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by: KATIE HARTLEY, Lincoln freshman pitcher Katie Fredericks pitches her first varsity game against Benson on Friday. Lincoln won 5-4.

It's still early - thanks in part to all the rainouts -but the favorites are off to good starts in PIL softball and baseball.

Defending PIL 6A softball champion Grant entered the week at 4-0. Lincoln improved to 3-1 by edging Benson 5-4 on Friday. Wilson was 2-2, Franklin 1-3 and Benson 0-3.

In PIL 5A softball, Cleveland also was 3-0, with a 7-0 victory over its closest rival, Marshall.

The PIL 6A baseball lead belongs to reigning champ Wilson, which was 6-1 going into the week. Grant (3-3) and Benson (3-4) were leading the fight for second place.

In PIL 5A baseball, Cleveland swept Marshall late last week with wins of 4-3, 11-2 and 12-5 to pull into a first-place tie with Roosevelt and Madison, all at 3-2 in league. Cleveland and Roosevelt tied for first last year, with Cleveland getting the No. 1 seed in the state playoffs by virtue of its 3-2 series edge over the Roughriders.

• Talk about a lot of batter up -Wilson baseball's 26th pancake breakfast fundraiser will be from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday at Round Table Pizza, 10070 S.W. Barbur Blvd. Coach Mike Clopton also put on the breakfast for six years at Jackson High, before he came to Wilson.

'Round Table has let us use their restaurant for 22 years, McDonald's has been supplying us the sausage and supplies for 10 years, and Alpenrose Dairy has given us the milk products for 32 years,' Clopton says.

The event usually generates more than $3,000. 'It enables us to pay for Turface (which keeps fields dry and playable), junior varsity and JV-2 umpires and transportation beyond what the school district pays for,' Clopton says. 'We bought our tarp four years ago with money we raised at the breakfast.'

• The PIL dual-meet season in track and field continues Wednesday with five meets: Benson at Grant, Franklin at Lincoln, Cleveland at Madison, Jefferson at Marshall and Roosevelt at Wilson, all at 4 p.m.

• The latest enrollment figures show how close the PIL is to having all its teams below the 6A level (for schools with 1,521 or more students).

As of March 28, Grant was the largest school in the district with 1,583 students. Cleveland (1,494), Wilson (1,478), Lincoln (1,373) and Benson (1,135) were next. Franklin was at 1,058 (not including 98 eighth-graders taking classes there). Then came Madison (812), Marshall (725), Roosevelt (672) and Jefferson (510).

Class 5A is for schools with 851 to 1,520 students, and 4A is for schools with enrollment of 401 to 850. The Oregon School Activities Association's four-year time block for the current classifications and leagues runs through the 2009-10 school year.

• Terrance Ross of Jefferson and Mike Moser of Grant went 1-2 in the PIL slam-dunk contest at Franklin. Jeff's Tyrone White and Cleveland's Brittany Raz won the 3-point shootout.

Moser, a 6-8 junior forward who helped lead Grant to the Class 6A state title this year as a junior, is on the I-5 Elite AAU team sponsored by former Jefferson star Ime Udoka of the San Antonio Spurs. Teammates include Larry Richards of Roosevelt, Ameer Shamsud din and Tyrone Phillips of Benson and Johnel Gray from Cleveland.

'Mike has 11 Division I scholarship offers,' says Kumbeno Memory, I-5 Elite coach.

The Kingwood Classic, the team's first tournament, starts Friday in Houston.

• Joanna Levy from Cleveland placed sixth at 103 pounds in the U.S. Girls Wrestling Association national championships at Livonia, Mich.