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Love garners national honor.

Byline: From Register-Guard and news service reports

LOS ANGELES - Basketball players Kevin Love, who will attend UCLA, and Connecticut recruit Maya Moore were honored as national high school athletes of the year Wednesday.

They are the second consecutive basketball players to win, joining last year's honorees Greg Oden of Ohio State and Tina Charles of Connecticut. In 2004, basketball players Dwight Howard and Candace Parker won.

Love received his circular silver award from New Jersey Nets star Vince Carter and Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in the recent NBA draft by Portland.

``I know that last year Greg won and to follow in his footsteps in the next year is a tremendous honor,'' said Love, who closed his acceptance speech with ``Go Bruins.''

``You're kind of dumbfounded. You kind of have to pinch yourself and ask yourself if it's real and it is, and it feels great,'' he said.

Love averaged 33.6 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three blocks last season, helping Lake Oswego High to its third consecutive state title game appearance. He was a four-year varsity starter.

He also earned four other major national player of the year awards. His father, Stan, starred at Oregon and played in the NBA.

Moore led Collins Hill High in Suwanee, Ga., to an undefeated season and its third consecutive Georgia Class 5A state championship.

Two Beavers, one Duck

win opening matches

CRESWELL - Two Oregon State University players and one from the University of Oregon survived Wednesday's first round of match play at the PNGA Men's Amateur Championship at Emerald Valley Golf Club.

Beaver teammates Clayton Moe and Tyler Simpson advanced, as did the Ducks' Ted Whitney.

Moe had to go one extra hole to knock off Oregon's Derek Sipe, while Simpson beat Mike Barry of Medford 3 and 2.

Whitney became the lone UO survivor when he beat Oregon Amateur champion Adam Hagen of Scappoose 2 and 1.

Other first-round winners included Florence's Jesse Schutte, who beat Adam Cornelson of Langley, B.C., 1-up, and medalist Jake Younan-Wise of Kingscliff, Australia, who needed an extra hole to knock off George Walker of Portland.

Second- and third-round matches will be played today, followed by the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday and the 36-hole final on Saturday.

Little rolls into

women's quarterfinals

WENATCHEE, Wash. - Sheldon High School graduate Kendra Little continued her solid play in the Pacific Northwest Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship, winning two matches Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals.

Little, who won medalist honors in qualifying, beat Cathy Kim of Bellevue, Wash., 5 and 3 in the first round and Katie Sharp of Bellingham, Wash., 7 and 6 in the second round.

Little will be joined in the quarterfinals by future University of Oregon teammate Kate Hildahl and Oregon State's Jessi Gebhardt.

Hildahl beat Brittany Stewart of Eloy, Ariz., 3 and 1 in the first round and Katrina Hegge of Seattle 1-up in the second.

Gebhardt defeated Jacqueline Olson of Sutherlin 4 and 3 in the first round and incoming UO freshman Monika Graf 1-up in the second.

REGIONAL ROUNDUP

Three from Eugene set

journey tourney pace

WOODBURN - Area golfers occupied four of the top six spots in the boys division after Wednesday's second round of the Oregon Junior Stroke Play Championship at the OGA Golf Course.

Eugene's Nic Polski shot a 4-under-par 68 for a 3-under 141 total that left him one shot ahead of Eugene's Philip Bagdade (70) and Jack Pennington (68) going into today's final round. Blue River's Casey King was tied for fourth at 145 after a 72.

Eugene's Sophie Elstrott shot an 83 and was tied for eighth in the girls division at 165, 14 strokes behind Avery Sills of Portland.

Magic, WVBA teams stay

unbeaten in girls event

SEATTLE - Natasha Torgerson had 15 points and 12 rebounds in the Oregon Magic's 58-51 win over the Spokane Sandpipers at the Mid-Summer Night Madness Tournament on Wednesday.

Kayla Rauschert added 10 points for the Magic (3-0), who play twice today in the championship bracket.

Meanwhile, two WVBA Select teams reached the quarterfinals of their divisions with two wins each.

In the Elite Division, the Silver beat Lincoln of Portland 65-43 behind 14 points each from Carmen Williams and Susan Smith. Williams also scored 16 and Teresa Brown had 10 in a 60-39 win over the Seattle Yes.

In the All-Star Division, Mackenzie Kerins scored 19 points and had nine rebounds in the White's 47-31 win over the PS Flight White of Seattle. Kerins also had 11 points in a 46-28 win over the Idaho Flash.

Also, the WVBA Select Black lost to Canyon Springs (Calif.) Cougars 76-51.

Oregon State hires

assistant baseball coach

NEWBERG - George Fox baseball coach Pat Bailey is leaving the NCAA Division III school to become an assistant coach under Pat Casey at Oregon State.

Bailey, who had a 353-158 record in 12 seasons at George Fox, replaces Dan Spencer, who recently left OSU to become an assistant at Texas Tech.

Officials association

looking for assistance

WILSONVILLE - The Oregon Athletic Officials Association has an immediate need for officials in football, volleyball and soccer.

For more information, call the OAOA office at (503) 975-4488 or e-mail OAOA executive director Jack Folliard at jack@oreofficials.org or associate executive director Clark Sanders at clark@oreofficials.

org.

State softball tourneys

in Eugene this weekend

Dozens of the state's best players will be in Eugene this weekend for the Oregon ASA 18A and 18B championship softball tournaments at the Shasta ballfields.

The Sheldon-based Eugene Lightning is the only local team in either bracket, and opens play Friday at 6 p.m. on Field 2 against the Oregon Breeze from Washington County. Games start at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
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