▶️ Ridgeview HS pole vaulter overcomes adversity, invited to Australia tourney

Tyas Selby is a Ridgeview High School senior and pole vaulter who is trying to jump his way onto the international scene.

Selby is the defending Oregon 5A state champion in pole vault. He was recently invited to an international tournament in Australia.

“I was in class and I got a note. It described that there was 150 chosen. And you get to compete in Australia, all over Sydney and other places. Then you go out to Hawaii and you get to do what you do best,” Selby said.

For 17-year-old Selby, adversity is just another bar to vault over.

“When I was a freshman, I jumped for two meets and then I tore my hip flexor. And then I jumped sophomore year at state, got sixth. And then last year, I jumped at state and won the 5A division.”

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He’s been vaulting since middle school, but because of canceled seasons due to COVID and injuries, Selby was left at a disadvantage among the competition. 

That was just the beginning.

“My mom, she can’t have me live with her because her children got taken away. So I’ve been living with my dad since I was 10. Recently, he got into cocaine and some other drugs so he couldn’t afford me to live with him. So I had move in with my friend. I’m going to school and working and doing all that stuff on my own,” Selby said.

The young vaulter had a hill to climb if he wanted to leave his mark.

This summer, he did just that in the Oregon state championship.

“14.9 (feet). I jumped that at state last year.”

That record ascended Selby to state champion, beating second place by 3.25 inches.

Selby has accomplished what most could only dream of doing, and he’s done it all on his own.

He hopes to raise his goal of $5,400 to pay for the trip by March. Selby has set up a GoFundMe where you can donate to help fund his trip.

Oregon’s Nix, Washington’s Penix among 4 Heisman finalists

LSU’s Jayden Daniels, Oregon’s Bo Nix and Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., transfer quarterbacks who have all played at least five college seasons, and Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. were announced as the Heisman Trophy finalists on Monday night.

The Heisman has been given to the nation’s most outstanding college football player since 1935. This year’s winner will be announced Saturday in New York. The top four vote-getters determined by more than 870 voters, which include members of the media and former Heisman winners, are selected as finalists.

With Nix and Penix, the Pac-12 has two Heisman finalists for the first time since 2010 when Stanford’s Andrew Luck was the runner-up to Auburn’s Cam Newton, and Oregon running back LaMichael James finished third in the balloting.

The Pac-12 is in its final season with its current membership before 10 schools depart, including Oregon and Washington to the Big Ten.

A look at each finalist’s road to Manhattan.


Daniels had one of the most prolific seasons in Southeastern Conference history for the 13th-ranked Tigers (9-3), his second at LSU and fifth overall after starting his career at Arizona State. He passed for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns and ran for 1,134 yards and 10 TDs.

Daniels is trying to become the third LSU player to the win the Heisman, first since Joe Burrow in 2019 — another transfer quarterback in his second season in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Daniels is also trying to become the rare Heisman winner in the BCS/CFP era to win the award with a team that wasn’t in contention for a championship late in the season. The last player to win the Heisman on a team with a 9-3 record was Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2016.


Harrison has 67 catches for 1,211 yards and 15 touchdowns, and his trip to New York gives No. 7 Ohio State (11-1) Heisman finalists in five of the last six seasons.

Harrison’s overall numbers lag behind some of the other star receivers around the country, but he was the most consistent threat for a Buckeyes offense that was breaking in a new starting quarterback and dealt with injuries to its supporting cast all season.

He would be the fifth receiver to win the Heisman in the award’s 87-year history, but the second in the past four years. Alabama’s DeVonta Smith won in 2020 to become the first receiver to take the trophy in nearly three decades.


While Daniels went from the Pac-12 to the SEC and found stardom, Nix went the opposite way.

After three years at Auburn, the former five-star recruit transferred to Oregon in 2022 and became one of the best players in the country, leading the eighth-ranked Ducks (11-2) to the Pac-12 title game.

Nix has completed 77.2% of his passes, which is slightly behind the major college football record, and has thrown for 4,145 yards and 40 TDs.


Penix is in his sixth college season after four injury-filled years at Indiana. He transferred to Washington in 2022 to play for coach Kalen DeBoer, his former offensive coordinator at Indiana, and has guided the second-ranked Huskies to 23 victories, a Pac-12 title and their second College Football Playoff appearance this year.

This season, Penix has passed for 4,218 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Braves acquire Jarred Kelenic, Marco Gonzales as Mariners dump salary

SEATTLE (AP) — The Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Jarred Kelenic, pitcher Marco Gonzales and infielder Evan White from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday night for right-handed pitchers Cole Phillips and Jackson Kowar.

