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  • No. 5 Jesuit softball falls to No. 12 Barlow in second round

    The Crusaders couldn't keep up with Barlow in the sixth and seventh innings.

    At first it looked like the No. 5 Crusaders softball team could advance past the second round in the state playoffs for the first time in five years.

    Junior Erin Perry put Jesuit up on the board for the first run of the game in the bottom of the second inning. The Crusaders held onto this 1-0 lead until the top of the sixth. Then, the No. 12 Barlow Bruins found their momentum and eventually won the game 7-3 over Jesuit. 


    “We didn’t support by scoring more runs,” head coach Jim Speciale said. “We left a lot of base runners on base and you can’t do that in playoff games. I think if we could have went up four or five to nothing we could have ran away with this game.”


    Missing from the Jesuit lineup was Metro League Player of the Year junior Emily Preble who sat out with a concussion.


    The Bruins first run came from senior short stop Kaylee Ree in the sixth. Ree hit a home run to right field to tie up the game 1-1.


    As the bases were loaded, Crusaders freshman pitcher and All-Metro first team member Olivia Strickland started losing her focus. With two outs, Strickland hit Bruins junior Rian Snowadski in the helmet on the first pitch. This pushed Barlow to its first lead of the game, 2-1.


    After the sixth inning, Barlow couldn’t be stopped. In the seventh, Barlow scored five runs, including a grand slam from sophomore McKenzie Pierce.


    Jesuit redeemed itself in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI double by senior Alicia Taylor brought home Reyan Tuck, and sophomore Emma Gordon scored the final run of the game on a sacrifice fly.


    Even though it was the end of softball for Taylor, she said she was proud of how the team fought back and sees a bright future for Strickland.


    “Getting to second round playoffs as a freshman pitcher who pitches pretty much all the time is amazing,” Taylor said. “She has three more years to go and she’s gotten better throughout the season. So for her to have three more years to keep getting better, it’s going to be great.”


    --Alexandria Valdez


    503-221-8161


    @avaldez

  • Wednesday evening Portland-area commute: Multiple northbound lanes of I-5 closed in Keizer

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Wednesday night.

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    KEIZER, 6:41 p.m.: Interstate 5 north

    Reports coming in of a bad crash that has ALL northbound lanes closed. ODOT is working on a detour.

    UPDATE, 7:07 p.m.: One lane is slowly getting by on I-5 north. 

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    PORTLAND, 6:02 p.m.: Interstate 84 east near 82nd Ave.

    The right lane of I-84 east is blocked by a crash at 82nd Ave.

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    TriMet has extended the 20 minute delay window of the Green and Yellow lines to 6:30 p.m. tonight.

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    PORTLAND, 5:27 p.m.: Interstate 84 eastbound

    Looks like a stall is blocking an eastbound lane on I-84 around 33rd. Traffic jammed back to I-5 and up and over the Marquam Bridge.

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    CLACKAMAS, 5:19 p.m.: Interstate 205 north

    A crash involving five vehicles is slowing northbound traffic on I-205 approaching Johnson Creek Blvd. Left lane blocked. Backed up to Highway 224/212.

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    PORTLAND, 5:06 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge

    Traffic is slow both ways on Ross Island Bridge due to crash. Take Hawthorne or Sellwood Bridge.

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    TriMet says Green, Yellow lines are rolling again. Trains should return to normal schedule by 5:30 p.m. tonight.

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    PORTLAND, 4:49 p.m.: Interstate 5 south at Killingsworth

    The middle and right lanes of I-5 south are blocked due to a crash. Traffic backed up to Portland Meadows.

    UPDATE, 4:54 p.m.: CLEAR. Still jammed.

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    TriMET warns of 20 minute delays on the MAX Green and Yellow lines due to mechanical issue.

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    PORTLAND, 4:24 p.m.: Interstate 5 south near Moda Center

    A crash was just cleared on I-5 south that blocked the right lane. Carry on.

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    PORTLAND, 4:22 p.m.: NE 33rd Ave. at Broadway St.

