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  • Taking stock of Oregon high school basketball: Week ending Jan. 31 analysis

    The Saturday morning week in review of boys and girls basketball: Buy and hold

    The Saturday morning week in review of boys and girls basketball:

    Buy and hold

    Boys player of the year, 6A: We hit the midway point in most 6A leagues Friday night, so now seems like as a good a time as any to take the player of the year temperature. No surprises here: It's Payton Pritchard's award to lose. The West Linn junior guard is the reigning POY, and has done nothing to think the award should leave his bedroom. The Lions haven't been touched in Oregon this season, and Pritchard is leading the way. But if there is a slip up down the stretch, three players that could insert themselves into the conversation are Lake Oswego's Jazz Johnson, David Douglas' Charles Jones and South Eugene's Eli Lininger.

    Girls player of the year, 6A: It's nowhere near as clear cut in girls, where in all likelihood, the vote will come down to the best player on the eventual state champion. Given that, it's probably a race between South Salem's Katie McWilliams, Oregon City's Cierra Walker and South Medford's Julissa Tago. Walker has proven to be the most electric player in the state, particularly if you're a fan of long-distance sharp-shooting. But Tago is also a proven scorer, and the Oregon State-bound McWilliams probably the most versatile because of height and ball-handling skills.

    Who is No. 2, redux: Last week in this space it was mentioned that the race for 6A boys No. 2, behind obvious frontrunner West Linn, was contentious among at least a half-dozen teams, perhaps up to 10. While that still remains somewhat true a week later, I'm sensing Jefferson is inching closer to a solid No. 2. The Democrats are really getting locked in on defense of late, holding their past four Portland Interscholastic League opponents to an average of 44 points. The clinching piece of evidence won't come until Feb. 10, when Jeff plays at Lincoln in a battle of PIL co-leaders.

    Possible history? It hasn't happened in a long time, and perhaps ever, when two unbeaten girls teams played for the state championship. But it's possible this season, as Sutherlin (18-0) and Henley (17-0) are on course for a battle of unbeatens in 4A. A championship battle of undefeated teams hasn't happened since at least 1997, the last time the OSAA listed the records of championship game opponents. The biggest obstacle in their path isn't a league or playoff game, but a remaining regular season contest left on Henley's schedule: a Feb. 24 non-leaguer against Crater, currently OSAA No. 1 in 5A.

    Worth a look

    Was it worth it for Robinson? Jefferson senior Isaiah Robinson transferred from Union of Camas to Jefferson this school year, in large part to play for his stepfather Pat Strickland and perhaps enhance his college stock. The Democrats also figure in the mix for the 6A state title, although West Linn is clearly the frontrunner in that category. But 6-foot-10 Robinson didn't leave a poor situation, and in fact, may have given up a state title. In the latest Washington rankings, Union is No. 1 in Class 4A. The Titans are 16-1 after beating Heritage 67-35 Friday night. One of Union's key players is Thomas Lampkin Jr., son of former Mariners catcher Tom Lampkin.

    North Bend boys on a tear: North Bend didn't get a state football title when the Bulldogs came up short in the Class 4A championship game against Gladstone in November. But North Bend might get its revenge in basketball, as the Bulldogs are one of two unbeaten boys teams in the state, in any classification. North Bend moved to 16-0 overall Friday with a 56-36 win over Siuslaw. Between football and basketball, North Bend is 27-1 this school year.

    Dangerous road teams: Any school outside the final OSAA 16 will likely have to win two road playoff games to reach the 6A state tournament. It's a difficult, darned near impossible assignment. But based on the current OSAA standings, a few teams outside the top 16 have a puncher's chance. Newberg's girls (20) have won nine of 11, the two losses by one and two points. On Tuesday, the Tigers beat previously-unbeaten Three Rivers League leader St. Mary's Academy 51-49. Same can be said for Canby's girls (23), particularly if sophomore Cianne Cates returns from a knee injury. In boys, Oregon City (19) and Barlow (20) figure as potential upsetters if they stay outside the top 16. They will have survived the meat-grinder that is the Mt. Hood Conference, making the playoffs just another league game.

    Selling this

    There must be a better way: They say you don't get to pick your relatives. Same is true with those in your league. In the case of South Salem's girls, it's not a good situation. The Saxons, No. 1 in the writers and coaches' polls, play in the state's most inferior 6A league. Of South Salem's final seven Greater Valley Conference games, five are against teams rated OSAA No. 36 or lower, including Sprague (47), McKay (50) and North Salem (51). Since league play started, the Saxons have fallen from No. 1 to 3 in the OSAA standings, and could drop more in weeks to come. The team that's best in the state in the opinion of coaches and writers, could be seeded No. 5 or lower come playoff time. There should be a way to inject a human element into final OSAA seeding when computer and mathematical-driven polls are driving into a ditch. | @nickdaschel

  • Poll: Who was the top high school basketball performer Friday?

