Basketball 101

At first take, basketball is a sport that can be a little confusing. Players run up and down a wooden court at such a blistering pace it seems as if you’re watching a new hybrid event in track and field, a cross between high jump and sprinting.

If you love it, let it go

Still thinking the Trail Blazers are going to call any minute now? Have leftover sporting equipment from your glory days just lying around collecting dust? If either of these scenarios describes you, it might be time to part ways with your equipment. Maybe even put a little cash in your pocket!

European vacation

Most travelers visit Europe in order to see the sights and take in all the culture and diversity. However, the Portland State women’s volleyball team is not your typical set of travelers.

Rollercoaster ride

In a year of bailouts and budget cuts, sports have been a nice distraction from some of the grim realities facing Portland State graduates. With plenty of unbelievable outcomes and a long list of firsts, there was many a debate over which events stood out as the most spectacular of the last year.

Positive potential

Natural. It’s a word that is rarely used when describing someone. Reserved for those who seem to make things look easy no matter what the task may be. But for someone like senior men’s basketball player Tyrell Mara, the word seems to fit perfectly.

Riding in the fast lane

Passing them in the hall, you wouldn’t guess that Brian and Kevin Pinkstaff crush straightaways at 150-plus mph. In classes they seem like just another two Portland State students.

Best Sports Bars

Among other things, the Rose City is known for passionate sports fans and beer. The Vanguard has gone out of its way to give you the top eight spots to enjoy a ball game on the big screen while throwing back your beverage of choice.

Spotlight: Athlete of the Week

Coming off her first season with Portland State, sophomore Stephanie Johns looks to have a long, successful career. After earning Big Sky Player of the Week honors twice this year, Johns was named to the All-Big Sky Conference First Team.

Title hopes marred

Portland State’s season came to an end following the conclusion of the Big Sky Tournament on Wednesday, and this occurred without a repeat of last year’s amazing run that resulted in a conference championship.