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WOOTENLocal sports news and notes for Wednesday, Jan. 3 … while wondering if Oregon play-by-play man Jerry Allen can do a "Kenny Wooten's gonna score!" basketball call to approximate his "Kenny Wheaton's gonna score!" Ducks football classic.

FIVE HOME GAMES

Portland State will play five home games in 2018 — four in the Big Sky and one against lower-level College of Idaho, a member of the NAIA Frontier Conference.

The Vikings will get one of the Montana schools at Providence Park, facing Montana State there on Sept. 22 in PSU's conference opener.

The regular-season finale also will be in Portland and against familiar end-of-season rival Eastern Washington on Nov. 17.

Other home games: Sept. 15 vs. C of I; Oct. 13 vs. Northern Colorado; and Nov. 3 vs. Idaho State.

The Viks, coming off an 0-11 season, will play at Big Sky football newcomer Idaho on Sept. 29, at Montana on Oct. 6, at Sacramento State on Oct. 27, and at North Dakota on Nov. 10.

The PSU season opener is Sept. 1 at Nevada, and the Vikings' other NCAA Division I payday is Sept. 8 at Oregon. Nevada was 3-9 in 2017, with a loss to Idaho State.

IN THE NFL

Here are some local products waiting in the wings in the NFL playoffs:

Minnesota Vikings — Cornelius Edison, Portland State, center; Mike Remmers, Oregon State, tackle

New England Patriots — Patrick Chung, Oregon, safety; Brandin Cooks, OSU, wide receiver; Cody Hollister, Mountain View High (practice squad); Jacob Hollister, Mountain View High

Philadelphia Eagles — Josh Andrews, OSU, center/guard (practice squad); Kenjon Barner, UO, running back; LeGarette Blount, UO, running back; Isaac Seumalo, OSU, guard; Joe Walker, UO linebacker (reserve/injured)

Pittsburgh Steelers — Lameron Canaday, PSU, long snapper

TRYING OUT

Five Portland Thorns players have been invited to a 15-day U.S. team camp that starts Saturday at Carson, California: midfielders Lindsey Horan and Allie Long; defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Emily Sonnett; and goalkeeper Adrianna Franch.

Seattle Reign forward Megan Rapinoe also has been called up for the camp.

The camp ends with a friendly game with Denmark on Jan. 21 at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium. Kickoff is 4:30 p.m. PT (ESPN).

NEW SOCCER COACH

Multnomah University in Northeast Portland has hired Dalon Parker as men's soccer coach.

Parker has been head coach for boys and girls at Durango (Colorado) High since 2013. His boys teams won four league titles; the girls won one. Both squads have had the tate's highest grade-point average.

Parker also coached prep soccer at The Highlands School in Irving, Texas, from 2010-12, after a stink in the NBA Development League as a basketball player.

He replaces Tom Stephens, who recently stepped down for more family time.

STILL IN THE GAME

Wally Backman, a former Aloha High and New York Mets baseball standout and long-time pro manager, will be introduced on Friday as the new skipper of the New Britain (Connecticut) Bees.

The Bees play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, which is not affiliated with MLB.

Backman, 58, has been a controversial manager at various stops, working last season as coach of a team in the Mexican Baseball League, was fired, and then coached for another club in the league.

COMING THURSDAY

• The Portland State men's basketball team will try to bounce back from its Big Sky-opening loss to Sacramento State. The Vikings play at Eastern Washington at 6 p.m.

• In town: The Portland Pilots men take on San Diego in West Coast Conference basketball, 7 p.m., Chiles Center … The PSU women are at home (Lewis & Clark) to face EWU at 8 p.m. … Concordia has a hoops home doubleheader, with the women playing Western Washington at 5:15 p.m., and the men going up against Montana State Billings at 7:30 p.m.

• In prep boys basketball: Madison takes a 9-0 record into a 7:15 p.m. game on the Marshall Campus against Grant, which is considered one of the top teams in the state. The Generals are 7-2, but pushed defending champion and No. 1-ranked Jefferson to the wire last week at the Les Schwab Invitational, after falling in the semifinals to the eventual tournament champion, Oak Hill Academy of Virginia.

Elsewhere in the Portland Interscholastic League, Wilson is at Jefferson, Franklin visits Lincoln, and Cleveland plays at Benson, all at 7:15 p.m.

• In prep girls basketball, it's

Lincoln at Franklin, Grant at Madison, Jefferson at Wilson, all 7:15 p.m.

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