Out of the box -- new lacrosse league launches in Portland
Amateur indoor lacrosse is coming to west Portland and Beaverton this month.
The Portland River Monsters and the Beaverton Mountaineers are the first teams in the Oregon Regional Box Lacrosse League.
They will play a best-of-seven series beginning Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Interstate Box Lacrosse Association national tournament in Denver.
Oregon is the third state to join the IBLA, which started last year in Colorado and now also has a league in Minnesota.
The Portland team will play at PDX Sports Center near Jesuit High.
The Beaverton team will play at Indoor Goals in Beaverton.
Organizers hope to add a third Oregon team next year.
Players, who were assigned to the teams through a draft, are ages 18 and older and include former college and professional lacrosse players from the Pacific Northwest and Canada. They pay $270 apiece to play the season, money that goes for facility rental, uniforms and officials.
Michael Phillips is the goalie and general manager for the Beaverton team. He has been a box lacrosse fan since the Portland LumberJax played in the National Lacrosse League (2005-09). Phillips says he enjoys the quick, physical nature of the sport.
Most of the players are from the greater Portland area. According to Phillips, the Beaverton team includes several players from Canada (where box lacrosse is a popular summer sport), one from Reno, Nevada, and another from Medford.
Richard Rosales, GM for the River Monsters, says that lacrosse coaches from around the Western United States have expressed interest in the new league. Rosales, who plays midfield for Portland and is the varsity lacrosse coach for Aloha High, anticipates the league growing quickly.
Rosales says the lacrosse community in the area is much larger and more vibrant than it was when the LumberJax were around.
"I think if the Portland LumberJax would come back now they would be a huge success," Rosales says.
For now, the River Monsters and the Mountaineers will try to make the most of local interest in lacrosse.
Spectator tickets are $5.
More information is available at www.iblalacrosse.com
Linfield camp begins
The Linfield Wildcats football team, which figures to be a national contender as usual, reports to campus Tuesday and will begin practicing on the same day.
Aiden Wilder, formerly of Central Catholic High and Portland State, has transferred in and is expected to compete for the starting QB job. He led the Rams to the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A championship three years ago, was a redshirt freshman at PSU in 2015, and then sat out last year. He will compete primarily against Troy Fowler, a 6-0, 185-pound junior from North Medford. Last year, Fowler backed up All-American Sam Riddle, who graduated as part of a senior class that went 43-6 and won four Northwest Conference titles and reached the national semifinals twice. Fowler was 5 of 8 passing last season for 53 yards and no touchdowns.
Also joining the program is Sam Paris, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker from Lincoln.
Sam Gomez, another former CC Ram, is enrolled at Linfield but might not be eligible to rejoin the team for game action until 2018, after taking the year off last season. He played some for the Wildcats as a freshman in 2015.
Wade Ransom (ex-Franklin High) is a senior rover (outside linebacker) who has yet to enjoy a full college season without injury. The Wildcats are hoping he can put things together this fall.
The Wildcats were ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division III at the end of the 2016 season. They lost in the second round of the playoffs to the eventual national champions, Mary Hardin-Baylor, 27-10, at Belton, Texas.
Linfield, which finished 9-2, will open Sept. 9 at Chapman and then welcome Mary Hardin-Baylor to McMinnville on Sept. 16, before opening NWC competition at home against Whitworth on Sept. 30. Mary Hardin-Baylor, which went 15-0 a year ago, also will have a new QB, having graduated Blake Jackson, MVP of the 2016 title game.
T2 gets L16
Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh could not save the Portland Timbers 2 again.
T2 fell behind early Saturday and lost 4-1 at Colorado Springs. Portland's United Soccer League team fell to 2-16-3.
The only scoring for T2 came on an own goal that deflected off a Colorado Springs defender late in the match. And Colorado Springs keeper Moise Pouaty stopped two penalty kicks — matching McIntosh's effort of a week earlier, when the Timbers' keeper was named USL player of the week.
Pouaty also stopped a free kick from distance by Bill Tuiloma, the New Zealand midfielder/defender recently signed by the MLS Timbers for depth.
T2 returns to Providence Park on Sunday for a 2 p.m. match against the Sacramento Republic.
Fit for third
CrossFit Fort Vancouver placed third among 38 teams at the Rebok CrossFit Games, which concluded on Sunday in Madison, Wisconsin.
It was the ninth year of the competition — branded as the sport of fitness — which involves athletes from CrossFit gyms around the world. Led by CrossFit Fort Vancouver owner Adam Neiffer, the team has qualified for the Games all nine years. This is its second top-three finish. CrossFit Fort Vancouver won the competition in 2010.
The team included athletes from around the metro area, including Portland resident Andrea Roozen. Other members of the team were Clackamas resident Betsy Simser and Vancouver residents Jessica Core, Justin Aherns and Allan Dunlap.
The teams earned points based on their place in each of 11 events over four days. CrossFit Fort Vancouver finished with 786 points, 180 behind champions Wasatch CrossFit of Layton, Utah.
CrossFit Fort Vancouver finished tied for third in Sunday's final event to jump into third place. The event involved the team carrying a 17-foot long, 400-pound "worm" for 25 minutes while members took turns performing a series of rope climbs and handstand pushups.
Sound like fun?