by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Five runners near the lead early in last week's PIL 5A district boys cross-country race at Lents Park are (from left) Christopher Black of Franklin, Christopher Hinkle and Ethan Livermore of Cleveland, winner Jackson Packham of Franklin and Adrian Hinkle of Cleveland. Cleveland won the team title with 23 points, with Franklin second at 44.

Thursday, Nov. 1

College soccer: The University of Portland women (10-4-3 overall, 4-1-1 and second in the West Coast Conference) battle at 18th-ranked Santa Clara (10-3-5, 3-1-2), 7 p.m. The Pilots, unranked but 17th in the NCAA RPI rankings, are on a four-game winning streak. Santa Clara is No. 7 in RPI.

Friday, Nov. 2

Prep football: The playoffs begin. Oh, wait, they’re not the playoffs. It’s only the “play-in round.”

In any case, local games (all at 7 p.m.) include Lincoln (2-7, ranked 34th by the OSAA) at Lakeridge (2-7, No. 31), and Newberg (2-7, 38th) at David Douglas (3-6, 28th) in Class 6A, with Pendleton (2-7, 24th) at Roosevelt (6-3, 10th), and Parkrose (4-5, 21st) at Mountain View (5-4, 12th) in 5A.

In 2A, the regular season concludes with Portland Christian playing host to Vernonia at 7 p.m. The Royals slipped to 8-1 last week with a 31-21 loss at Knappa in a battle for first place in the Northwest League. Portland Christian is ranked No. 6 in the state.

These teams are among those that already have qualified to begin the “playoffs” next week: 6A — Grant, Central Catholic, Jesuit; 5A — Wilson; 4A — La Salle.

Winterhawks: Victoria (9-6-0-0, 18 points) plays Portland (9-3-1-0, 19 points through Tuesday) at the Rose Garden, 7 p.m. Victoria has been outscored 48-42 this season.

Blazers: Portland visits defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City, 5 p.m. PT (Comcast SportsNet).

College volleyball: A huge weekend begins for No. 2 Oregon, as the Ducks (20-1) take on California (11-11) at 6 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. No. 1 Stanford visits Eugene on Sunday, Nov. 6. ... Concordia (12-5 league) plays host to Warner Pacific (9-8), 7 p.m., in the Cascade Collegiate Conference regular-season finale. The Cavs have earned a spot in the six-team CCC tournament; WPC is close to clinching a berth and would do so with a win.

College soccer: Portland State’s women meet Montana at 10:30 a.m. PT in the Big Sky tournament semifinals in Pocatello, Idaho. Host Idaho State plays Weber State at 2 p.m. PT. Winners meet at noon PT Sunday for the title and an NCAA berth. ... Oregon State’s women (11-5-3) play their Civil War match against Oregon (7-10-2), 4 p.m., in Eugene (Pac-12 Networks). ... The Portland men (4-3-0 WCC) are at home against Loyola Marymount (1-6-1), 7 p.m.

College basketball: Portland State has an exhibition doubleheader at Stott Center, with the women meeting Warner Pacific at 6 p.m., and the men taking on Concordia at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3

College football: There’s a little ol’ game being played at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 4 p.m. (FOX). Nothing too big, only No. 2 Oregon (8-0) versus No. 18 USC (6-2). The Ducks need a win to keep their national championship hopes remain alive.

In Corvallis, it’s Dads’ Weekend as 13th-ranked OSU (6-1) welcomes Arizona State (5-3), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2).

Northern Colorado (2-6, 1-4 Big Sky) invades Jeld-Wen Field for a 1 p.m. conference game with Portland State (3-5, 2-3). The visiting Bears have lost nine in a row on the road. The Vikings lead the all-time series 7-2 and are coming off a 49-21 away win over UC Davis. Senior linebacker Ian Sluss earned national defensive player of the week honors for his four takeaways (two interceptions, two fumble recoveries), all in the fourth quarter.

Lewis & Clark (4-4) has a bye after last week’s 42-20 loss at home against Pacific. The Pioneers’ finale is Nov. 10 at Whitworth (6-2). Elsewhere in the Northwest Conference, No. 4-ranked Linfield (7-0) travels to Puget Sound (0-7), Whitworth visits Pacific Lutheran (5-2), 12:30 p.m., and Willamette (6-2) is at Pacific (3-4), 1 p.m., for the Boxers’ home finale. The Bearcats lost 45-10 at Linfield last week.

Winterhawks: Portland plays Victoria for the second time in two nights. Face-off is 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden.

Blazers: The Houston Rockets, with rookie forward Terrence Jones from Jefferson High, take on Portland at 5 p.m. PT (CSN). Jones figures to back up another ex-Kentucky Wildcat, second-year pro Patrick Patterson, at power forward, with Jeremy Lin (unspectacular in the preseason) and newly acquired (trade with Oklahoma City) James Harden in the backcourt.

