Columbia River swimmer Bottelberghe pushes through stroke of bad luck

By Candace Buckner September 24, 2013 6 a.m.

These days when Monica Bottelberghe carries around her water bottle, it's more than a simple reminder to hydrate throughout her day at Columbia River High.

Richie Frahm transitions from hoops to cycling

By Candace Buckner September 15, 2013 6 a.m.

After basketball, ex-Blazer and Battle Ground graduate keeps competitive juices flowing on bike

1A football: Woodland 47, Castle Rock 7

By Candace Buckner September 13, 2013 11:59 p.m.

The maxim "everybody do their job" hit home for Woodland as it showed flashes of near flawless team execution while crushing Castle Rock 47-7.

Rochester 34, Ridgefield 0

By Candace Buckner September 6, 2013 11:43 p.m.

Rochester defeated Ridgefield 34-0, stifling the Spudders into their first shutout since November 2011.

Candace Buckner: This QB might have a future

By Candace Buckner September 6, 2013 6 a.m.

Five things I learned during the NFL season opener: 1, Peyton Manning still plays a little football, too.

Olympic champ Misty May-Treanor dazzles local volleyball players

By Candace Buckner August 16, 2013 11:31 p.m.

PORTLAND -- Belen Yager remembers sitting inside her kitchen on the day her mother asked the second most ridiculous question.

UPDATE: Rose Garden renamed Moda Center at the Rose Quarter

By Candace Buckner August 13, 2013 7:26 p.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced an agreement Tuesday with a regional health and dental plan provider to change the name of the Rose Garden arena to the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter.

Portland is the place for Williams

By Candace Buckner August 8, 2013 8:08 p.m.

No destination seemed as tempting as Portland to Mo Williams. In his eyes, Rip City is on the rise.

Blazers land free agent Mo Williams

By Candace Buckner August 7, 2013 9:16 p.m.

Since the start of the NBA free-agency period, the Portland Trail Blazers and veteran point guard Mo Williams have shared mutual interest.

Breaking down the Blazers schedule

By Candace Buckner August 6, 2013 8:33 p.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers will open the season on Oct. 30 at the Phoenix Suns and embark on a schedule that presents quirky breaks, fascinating matchups and its share of early and late challenges.

Candace Buckner: In ultimate team setting, Eagles receiver ignorantly sets himself apart

By Candace Buckner August 2, 2013 12:06 a.m.

The loneliest place in the world has to be the spot wherever Riley Cooper is standing inside the Philadelphia Eagles practice facility.

Harris still trying to make it in NBA

By Candace Buckner July 30, 2013 6 a.m.

It was the morning of Christmas Eve and Jackie Yancy-Harris was at home with her two youngest children.

Candace Buckner: Braun leaves teammates looking pitiful

By Candace Buckner July 26, 2013 4:13 p.m.

Don't cry for Charlie Hustle. I'll save the pity for people who need it — like the cleanup crew inside the Milwaukee Brewers locker room.

Blazers camp exciting at all ages

By Candace Buckner July 23, 2013 6 a.m.

Jackson and Justice Vinyard love basketball so much that they have created their own daily workouts.

Candace Buckner: What happens in Vegas ...

By Candace Buckner July 19, 2013 6 a.m.

Final dispatch from Las Vegas, where the slots are looser than the Portland Trail Blazers' summertime offense.

Loss to Bulls not what Blazers drew up

By Candace Buckner July 16, 2013 10:13 p.m.

LAS VEGAS -- During the Portland Trail Blazers' third NBA Summer League game, their motion offense tossed to and fro like the waves of an ocean.

Freeland making strides on defense

By Candace Buckner July 15, 2013 9:51 p.m.

The young collective pieces of the Portland Trail Blazers may still be searching for cohesion this summer, but Joel Freeland has already found approval.

Blazers off to rocky summer start

By Candace Buckner July 14, 2013 9:39 p.m.

