Generals coach, owner Freeland dies at 43.
Robert Freeland, the head coach and part-owner of the Eugene Generals hockey team, died in a Portland hospital early Saturday of complications from a virus he had battled for the past month. He was 43.
Freeland, who was born in Fairbanks, lived with his family in Beaverton and resided in Eugene during the season.
Freeland led the Generals to the Northern Pacific Hockey League Cascade Cup in their first season. Eugene finished with a 31-13 regular-season record, posting the most wins by an expansion franchise in league history.
More than half of the roster is expected to return next season, and Freeland had already met many of the new players during scouting, general manager Flint Doungchak said.
"We're all a really close family,' he said. `Bobby has an effect beyond his hockey knowledge, he has such a rapport with the players. It's almost like losing a dad when you spend every day with him during the season."
Freeland had been at Oregon Health & Science University since June 16. He began to feel ill while in Anchorage for a team tryout camp in early June, according to Generals officials.
Doctors at OHSU were able to determine only that a virus was attacking his liver and put him on a list for a transplant. An autopsy is planned to discover the exact cause of Freeland's death, Doungchak said.
Freeland, who moved to Oregon in 1976, played competitive hockey collegiately at Saint John's University (Minn.) and for the Portland Amateur Hockey Association. He coached the Portland Junior Hawks from 1987-2002 and had been an Oregon State Hockey Association board member since 1996.
Freeland was the general manager of the Portland Pioneers of the NOR-PAC from 2000-05 and was an assistant coach on their Cascade Cup title team in 2004.
Freeland is survived by his wife, Sharon, and sons, Jake Robert, 2, and Ryan Kristopher, 3 months.
A memorial fund has been established to support his family. Donations are accepted online at www.coachbobby15.com or at any Wells Fargo bank. Checks should be made out to "Oregon State Hockey Association - Coach Bobby." Contributions also may be mailed to the Oregon State Hockey Association, Robert Freeland Benefit Fund, 4840 S.W. Western Ave., Suite 7000, Beaverton, OR 97005.
Funeral plans are pending.
Future Duck Acosta misses 4-minute mark
WALNUT, Calif. - Future Oregon runner A.J. Acosta just missed cracking the 4-minute barrier in the mile Saturday in a one-event meet created specifically for the San Diego native to take his shot at becoming only the fifth high school athlete to accomplish the feat.
The El Camino High School product finished in 4 minutes, 3.96 seconds at Mount San Antonio College, posting the fourth-best mark in California prep history.
`The last 100 I could feel it,' Acosta told The San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper after the race. `I respect (the 4-minute barrier), I just didn't have it. I just came up a little short.'
Acosta will attend the World Junior Championships in Beijing before joining the Ducks in September.
Challengers drop first tournament game
The Walla Walla, Wash., Bears defeated the Eugene Bi-Mart Challengers 7-1 on Saturday at the Papa's Pizza American Legion baseball tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium.
The Challengers scored their only run in the sixth inning when J.J. Mascolo doubled and scored on a single by Dan Winterstein.
Winterstein was 2-for-3 to lead the Challengers, who fell to 4-1 in the tournament.
Eugene will play the Chico, Calif., Nuts at 1:30 p.m. today in the first semifinal, and the Springfield Titans will play the Vancouver, Wash., Cardinals at 3:45 p.m. in the other semifinal.
The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. today.
Select basketball teams reach bracket semifinals
OREGON CITY - The Select Silver of Eugene advanced to the semifinals of the fifth-place bracket in the Oregon City Shootout girls basketball tournament Saturday with a 63-54 victory over the CSIN 16 of California.
Kourtney Parks of Summit High School in Bend led the Select Silver with 17 points, followed by Sarah Whitfield (South Eugene) and Carmen Williams (Churchill) with 14 apiece.
The Select Black, also of Eugene, defeated the Seattle Yes 48-40 and the Southern Oregon Stars of Medford 41-36 to reach the semifinals of the consolation bracket.
Kaitlyn Kronberger (Cottage Grove) led the Select Black against the Washington team with 10 points. Emily Doran (Crescent Valley) had 14 points and Amy Densmore added 10 in the win over the Medford team.
The Select Silver will meet the Sagebrush Hoops of Washington today, and the Select Black will play the Washington Triple Threat of Seattle.
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|Title Annotation:||Sports; Robert Freeland, a longtime member of the Oregon hockey community, succumbs to a virus|
|Publication:||The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)|
|Date:||Jul 2, 2006|
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