His name is Ralph Lawler, and for folks who may not know, Lawler has been the beloved broadcast voice of the Los Angeles Clippers on both radio and television for more than 40 years. Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom sat down with Lawler to chat about his career in broadcasting, his recent retirement and the incredible off season the Clippers are having acquiring both Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom takes us behind the scenes at the Moda Center after the Portland Trailblazers electric 118-115 victory where they wrapped up the series 4-1 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Center Foundation Player of the Game: Brian Warinner
For the matchup on January 4, Redmond High School @ Bend Senior High School, Brian Warinner earned The Center Foundation Player of the Game.
Oregon Teams Advance to Sweet 16
The Oregon State University women’s basketball team made history on Sunday in their game against Tennessee.
Tennessee had never lost in the tournament on their home floor and they were 57 and 0 coming into the matchup, but they can kiss that record goodbye.
The Beavers took them down, shocking the Vols 66 to 59.
The crazy thing about the matchup was three of Tennessee’s best players are from Oregon and played basketball at Oregon high schools. Five years ago the number one high school recruit in the nation was Mercedes Russell out of Springfield and she choose to take her talents to Tennessee. Jaime Nared and Evina Westbrook followed suit in the following years.
That gave Tennessee three starters from Oregon and the Oregon girls showed out. Russell led the way with 21 and 14 but it wasn’t enough. The Beavers overcame an earlier deficit and clawed out a 7-point victory. The Beavers were led once again by senior Marie Gulich who put up 14 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.
OSU now marches on to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year where they will face 2-seed Baylor in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday.
The Beaver’s aren’t the only Oregon team moving on. The University of Oregon Lady Ducks got off to a fast start against 10 seed Minnesota and never looked back.
Led by sophomore guard Sabrina Ionescu with 29 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, the NCAA’s all time leader in triple doubles almost messed around and got another. Fellow sophomore Ruthy Hebard added 22 and 10 and the Ducks were up by as many as 34 before clearing the bench. They finished with a 101 to 73 victory.
The Ducks will now head to Spokane, Washington where they will face Central Michigan the 11 seed on Saturday.
3-Diculous: Madras White Buffaloes’ New Approach to Basketball
The boys’ basketball team at Madras High School is making a playoff run with the help of an unusual style of play they have dubbed “3-diculous”.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom looks at how the White Buffaloes have used a fast-paced offense and high-pressure defense to become the top-scoring 4A team in the state.
Warm Springs Teen Leading Madras Girls Basketball to Playoffs
Lynden Harry started shooting baskets as a little girl at the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and now she is leading the Madras High School White Buffaloes to the playoffs this season.
Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom spent some time in Madras and Warm Springs to find out more about the little point guard with big dreams for her future on and off the court.
Summit Wins 3rd Place at State Championship
Here are your final highlights for Summit’s exciting 55-53 win over Corvallis to capture 3rd Place at State #inCorvallis. Thanks to Mike and Rick at All Seasons RV & Marine for their support of this weekend’s high school basketball coverage. And congrats to the Summit Seniors for a great ending to their high school careers! #skoStorm
The Valiant Struggle – Summit Storm tries to Keep Pace with Wilsonville
Despite a valiant struggle and 16 points from Nick Mason, the Storm can’t keep up with the high-flying top-seeded Wilsonville #inCorvallis. Summit falls 67-43 as the Wildcats advance to 5A Finals. 2nd Half highlights brought to you by All Seasons RV & Marine. #SkoStorm plays for 3rd Place Saturday afternoon.