While it may not be football season, there are plenty of other sports still fighting for championships. Here's your quack:
- It was a great weekend for the Oregon softball team, as they won every game they played in their regional. Yesterday, they completed the sweep with a 3-1 victory over Penn State. The Ducks scored all their runs in the 6th to get the victory. Oregon moves on to play a best-of-three series against the 4th seeded Florida Gators in Gainesville, which will start at 11am next Friday.
- Oregon baseball is ending the season just like it started, by blowing late leads. Oregon held a one run lead into the bottom of the 9th, but could not keep it in the final frame as Madison Boer took the loss. Oregon has 4 games remaining, including three against the Beavers. While the Ducks postseason hopes are dead, a win in the final series would at at least end the season on a positive note.
- Construction on the Casanova Center will start soon, and Rob Moseley covers everyone's real concern: What is going to happen to parking? During construction, there will be 750 fewer spaces, which will become around 200 fewer places. This will likely mean the end of general admission parking at football games, which has been shrinking for years.
- The Wiz Of Odds has been all over the bowls the last few months, and has a rundown of the financial aspects of the 2011 BCS Championship Game. I do have one problem with this though. On Oregon's survey, they listed themselves as "Very Satisfied" with the "condition of the practice and playing field." Come on guys, even Auburn went with "Neutral."
- It's time for the Oregon track and field team to begins attempts to qualify for the national meet. While Vin Lananna has spoken out against the process as it exists now, he supports having fewer athletes at the national meet. Oregon will be hosting the NCAA West prelims on Thursday-Saturday, and the top 12 finishers in each event will move on to the NCAA Championships, so only 24 athletes will compete per event. Lananna and the other Oregon coaches have their work cut out, as they try to maximize the number of events Oregon athletes qualify in, while keeping the Ducks as rested as possible after having only two weeks of preparation.
- It's no doubt that Oregon is a great college and track town. It's so obvious that even a Washington grad can't stop himself.
- Oregon golf won't be making another trip to the NCAA Championships. The Ducks needed to finish in the top 5, but finished in a tie for 10th after they failed to improve their score the final 2 rounds.
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