by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Central Catholic's Xavier Griggs hauls in a two-point conversion pass from Kael Kryger as the Rams defeat Gresham 37-0 last week and improve to 2-0 in Mount Hood Conference play.Oct. 11

Prep football: Most teams play on Thursday this week. Local games (all 7 p.m., unless otherwise indicated) are Central Catholic (4-2) at David Douglas (3-3), Benson (0-6) at Wilson (5-1), Roosevelt (4-2) at Franklin (1-5), Cleveland (3-3) at Madison (3-3), La Salle (4-2) at Madras (3-3), and Falls City (0-5) at Portland Lutheran (0-5), 3 p.m.

College soccer: The Portland Pilot women (6-3-2) have their first West Coast Conference match at Gonzaga (6-6-0) at 3 p.m.

Oct. 12

Blazers: Preseason game No. 2 is at Phoenix, 7 p.m. PT. The Suns were 10th in the West at 33-33 last season. Now minus Steve Nash, the Suns are a bunch of no-names, but Clyde Drexler says they could finish fourth or fifth in the conference this season.

Winterhawks: Portland (4-3-1-0 through Tuesday) plays at fast-starting Prince Albert (7-0-0-1), 6 p.m. PT

Prep football: Grant (3-3) plays at Aloha (6-0), and Jesuit (5-1) is at Southridge (3-3), both 7:30 p.m.; Sunset (3-3) is at Lincoln (0-6), 7 p.m.; Parkrose (2-4) goes to Milwaukie (4-2), 7 p.m.; Portland Christian (6-0) travels to Gaston (3-2), 7 p.m.

College soccer: The Big Sky women’s regular-season race hits the home stretch, with first-place Portland State (4-1-1) playing host to Idaho State (2-2-1) at 3 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. ... The Portland men (3-1-0 WCC) kick off a home weekend with a 7 p.m. Merlo Field match against Santa Clara (3-1-1). Those two teams and San Diego are tied for first in the conference.

College cross-country: UP men, tied for fifth in the national rankings, compete at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.

College volleyball: Corban (1-10 Cascade Collegiate Conference) is at Concordia (7-4), 7 p.m.; Northwest Christian (5-6) at Warner Pacific (6-5), 7 p.m.

Oct. 13

College football: No. 10 Oregon State (4-0) is at BYU (4-2), 12:30 p.m. PT. The Cougars are 4-0 at home. ... PSU and Oregon have byes. The Ducks play Thursday, Oct. 18 at Arizona State, 6 p.m. ... Lewis & Clark (4-1, 1-1 Northwest Conference) is at 24th-ranked Willamette (5-0, 1-0) at 1:30 p.m. The host Bearcats lead NCAA Division III in passing yardage (393.8 per game). Also in the Northwest Conference, fourth-ranked Linfield (4-0, 1-0) plays host to Whitworth (5-1, 1-1) at 1:30 p.m., and Pacific (2-3, 1-1) welcomes Pacific Lutheran (2-2, 1-1) to Forest Grove for a 1 p.m. tilt. Pacific is coming off a 62-21 win at Puget Sound (the most points scored by the Boxers since they shut out Albany College 62-0 in 1930). PLU stopped L&C 31-14 at Griswold Stadium. ... Division II Western Oregon (3-3, 3-2 league) is at home at 1 p.m. against Great Northwest Athletic Conference foe Dixie State (3-3, 3-2 after a win at St. George, Utah over visiting Central Washington 29-21). The Wolves are on a three-game winning streak.

Winterhawks: A six games-in-nine nights swing through Canada concludes with a 6 p.m. PT game against Swift Current (3-1-3-1). Portland then is idle until Oct. 20, when Seattle (3-3-0-0) returns to the Rose Garden, where the Thunderbirds spoiled the Hawks’ season opener, winning 5-2 on Sept. 21.

College soccer: The UP women (17th in RPI) welcome BYU (fifth in RPI, 11-1-1) to Merlo Field at 7 p.m. The Cougars’ lineup includes junior transfer Cloee Colohan, a midfielder-defender who was honorable mention all-WCC last season with Portland.

College cross-country: The Warner Pacific Open, which starts with Junior Olympics races at 10 a.m. at Lents Park, includes PSU and UP, along with Concordia and other Cascade Collegiate Conference teams for a CCC preview meet. . ... The Lewis & Clark Invitational, featuring the Pioneers’ 22nd-ranked women, starts at 11 a.m. at McIver State Park.

College volleyball: The No. 5-ranked Oregon Ducks (14-1, 5-1 after last week’s five-set home loss to No. 4 Stanford) take on second-ranked Washington (14-0, 5-0) at 7 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks will be coming off a match the night before at home against Washington State (0-6 Pac-12). ... Concordia (7-4 conference) has a home league match with Northwest Christian (5-6) at 7 p.m., while Corban (1-10) invades Warner Pacific (6-5) at 7 p.m.

Oct. 14

College soccer: The PSU women play their next-to-last regular-season conference game at 1 p.m. against Weber State (3-2-0) at Hillsboro Stadium. The Vikings entered the week with a two-point lead on Sacramento State (3-1-2), and those teams will meet Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at Hillsboro Stadium. ... The UP men complete their home weekend against Saint Mary’s (1-2-1) at 1 p.m. at Merlo Field.

5K run for $5: The latest in the Portland Parks & Recreation series of $5, 5-kilometer runs runs is 9 a.m. at Pier Park. Ages 17 and under are free. Call 503-823-2525 to register.

Oct. 15

Blazers: The Kings are still in Sacramento, and that’s where the Blazers will play at 7 p.m. Former UO point guard Aaron Brooks has made the Kings his third NBA stop and is battling Isaiah Thomas and Jimmer Fredette for playing time. Ex-Blazer forward Travis Outlaw averaged 12.8 minutes per game with Sacramento last season.

Oct. 16

Prep soccer: Wilson is at Cleveland in a key PIL 5A boys game. Also in the league, Franklin’s boys visit Madison at 4:15 p.m. The PIL 5A girls slate has Cleveland at Wilson, 7 p.m., and Madison at Franklin, 4:15 p.m.

Oct. 17

Blazers: Portland’s fourth of eight preseason games will be its first at home; Denver visits the Rose Garden for a 7 p.m. tipoff.

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