In these NBA Summer League games, many of the head coaches wear shorts that reveal that they could use some time outside in the Vegas sun.

McCollum makes big first impression in Las Vegas

By Candace Buckner July 13, 2013 11:40 p.m.

CJ McCollum recorded his first NBA assist less than a minute into his first game in six months.

Candace Buckner: Blazers upgrades in the works

By Candace Buckner July 12, 2013 6 a.m.

On Thursday, I was reminded that progress doesn't always have to look like much for it to make an impact.

Blazers rookie Crabbe finds his place in NBA

By Candace Buckner July 9, 2013 8:48 p.m.

Allen Crabbe, a 6-foot-6 guard from California, participated in the Portland Trail Blazers' first Summer League practice Tuesday.

Blazers' McCollum says all the right things

By Candace Buckner July 8, 2013 5:24 p.m.

CJ McCollum, polished and savvy beyond his 21 years, learned his first NBA lesson on Monday morning: Don't speak on behalf of your coach, rook.

Thorns upbeat despite 2-0 loss

By Candace Buckner July 6, 2013 11:05 p.m.

Portland could not recover from its first-half miscues in the 2-0 loss to the Boston Breakers in front of an announced crowd of 12,436 at Jeld-Wen Field on Saturday.

Volcanoes title shot falls short

By Candace Buckner July 5, 2013 11:42 p.m.

Paul Hafford barely missed a deep, potential game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Vancouver Volcanoes lost 117-114 to the Bellingham Slam in the IBL championship game.

Volcanoes advance to IBL title game

By Candace Buckner July 4, 2013 7:25 p.m.

Vancouver prevailed for the 117-109 win over Portland and will face defending champion Bellingham at 7 p.m. Friday for the IBL championship at Eastmoreland Courts.

Blazers, Kings, Pelicans make deal

By Candace Buckner July 4, 2013 7:42 p.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers are reportedly one team in a three-team deal that will send center Robin Lopez to Portland.

Timbers beat Mexico's Monarcas Morelia 1-0 in exhibition

By Candace Buckner July 3, 2013 11:22 p.m.

Futty Danso scored the lone goal on a penalty kick and the Portland Timbers defeated Monarcas Morelia 1-0 in an international friendly on Wednesday night.

Volcanoes hitting on all cylinders

By Candace Buckner June 30, 2013 10:53 p.m.

The Vancouver Volcanoes put the finishing touches on the regular season on Sunday with a resounding win over the Japan Nippon Tornadoes, 154-127.

Blazers acquire Robinson from Rockets

By Candace Buckner June 30, 2013 9:21 p.m.

Just three days after the NBA Draft, the Portland Trail Blazers picked up another lottery pick — and this one comes a year late.

Blazers take Lehigh's McCollum in NBA Draft

By Candace Buckner June 27, 2013 10:04 p.m.

C.J. McCollum couldn't help but dance in his chair, knowing he was about to become a Portland Trail Blazer.

Candace Buckner: McCollum clearly best choice for Blazers

By Candace Buckner June 27, 2013 6 a.m.

As the Portland Trail Blazers hope to rebuild a broken roster through the NBA Draft tonight, their first choice should be simple.

Blazers thinking big for draft night?

By Candace Buckner June 26, 2013 6 a.m.

By far, the Portland Trail Blazers evaluated more elite 7-footers during their pre-draft workouts than any other variety of prospects.

Blazers on guard as draft nears

By Candace Buckner June 25, 2013 6 a.m.

For the past few weeks, prospective NBA players have shuffled into the practice facility of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Siva sits as Blazers conclude workouts

By Candace Buckner June 22, 2013 7:36 p.m.

After more than three weeks, 12 competitive talent showcases and 58 eager prospects entering the doors to the practice facility, the Portland Trail Blazers concluded their pre-draft workouts on Saturday morning.

Gobert, Adams leave impression on Blazers brass

By Candace Buckner June 20, 2013 5:51 p.m.

