state tournaments, Wednesday-Saturday: The 3As head for the coast to play at Marshfield and North Bend for their tourney, which starts Thursday. West Valley League rivals Dayton and Horizon Christian of Tualatin are the top seeds. Pendleton Convention Center is the site for 2A beginning Thursday, where Irrigon and Toledo headline the field. Wednesday is opening day for the 1A in Baker City, where last year's runner-up Horizon Christian of Hood River and Country Christian are the top seeds.


    Class 6A boys second round, Friday: Completely dependent on results of the first round, but some possibilities include South Medford at South Salem, Clackamas at Jesuit, Lakeridge at David Douglas and Reynolds at Central Catholic. The second-round winners earn a berth to the 6A state tournament March 11-14 at Chiles Center.


    Class 5A boys first round, Friday: The 16-team playoff bracket won't be drawn until Tuesday's play-in games are complete. Eight teams have clinched berths, but the only teams knowing they'll host a first round game are Mountain View, Wilsonville, Silverton, Liberty and Springfield. Winners of these playoff games advance to the 5A state tournament March 10-13 in Corvallis.


    Class 4A first round, Friday: Eight games throughout the state, with winners advancing to the 4A state tournament, March 12-14 at Liberty and Century high schools. Top seed North Bend plays host to Yamhill-Carlton, while No. 2 Philomath is home against Tillamook.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Playoff brackets for Class 6A and 4A girls basketball

    The Class 6A and 4A girls basketball playoff fields were set with Saturday's play-in games, and the OSAA finalized the official brackets a short time later: Class 6A girls basketball state playoffs

    The Class 6A and 4A girls basketball playoff fields were set with Saturday's play-in games, and the OSAA finalized the official brackets a short time later:

    Class 6A girls basketball state playoffs


    Class 4A girls basketball state playoffs


    OregonLive will have in-depth coverage throughout the state playoffs, beginning with Tuesday's Class 6A boys first round.


    Earlier:


    Playoff brackets for Class 6A and 4A boys basketball

  • Final team scores: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships

    CLASS 6A 1.     Roseburg     234.0 2.     David Douglas     170.0 3.     North Medford     116.0 4.     McMinnville     111.0 5.     Glencoe     92.0 6.     Sunset     87.0 7.     Sprague     85.0 8.     Century     64.5 9.     Barlow     64.0 10.     West Linn     59.5 11.     Forest Grove...

    CLASS 6A

    1.     Roseburg     234.0
    2.     David Douglas     170.0
    3.     North Medford     116.0
    4.     McMinnville     111.0
    5.     Glencoe     92.0
    6.     Sunset     87.0
    7.     Sprague     85.0
    8.     Century     64.5
    9.     Barlow     64.0
    10.     West Linn     59.5
    11.     Forest Grove     54.0
    12.     Aloha     50.0
    13.     McNary     45.5
    14.     Cleveland     40.0
    15.     Gresham     39.5
    16.     Westview     39.0
    17.     Jefferson     36.5
    18.     Newberg     35.0
    19.     Centennial     34.0
    20.     Clackamas     32.0
    20.     North Salem     32.0
    22.     South Salem     25.5
    23.     Sheldon     24.0
    24.     Tigard     20.0
    25.     West Salem     19.5
    26.     Grants Pass     19.0
    26.     Lincoln     19.0
    28.     Southridge     17.5
    29.     Sherwood     17.0
    30.     Canby     16.0
    31.     Thurston     15.0
    32.     West Albany     14.0
    33.     Beaverton     13.0
    34.     Reynolds     11.5
    35.     South Medford     11.0
    35.     Wilson     11.0
    37.     Lake Oswego     7.5
    38.     Oregon City     7.0
    38.     Tualatin     7.0
    40.     Roosevelt     6.0
    41.     McKay     3.0
    42.     South Eugene     1.0
    43.     Benson     0.0
    43.     Franklin     0.0
    43.     Madison     0.0


    CLASS 5A


    1.     Hermiston     161.0
    2.     Hillsboro     154.5
    3.     Sandy     147.5
    4.     Churchill     145.0
    5.     Dallas     141.5
    6.     Crater     110.0
    7.     Redmond     94.0
    8.     Eagle Point     88.5
    9.     Central     85.0
    10.     Lebanon     72.0
    11.     Bend     56.0
    12.     St. Helens     54.0
    13.     Mountain View     52.0
    14.     Silverton     50.0
    15.     Crescent Valley     49.0
    16.     Summit     42.0
    17.     Corvallis     40.0
    18.     Putnam     38.0
    19.     Hood River Valley     36.5
    20.     Liberty     36.0
    21.     South Albany     14.0
    22.     Pendleton     7.5
    23.     Parkrose     6.0
    23.     Woodburn     6.0
    25.     Wilsonville     4.0
    26.     Milwaukie     3.0
    27.     Springfield     1.0
    28.     Ashland     0.0
    28.     North Eugene     0.0
    28.     Ridgeview     0.0
    28.     The Dalles     0.0


