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PREP WATCH: Playoff madness strikes

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Cleveland High's Emily Rommel gets a spike in over Wilson's Hannah Anderson during a regular-season match between the PIL 5A co-champions. Cleveland plays at home Saturday against Lebanon for a berth in the state tournament.It's time for play-in, play-out, playoff madness in Oregon high school sports.

With formats and qualification procedures galore — different strokes for different sports and classification folks — it's not always easy to know who is coming or going, or who is playing at home or away, and when, let alone why.

Here's a quick rundown on events involving Portland teams:

Cross-country

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MILES VANCE - Lincoln's Tanner Smith (328) leads the early pack in the Metro League district cross-country meet at Tualatin Hills on Oct. 24. Smith finished third, qualifying for state. Lincoln's team made it to state, too, placing second behind Jesuit.This is the easy one. The state meet for all classifications is Saturday at Lane Community College in Eugene.

Grant's girls are a strong contender in Class 6A, with St. Mary's Academy also in the team conversation. SMA's Paige Rice is the defending champion, but South Eugene and Sheldon also have challengers — and Grant freshman Ella Donaghu can run with them all.

The PIL has Cleveland and Franklin in both the 5A boys and girls races. Cleveland swept the district titles and is aiming for team trophies.

Volleyball

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAN BROOD - Grant junior Janae Davis goes up for a kill over Tigard senior Lauren Becker in their postseason match.Three-time defending 6A champ Central Catholic plays host to West Linn at 6 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the eight-team state tournament Nov. 9-10 at Liberty High.

Also vying for state tourney spots are Jesuit and St. Mary's Academy. Jesuit is at home against Westview at 6 p.m. Saturday, while St. Mary's has a 6 p.m. match at Sheldon.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAN BROOD - Grant senior Paige Moreland and Tigard sophomore Ashley Holzgang go up for the ball at the net.Neither Grant nor Lincoln is still in contention. The Generals, who swept their two-match series with the Cardinals, bowed out with a 3-0 loss to Tigard in their playoff opener on Wednesday. Lincoln lost to Forest Grove 3-1 in an Oct. 27 "play-in" game.

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: DAN BROOD - Grant sophomore Maddy Siberger-Franek tries to hit the ball over Tigard's Michelle Simmons and Lauren Becker.

•Â In 5A, the only local team still standing is Cleveland, which was the PIL co-champion with Wilson after the two schools took turns beating each other 3-0.

Cleveland can advance to the 5A state tournament, also Nov. 9-10 at Liberty, by beating Lebanon at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland.

Cleveland is No. 8 in the Oregon School Activities Association rankings, and Lebanon is No. 9.

Cleveland (15-4) won 44 sets this season, while Wilson (12-8) won 37 and lost 3-0 at Mountain View in a 5A "play-in" game.

Jefferson placed third in PIL 5A with an 8-4 league record. Roosevelt was fourth at 6-6, followed by Franklin (3-9), Benson (2-10) and Madison (1-11).

•Â In 2A, Portland Christian plays at Culvert at 5 p.m. Saturday. The winner moves on to the state tourney Nov. 9-10 at Ridgeview High in Redmond.

•Â Portland Lutheran is battling for a 1A tournament berth. The Royals, 18-5 and ranked fourth by the OSAA computers, travel to McKenzie for a 2 p.m. showdown. A win would put Portland Lutheran into the eight-team state field at Ridgeview Nov,. 9-10.

Boys soccer

On Friday, three PIL 5A teams have "play-in" games — so they need to win to be considered state playoff teams.

Two games will take place at Cleveland: Bend-Wilson, 2 p.m.; and The Dalles-Wahtonka-Cleveland, 7 p.m.

Franklin journeys to Corvallis for a 4 p.m. game against West Albany.

Cleveland and Wilson tied for their league title at 4-0-1. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw.

Cleveland is ranked No. 10, and Wilson is No. 16. Franklin (2-3-0 and third in the league) is 18th.

The PIL 5A's seven teams are a combined 16-25-7 in nonleague games.

•Â The 6A playoffs begin Friday and Saturday. The field has 32 of the state's 42 teams.

Saturday's lineup includes:

Aloha at No. 1 Grant, 4 p.m., Strasser Field at Delta Park

Century at No. 3 Jesuit, 4:30 p.m.

Tigard at No. 5 Lincoln, 7:15 p.m.

Canby vs. No. 6 Central Catholic, 3 p.m., Concordia University

Southridge at David Douglas, 2 p.m.

• Central Catholic won the Mt. Hood Conference with a 10-0-0 record. The Rams are 10-0-3 overall. They tied their first three matches (Sunset, Summit, Tualatin). David Douglas placed second in the MHC at 5-3-2.

Girls soccer

Cleveland has a 5A play-in game at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hood River Valley.

Also in 5A, PIL champion Wilson takes on Sandy at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cleveland in a play-in game.

Wilson went 6-0 in league. Cleveland was 5-1. Franklin and Madison tied for third at 3-2-1.

The seven PIL 5A girls squads were 7-38-4 in nonleague games.

•Â In 3A/2A/1A De La Salle North Catholic plays Riverside in a league playoff match at 4:15 p.m. Thursday at Delta Park.

•Â The 6A playoffs start Friday and Saturday for 32 of the state's 43 teams.

Tualatin, ranked No. 1 by the OSAA, has a home date with Oregon City at 7 p.m. Friday.

Saturday's schedule includes:

No. 2 Grant (10-3-0) goes to Strasser Field at Delta Park to meet Barlow at 7 p.m.

Jesuit, rated sixth, is at home against Grants Pass at 2 p.m.

No. 11 Central Catholic plays Sheldon at Buckman Field at 3:45 p.m.

South Medford invades No. 14 Lincoln, 7:15 p.m.

No. 22 St. Mary's Academy is at Canby at 4 p.m.

•Â Central Catholic is on a nine-game winning streak. The Rams won the Mount Hood Conference with an 11-1 record, losing 2-1 to Gresham on Sept. 20. The other Central defeat came in the season opener 1-0 to Beaverton. Gresham finished second in the MHC at 9-3, and St. Mary's was third with an 8-3-1 mark.

Football

Twenty 6A teams are battling Friday night for 10 spots in the 32-team state playoffs.

Lincoln goes to Lakeridge for a 7 p.m. game.

•Â In 5A, the playoffs also don't begin until next week.

But on Friday, Pendleton visits Roosevelt in a "play-in" game at 7 p.m. The winner joins the 16-team state playoff field.

PIL 5A champion Wilson is idle this week, having claimed a berth in the playoffs.

The Trojans (8-1) are ranked eighth by the OSAA. Roosevelt (6-3) is 10th. Pendleton (2-7) is No. 24.