    The Dayton-Amity boys basketball rivalry has another special moment in its storied history. Dayton's Zach Bernards dropped a game-high 42 points in a 67-52 win over Amity on Friday. The win kept the Pirates perfect at 19-0 on the year, and 8-0 in the Class 3A West Valley League.

    The Dayton-Amity boys basketball rivalry has another special moment in its storied history.

    Dayton's Zach Bernards dropped a game-high 42 points in a 67-52 win over Amity on Friday. The win kept the Pirates perfect at 19-0 on the year, and 8-0 in the Class 3A West Valley League.

    Devon Fortier of Canby hit eight three-point goals and led all scorers with 31 points in a 72-67 loss at Tualatin. Luke Osborn led the Timberwolves to the win with 25 points.

    Charles Jones of No. 4 David Douglas continued to make his case for Mt. Hood Conference player of the year with a 29-point performance in an 85-81 win over No. 10 Clackamas. Jones had the go-ahead layup, and then iced the win with a steal. Markus Golder scored 28 points for the Cavaliers in the loss.

    Eli Lininger of South Eugene led the Axemen with 25 points in a come-from-behind 63-61 win over North Medford. Tristan Holmes scored 23 points for the Black Tornado in the loss.

    Nate Bradford did all he could for the Roosevelt Roughriders with 27 points, but his team lost to Wilson 55-50 in a Portland Interscholastic League matchup. Ben Lensch scored 22 points for the Trojans in the win.

    The tandem of Malcom Porter and Collin Landry combined for 41 points in Jesuit's 70-51 win over Beaverton. Porter led the Crusaders with 21 points and Landry had 20.

    Glencoe's Landon Apeland led the Crimson Tide past Century 57-53 with 20 points.

    Lake Oswego's Jazz Johnson scored 26 points in a 65-52 win over Tigard.

    Jake Spurgeon of Lakeridge scored 24 points in a 63-61 win over Newberg, and the Tigers' James Willcuts also scored 24.

    Dezmond Stoudamire of Centennial scored 22 points in a 63-52 win over Gresham.

    On the girls side, South Medford's Jasmin Falls scored 22 points and had eight rebounds in the Panthers' 77-50 win over Sheldon. Teammate Julissa Tago had 16 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

    St. Mary's guard Martina McCowan scored 25 points, and was 11 for 13 from the free throw line in a 54-41 win over Tigard.

    Oregon City's Jordan Kelly drained five three-pointers to score all of her 15 points in the Pioneer's 55-28 win over Central Catholic.

    Jesuit's Kory Oleson led the Jesuit Crusaders with 20 points as they knocked off fourth-ranked Beaverton 45-39.

    Some special top performers recognition goes to Brian Morse, head boys hoops coach at Class 3A Cascade Christian in Medford. Not only did he guide the Challengers to a 65-52 win over previously unbeaten Rogue River, Morse picked up his 500th career win. His career coaching record is now 500-200.

    These statlines were pulled from information reported to The Oregonian sports desk Friday night after the conclusion of the games. If you want to highlight a top performance you saw, please share it with everybody in the comments section. If you want information available in time to potentially by highlighted in this post, make sure the game information is either called (503-221-8161) or emailed to the sports desk ( by 11 p.m.

    --Billy Gates
    503-221-4336: @GatesOnSports

  • Charles Jones talks about David Douglas' 85-81 win over Clackamas: Video

    Jones scored 29 points.

    In the video above, David Douglas guard Charles Jones talks about the Scots victory over Clackamas on Friday night. 


  • No. 5 David Douglas takes down No. 10 Clackamas 85-81: Photos

    Check out a photo gallery from David Douglas' win.

    CLACKAMAS-- David Douglas mounted a late come back, and thanks to a late bucket by Charles Jones, the No. 5-ranked Scots took down the No. 10-ranked Clackamas Cavaliers on Friday.

    Check out images from the game in the gallery above. 

    Read the full game recap here


  • Charles Jones' late basket lifts No. 5 David Douglas over No. 10 Clackamas: Boys basketball recap

    Jones finished with a game-high 29 points.

    CLACKAMAS -- 6A’s No. 2 scorer became his team’s No. 1 most important piece on Friday night in another Mt. Hood Conference slugfest.

    Charles Jones, who finished with a game-high 29 points, shook his defender and put David Douglas ahead 83-81 with under 30 seconds to go. For good measure, Jones nabbed a steal and sealed the game at 85-81 and the No. 5 David Douglas Scots (15-2, 5-2 Mt. Hood) knocked off the No. 10 Clackamas Cavaliers (12-5, 4-3) in Clackamas.