The move added a veteran lefty to the Braves pitching staff, along with Kelenic, who at one time was one of baseball’s top young prospect. In the process, Seattle cleared a chunk of salary off its payroll, giving up on Kelenic in order for the Braves to take the contracts of Gonzales and White.

Seattle is sending Atlanta $4.5 million on Aug. 1 as part of the trade. Gonzales is owed $12 million for the 2024 season, while White has $17 million in guaranteed money remaining on his contract.

“As we continue to work through this offseason with a goal of improving our team for 2024 and beyond, we believe the additions of Jackson Kowar and Cole Phillips, as well as the roster and payroll flexibility created tonight, will move us closer to that goal,” Seattle President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.

Kelenic is the big piece going to Atlanta in the deal. Once the prized prospect of the New York Mets organization, Kelenic was traded to Seattle in December 2018 when the Mariners sent Robinson Cano and Edwin Díaz to the Mets. At the time, Kelenic was one of the top prospects in the minors, but his transition to the majors has gone through rough patches.

Last season was Kelenic’s first extended stretch as a starter with the Mariners and even that season ran into growth problems when he missed almost two months after fracturing his foot kicking a cooler in the dugout. Kelenic ended the season hitting .253 with 11 homers and 49 RBIs in 105 games.

Gonzales was the longest tenured member of Seattle’s roster after being acquired via trade from St. Louis in 2017. For a while, he was at the top of Seattle’s rotation before struggling at times the past two seasons.

Gonzales, 31, started 148 game over seven seasons with Seattle and had a 4.08 ERA during that time. Gonzales pitched in only 10 games last season before undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on a nerve in his left arm. He’s expected to be ready for the start of spring training.

White, 27, has seen his career defined by injuries since agreeing to a $24 million, six-year contract in November 2019 before his big league debut. He won a Gold Glove during the truncated 2020 season for his play at first base, but has not been able to stay healthy in the years since. White has not played in the majors since appearing in 30 games in the 2021 season. He is owed $7 million next year and $8 million in 2025 plus a $2 million buyout of a 2026 club option.

Kowar, 27, has major league experience and pitched in 23 games as a reliever for Kansas City last season. But Phillips is the piece of the trade that could be useful in the future for Seattle.

The 20-year-old was a second-round pick in the 2022 draft and was one of the top 10 prospects in Atlanta’s farm system even though he has yet to pitch in a professional game. Phillips underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the 2022 draft and has yet to make his professional debut.

Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos told Atlanta media on a conference call that the trade completes his search for a left fielder to replace Eddie Rosario, whose $9 million club option was declined.

Kelencic will get a chance at the job along with infielder Vaughn Grissom, who will begin learning to play outfield in the Puerto Rican winter league. Grissom has struggled defensively as a shortstop but shown promising offensive skills, so the Braves are trying to find a way to get his bat in the lineup. The right-handed hitter could wind up in a left field platoon with Kelenic, who bats from the left side, while also backing up in the middle infield.

Gonzales provides another back-end option for a rotation that struggled to lock down a full complement of pitchers during an injury plagued 2023 season. The Braves also are looking to give free agent signee Reynaldo López a shot at starting after he worked exclusively as a reliever the past two seasons, though those plans could change if Anthopoulos is able to acquire another front-line starter to join a rotation that also includes Spencer Strider, Max Fried, Charlie Morton and Bryce Elder

Oregon State Beavers to face Notre Dame in Sun Bowl

The Oregon State Beavers are headed to El Paso, Texas, to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Sun Bowl on Dec. 29. Kickoff is 11:00 a.m. on CBS.

The Beavers (8-4) finished No. 19 in the final College Football Playoff rankings, three spots behind the No. 16 Irish (9-3). 

Oregon State will be going into the game under unusual circumstances. The Beavers have a new head coach in Trent Bray. He was promoted last week from defensive coordinator after the departure of former head coach Jonathan Smith, who is taking over at Michigan State.

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The Oregonian reported last week that quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, tackle Taliese Fuaga and receiver Anthony Gould don’t intend to play. And running back Damien Martinez was reportedly suspended after his arrest on suspicion of DUII.

Several outlets also reported Monday that backup quarterback Aidan Chiles will also enter the transfer portal. Some reports indicate he’s expected to follow Smith to Michigan State.

Uiagalelei who transferred from Clemson before this season, has again entered the transfer portal. ESPN reports he’ll pick a third college or declare for the NFL Draft.

