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Tag: Oregon

March
6th

Keeping it green, Chambers signs track scholarship with the Oregon Ducks

The fastest, most dynamic high-school 400-meter runner alive was in complete slow-play mode Wednesday.

College decision day was a little more than a formality for Foss High School’s Marcus Chambers. Basketball and football players plan extravagant announcement ceremonies, so why shouldn’t he?

And he did, inviting his entire school to the theater building to watch him pick a hat off the table among the five finalists vying for his quick-twitching services.

In the end, he chose the school he dubbed “track city” – Oregon – over Baylor, Louisiana State, UCLA and Southern California.

“It has been a big weight for

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March
12th

Basketball: Why the shot clock is a good thing

When WIAA member schools a few years ago voted to implement a shot clock in boys basketball, I applauded the move. A shot clock is used at every level of college basketball — from community college to NCAA Division I — so why not in high school?

From a professional standpoint, the “four corners” offense was fantastic. Portions of games flew by, ensuring no threat of ending close to my deadline. From every other standpoint, it’s awful and marginalizes the game. No one wants to watch a player hold the ball for minutes. When Federal Way went into a stall during overtime of the SPSL title game against Decatur in 2009, the teams were booed by fans of both teams.

The tactic didn’t break any rules, but goes against the spirit of the game. And that brings me to the point of this post.

On Saturday, Oregon’s Class 5A girls basketball finals ended with Springfield beating Willamette 16-7.
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Jan.
21st

Northwest Nuggets: Silver Anniversary Edition

UW defensive tackle Steve Emtman was a member of the Northwest Nugget's first class and has the distinction of being the No. 1 Northwest Nugget of all-time.

Twenty-five years ago, The News Tribune published its first its annual look at the top football recruits in the region — the Northwest Nuggets. At the time, this was the only recruiting resource available in the region. It was a smashing success and other publications in the area followed suit. Twenty-five years later, the niche market of recruiting coverage has exploded, spawning websites backed by billion-dollar companies.

On Sunday, the TNT will publish its Silver Anniversary Edition of the Northwest Nuggets, examining the past and looking to the future of recruiting coverage, and, of course, lay out the top recruits in the Northwest.

FEATURE STORY: Todd Milles explores how recruiting coverage has changed over the past 25 years, starting from when the Northwest Nuggets began, moving on to the advent of recruiting websites and then into the social media age. It’s an interesting read.

NW NUGGETS CLASS OF 2012: Find out what 11 players made the cut for the year’s class of Northwest Nuggets.

ALL-TIME BEST NUGGETS: In 25 years, 302 players have earned the distinction of being called Northwest Nuggets. Here are the 10 best. Don’t agree? You can create your own list from the 302 Nuggets.
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