Look no further than the lineup of players on Thursday as the best indication that the Portland Trail Blazers are indeed serious in their search for a true center.

Oregon's Singler gets second look from Blazers

By Candace Buckner June 19, 2013 6:45 p.m.

On a day when the Portland Trail Blazers requested a command performance from a borderline NBA prospect, the team caught only a sneak peek of a pick who's on the first-round bubble.

Pre-draft workouts can take toll on NBA hopefuls

By Candace Buckner June 17, 2013 4:50 p.m.

As the NBA Draft draws closer, the group workouts labor on. However, the participants and those paid to watch them are pleading "uncle!"

Marathon masses: Vancouver's annual event attracts runners of all stripes

By Candace Buckner June 16, 2013 6:21 p.m.

The setting for any marathon, one that has reached mainstream status or is still taking baby steps toward the finish line of relevancy, could be an anthropological study in the motivations of mankind.

Hill ready to build up Clark softball program

By Candace Buckner June 14, 2013 7:08 p.m.

Just days after her arrival as the Clark College head softball coach, Mandy Hill was busy on the bleachers searching for talent.

Candace Buckner: Local bus driver honored by Blazers

By Candace Buckner June 13, 2013 10:18 p.m.

Blazers decided that local school bus driver Vanora Volk -- a gray-haired school bus driver who's known for wearing silly hats around her kids and telling dirty jokes around her motorcycle club -- has embodied the spirit of Damian Lillard's "Respect, Pass It On" program.

McCollum seeks to emulate Lillard

By Candace Buckner June 10, 2013 9:24 p.m.

Before the NBA Draft, C.J. McCollum will hear — and even promote — the comparisons to Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.

Volcanoes steamroll East Bay, 128-90

By Candace Buckner June 9, 2013 6 a.m.

The Vancouver Volcanoes can score. On Saturday night, the Volcanoes showed their defensive side during a 128-90 win over the East Bay Pit Bulls.

'Most athletic' of Zeller brothers works out for Blazers

By Candace Buckner June 7, 2013 8:53 p.m.

TUALATIN, Ore. -- Cody Zeller gave a solo performance to the Trail Blazers on Friday afternoon.

Blazers take a long look at Georgia's Caldwell-Pope

By Candace Buckner June 3, 2013 7:19 p.m.

The atmosphere inside the practice facility on Monday morning had the feel of a Portland Trail Blazers' Cabinet meeting.

Blazers' Matthews is on the mend

By Candace Buckner May 31, 2013 9 p.m.

TUALATIN, Ore. -- Possibly feeling a bit nostalgic about his own bygone days as an NBA prospect or maybe even fighting off a touch of cabin fever, Wesley Matthews appeared at the Trail Blazers' pre-draft workouts on Friday morning.

Ohio's Cooper dream of NBA job with Blazers

By Candace Buckner May 31, 2013 8:19 p.m.

D.J. Cooper, a diminutive point guard from an even smaller school, shows off his skills during a pre-draft workout with the Blazers.

Blazers scour talent pool for draft picks

By Candace Buckner May 30, 2013 10:07 p.m.

Over the next few weeks when aspiring NBA players drop by the Trail Blazers' practice facility, they might leave with a few scrapes and bruises.

Ridgefield has to settle for 4th once again

By Candace Buckner May 25, 2013 3:31 p.m.

Ridgefield moved up to Class 2A soccer this season but found itself in the exact same spot as last year.

Ridgefield falls to Cheney in 2A soccer semifinal

By Candace Buckner May 24, 2013 11:12 p.m.

The Ridgefield Spudders played in the Friday twilight match of the Class 2A boys' state soccer tournament, but their championship hopes fell inside Sunset Stadium.

Candace Buckner: Football team's legal misery causes dilemma for Missouri alum

By Candace Buckner May 24, 2013 6 a.m.

So, it's May. For me, that means chucking crumpled dollars at freeloading graduates and reminiscing about my own glory days as a proud college student.