    “I like to have the ball in my hand in a late situation,” Jones said.

    David Douglas ran nearly two minutes off the game clock in the fourth, moving the ball in its offense – “motion wide” -- looking to control possession for a final shot.

    “It just so happened I didn’t have anybody on my side so I just went for it,” Jones said.

    David Douglas led 68-62 entering the third quarter, but a late run by Clackmas gave the Cavaliers a five-point lead.

    That’s when Jones did the heavy lifting.

    Jones hit a pull-up three to trim Clackamas’ lead to two with 2:25 to go, and Hunter Davis tied the game up at 81-81 with a layup for the Scots.

    The next possession, Clackamas turned the ball over, setting up Jones’ late-game heroics.

    The game featured two of 6A’s top scorers: Jones and Clackamas guard Markus Golder, who finished with a team-high 27. Golder ranks No. 6 on The Oregonian/OregonLive’s top scorers list.

    As the two wowed a raucous crowd at Clackamas High School, Jones said afterward he wasn’t trying to out-do Golder.

    “I wasn’t trying to measure myself,” Jones said. “I was just trying to play within my game. And do what I do. (Golder’s) going to score, but I was just making sure I was doing what I was doing.”

    Although Jones hit the go-ahead bucket late, teammate Dwight Dew, who finished with 18 points, said his team’s defense and execution are what allowed the Scots to take control.

    “We were able to do it by great team defense and we didn’t get rattled by the big crowd,” Dew said. “Great team defense, great team offense and great execution.”

    The win moves David Douglas into sole possession of second place in a loaded Mt. Hood Conference, which features three teams in The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Top 10 media poll.

    “Anybody can win on anybody any night,” Dew said. “It’s one of the best conferences in 6A.”


  • Late rally, buzzer-beating three-pointer lift Reynolds to 63-61 win over Barlow: Boys basketball recap

    Drew Eubanks has 17 points, Cody Starr scores 15, and Alec Baldridge nails the winning three at the horn.

    Drew Eubanks had 17 points, Cody Starr scored 15, and Reynolds stunned visiting Barlow with a 63-61 victory Friday in Troutdale thanks to a buzzer-beating three-pointer by junior guard Alec Baldridge.

    Cole Andresen added 14 points for the Raiders, who erased an eight-point deficit in the final two minutes.

    Dominik Copper had a game-high 21 points for the Bruins. Parker Joncus scored 20.

    The Raiders (11-6, 4-3 Mt. Hood Conference) will travel to Oregon City on Tuesday, looking to run their win streak to four.

    Barlow (12-5, 3-4) will host David Douglas on Tuesday.

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Crash on I-84 westbound blocking multiple lanes at 122nd Ave.

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    PORTLAND, 6:45 p.m.: Interstate 84 Westbound

    A crash on I-84 has the left lane closed at the 122nd Avenue intersection.

    UPDATE 6:58: The left eastbound lane is now closed along with the left westbound lane.


    PORTLAND, 6:27 p.m.: Interstate 84 westbound

    The left lane of I-84 westbound is closed due to a crash at the Sandy Blvd. junction.  Traffic jammed back to 47th Ave and growing.


    PORTLAND, 5:07 p.m.: Interstate 205 northbound

    A crash has the right northbound lane of I-205 blocked right before Sandy Boulevard. Traffic jammed back to Sunnyside Road from earlier, normal congestion.


    PORTLAND, 5:01 p.m.: Interstate 405 northbound

    The left northbound lane of I-405 is blocked approaching Highway 26 westbound. Traffic already backed up pretty good in that direction.


    PORTLAND, 4:49 p.m.: Interstate 5 southbound

    Another disabled vehicle is blocking traffic. Look for delays on I-5 south after the Marquam bridge.


    PORTLAND, 4:41 p.m.: Interstate 84 westbound

    A disabled vehicle was just cleared on I-84 westbound. Still a slight backup past Cesar Chavez Blvd.


    ESTACADA, 4:30 p.m.: OR-211

    The eastbound lane of OR-211 is closed due to a crash just south of Spring Creek.


    The line from the Moda Center to Vancouver is lighting up dark red the entire way on the Google map. If you ask for directions via Google, it says I-5 will take 48 minutes, but Greeley Ave. to Denver Ave is only 20 minutes.

    Also of note:

    The Morrison Bridge will be closed Sunday from 7 a.m. to as late as 7 p.m. for inspection and maintenance work.

    Crane work on Southwest Clay Street will stop traffic between Southwest Naito Parkway and Southwest First Avenue downtown from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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

  • Two former Kmart employees accused of creating nearly 4,000 fake 'Shop Your Way' accounts

    The two took advantage of the store's frequent shopper promotion that was providing gift cards to random customers in amounts of $5, $10 or $15 throughout the holiday shopping season, according to police.