    A crash on 33rd near Broadway has traffic slow in both directions near Grant High School.

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    Police are still directing traffic away from the earlier fatal crash on Gladstone at Cesar E. Chavez Blvd in Southeast Portland.

    Interstate 5 north is also really jammed from Interstate 84 to Vancouver.

    Highway 26 eastbound is slow from Highway 217 to Vista Ridge Tunnel.

    Interstate 205 is slow from I-5 to Abernethy Bridge in West Linn.

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

  • 'Short Stack Bandit' pleads guilty to 5 Portland area bank robberies

    Morgan Brice Williams, dubbed the "Short Stack Bandit" by the feds, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to five bank jobs (and another attempted robbery) in the Portland area a little more than a year ago.

    The "Short Stack Bandit," a serial robber who knocked off five banks in the Portland area a little more than a year ago, pleaded guilty this week for his crimes.

    Morgan Brice Williams, a 26-year-old who grew up in Eugene, told U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman on Tuesday that he was guilty of making off with approximately $11,500 as he hit a bank in Gresham and four in Portland in late 2013 and early 2014. He also acknowledged that he attempted to rob another Portland bank.

    FBI agents gave Williams the nickname "Short Stack" for his diminutive stature -- only to learn after his arrest that their sobriquet was a bit off. Williams is 5-foot-8, according to Multnomah County jail records.

    Williams' dad, Gene Williams of Amesbury, Mass, took the unusual step after his son became a suspect to appeal to news media.

    "Let us know you are OK," he told The Oregonian/OregonLive last June. "We understand the situation you are in.  Turn yourself in.  Get the help you need.  It's not as bleak as it appears to be at this point."

    Mosman set Williams' sentencing for Sept. 3.

    -- Bryan Denson

    bdenson@oregonian.com


    503-294-7614; @Bryan_Denson

  • The Oregonian/OregonLive's 2015 Dunk Contest: Charles Jones vs. Ben Milligan

    Winner becomes a dunk contest finalist.

    We've reached our final destination before the dunk contest finals on Friday at Parkrose: the last consolation match to determine our third finalist. 

    Charles Jones and Ben Milligan both took unique routes to get here, but the Sherwood Bowman and the David Douglas Scot still have a chance to become a finalist and compete in front of a live audience for the right to become The Oregonian/Oregonlive's dunk contest champion. 


    Who will it be? Jones? Milligan? Vote in our poll which will remain up for 24 hours. 


    A remainder, although you're determining finalists for the contest, all the contest's dunkers have been invited, plus a few elite invitees, to the dunk finals held on Friday, May 29. Each dunker will be competing for a chance to be named the winner of a category, which are: Most Powerful Dunker, Best Execution, Most Creative, and Best Use of Props. However, it's the finalists from our online contest who will have the chance to win the overall crown.


    Charles Jones

    Ben Milligan

    Schedule



    Monday, May 25 – Game 9: Sisul vs. Sundquist -- winner goes to final

    Game 10: De Bisschop vs. Wolfe -- winner goes to final

    Tuesday, May 26 – Game 11: Jones vs. Sisul/Sundquist loser

    Game 12: Milligan or Grant winner vs. De Bisschop loser

    Wednesday, May 27 – Game 13 Jones or Sisul/Sundquist winner from Game 11 vs. Milligan or Grant or De Bisschop/Wolfe winner from Game 12 -- winner goes to final

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Road work on U.S. 30; Crash I-5 North just prior to Wilsonville

    The lane restrictions are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and finish before the afternoon commute. Let's hope that's the case.


    The last time ODOT worked on U.S. 30 in this area it caused a lot of heavy traffic and long delays. Hopefully with some warnings, commuters will alter their routes a bit to avoid St. Helens Road just west of Kittridge Avenue.

    Road repair work will close two lanes there Wednesday-Friday. The lane restrictions are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and finish before the afternoon commute. Let's hope that's the case.

    SOUTHEAST 8:35 a.m.; Police are responding to a reported crash at Southeast 12th Avenue and Ankeny Street.