This will be the final bowl game for Oregon State as a member of the Pac-12 as we know it. Ten teams are leaving in August, leaving just OSU and Washington State. 

OSU and WSU last week agreed to fill at least half their 2024 football schedules with games against the Mountain West conference. OSU is expected to release its full 2024 schedule soon, which could still include a matchup against Oregon — one of the teams leaving for the Big Ten.

Oregon Ducks head to Fiesta Bowl New Year’s Day to play unbeaten Liberty

The Oregon Ducks will still get to play a New Year’s Day bowl game, just not the one they envisioned heading into this weekend.

The Ducks (11-2) will face the Liberty Flames (13-0) in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Kickoff is 10:00 a.m. PT. 

Ducks Wire reports Oregon opens as a 13 1/2-point favorite.

The Ducks finished 8th in the final College Football Playoff rankings Sunday, falling three spots after their loss to No. 2 Washington in the Pac-12 Championship Game Friday.

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Liberty received the invite to a New Year’s Six bowl after finishing as the highest-ranked Group of Five conference member at No. 23. The American Athletic, Mountain West, Conference USA, Sun Belt and Mid-American make up the Group of Five. 

Although they are unbeaten, the Flames are also untested at the highest level. Their strength of schedule was ranked last in the FBS, according to ESPN.

It will be the final bowl game for Oregon as a member of the Pac-12. They move to the Big Ten next season along with Washington, USC and UCLA.

This will also be the final year for the four-team College Football Playoff. It will move to 12 teams next season. Had the 12-team format been implemented this year, the Ducks would be in.

Washington faces Texas in College Football Playoff; rematch of 2022 Alamo Bowl

Any anxiety the Texas Longhorns experienced over whether they would be included in the College Football Playoff lifted Sunday when the selection committee matched them against Washington at the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, creating a scene of pure joy at the team watch party in Austin.

“Our players kind of exuded all the emotions we had,” coach Steve Sarkisian said minutes later on ESPN. “When you don’t know — which is always the most difficult part when there’s a committee and you’re not an undefeated team — there’s always going to be that bit of nervousness, anxiety because you don’t know what the discussions are in that room.”

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Texas’ only loss this season was to Oklahoma in October. The Longhorns’ best win was 34-24 at Alabama in September.

Linebacker Jaylan Ford had a range of emotions as he watched two of the conference championship games that followed the Longhorns’ 49-21 win over Oklahoma State for the Big 12 title. Alabama beat Georgia in the SEC and Florida State beat Louisville in the ACC.

“We watched the ‘Bama game on the bus … We were like ‘Ok, we’ve got a chance,’ “ Ford said. ”I watched the Florida State game at home. That kind of gave me a little doubt, because you never know. When we saw that third spot go up, everybody erupted.”

The third-seeded Longhorns (12-1) are in the CFP for the first time and will play the Pac-12 champion Huskies (13-0) in a bowl for the second straight year. Washington held off Texas 27-20 in the Alamo Bowl last year.

The Huskies, seeded No. 2, are in the playoff for the second time. The Huskies lost 24-7 to Alabama in the 2016 semifinal at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. They all but locked up their playoff spot in New Orleans with Friday’s 34-31 win over Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game.

“I’m sure it was a little different for me than it was for Coach Sark,” Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said of the hours leading to the announcement. “We knew we needed to win that football game. Hat’s off to our coaching staff and players for grinding through the week and putting together a great game plan. It did allow for a very enjoyable day (Saturday).”

No. 1 seed Michigan (13-0) will play No. 4 Alabama (12-1) in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. The national championship game is Jan. 8 in Houston.

Ewers vs. Penix II

The game will be a rematch of 2022 Alamo Bowl quarterbacks Ewers of Texas and Heisman Trophy candidate Michael Penix Jr. of Washington.

Penix threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns against the Longhorns, who were without star running back Bijon Robinson and two other players who opted to sit out.

Ewers was 31 of 47 for 369 yards and led Texas back from a 17-point deficit. The Longhorns had a final chance to win when they got the ball with 32 seconds left, but the game ended with Texas at the Huskies’ 40.

Winning the Close Ones

Eight of Washington’s last nine games have been decided by single digits. The last four wins have been by a total of 15 points.

Familiar Foe

Sarkisian again will be facing his old school. Sarkisian was the Huskies’ coach from 2009-13, going 34-29 with three bowl appearances.

“Washington still holds a special place to me,” Sarkisian said. “I got my first head coaching opportunity there and had five just tremendous years in trying to rebuild that program.”

Texas’ Steady Rise

The Longhorns have made a steady rise since going 5-7 in 2021, Sarkisian’s first season.

