Before the weather turns warm in a few weeks (or months as the case may be around these parts) track and field athletes are heating things up indoors this month.
Lauren Lloyd (HRV '10) is having a stellar indoor season after rehabbing from a shin injury over the fall. Karyn Lloyd was kind enough to pass along an update on her daughter as she prepared to fly to New York to watch her for the first time in the collegiate ranks.
At the Boston University Valentine's Day Invitational earlier this month, Lloyd put herself third on the Cornell University all-time indoor list for the 800 with a time of 2:-7.18. The team was a three-second indoor personal best for the sophomore, according to Cornell athletics, and is the No. 8 all-time best time in the Ivy League.
Lloyd and the rest of the Big Red track team will be at the ECAC Championships in Boston March 3-4.
In basketball Angie Titus (HRV '11) saw double-digit minutes against Alaska for Western Oregon on Feb. 16 and turned in a four-point night with a steal.
Chris Dirks (HRV '11) got his first career start for Linfield earlier this month in an 83-78 loss to Willamette. Dirks played a season-high 17 minutes and scored five points in the game.
Some unfortunate news to pass on regarding Ramon Martinez (Horizon '11) at Portland Bible College. His freshman basketball season was brought to a halt by a knee injury and a subsequent surgery. He hopes to make a full recovery and be back on the court next season after taking a medical redshirt this year.
Got word from Chris Sherrell that sons Elliott (HRV '09) and Parker (HRV '11) will be teaming up this season at Lane Community College baseball team. The Titans kick off their season March 3.
Finally, for your trivia. Which NBA No. 1 overall draft pick has played the fewest career games since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976 (excluding 2011)?
A: Hit the bottle, Blazer fans, according to ESPN and the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the often-injured and likely soon to be retired Greg Oden, with 82.
And that is reason No. 346 to be glad I am your local sports reporter.