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    UPDATE I-84 DOWNTOWN 8:15 a.m.; Stall in the left lane of I-84 westbound is partially blocking. Expect delays. CLEARED.

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    UPDATE WILSONVILLE 7:48 a.m.; Crash blocks the left lane of I-5 northbound just after the Boone Bridge, south of Wilsonville. CLEARED, but traffic backed up miles to Aurora exit.

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    UPDATE BEAVERTON 7:40 a.m.; Crash reported on Highway 217 southbound at Scholls Ferry Road. CLEARED.

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    BORING 6:34 a.m.; Rollover crash on Southeast 282nd Avenue in Boring between between Orient Drive and Division Street.

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    UPDATE BEAVERTON 6:53 a.m.; Crash on Southwest Canyon Road, eastbound at Hocken Street. East lanes are closed there, use Farmington Road. CLEARED.

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    Also today southeast Portland drivers on Powell Boulevard might notice a "crosswalk enforcement action" where police remind drivers to watch for pedestrians and obey Oregon traffic laws. Expect to see officers in the area of Southeast Powell Boulevard and 24th Avenue from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today.

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

  • North Medford star rebounds from injury; Lakeridge's new AD: Oregon high school sports news (links)

    Reynolds softball upsets South Medford; Oregon City point guard Cierra Walker commits to Vanderbilt

    A glance at high school sports coverage across the state:

    Softball: Grace Jovanovic comes back from injury to go 4 for 5 in North Medford’s playoff win over Glencoe (Mail Tribune)

    Softball: Reynolds surprises South Medford 2-1 in first round (Mail Tribune)

    Baseball: Sheldon blows 4-0 lead but regroups to beat Tigard 5-4 (Register-Guard)

    Baseball: McNary’s Mickey Walker tosses four-hitter in 6-2 win over Lake Oswego (Statesman Journal)

    Baseball: North Bend’s JJ Hubbard counting down to joining the Army (Coos Bay World)

    Lakeridge goes young again in hiring Warrenton’s Ian O’Brien as athletic director (The Oregonian)

    Girls basketball: Cierra Walker continues Oregon City point-guard pipeline to Vanderbilt (The Oregonian)

    With lessons learned from last year, Ridgeview softball and Sisters baseball head into playoffs (Bend Bulletin)

  • Portland Metro Wednesday Forecast: Early clouds will burn off quickly to a sun-filled day

    Temperatures will move way up due to lack of the cloud cover. We reached 72 yesterday, but today's high should be about 10 degrees warmer.

    The upper level low that's been hanging around for nearly a week and giving us mostly cloudy days has pushed off to the east leaving us with a ridge of high pressure and abundant sunshine.

    Temperatures will move way up due to lack of the cloud cover. We reached 72 yesterday, but today's high should be about 10 degrees warmer.

    Forecasters expect this trend to continue with highs in the low to mid 80s and lows in the mid 50s through at least Sunday.

    By Sunday more clouds should move in and we could see rain early next week. But for now, remember to pack the shades and leave your coat at home. We're in for a string of warm days.

  • Tuesday evening Portland-area commute: MAX Blue, Red lines delayed between Portland and Hillsboro

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Tuesday.

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    TriMet warns of 15 minute MAX delays on Red, Blue lines between Portland City Center and Hillsboro. An earlier collision is the culprit. Should be clear by 6:45 p.m. tonight.

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    PORTLAND, 5:28 p.m.: Ross Island Bridge

    Traffic is slow both ways on Ross Island Bridge due to a crash. Might want to try a different bridge. 

    Note that Naito Parkway is really slow if you take Hawthorne Bridge though.

    The earlier oil spill will have the ramp from NE Airport Way westbound to I-205 southbound closed through the evening. Take Cascade Station on-ramp.

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    PORTLAND, 3:56 p.m.: Interstate 84 at Lloyd Boulevard.

    Westbound traffic is jammed back past Sandy Blvd due to a crash on I-84.

