With the Beavers football season now officially closed and the basketball team resting up during a welcomed break in the schedule, it’s time to catch up with the rest of the news currently surrounding the Oregon State athletic world.
The Oregon State Womens’ Basketball team have put last year’s storybook season in the rearview and after a hot start to this year’s campaign, the Beavers currently sit at 5-1. Their most recent accomplishment was sliding past perennial West Coast Conference powerhouse BYU in the Championship Game of the Maui Classic Championship.
The Oregon State women’s softball team have officially released their 2017 schedule, which features a total of 55 games, including 16 that will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. The team is coming off a 30-20-1 season that ended in heartbreaking fashion, when the Beavers were bounced out of the NCAA Regionals by Jacksonville State in a 14 inning game, that was also the longest outing in program history.
Oregon State may have ended the season without an All-Pac-12 First Team selection but senior left tackle and NFL prospect, Sean Harlow, made the conference’s All-Second Team. Harlow was the only Beaver to be selected on the teams, while cornerback Treston Decoud, running back Ryan Nall, cornerback Xavier Crawford and guard Gus Lavaka, all received honorable mention.
The aforementioned Treston Decoud, a Pac-12 All-Honorable Mention honoree, will have one more chance to suit up to represent Oregon State, when he and a host of other stand-out seniors take part in this season’s “East-West Shrine Game”. The game, which will be held on January 21st in Florida, is commonly seen as a potential NFL springboard for under-the-radar senior prospects.
A story that went a bit overlooked thanks to the wild nature of the weekend, mostly involving college football’s “Championship Weekend”, former Oregon State star Gary Payton II went off in an NBA D-League game, tallying 51 points on the night. After a strong summer league display that was cut short due to a hernia injury, Payton II may be trying to work his way back into another shot at the NBA.