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Mar 31, 2022Liked by John Canzano

Thank you, John!!! As the first female athlete who entered VT on a scholarship for basketball (there was no such thing as a purely athletic scholarship at that Pre-Title IX time, so the head Basketball coach took me into the office of the President of the University who gave me a Presidential Scholarship to attend and play), I am gob-smacked at all the change that that law, and time passing, has made for women athletes.

Thanks for reminding everyone that this is a monster game coming up with two HOF coaches to-be, Tara VanDerveer and Geno Auriemma, and two seriously talented teams that are fun to watch.

Go Cam Brink! Go Stanford! Take down Geno and the Dawgs.

PS I moved to PDX in the eighties and as a Southerner (Faith, Family, Football ... and not necessarily in that order), I had to pick a team to root for. This was pre-Toilet Bowl era and both Oregon teams sucked, but I hated the color orange and my favorite color was green. Thus was born Hokieduck. It is fantastic to read about the Currys and the Brinks and the VT connection in this piece.

Thank you for caring about women's sports and for this awesome piece!

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Mar 31, 2022Liked by John Canzano

I graduated from a small high school in Oregon. Our school fielded a girls basketball team for the first time in 1975. Our team was good. They placed 3rd in state in 76 & won it all in 77. Womens sports have come a long way in 50 years. The game has changed & I Iove to watch the ladies compete. Thank you for a wonderful article & yes I will be cheering for Stanford & all the ladies who bring it every time they step on the court.

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Sometimes it's difficult to quantify change... but Cameron Brink personifies it.

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Mar 31, 2022Liked by John Canzano

🏀👏🏀👏🏀

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Mar 31, 2022Liked by John Canzano

Thanks John for an inspirational story about the Brink family. It gives me good reason to watch the women’s championship game & root for Stanford!

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Always looking for an angle.

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Mar 31, 2022Liked by John Canzano

Don’t forget Westbrook at UConn. South Salem grad.

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Also the Hull twins from Spokane on Stanford.

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Mar 31, 2022Liked by John Canzano

And Hailey Van Lith from Wenatchee. Played in the 2019 Portland Holiday Classic at Franklin High defeating La Salle in the finals.

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Mar 31, 2022Liked by John Canzano

Great article…Love stories about hometown athletics. Continue to reach for the stars Cameron

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well put.

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We in Oregon also have Evina Westbrook from South Salem High school still playing with U Conn

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This article is disappointing. Of course Cameron has been successful, she’s been able to benefit from her privilege. Don’t get me wrong, to be at Stanford she’s had to work hard, but she’s had doors open for her because of her parents that most other athletes have not had.

There are several Oregon athletes who played in March Madness this year (and last year) but no mention of them. This article mentions the Stanford vs UConn game but doesn’t mention Brink will be playing against Oregon athlete Evina Westbrook. Also, I find it funny that Brink gets all this PR but if you ask her fellow teammates and past competitors from over the years she is NOT known as a “players player”. The media loves her, I wonder if her being white and wealthy has anything to do with it. When will we see an article on Evina Westbrook, Bendu Yeany, or Aaronette Vonleh?

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Cool story. No mention of men competing as women could eventually make title IX irrelevant?

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Seems fitting for a company like Portland Gear to claim someone from Beaverton as a "hometown kid" then do a photoshoot at the Golden Gate Bridge when she goes to school in Palo Alto.

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I’d have been right there cheering for Cameron . .until she threw the ball, point blank, at her opponent, and was only given a T! She should have been evicted from the game. I still will cheer for Stanford (this from an OSU women’s bb season ticket holder!), just not Cameron.

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