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Voorhies named coach of the year.

Byline: The Register-Guard

Retired Newport baseball coach John Voorhies traveled to Montgomery, Ala., in late July to accept his award as the 2001 Northwest regional coach of the year.

But there was a surprise waiting for him.

The 52-year-old Voorhies, who coached high school baseball in Oregon for 28 years, was also named the 2001 national baseball coach of the year by the National Federation of High School Coaches.

`It was a huge surprise,' Voorhies said. `I went down there to accept the regional award and I didn't have a clue about the national award. It was a really nice honor.'

Voorhies was the head baseball coach at North Douglas for two years before moving to Newport in 1975. He coached the Cubs for 26 years before retiring after the 2001 season.

He posted a career record of 449-205 and guided his teams to 16 Val-Co League titles and 19 playoff appearances, including a runner-up finish Noun 1. runner-up finish - a finish in second place (as in a race)
second-place finish

finish - designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race); "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the
 at state in 1986.

Voorhies was voted the Class 3A coach of the year in 1986 and 1992. He is a member of the Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame and will be inducted into the Oregon High School Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame later this year.

`This is a well-deserved honor,' said Ken Riley Kenneth Jerome Riley (born August 6 1947) is a former professional American Football defensive back who played his entire career for the Cincinnati Bengals, in the American Football League in 1969 and in the NFL from 1970 through 1983. , a former Cubs player who replaced Voorhies as coach at Newport. `Most of what I got from baseball came from John, especially his passion and love for the game. The award couldn't have gone to a better guy.'

Softball

Jackie Kerrigan tossed a no-hitter and struck out seven Thursday to lead the Oregon Reign to a 4-0 victory over the Texas Cobras in the ASA Asa (ā`sə), in the Bible, king of Judah, son and successor of Abijah. He was a good king, zealous in his extirpation of idols. When Baasha of Israel took Ramah (a few miles N of Jerusalem), Asa bought the help of Benhadad of Damascus and  18-and-under national tournament at Rockford, Ill.

Kerrigan's bid for a perfect game ended when the Reign committed a fielding error.

The Reign took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Stephanie Bour's RBI RBI
abbr. Baseball
runs batted in

Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in
 single, and padded the lead with a three-run sixth inning. Shannon Stacy had an RBI single, and the other runs scored on two Texas throwing errors.

The Reign will meet the Illinois Xtreme today in the championship bracket.

Jennifer Elder tossed a seven-hit shutout and Lindsey Smith had three hits Thursday to help the Creswell Fury win their second game at the ASA B 18-and-under national tournament in Spokane.

Elder finished with seven strikeouts as the Fury (2-0 in pool play) defeated the California Sting of Riverside, Calif., 5-0. Sasha Moore, Katie Plumb and Dani Taylor added two hits each in the Fury's 13-hit attack.

The Fury begin the first round of bracket play today at 4 p.m.

Baseball

The Pepsi Challengers (49-12) scored four runs in the first inning and never trailed Thursday en route to an 11-6 victory over Richey's Market of Corvallis in a District 3-4 American Legion American Legion, national association of male and female war veterans, founded (1919) in Paris. Membership is open to veterans of World Wars I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.  playoff game Noun 1. playoff game - one game in the series of games constituting a playoff
game - a single play of a sport or other contest; "the game lasted two hours"

playoff - any final competition to determine a championship
 at Swede swede: see turnip.  Johnson Stadium.

The second game of the best-of-three series is tonight at 7 in Corvallis. Game three, if necessary, would be at 6 p.m. Saturday at Swede Johnson Stadium. The series winner advances to the state tournament Aug. 7-11 in Medford.

A.J. Norris, who finished 4-for-4, led off the Challengers' first-inning rally with a double and scored on a double by Kellen Hobie, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Corvallis made three of its eight errors in the inning. Dane Butler added two hits and earned the save in relief of winning pitcher Scott Nelson Scott Nelson (born September 6, 1985) is an American soccer player who currently plays for the Houston Dynamo team in Major League Soccer.

Nelson played four years at Furman University, scoring thirty one goals during his collegiate career and fighting back from a hip injury
, whose three-run homer in the eighth accounted for the final score.

In other Legion playoff games Thursday, Klamath Falls Klamath Falls, city (1990 pop. 17,737), seat of Klamath co., SW Oreg., at the southern tip of Upper Klamath Lake; inc. 1905. It is the processing and distribution center of a lumber, livestock, and farm area.  beat Mid-Valley of Albany, 10-4, and Dr. Stewart's of Roseburg beat Salem Paving, 10-5.

The Willamette Valley The Willamette Valley (pronounced [wɪˈlæ.mɪt], with the accent on the second syllable) is the region in northwest Oregon in the United States that surrounds the Willamette River as it proceeds northward from its  all-stars won two pool play games Thursday at the Pacific Northwest Cal Ripken 12-year-old Regional Tournament in Longview, Wash.

Nick Thielman was 3-for-3 and combined with Chase Cerbin to throw a three-hitter as Willamette Valley beat Eastmont of Wenatchee, Wash., 14-1. Tyler Martell, Kevin Kovarik and Thomas Briones homered for Willamette Valley.

Willamette Valley rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat Central of Longview 9-7 in its second game. Briones hit a two-run homer, and Ethan Trachtenberg later added a three-run shot to fuel a seven-run fifth inning that put Willamette Valley ahead for good.

Willamette Valley meets teams from Belgrade, Mont., and Kelso, Wash., in pool play today. Bracket play begins Saturday.

Soccer

The Oregon State men's soccer team's recruiting class has been ranked No. 20 in the nation in a poll released Thursday by CollegeSoccerNews.com.

Among the nine newcomers fourth-year coach Dana Taylor will have this fall are transfers Alan Gordon Alan Gordon may refer to the following:
  • Alan Gordon (publicist/entrepreneur) born 1916, American businessman who founded Alan Gordon Enterprises in 1946 with his close friend Jackie Cooper.
, a junior forward who earned NSJCAA first-team all-America honors at Yavapai Junior College, and Brian Farber ((hangon)) Brian Farber is an American soccer player. He played the 2006-2007 MISL season with the California Cougars. In October 2007 he resigned for the 2007-2008 season again with the California Cougars. , who owns North Idaho College's all-time points record (66).

Rowing

Oregon State senior Joy Jordan was named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association all-American second team, it was announced Wednesday.

Jordan, a native of Alsea, rowed the six seat in the varsity eight boat that reached as high as 13th in the CRCA CRCA Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (University of California, San Diego)
CRCA Century Road Club Association
CRCA Children's Human Rights Centre of Albania
CRCA Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
 national rankings this past season. Jordan is a two-time academic all-Pac-10 selection and also earned all-Pac-10 recognition after the 2002 season.
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Title Annotation:Regional Roundup: Retired Newport coach earns national honor.; Sports
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Aug 2, 2002
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