Sports Zone

SSZ Briefs: Jackson joins UO radio team; youth event at WPRD

Luke Jackson is sure to be a busy man this winter. After being announced last month as the Pleasant Hill High School boys basketball coach, the Oregon Sports Network (OSN) announced in mid-June that Jackson will be an analyst for men’s basketball radio broadcasts.

“Luke is one of Oregon’s all-time greats and we are excited to have him working with Joey (McMurry) to call our games,” head men’s basketball coach Dana Altman said in a news release. “Luke sees the game from a unique perspective and Duck fans will really enjoy his insights on the game.”

McMurry told KVAL13 that that Jackson “might miss a few Duck games” because of his Billies role.

Willamalane hosting RunJumpThrow for youth

■ In honor of the Olympic Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field, Willamalane is co-hosting RunJumpThrow, a “hands-on learning event.”

Scheduled Thursday, June 27 from 2:30-5 p.m. at the Les Schwab Sports Park for ages 6-13. Registration is free and kids can be enrolled at:

THS well-represented in Class 5A softball

■ Class 5A softball all-state teams were announced last week, and the Thurston Colts had five players earn all-state honors:

1st team: Bailey Tovey, senior, 3B; 2nd team: Daphnie Heckel, sophomore, catcher; 3rd team: Kendall Miller, junior, 1B. Syren Ferguson, sophomore, OF; Honorable mention: Emily Spain, senior, Utility. … Springfield senior Jacey Smith was named an honorable mention outfielder.

Local stars in summer all-star games

■ The 76th iteration of the Les Schwab Bowl, an Oregon high school football all-star game, is taking place at Lewis & Clark College in Portland on Friday, June 28 at 4 p.m. Springfield standout lineman Sam Keen, a 1st-team all-state member on offense and defense in his senior season for the Millers, is competing for the third straight year.

Keen is on Team Columbia, and committed to Carroll College, an NAIA college in Helena, Mont.

Meanwhile, the Oregon All-Star Series, a baseball DH put on by Richardson Sports featuring top Class 6A and 5A players, took place at Oregon State’s Goss Stadium last weekend.

Thurston’s Adam Elliott went 3-for-7 at the plate with 1 run for the South All-Stars. Team North took Game One 9-5 on Saturday, but South bounced back and won Game Two on Sunday 2-1 to split the series.



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