With all sports suspended there’s not of Oregon State news right now, but there’s still a bit happening. Here’s a few items.
Former Beaver star Mike Remmers has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The offensive tackle has signed a one year deal with Kansas City, a year after signing a one year deal with the New York Giants. Remmer has traveled around the league quite a bit since becoming a pro in 2012. He has a couple of one year stints with the Vikings, a year with the Broncos, a year with the Buccaneers, and most notably, a starting job with the Panthers during their run to the Super Bowl a few seasons ago.
Highlights from that game aren’t going to go on Remmers’s resume, but he’s a solid, experienced hand that will bring depth with the unit tasked with keeping Patrick Mahomes on his feat. With Kansas City looking to make run for their second straight Super Bowl win, Remmers has a great chance at grabbing a ring next season.
Several Oregon State basketball players have gained post season honors. The US Basketball Writers Association has named Mikayla Pivec an Honorable Mention All American. That comes on the heels of being named an AP All American Honorable Mention, All Pac-12 and All Pac-12 Defensive.
Pivec had an amazing season, finishing the year with 14.8 points per game, 9.3 rebounds per game and 4.5 assists per game. On March 6th, in a game against Stanford, in what would turn out to be the final game of the Beavers’ season, Pivec broke the OSU career record for rebounds. She finished her Oregon State career with 1,033, just ahead of Ruth Hamblin’s 1027.
Tres Tinkle has also pulled in some post-season honors for Beaver Basketball. He was just named a first team to the District 19 First Team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This is the second year in a row Tinkle has made the NABC’s first team for the Pac-12.
Tinkle also managed to break an Oregon State record in his final season. He cracked Gary Payton’s all time scoring mark on March 5th against Stanford. Tinkle finished his OSU career with 2,233 points, ahead of Payton’s 2,172.
Neither player got a chance to put a cap on their excellent seasons with the NCAA Tournaments cancelled, but hopefully the WNBA and NBA will take notice.
The men’s basketball program continues to target transfers for next season. The team has lost out on former Vanderbilt player Matthew Moyer, who just announced his decision to transfer to George Washington, but is reported to be pursuing several other players.
Those include Penn grad transfer Ryan Betley, Radford graduate transfer Carlik Jones, Long Beach State transfer Joshua Morgan and Wichita State transfer Morris Udeze. With the recruiting season thrown into disarray, the market is fierce to land big name transfers, so we’ll have to wait and see how competitive Oregon State can be.
A couple Oregon State athletes will have to make new plans with the 2020 Summer Olympics officially postponed. Oregon State Softball Head Coach Laura Berg had been tapped to handle assistant coaching duties for U.S National Team. Berg has an Olympic pedigree, having been part of the US team that won gold at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 games. She’s been the Beavers’ head coach since 2013, and has gotten them to the NCAA tournament four times.
Oregon State wrestler Amar Dhesi was also going to compete at this year’s games. Dhesi, representing Canada, had just wrapped up a qualifying spot last week before the COVID-19 put everything on hold. Dhesi has been a Pac-12 Champion for Oregon State 3 times, in 2019, 2018 and 2016, and finished 5th at the NCAA Championships in the Heavyweight division. Dhesi just wrapped up his collegiate career last season, and finished with an overall 99-22 record.