MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Oregon State baseball unanimous pick for conference title/Concordia's Koch picks up GNAC award


If Oregon State doesn't win the Pac-12 title, every other coach in the league will have been wrong about the Beavers.

All 10 other coaches picked OSU, ranked second in the nation, to repeat as champion.

Stanford and UCLA, also nationally ranked, got the second- and third-most votes, respectively.

OSU received 100 points, Stanford 88 and UCLA 84.

Fourth in the ballotting was Arizona (67), followed by USC (55), Oregon (50), Washington (49), Arizona State (40), USC (30), Washington State (18) and Utah (15).


Josh Koch, a junior at Concordia, has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's field athlete of the week

He placed sixth in the Husky Classic shot put at Seattle, improving to No. 11 among NCAA Division II competitors with a mark of 58 feet, 5 3/4 inches. That's No. 2 all-time for throwers in the GNAC.

• Oregon's women are ranked fifth in this week's USTFCCCA poll for the indoor season. The Ducks men ae 15th.


Southridge, Tigard and Beaverton lead the weekly Class 6A coaches poll, in that order, with Benson of the Portland Interscholastic League fourth.

The top 10 and others:

1. Southridge (20-1), 12 first-place votes, 120 points

2. Tigard (18-3), 102 points

3. Beaverton (19-2), 88

4. Benson (17-5), 70

5. Clackamas (19-2), 64

6. Sheldon (18-4), 58

7. West Linn (19-3), 45

8. Jesuit (15-6), 36

9. Grant (17-5), 34

10. Oregon City (13-8), 25

Others: North Medford (14-7), 16; McMinnville (18-3), 2


Ruthy Hebard of Oregon and Tres Tinkle of Oregon State are the Pac-12 players of the week.

Hebard, a 6-4 sophomore forward from Fairbanks, Alaska, totaled 59 points and 23 rebounds in victories over Washington and Washington State — and shot 92.6 percent from the field and 9 of 11 at the free-throw line.

Her 30 points at UW were a career high, and her 12-for-12 shooting from the floor at WSU set a school record.

Tinkle, a 6-8 sophomore forward, had 49 points, 16 rebounds and 13 assists as the Beavers swept the Washington schools. He shot 53.1 percent from the field, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range, and he hit 10 of 11 free throws.

He is the only Pac-12 player to score in double digits in every game this season, and he has scored 10 or more points in 26 consecutive games.

• Oregon's women remained ninth in the Associated Press rankings, while OSU climbed one spot to 15th.

In the USA Today/WBCA coaches poll, Oregon is 10th, Oregon State 16th.

UCLA is seventh in both polls, Stanford 14th and 21st.

Oregon, Stanford and UCLA are tied for first in the Pac-12 at 12-2. Oregon State is fourth at 10-4.


Portland has released defender Rennico Clarke.

The 22-year-old played for Timbers 2 in 2015-16, then appeared in one game for the MLS club, notching an assist in a U.S. Open Cup match against Seattle.


Oregon State is 11th in the weekly national rankings. The top three, in order, are Oklahoma, UCLA and Utah. Washington is 13th, Arizona State 17th, California 23rd, Arizona 24th and Stanford 25th.

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