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Crosstown rivalry puts Pilots at the top

PSU promises more competition next year

The Portland Pilots are the champions of the first RiverCity Rivalry series. With only two spring sports remaining, the Pilots lead the Portland State Vikings commandingly, 16-4, in athletic competition.

Of course, Portland State didn't get the chance to play Portland in women's soccer.

'We couldn't get on their schedule,' PSU spokesman Mike Lund says. 'We'll play next year.'

Actually, the Vikings and Pilots nearly met in the NCAA soccer playoffs, but PSU fell one victory short. The Pilots went on to do fairly well in the NCAAs and brought home a fairly large championship trophy.

Portland Athletic Director Joe Etzel says his PSU counterpart, Tom Burman, owes him nothing but congratulations: no lunch, no shined shoes, no washed car.

'He doesn't have to wash my car,' Etzel says. 'I don't want to have to wash his car next year.'

Only events in outdoor track and field and golf remain. Portland State recently outpointed Portland in the Husky Invitational indoor track and field meet, but the Pilots held serve and beat the Viks in men's and women's tennis.

The Pilots swept the Vikings in the three significant encounters, beating them in men's basketball twice and women's basketball once.

A team gets one point each for beating the other in an athletic competition, except in volleyball, basketball and tennis, in which each victory is worth two points.

The schools started the series to generate excitement in NCAA Division I athletics in the city and to create an athletic rivalry between two schools separated by geography and socioeconomics. The University of Portland, in North Portland, is a private school. PSU, in downtown, is a public, commuter school.

'It'll take some time to develop,' Etzel says of the rivalry.

'Hope it's more competitive next year,' Lund says.

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