Five Tech Teams Scheduled for Weekend Competition
Head Coach Dan Miles will lead his Hustlin' Owls to their ninth straight trip to the NAIA II national tournament. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The Oregon Tech (24-4, 14-2 CCC) men’s basketball team enters this weekend’s games knowing it has clinched at least a tie for their third straight Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season crown. With a combination of a win over Friday’s opponent Concordia University, a victory against Warner Pacific College on Saturday, or a loss by Eastern Oregon University, OIT will win the regular season title outright.
Oregon Tech currently holds a two game lead, and the tiebreaker, with two games to play, over 2nd place Eastern Oregon University in the CCC standings. This scenario assures Oregon Tech a spot at the 2011 NAIA II national championships in Branson, Mo. held March 10th – 16th on the campus of College of the Ozarks, as the regular season conference champion receives an automatic bid to the 32-team tournament. Currently ranked No. 8 in this weeks NAIA top 25 poll, Oregon Tech is very familiar with the Ozark area, as the Hustlin’ Owls will be making their ninth straight championship appearance at the event this March.
Oregon Tech is the #1 seed entering the CCC postseason tournament and will host all playoff games, considering the Owls continue to win in the postseason. Oregon Tech takes a 52-game win streak into the final week of regular season play, with their last loss at home in the finals of the 2008 CCC tournament on March 1st to The Evergreen State College. Oregon Tech will host the quarterfinal round of the CCC tournament on Wednesday, February 23rd beginning at 7 p.m. with an opponent yet to be determined. The semifinal round is February 26th, while the CCC finals take place on Tuesday, March 1st. All postseason games begin at 7:00 p.m.
Fourth year head coach Matt Miles is looking for a third straight NAIA West South Division crown in 2011. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The Oregon Tech baseball team takes a 3-5 overall mark to Portland for five contests beginning Friday with a single nine inning game versus Lewis & Clark College. Tech then plays three games versus separate NCAA III opponents, at the Concordia University tournament held in Wilsonville, before concluding the trip with another single game with Lewis and Clark.
The Softball team opened the 2011 campaign in Redding, Calif. last week, leaving the Simpson University tournament with a 1-2 mark. Pitcher Jackie Imhof capped the Saturday tripleheader with a no-hitter versus Cal Pac opponent Menlo College. Imhof fanned 17 batters in two games, while giving up just two earned runs in 12 innings of work to earn Cascade Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.
Greg Stewart's softball squad received votes in the NAIA preseason poll and is picked 2nd in the CCC coaches poll. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Up next for Oregon Tech softball is the Northwest Cup hosted by Concordia University. All six contests will be played at Hood View Park in Portland beginning with Whitworth University on Friday at 3 p.m., while the tournament concludes Sunday with a game versus Willamette University. The Owls face five NCAA III opponents, along with University of British Columbia of Canada over the three day tournament where the Owls play two games each day.
The Oregon Tech women’s basketball team will conclude the 2010-11 season this weekend with home games versus No. 21 Concordia University on Friday and Saturday against Warner Pacific. Senior Brittany Cherry and junior Jana Parker will be playing their last collegiate contests this week and will be honored at halftime of the men’s game on Saturday for their dedication to OIT.
The track and field team is scheduled to begin the 2011 campaign with a meet held at Marshall High School in Portland. With weather making driving conditions less than desirable, the meet may be cancelled. The athletic department will try to keep you updated on this event. The next scheduled meet, the Wildcat Relays, will be held February 26th in Chico, Calif.
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