Arran Gimba, Founder
Arran Gimba is the founder of Oregon Sports News, the leading independent Oregon sports site on the web.
A graduate of the University of Portland, Arran has interned for the Portland Trail Blazers and worked for the Portland Winterhawks and the Oregon Sports Authority. While at the Oregon Sports Authority, he brought several high-profiled events to the state, including the 25th Anniversary of the STIHL Timbersports Series, XTERRA Trail Running National Championships, USA Cycling National Cyclo-Cross Championships, ABA/BMX Great Northwest Nationals, and USA Rugby North America 4 Tournament.
While at the University of Portland, Arran co-hosted a sports radio show, “Sportsweek” for four years, interviewing guests such as ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, former Sportscenter anchor Larry Beil, basketball great A.C. Green, and Emmy-award winning comedian Jeff Cesario.
Arran is also an accomplished published author of two books: To Light a Fire and Other Short Stories and Not True Stories From Oregon. Arran was also a contributing researcher for Gary Andrew Poole’s biography of Red Grange, The Galloping Ghost.
Arran currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
Wade Evanson, Writer
Wade Evanson is a life-long sports fan whose knowledge ranges from major league sports the likes of Football, Baseball and Basketball to more niche sports like Golf, Tennis and even Cricket. While born in Southern California, Wade has spent the better part of his life in Oregon, attending Elementary, High School and even College in the Beaver State. Despite an educational background in Business, the bulk of his brain is occupied by an inordinate amount of trivial data which he feverishly applies to his work as a freelance writer. He prides himself in his ability to argue…any point, cloak his inability to lose gracefully…at anything, and squeeze an ungodly amount of golf into the calendar year. Aside from local contingents, Wade does and always has rooted for the Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Rams (Here’s to them going back to L.A.) and Eric Dickerson…the greatest running back to ever tote the pigskin.
Casey Mabbott, Writer
Casey Mabbott is an Oregon native (a Product of Beloved Suburban Beaverton) and lifelong sports fanatic. Casey has always found entertainment from the “Big-3″ of American Sports, always immersed in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Recently he has found an amazing new love for MLS Soccer as he follows the Portland Timbers and has words with other fan bases daring enough to think their team is superior in any way other than how well they can lose to the Timbers. Casey has been involved in writing since a young age, and in the last few years found a way to pair his love of writing with his passion for sports by entering in to the realm of Sports Writing. Casey has a sincere love for collegiate football, and wants nothing more than to see either the Ducks or Beavers bring home a national championship. It really and honestly does not matter which team claims the title, so long as they are from Oregon. Mount Hood Community College could win the national championship and it would not bother him. End note: Casey rarely writes in the third person, but is well equipped to do so when the job calls for it.
Jack Cluth, Writer
Jack Cluth is a freelance writer and blogger (What Would Jack Do?) living in Portland. A Minnesota native, he bounced around the US and the world like a over-caffeinated pinball before finally deciding that Portland was the place to finally put down some roots. Having lived and worked in three war zones (and almost shot by a Turkish soldier), Jack finds himself grateful for the relative calm and quiet stability of Laurelhurst. A former goalkeeper at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, Jack drifts off to sleep at night dreaming about being between the posts again. Somewhere along the line, having discovered that writing was a passion more likely to fill his bank account and outlast his failing knees, he decided to change course. Even after years of counseling, Jack’s still somewhat bitter about losing his beloved Minnesota North Stars to Dallas (Norm Green STILL sucks!). He may never forgive Dallas for stealing his boyhood obsession, but the experience taught him that sports are neither life nor a metaphor for life. That’s his story, and he’s sticking to it- until the Twins win another World Series of the Vikings finally win a Super Bowl.