    UPDATE, 4:10 p.m.: CLEARED

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    Oregonian photog Thomas Boyd caught a shot of a crash on 82nd and Duke. Traffic is slow on Duke St. in both directions from 77th Ave. to 82nd. Ave.

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

  • Couple accused of kidnapping, threatening Gresham woman

    David Vasquez and Ruth Orozco-Rivera are in custody after a 28-year-old woman tells Gresham cops she had been handcuffed in her home while her toddler was present.

    A Gresham couple who police said assaulted, threatened and kept a woman  handcuffed overnight were arraigned on kidnapping and assault charges Tuesday.

    Lt. Claudio Grandjean, a spokesman for the Gresham Police Department, said a 28-year-old woman called 911 from a neighbor's home in the 19400 block of Southeast Yamhill Street at 5:17 a.m. Sunday and told dispatchers that she had been held captive in her home by a man and a woman; her toddler, she said, was still inside with the couple.

    She told police she was able to escape after her captors smoked marijuana and fell asleep.

    Grandjean said the woman met David Vasquez, 33, and Ruth Orozco-Rivera, 28, at a homeless shelter. Vasquez moved in with the woman, promising to keep her safe. The woman later learned that Vasquez and Orozco-Rivera -- a mother of four -- were also romantically involved.

    She told investigators Orozco-Rivera began showing up more frequently at her house with her children and that she noticed things were missing after those visits.

    At 11 p.m. Saturday, the woman -- whom police are not naming -- kicked the couple out of her home.

    A short time later, Vasquez forced his way back inside, and he and Orozco-Rivera assaulted her, Grandjean said. They restrained her in handcuffs and threatened her until she was able to get away early Sunday morning and call for help.

    Grandjean said Orozco-Rivera brought one of her children into the home but left three in her car overnight. All of the children are younger than 8 and have been placed in state custody.

    Vasquez was booked into the Justice Center Jail on accusations of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, coercion, menacing, recklessly endangering, and first-degree criminal mistreatment. Bail was set at $542,000.

    Orozco-Rivera was booked into the Justice Center Jail on accusations of first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, coercion, recklessly endangering, and first-degree criminal mistreatment. Bail was set at $340,000.

    -- Stuart Tomlinson

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

  • The Oregonian/OregonLive's 2015 Dunk Contest: Charles Jones vs. Jake Sundquist

    After Jake Sundquist fell from the winner's bracket, he meets an even stiffer challenge in consolation: No. 1 seed Charles Jones of David Douglas.

    After Wilsonville's Jake Sundquist fell from the winner's bracket, he meets an even stiffer challenge in consolation: No. 1 seed Charles Jones of David Douglas.

    Sundquist and Jones both will appear at the dunk contest on Friday regardless of the outcome. However, one of these athletes still has a chance to win the consolation bracket and still make the finals. 


    Sundquist took a loss this morning to Ben Sisul of Oregon City, the contest's No. 2 seed.


    Jones suffered an upset early, and has steadily made his march toward the finals, taking down Anthony Mathis of West Linn in the consolation round.


    Which of these dunkers will survive this round of consolation, and take one step closer to clawing back into the dunk contest finals? You decide. 


    A remainder, although you're determining finalists for the contest, all the contest's dunkers have been invited, plus a few elite invitees, to the dunk finals held on Friday, May 29. Each dunker will be competing for a chance to be named the winner of a category, which are: Most Powerful Dunker, Best Execution, Most Creative, and Best Use of Props. However, it's the finalists from our online contest who will have the chance to win the overall crown.



    Charles Jones

    Jake Sundquist

    Schedule


    Monday, May 25 – Game 9: Sisul vs. Sundquist -- winner goes to final

    Game 10: De Bisschop vs. Wolfe -- winner goes to final

    Tuesday, May 26 – Game 11: Jones vs. Sisul/Sundquist loser

    Game 12: Milligan or Grant winner vs. De Bisschop loser

    Wednesday, May 27 – Game 13 Jones or Sisul/Sundquist winner from Game 11 vs. Milligan or Grant or De Bisschop/Wolfe winner from Game 12 -- winner goes to final

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