{img:5238}Prep cross-country: The state championships are at Lane Community College in Eugene. Grant’s girls are among the team contenders in Class 6A, with Generals freshman Ella Donaghu battling defending champ Paige Rice of St. Mary’s Academy and others for the individual title, and Central Catholic junior Kyle Thompson defending his boys crown. In 5A, PIL boys and girls champion Cleveland has a shot at a trophy in each race. The Warrior girls are led by sophomore Emma Wren and junior Bryn McKillop, who went 1-2 in last week’s district race. In the PIL 5A boys district meet, five Cleveland boys finished within 14 seconds of one another, with sophomore Nabi Amin second to Franklin’s Jackson Packham and followed by Warrior senior Adrian Hinkle, third; senior Ethan Livermore, fifth; sophomore Roba Sultessa, sixth; and senior Christopher Hinkle, seventh.

More preps: Volleyball and soccer playoffs are on in the metro area.

The 6A boys and girls playoffs begin with 32 teams in each field. Round 2 is Nov. 6, with the quarterfinals Nov. 10, semifinals Nov. 13 and finals Nov. 17.

College cross-country: Lents Park is the site of the Cascade Collegiate Championships. The men’s race features the No. 1-ranked team in NAIA, Southern Oregon. SOU’s roster includes redshirt freshman Ian Burgess from Franklin High and junior Dylan Paulk from Grant.

College volleyball: On the road, PSU (13-1 going into a Nov. 1 match at Southern Utah) will be looking to maintain its Big Sky lead in a 6 p.m. PT match at Northern Arizona (11-3 heading into a Nov. 1 home date with last-place Eastern Washington). Idaho State is second at 12-2.

College soccer: UP’s women end the regular season at home, kicking off against San Francisco (2-4-1 league) at 7 p.m. ... Lewis & Clark (7-4-3, fourth in the Northwest Conference) wraps up its women’s season at home, facing Puget Sound (10-2-1, battling Linfield and Whitworth for first place), at noon. ... Concordia’s men (12-0-1, No. 14 in NAIA) conclude the regular season with a 4 p.m. match with Warner Pacific (7-5-1) at David Douglas High. Last week, the Cavaliers clinched their 13th conference championship in the past 15 years, all under coach Dan Birkey. ... The Cascade Collegiate Conference women’s semifinals begin with No. 2 seed and sixth-ranked Concordia (13-2-2) playing host to No. 3 seed Southern Oregon (9-5-3) at 7 p.m.

College basketball: The UP men have a 4 p.m. exhibition against Concordia-Irvine at Chiles Center.

Table tennis: The PacRim Tournament is Saturday and Sunday at Tualatin Hills Athletic Center in Beaverton. Go to for information.

Sunday, Nov. 4

College volleyball: It’s No. 1 at No. 2 — second-ranked Oregon (20-1) tries to avenge a 3-2 road loss Oct. 5 in the rematch with top-ranked Stanford (20-2), 1 p.m., Matthew Knight Arena.

College soccer: UP’s men are home against WCC leader San Diego (6-1-0) at 1 p.m.

College basketball: Lewis & Clark’s men are at Oregon State for a 7:30 p.m. exhibition.

Monday, Nov. 5

Blazers: The reshaped Dallas Mavericks, minus injured forward Dirk Nowitzki, looked like a mess waiting to happen for coach Rick Carlisle, with 7-0 bust Eddy Curry at center. But they opened Tuesday with a road win over the L.A. Lakers and will face Portland at 5:30 p.m. PT (CSN). Rookie guard Jared Cunningham from Oregon State also is among the Mavs hurting (sprained thumb) after shooting 8 of 28, with nine turnovers and six assists, in the preseason.

College basketball: Concordia’s women play an exhibition at UP, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6

Winterhawks: Portland welcomes Red Deer (8-8-1-1, 18 points) to the Rose Garden for a 7 p.m. game.

College soccer: The Cascade Collegiate Conference men play their semifinals.

College volleyball: The CCC tournament begins with two matches involving seeds 3 through 6.

Prep soccer: The 5A boys and girls playoffs start with the round of 16. The 6A boys and girls play their second round (16 teams each).

Wednesday, Nov. 7

Racquetball: The Rose City Pro-Am brings several International Racquetball Tour standouts to Sunset Athletic Club (13939 N.W. Cornell) for a tournament that runs through Nov. 11. Top entrants include Ben Croft (ranked No. 6 in the world), Shane Vanderson, a former Oregon high school champion from Tigard (current world No. 7) and Sunset Athletic Club member Chaalie Pratt (10th-ranked).

Upcoming highlights

Friday, Nov. 9 — Winterhawks at Vancouver, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10 — The 6A and 5A volleyball tournaments are at Liberty High.

Saturday, Nov. 10 — The Columbia County Rotary’s half-marathon to benefit military veterans and Habitat for Humanity starts at 10 a.m. in Scappoose. Go to for information. ... San Antonio at Blazers, 7 p.m. ... Oregon at California football, time TBA. ... Oregon State at Stanford football, time TBA. ... Portland State at Montana State football, 12:30 p.m. PT.

Saturday, Nov. 10 — Winterhawks at Spokane, 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 11 — Kamloops vs. Winterhawks, 5 p.m., Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

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