Evanson Column Schonely

Bill Schonely signing an autograph at a Trail Blazers game.

Bill Schonely is gone, but his memory and the memories he provided aren’t going anywhere.

Since 1970, “The Schonz” was the face of the Portland Trail Blazers franchise. We talk about Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler and most recently Damian Lillard, but for 28 years, the “Mayor of Rip City” told fans everything they needed to know about the NBA franchise, and he represented everything people wanted that franchise to be.

Wade Evanson covers high school sports in Washington and Columbia counties, as well as the Hillsboro Hops.

West Bureau Sports Editor

"As a lifelong participant and fan of all things sport, I appreciate the work and time necessary to excel on the various fields of play. It’s that appreciation that drives me to both acknowledge, reward, and celebrate the commitment made by boys and girls athletes from the field to the court, mat to the pool, diamond to the track, and beyond."

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