David Gillaspie, Writer
David Gillaspie’s interest in sports is contagious; both his sons have the bug and his wife is a great sport’s mom. A lifelong Oregonian, David grew up in North Bend playing football and wrestling. He also ran the Seaside Marathon and Hood To Coast Relay. David combines sports and history with insight from the Oregon Historical Society where he worked many years. With those experiences, David’s take on sports includes both the ‘been there, done that’ fan, and those looking to add the fun of sports to their lives. He has been published locally and nationally and writes a blog at deegeesbb.wordpress.com.
Kyle Boggs, Writer
Kyle Boggs is a born and bred Oregonian. As a child, I remember being inconsolable after the Blazers lost to the Lakers in the '91 Western Conference Finals. I earned my feathers at the University of Oregon, majoring in journalism at the same time Dennis Dixon was majoring in communications and quarterbacking. Now I'm blending the love of sports with the love of writing.
Ashley Crane, Writer
Ashley grew up in Sammamish, WA with a love of sports and the outdoors. She went to Northwestern University in Illinois and played 2nd base for their Varsity Softball team, winning the Big Ten Championship in 2006. Now she takes her love of sports out on paper, and writes weekly about the Seattle Mariners. You can also find her participating with various rec leagues in the Seattle area.
Willie McBride, Writer
Willie McBride is a native of Chicago, IL but has been living in and exploring the American West since 2000. He attended the Colorado College, majoring in English with a focus on Creative Writing, solidifying his love of writing and his need for mountains. An avid hiker, climber, and trail/ultramarathon runner he now resides in NW Portland, close by the trails of Forest Park. He started a personal/group training and coaching business called Animal Athletics (AnimalAthleticsPDX.com) with fellow ultra runner Yassine Diboun in spring of 2012 and the two provide top-notch services to aspiring outdoor athletes of all abilities.
Evan O'Kelly, Writer
Evan is a senior at Linfield College set to graduate this spring on June 2. He served as an assistant to the Linfield Sports Information Director for the past two years, and his work was regularly published on the Linfield Athletics website. He covered a wide range of varsity sports, and wrote game stories, feature articles, player biographies and other miscellaneous press releases. He is from Portland, Or. and is passionate about baseball and pursuing a career in sports writing and analysis.
Mark Eisenhart, Fitness Writer
Mark Eisenhart is a sponsored athlete, transformational speaker, spokesperson for Warrior Force TM, actor, author, and brand ambassador for Gaiam TV. He has appeared on over ninety programs including CBS’ The Doctors, MTV’s Real World and True Life, TNT's Leverage, NBC's Grimm, G4’s American Ninja Warrior, Veg News Magazine, Vegan Health and Fitness Magazine, Transpire, Natural Awakenings Magazine, Optimyz (in Canada), and numerous other media outlets. Mark is a twice decorated firefighter / paramedic retired from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and is the recipient of both a Medal of Valor and a Community Service Award for Heroism. He is also the host of Rattle the Cages Radio on www.voiceitradio.com which airs on Monday evenings at 5pm PT. His website is www.getimpowerednow.
Eric Broser, Fitness Writer
Eric Broser has been involved in the health and fitness industry as a trainer, strength/contest prep coach, model, author, magazine columnist, consultant to nutritional supplement companies and gym owner for over twenty years. He is anNGA and IFPA Natural Professional Bodybuilder and recognized as one of the top drug-free-for-life bodybuilders in the world. Eric has penned over 150 articles on training, supplements, mindset and nutrition, which have appeared in such major publications as Iron Man, Planet Muscle, Natural Muscle, Muscular Development, Muscle Mag International, Human Muscle and Performance, UCW and Muscular Health and Performance Illustrated. He is currently a monthly columnist and for Iron Man and Planet Muscle magazines, and has authored four books on the subject of rapid and substantial physique transformation. Eric is the pioneer/developer of the world-renown POWER, REP RANGE, SHOCK and FIBER DAMAGE/FIBER SATURATION training methods, which are being utilized by tens of thousands of bodybuilders and athletes across the globe. The PRRS DVD has been a best seller for well over three years now, while the PRRS and FDFS E-books also continue to lead the pack!