Can Portland return from its nine-game trip with an above .500 record? The Hawks improved to 7-5-1-1 after Tuesday's 7-1 win at Calgary in game three of the road swing. Portland, which played Medicine Hat on Wednesday night, will be in Lethbridge on Friday, Kootenay on Saturday and Kamloops on Wednesday. Then come back-to-back games Nov. 4-5 at Kelowna. The next home game is Nov. 11 versus Spokane at the Rose Garden.
The football regular season closes this week with some big games, including Grant at Lincoln at 7 p.m. Friday in Class 6A.
Also Friday night, Central Catholic (4-0 league) can clinch the Mt. Hood Conference title with a win over 3-1 Barlow (7 p.m., Jeld-Wen Field), while Gresham (3-1) visits Centennial. In the Metro League, co-leader Southridge (3-1 after edging Jesuit last week) plays hosts to Westview at 7:30 p.m., and Jesuit (3-1) is at Beaverton, also at 7:30 p.m.
The Oregon School Activities Association rankings have Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Sheldon, Jesuit, Central Catholic, South Medford, Thurston, Roseburg and Grant in the top 10, in that order, among 6A teams.
In the PIL 5A, Jefferson (4-0) travels to Madison (1-3), Benson (2-2) is at Franklin (2-2), and Cleveland (1-3) treks to Wilson (1-3), all at 7 p.m.
Former Grant High standout Isaiah Buchanan was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference defensive player of the week after helping Western Oregon knock off 15th-ranked Humboldt State 40-24 last week. The 5-10 senior cornerback had an interception, a forced fumble and eight tackles, seven solo. The Wolves (5-3, 3-1 GNAC) play host to Dixie State at 1 p.m. Saturday. The WOU-Humboldt State (6-1, 4-1) rematch, Nov. 12 at Arcata, Calif., figures to decide the league title.
College women's soccer:
Portland State tied Northern Colorado for the Big Sky regular-season title, beating Idaho State in its finale 1-0 on senior Melissa Trammell's 10th-minute goal last Sunday. No. 2-seeded PSU will open the conference tourney (at No. 1 Northern Colorado, which beat the Viks 1-0 on Oct. 14) against third-seeded Weber State on Nov. 4. … The Portland Pilots (2-3 West Coast Conference, 7-8-1 overall) are on the road against Loyola Marymount (1-4-1, 7-8-2) on Friday afternoon and Pepperdine (5-0-0, 13-0-4) on Sunday afternoon. The Pilots are 53rd in the NCAA's RPI rankings; Pepperdine is ninth. … Concordia remained No. 3 in the NAIA despite a 1-0 loss last week at Evergreen State. The Cavaliers must beat Warner Pacific at 7 p.m. Saturday at Delta Park to gain the No. 1 seed in the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.
College men's soccer:
Portland welcomes Saint Mary's to Merlo Field for a 7 p.m. Friday match. … No. 12 Concordia plays Warner Pacific at 4 p.m. Saturday at Delta Park.
PSU (7-3 Big Sky) is battling for the conference lead with Sacramento State (6-2) and Northern Colorado (7-3). The Vikings are at Stott Center against 2-8 Montana State on Friday and 5-5 Montana on Saturday, both 7 p.m. starts. … UP (1-7 WCC) is at Loyola Marymount (3-4) and Pepperdine (7-0) Friday and Saturday, respectively. … Oregon moved up two spots in the coaches' poll to No. 16 after last week's 3-0 win over Washington, which fell from seventh to 10th. The Ducks play host to Utah oat 7 p.m. Friday and Colorado at 1 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena.
UP's men climbed four spots last week to No. 8 among Division I squads. Oregon is 23rd. The Pilots will run in the WCC championships Oct. 29 at Belmont, Calif. … In the NAIA, Concordia ranks No. 9 in the coaches' poll for women and 11th among men's teams.
Former Grant High star Paul McCoy, a junior at Saint Mary's, has been lost for the season after suffering the second major injury to his right knee in two years. McCoy, who was hurt last week in practice, plans to apply for a medical redshirt year.