    CLASS 4A


    1.     Crook County     327.0
    2.     Henley     165.5
    3.     Marshfield     124.5
    4.     Scappoose     121.5
    5.     McLoughlin     100.5
    6.     Cascade     89.0
    7.     Banks     84.0
    8.     Sweet Home     74.0
    9.     Tillamook     61.5
    10.     Elmira     61.0
    11.     North Marion     47.0
    12.     Cottage Grove     45.0
    13.     Gladstone     42.0
    14.     Phoenix     39.0
    15.     Douglas     35.0
    16.     Hidden Valley     30.0
    16.     Klamath Union     30.0
    16.     Sutherlin     30.0
    19.     Ontario     29.0
    20.     Corbett     28.0
    21.     La Grande     25.0
    22.     Newport     19.0
    23.     Mazama     16.0
    24.     Baker     15.0
    25.     Molalla     14.0
    25.     Philomath     14.0
    27.     Astoria     12.0
    28.     Estacada     10.0
    28.     Madras     10.0
    30.     Sisters     7.0
    30.     Siuslaw     7.0
    32.     Stayton     6.0
    33.     North Bend     5.0
    34.     North Valley     3.0
    35.     South Umpqua     2.0
    36.     Brookings-Harbor     0.0
    36.     Junction City     0.0
    36.     Yamhill-Carlton     0.0


    CLASS 3A


    1.     Nyssa     185.0
    2.     Vale     164.0
    3.     Glide     159.5
    4.     Scio     122.0
    5.     Riverside     108.0
    6.     Rainier     94.5
    6.     Willamina     94.5
    8.     Harrisburg     73.5
    9.     Illinois Valley     60.0
    10.     La Pine     57.0
    10.     Warrenton     57.0
    12.     Jefferson     56.0
    13.     Pleasant Hill     40.0
    14.     Gervais     38.0
    15.     Sheridan     37.0
    16.     Colton     36.0
    16.     Santiam Christian     36.0
    18.     Lakeview     34.0
    19.     Coquille     24.5
    20.     Cascade Christian     23.0
    21.     Dayton     19.0
    22.     Rogue River     17.0
    23.     Clatskanie     10.0
    24.     Creswell     5.0
    25.     De La Salle North Catholic     3.0
    25.     Taft     3.0
    27.     Amity     2.0


    CLASS 2A/1A


    1.     Culver     147.5
    2.     Lowell     127.0
    3.     Monroe     98.0
    4.     Gold Beach     73.0
    5.     Crane     69.0
    6.     Oakridge     48.0
    7.     Heppner     39.0
    8.     Burns     38.5
    9.     Central Linn     36.0
    10.     Elgin     32.0
    11.     Knappa     27.0
    12.     Myrtle Point     26.0
    13.     Wallowa     24.0
    14.     Riddle     23.0
    15.     Union     22.0
    16.     Pine Eagle     18.0
    17.     Chiloquin     14.0
    17.     Grant Union     14.0
    17.     Nestucca     14.0
    20.     North Lake     9.0
    21.     Imbler     8.0
    22.     Reedsport     7.0
    23.     Bonanza     4.0
    24.     Crow     3.0
    24.     Neah-Kah-Nie     3.0
    26.     Joseph     2.0
    26.     Oakland     2.0
    28.     Siletz Valley     1.0
    29.     Adrian     0.0
    29.     Glendale     0.0
    29.     Hosanna Christian     0.0
    29.     Vernonia     0.0

  • Osawaru Odighizuwa completes a second straight perfect season to win 6A heavyweight title: 2015 Oregon wrestling state championships

    All weekend, David Douglas star junior Osawaru Odighizuwa warmed up at the OSAA Class 6A state wrestling championships in a black long-sleeve shirt with "Supreme" on the front. And once it was all over Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, the 285-pounder they call "Osa" reigned supreme again.

    All weekend, David Douglas star junior Osawaru Odighizuwa warmed up at the OSAA Class 6A state wrestling championships in a black long-sleeve shirt with "Supreme" on the front.

    And once it was all over Saturday at Memorial Coliseum, the 285-pounder they call "Osa" reigned supreme again.


    Odighizuwa completed his second consecutive undefeated season by knocking off Aloha heavyweight Cortez Rodelo by fall in 2 minutes, 49 seconds.


    He finished 45-0 a year after going 46-0 in state competition and is the closest thing the tournament has to a celebrity, with his victory drawing cheers of "Osa! Osa!" from the few thousand who stuck around late Saturday to watch perfection put to the test once again. His only loss in the last two years came in a national Greco-Roman competition last summer.


    To the winner goes the spoils: A well-deserved week off from wrestling.


    "It feels great," he said. "I'm going to go celebrate. This is great, second time this is the best feeling in the world — next to nationals."


    Odighizuwa didn't call the match his best of the weekend, saying he should have been more aggressive from the start instead of allowing Rodelo to tie him up. Still, he served notice he wouldn't be pushed around, throwing Rodelo off the mat and onto the concrete underneath the scorer's table in the first round — the second straight match of the day that Rodelo had landed on the same spot onto an injured right elbow.


    "I know he likes to throw, know he likes to step on toes, not going to let him do that," Odighizuwa said. "Stay offensive and that's what's been working for me this whole tournament."


    He joined as champion David Douglas teammates Kyle Beal, at 113, and Anthony Cha, at 106, both of whom are freshmen.


    "We're going to come back next year, this is great to have other guys have some success on the team," Odighizuwa said. "That's honestly better than winning it alone."


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

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