“We knew there would be way better times,” Ford said. “After that season, everyone was more motivated than ever.”

Sugar is Just Fine

DeBoer acknowledged an argument could have been made for Washington to be the No. 1 seed and play closer to home at the Rose Bowl.

“But here’s the deal,” he said. “We’re in the final four and we’re going to go play in an exciting venue against a very good football team. We’re breaking into new territory here with the first U-Dub team to go play in the Sugar Bowl.”

Huskies rally to beat Ducks 34-31 for Pac-12 title and playoff berth

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. passed for 319 yards and a touchdown, Dillon Johnson ran for 152 yards and two TDs and No. 3 Washington wrapped up a spot in the College Football Playoff, beating No. 5 Oregon 34-31 on Friday night in the Pac-12 Championship.

The game was likely the final Pac-12 Championship given 10 of the 12 teams will be playing in different conferences next season. Only Oregon State and Washington State will remain as they try to find a way to keep the tradition-rich conference together in some form.

Washington (13-0) was the last Pac-12 team to make the CFP — in the 2016 season.

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The Huskies, who were 9 1/2-point underdogs, scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take a 34-24 lead. Oregon (11-2) scored a late touchdown for the final score, but failed to recover the onside kick, ending the Ducks’ six-game winning streak.

Two Washington receivers had more than 100 yards — Jalen McMillan (nine receptions for 131 yards) and Biletnikoff finalist Rome Odunze (eight for 102) who was returning to his hometown.

Oregon’s Bo Nix, the favorite entering the game to win the Heisman Trophy according to FanDuel Sportsbook, passed for 239 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 69 yards.

If it was indeed the final title game for the conference, it was quite a way to go as Oregon and Washington again played a high-scoring game with big plays throughout. The Huskies won their regular-season meeting 36-33 in Seattle.

Washington took a 20-3 lead before the Ducks scored a touchdown with nine seconds left to get to within 10 points.

That score got Oregon going, converting two fourth downs on the opening drive of the second, including a 2-yard touchdown from Nix to tight end Terrance Ferguson to get within three points. The Ducks took the lead at 24-20 with 1:51 left in the third quarter on Jordan James’ 6-yard TD run.

The lead didn’t last long as Washington scored on its next drive to take the lead for good.

This is the second time both teams have been ranked in the top 10 when they have played each other. The other time was the first meeting this season.

Washington improved to 3-0 in the Pac-12 Championship; Oregon is 4-2.

32 female athletes sue University of Oregon, alleging Title IX violations

Thirty-two female athletes filed a lawsuit against the University of Oregon on Friday that alleges the school is violating Title IX.

The plaintiffs, who are all either on the varsity beach volleyball team or the club rowing team, are accusing the school of “depriving women of equal treatment and benefits, equal athletic aid, and equal opportunities to participate in varsity intercollegiate athletics.”

The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon, seeks correction of the alleged violations and unspecified damages.

The lead counsel for the women is Arthur H. Bryant of Bailey & Glasser, who is known for legal efforts to enforce Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender inequality by educational institutions receiving federal funds.

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The beach volleyball players say they do not have facilities for practicing or competing. Instead, the team must practice and compete at a public park with inadequate facilities.

“For example, the public park lacks any stands for spectators, has bathrooms with no doors on the stalls, and is frequently littered with feces, drug paraphernalia, and other discarded items,” the players allege in the lawsuit. “No men’s team faces anything remotely similar.”

Oregon released a statement that said an on-campus facility for beach volleyball is currently in the development stage. It also said Oregon is “committed to providing a quality, positive experience for all our student-athletes.”

Many of Oregon’s men’s teams, including the fifth-ranked Ducks football team, have state-of-the-art facilities, take chartered flights to games, eat catered food and have other amenities. The Ducks were playing Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game against Washington in Las Vegas.

Of the 20 varsity sports at Oregon, only beach volleyball does not provide scholarships, although NCAA rules allow the school to give the equivalent of six full athletic scholarships to the team. Players say they wear hand-me-down uniforms and are not provided with any name, image and likeness support.

“Based on the way the beach volleyball team has been treated, female athletes at Oregon do not need much food or water, good or clean clothes or uniforms, scholarships, medical treatment or mental health services, their own facilities, a locker room, proper transportation, or other basic necessities. Male athletes are treated incredibly better in almost every respect,” team captain and lead plaintiff Ashley Schroeder said in a statement.

Schroeder said the team could not practice this week because someone had died at the park.

