Number one seed Oregon held on with a furious final five minutes of basketball last night to down St. Joseph’s 69-64 in the second round of the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. The Ducks advance to take on number four seed Duke Thursday night in Anaheim, California. Friday, the Ducks had no trouble dispatching Holy Cross 91-52.
For the women, Oregon State advances to the Sweet 16 after routing St. Bonaventure last night 69-40 in Corvallis. They’ll take on DePaul Saturday in Dallas.
Oregon State opened Pac-12 play with a three-game sweep of Arizona State in Corvallis. The Beavers edged the Sun Devils 3-2 Friday, then Saturday, former Siuslaw hurler Jake Thompson put together a solid performance for a 12-2 win. The Beavs came out on top 7-3 yesterday.
Oregon came away from their conference opener with one win over Utah. That Saturday afternoon, 9-5. The Utes won the opener Friday night, 4-1, then came out on top yesterday 2-1.
The world track and field championships for the IAAF were held on American soil for the first time ever over the weekend. The indoor action at the Portland Convention Center was paused three times over the weekend for special exhibition relays featuring Oregon prep athletes.
Runners from the 1A through 4A ranks were featured Saturday evening and a team from Siuslaw High School won the girls 4-by-400 relay exhibition. Morgan Bingham, Destinie Tatum, Annmarie Precht, and Mikaela Siegel won with a time of 4:13.23.
On the prep diamond over the weekend, the Siuslaw Vikings went 1-1… losing to Taft Friday 4-1, then picking up a win over Gold Beach Saturday, 14-1. They’ll play one final game today in Taft.
Viking softball today was cancelled due to the rain and field conditions.