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Titans vaporize Lakers at home, hit road undefeated

After defeating the Clackamas Cougars 83-62, Lane women’s basketball team played their second consecutive home game against the Southwestern Oregon Lakers on Jan. 13.

Before the game, Lane head coach Greg Sheley said his team could have performed much better in their win over Clackamas four days prior.

“We’re going to work on trying to clean it up a little bit tonight — take a little bit better care of the ball [and], hopefully, we’ll shoot a little higher percentage,” Sheley said before the game. “If we can do those things, we can cruise to a nice little victory.”

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Overtime win redeems Titans

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Sophomore guard Usama Zaid drives past Southwestern Oregon Community College Laker Jake Lucero during the first half of the Wednesday, Jan. 13 game at Lane.

It took an additional five minutes beyond regulation to decide the victor of the Lane men’s basketball game against the Southwestern Oregon Lakers at Titan Coliseum Jan. 13. The extra time extended a burst of late energy that narrowly won the game for the Titans.

Lane head coach Bruce Chavka had more questions than answers before the game. One major question still loomed over his head: what level of effort was he to expect, and from whom?

“It’s really a challenge to get us to play for 40 minutes right now and we’ve tried everything in our bag of tricks,” Chavka said. “[But] we got a few more to try and we’ll see what happens.”

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Titans still hungry after devouring Clackamas at home

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Lane Titan Shelby Snook weighs her options amidst the gaggle of opponents between her and the hoop in Saturday’s game versus Clackamas.

After 11 straight road games, Lane women’s basketball team returned to their home court on Jan. 9 to face the Clackamas Cougars. Although the Titans seemed to have control the entire duration of the game, the team feels they could have performed better in their victory.

The Titans went into the game 1-0 having won their first conference game against the Clark Penguins 85-69 one week prior.

The Titans took the floor — many players wore matching headbands in similar fashion to the Karate Kid. Lane head coach Greg Sheley said before the game he wanted to play up-tempo and the lead quickly exchanged three times before Lane pushed their lead to two possessions.

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Buzzer-beater crushes Titans

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Clackamas Community College Cougar Forward Ryun Gibson is swarmed by his teammates after making a game-winning 3-point shot from the top of the key at the buzzer.

Lane men’s basketball team played their second conference game on Jan. 9 against the Clackamas Cougars at Titan Coliseum. The Titans made a run late in the fourth quarter but were ultimately defeated by a last second 3-pointer.

“I think these are two teams that are going to compete for those precious four playoff spots. It’s going to be a good tough ball game,” Clackamas head coach Clif Wegner said in the moment leading up to the matchup.

The Titans’ first conference game resulted in a 92-83 loss to the Clark Penguins which kicked off a seven day stretch between games. However, it did not seem Lane Head Coach Bruce Chavka found the week to be constructive and his frustration leaked through gritted teeth when he spoke.

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At south hills, Titans return with win

Raekwon Mingledoff, Lane’s freshman guard attempts a reverse layup in the Titan gym while contested by Darrell Wilcox — who last played for the Titans in 2010 — in the Lane Alumni game on Dec. 6, 2015.
Raekwon Mingledoff, Lane’s freshman guard attempts a reverse layup in the Titan gym while contested by Darrell Wilcox — who last played for the Titans in 2010 — in the Lane Alumni game on Dec. 6, 2015.

On Thursday, Dec. 3, the 51-foot glowing cross of New Hope Christian College beckoned basketball fans from every part of the community to their hillside campus, where the New Hope Deacons hosted the Lane Titans in a non-conference basketball match at Rexius Gym.

“We’re still taking baby steps [and] growing as a unit,” Titan’s head coach Bruce Chavka said in the final moments leading up to the game. “This is our third game of the year and they [Deacons] have had quite a few more games than us. It should be an up and down kind of game.”

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Cross country athletes given end-of season awards

Cross country coach Mike Blackmore awarded sophomores Kendall Maslen and Carlos Camacho the 2015 Titan Character Award, which demonstrated high integrity and persistence on the trail as well as in the classroom.

Maslen attended high school in Glennallen, Arkansas, where she stood out as a distance and relay runner and earned all-state honors playing for an amateur basketball team. She is also a talented volleyball player and represents the Titans in track and field.

Comacho went to high school in his hometown of Newport, Oregon. “He’s a treasure,” Blackmore said of Carlos, also a member of Lane’s track and field team. “[On his own time] he works out in 50 mile per hour winds in Newport.”

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Titans come out on top

The Titan Classic delivered 12 games of basketball excitement last weekend. Spectators from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered for the three day invitational basketball meet. Lane hosted Pierce, Linn-Benton and Spokane community colleges.

“We never lose at home,” Titan’s sophomore guard Shelby Snook said. “That’s our goal every year. It’s something that is really important to us and we take great pride in defending our floor.”

The Titan defense forced 64 turnovers, paving the way for a lightning-fast offense. The Titans scored a combined 213 points (87 off turnovers) while only allowing 111 points in their victories over both the Pierce Raiders and Linn-Benton Roadrunners. Spokane won its first two games in similar fashion and awaited the Titans in the final event, sporting warm-up uniforms that read “Bigfoot basketball never stops.”

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Lane women sweep Titan Classic tournament

The second annual Titan Classic delivered 12 games of basketball excitement last weekend. Spectators from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered for the the three day invitational basketball meet. Lane hosted Pierce, Linn-Benton and Spokane Community Colleges in the Titan Gym on Lane’s main campus.

“We never lose at home,” Titan’s sophomore guard Shelby Snook said. “That’s our goal every year. It’s something that is really important to us and we take great pride in defending our floor.”

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Running with Sasquatch: Titan runners place second in regional championship

The men’s and women’s cross country teams put on an impressive display of athleticism Saturday, Nov. 14 during the Northwest Athletic Conference Championship meet at Lewisville Park in Battle Ground, Wash.

Clouds covered the county’s oldest regional park, which was established in the ’30s. As the rain poured, mud accumulated at the bottom of a hill near the finish line, and it only got worse with each lap. Head coach Mike Blackmore had prepared his runners for days like this one.

“We really took advantage of that part of the course, we picked up three or four places every time we went through there,” Blackmore said.

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Sportswear giant supplies Lane

Will Phil Knight’s alma mater be fashioning jerseys with an Adidas symbol someday? One thing is for certain: the Titans will. In fact, you can expect to see Super Bowl Champion Aaron Rodgers, NBA all-star James Harden and the Lane Titans all sporting apparel that brandishes the Adidas logo. Lane has agreed to a three year partnership with Lane athletic program.

Adidas also partners with Eugene Timbers Futbol Club and has hosted the Titans at the 2012 Adidas Cross-Country Classic in Portland. In July, Adidas announced that they will be official partner of the Pac-12 Conference.

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