In its statement, Oregon said it provides “all student-athletes, including our female athletes, with academic support, tutoring, student-athlete development, medical care, mental health support, meals and snacks, and nutrition and sports training.”

The school also said it has previously committed to increasing scholarships.

“The university believes it complies with Title IX. UO has not yet been served a copy of the complaint, and therefore we are unable to comment on any further specifics,” the university’s statement said.

Beach volleyball has been recognized by the NCAA since 2010 and Oregon’s program was founded in 2014. The first Division I championship was held in 2016.

The rowers say the university fails to provide equal opportunities for athletic participation by not having a varsity women’s rowing team.

The lawsuit, which sprang from an investigation published in July by The Oregonian newspaper, cites Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act statistics which show that 49% of the student-athletes at Oregon are women, but only 25% of athletics dollars and 15% of its recruiting dollars are spent on them.

NCAA President Charlie Baker has previously addressed possible inequities in NIL deals, saying he was concerned about potential Title IX implications because NIL opportunities seem to be disproportionately going to male athletes.

The NCAA lifted its ban on college athletes being able to earn money for sponsorship deals and endorsements in 2020.

Oregon State, WSU, Mountain West agree to football scheduling deal in 2024

Oregon State, Washington State and the Mountain West announced a football scheduling agreement Friday for the 2024 season that gives the two remaining Pac-12 schools six opponents each and positions them to operate as a two-team conference for at least a year.

All 12 Mountain West schools will be involved and Oregon State and Washington State will each play three home games and three road games against members of a conference that includes: Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, San Diego State, Wyoming, Nevada, UNLV, Wyoming, San Jose State, Utah State, Fresno State and New Mexico.

“We are still focused on re-building the Pac-12, and continue to prioritize the student-athlete experience at Oregon State,” Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes said.

Barnes said a full football schedule will be released soon and will include five Power Five opponents, six from the Mountain West and one FCS school.

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The Mountain West will play a seven-game conference schedule and the games against Oregon State and Washington State will not count against the league standings.

“This is a unique and unprecedented opportunity for Oregon State and Washington State to play against highly competitive Mountain West football programs in 2024,” Mountain West Commissioner Gloria Nevarez.

She said the agreement expands the conference’s footprint and strengthens its nonconference schedules.

Oregon State and Washington State are trying to plot a path forward after the Pac-12 was torn apart by conference realignment. Ten Pac-12 schools are joining new Power Five leagues in 2024.

Oregon State and Washington State want to rebuild the Pac-12. NCAA rules allow for a conference to be as small as two schools for a two-year period.

The Pacific Northwest schools are currently in a legal battle with the Pac-12 and the 10 departing schools to determine who runs the conference and has control over potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in assets.

“Today’s announcement provides both institutions clarity for the 2024 football season,” Washington State President Kirk Schulz said .

A person with knowledge of the discussions between the schools and conference told AP last month that the scheduling agreement could be expanded to other sports, including basketball, as the sides continue to explore options.

It is unclear how the additional games could impact the Mountain West’s television agreement with Fox and CBS, which runs through the 2025 football season.

The Pac-12 has no television contract in place beyond this season. The league’s failure to land a deal competitive with other Power Five conferences led eight schools to announce they were leaving this past summer.

The departures from the Pac-12 started in 2022 when Southern California and UCLA announced they would join the Big Ten in 2024.

Oregon State and Washington State sued the Pac-12 and departing members in September, claiming those schools relinquished a right to be on the conference board of directors and vote on league matters when the announced they were leaving.

The schools say they should still be able to vote until they officially leave in August of 2024.

A judge ruled last month in favor of Oregon State and Washington State, but the conference and departing schools have appealed to the Washington Supreme Court and t he lower’s court ruling has been put on hold.

Bend author’s ‘Good for a Girl’ wins prestigious Sports Book of the Year award

A Bend author is making headlines in London with her book, winning an award that has been dubbed “The world’s most valuable sports writing prize.” 

Central Oregon Daily News’ Genevieve Reaume profiled Lauren Fleshman and her book, “Good for a Girl: A Woman Running in a Man’s World,” in April. Genevieve’s story focused on local coaches of young girls who see the same kinds of injuries in female athletes because their training was designed for men.

Now, the book has won the 2023 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.

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Reuters reports that the judges praised the book for its “heartfelt narrative” and “compelling writing”, as well advocating for reform in women’s and girl’s sports.

Not only does it recognize Fleshman’s writing talent, it earns her more than $37,000 in prize money.

Fleshman won NCAA championships at Stanford and two national championships as a professional distance runner.

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