    Two former Kmart employee are accused of creating nearly 4,000 fake K-Mart "Shop Your Way'' accounts to receive more than $22,000 in fraudulent gift cards.

    The two men spent about $5,000 with the gift cards before they were caught, according to Gresham police and court documents.

    guadalupe.jpegView full sizeGuadalupe Aguilar-Govea 

    Guadalupe Aguilar-Govea, 19, of Portland, and Allan James Parsons, 19, of Gresham, were arrested on multiple identity theft and theft allegations.

    The two took advantage of the store's frequent shopper promotion that was providing gift cards to random customers in amounts of $5, $10 or $15 throughout the holiday shopping season, according to police.

    The Kmart corporate office learned that the two employees were putting items on layaway and then paying their accounts off with hundreds of the gift cards that they obtained fraudulently through this promotion, Gresham police said.

    Gresham police said there was no indication that any Kmart customer information was compromised. The identities created by the suspects were fictitious and generated randomly by a third-party website, according to investigators.

    During interviews with police, Aguilar-Govea admitted to masterminding the fraud and Parsons said he participated, Gresham police said.

    parsons19.jpgView full sizeAllan James Parsons 

    Investigators found that Aguilar-Govea created 3,797 fictitious "Shop Your Way'' accounts using fake identities between November and December, and collaborated with others, Multnomah County deputy district attorney Ryan Lufkin wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed in court Friday.

    Aguilar-Govea was arraigned in court Friday on 37 counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count each of first-degree aggravated theft and felony computer crime.

    Parsons is accused of second-degree theft, conspiracy to commit first-degree theft and computer crime.

    Aguilar-Govea is being held on $750,000 bail at Inverness Jail. Parsons, who was working at K-Mart part-time for the past 16 months while attending Mt. Hood Community College, was arrested earlier this month and released.

    --Maxine Bernstein
    503-221-8212; @maxoregonian

  • Friday Night Spotlight: Oregon high school basketball scores, live updates

    It's time for another exciting night of Oregon high school basketball, and this is the place to follow all of the evening's action.

    It's time for another exciting night of Oregon high school basketball, and this is the place to follow all of the evening's action. Use the comments section below to find updates, discuss the matchups and leave questions for our high school sports reporters.

    Below is the list of games The Oregonian/OregonLive will be staffing Friday. Keep checking our boys basketball and girls basketball homepages throughout the night for recaps, photos, videos and more from these games and others.


    Sunset at Westview, 7:15 p.m. -- Billy Gates (@GatesOnSports)

    Central Catholic at Oregon City, 7:30 p.m. -- Nick Daschel (@nickdaschel), Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle)

    David Douglas at Clackamas, 7:30 p.m. -- Erik C. Anderson (@ErikCAnderson)


    Central Catholic at Oregon City, 6 p.m. -- Jerry Ulmer (@jerryulmer), Jen Beyrle (@JenBeyrle)

    Tigard at St. Mary's Academy, 7 p.m. -- Pete Christopher (@PeteChristopher)

    Beaverton at Jesuit, 7:15 p.m. -- Danny Moran (@DannyJMoran)


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  • Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Possible frosty roads in Forest Grove area; dry and clear commuting for Portland

    North Portland, Vancouver and areas north of Vancouver have some dense fog to start the morning drive, but most all areas should clear out to bright and sunny for Friday.

    Far rural Washington County has some temperatures of 33 degrees this morning and might see some frosty patches on the road. Drive with caution in those areas.

    North Portland, Vancouver and areas north of Vancouver have some dense fog to start the morning drive, but most all areas should clear out to bright and sunny for Friday.

    VANCOUVER 8:25 a.m.; Crash on 78th Street, east of Andresen, in front of Green Meadows Golf Course.


    UPDATE RALEIGH HILLS SCHOLLS FERRY ROAD 7:31 a.m.; Crews heading to an injury accident possibly involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. CLEARED.


    UPDATE I-5 NORTHBOUND NEAR 99W 6:55 a.m.; A stall in the left lane is blocking on I-5 northbound near the Barbur Boulevard interchange. CLEARED.

    Sunday crews close the Morrison Bridge for inspection from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Choose alternate routes.

    Also on Sunday, if you're going to have a few drinks to celebrates your football team's historic win, make sure you have someone to drive you home. Police across the state are planning extra patrols.

    Those heading to the coast from Longview and other northern routes should be aware that SR 4 west of Stella, Washington will have long delays and lane closures to repair an aging bridge deck starting Friday. Drivers should choose alternate routes including Highway 30 to U.S. 101 (Oregon side) to reach the beach.

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