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Thursday, March 21

MAIN HOME EVENT: The best viewing for high school softball takes place at Delta Park, where multiple games usually are going on during the spring season. That’s the case today, with two PIL games scheduled to start at 4:15 p.m. — Class 5A Cleveland vs. 6A contender Lincoln, and Madison vs. Roosevelt in a match-up of PIL 5A teams.

MAIN AWAY EVENT: The Trail Blazers’ third game on a five-game trip takes them to Chicago. Tip-off is 5 p.m. PT (CSNNW).

Wrestling: Oregon State, tied for ninth in the Division I rankings, begins competition in the three-day NCAA championships at Des Moines, Iowa (ESPN3, ESPNU, ESPN). Seven Beavers are entered. OSU is coming off its third Pac-12 title in the past four years.

Friday, March 22

MAIN HOME EVENT: The Portland Winterhawks open the Western Hockey League playoffs at home. Portland plays Everett in a best-of-seven, first-round series. Game one faces off at 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden. In the regular season, Portland won the series 9-1-0-0, after going 8-1-1-0 against the Silvertips in 2011-12. This season, Portland had a 10-game scoring edge of 50-22.

MAIN AWAY EVENT: The Blazers are at Atlanta, 4:30 p.m. PT (CSNNW). The Hawks were 37-30 going into a Wednesday game with Milwaukee. They’ll be in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Baseball: Oregon State (19-1, 3-0 Pac-12) opens its first home conference series. The Beavers welcome Arizona State (12-4-1, 1-2) to Goss Stadium at 5:30 p.m. ... Oregon (15-6, 2-1) also is at home, facing Arizona (15-8, 0-3) at 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks). ... In the four major NCAA rankings, OSU is No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 (twice); Oregon is 12th (twice), 13th and 15th; Arizona State is 20th, 21st (twice) and 22nd; and Arizona is 25th in one poll.

Softball: Portland State’s home opener is a doubleheader (first game 2 p.m.) at Erv Lind Stadium against Southern Utah, one of seven teams in the new Big Sky Conference for softball (top four qualify for the league’s postseason tournament). ... Concordia plays host to College of Idaho in a Delta Park doubleheader that starts at 2 p.m.

Track and field: Lewis & Clark plays host to a two-day invitational that starts at 11 a.m., with the javelin and hammer. Running events take place on Saturday. Concordia and Warner Pacific are among the teams involved.

Soccer: The University of Portland women’s team meets Canada’s under-20 national team in an exhibition game at Merlo Field, 6 p.m. All tickets are $5 (UP students get in free).

Roller derby: At the Oaks Amusement Park Hangar, it’s the Wheels of Justice (the Rose City Rollers’ all-star travel team) vs. the Bridgetown Menace (a Portland men’s team), 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.).

Saturday, March 23

MAIN HOME EVENT: Winterhawks-Everett, game two of their WHL playoff series, 7 p.m., Rose Garden.

MAIN AWAY EVENT: The Pac-12 gymnastics championships are at 10th-ranked Oregon State. Sessions are at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks). Utah (No. 7 nationally), UCLA (No. 8), OSU and Stanford (No. 11) are the top seeds, in that order.

Baseball: Arizona is at Oregon, and Arizona State plays at Oregon State (both 2 p.m.). ... UP meets USF at AT&T Park, 3:30 p.m. ... Lewix & Clark has a noon doubleheader at Willamette. ... Simpson University (Redding, Calif.) is at Concordia for a 2 p.m. twinbill.

Softball: Southern Utah concludes a three-game series with PSU. Game time is noon at Erv Lind Stadium. .... In their Pac-12 openers, Stanford (22-6) takes on Oregon, 3 p.m., Howe Field in Eugene. The Cardinal are 16th and 18th in the D-I polls; Oregon (23-4) is ninth and 10th... Whitworth is at L&C for a noon doubleheader. ... Eastern Oregon meets Concordia for two games at Delta Park; first pitch at 11 a.m.

Roller derby: A 7 p.m. Season Eight bout between the Break Neck Betties and Guns N Rollers is sold out at Oaks Amusement Park.

Sunday, March 24

MAIN HOME EVENT: Concordia’s Porter Park is a great place to watch a baseball game. And two are scheduled for today, as the host Cavaliers meet the Simpson Red Hawks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

MAIN AWAY EVENT: A preview of the Western Conference finals? Probably not, but it’s Blazers-Thunder at Oklahoma City, 4 p.m. (CSNNW). OKC leads the four-game series 2-0.

Baseball: Two Pac-12 series conclude in the Willamette Valley — Arizona takes on Oregon, and ASU faces OSU (both at noon). ... In San Francisco, Portland winds up its three-game set with the host Dons, 1 p.m. ... L&C and Willamette finish their Northwest Conference series with a noon game in Salem.

Softball: Stanford plays at Oregon, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks). ... Oregon State is at UC Davis, 1 p.m. ... Whitworth visits Lewis & Clark for games at noon and 2 p.m.

Roller derby: A junior march at Oaks Amusement Park pits the Rosebuds of Portland and Seattle’s I-5 Rollergirls, 2 p.m.

Monday, March 25

MAIN HOME EVENT: It’s spring break and time for high school baseball and softball tournaments around the state. One of the best softball tourneys is the Monday-Tuesday North Clackamas Spring Break Challenge. Teams entered include Grant, Franklin, Wilson, Cleveland and Central Catholic. All games are at Hood View Park in Happy Valley.

MAIN AWAY EVENT: The Oregon Ducks Invitational men’s golf tournament begins its two-day run at Eugene Country Club. Oregon State also is in the field.

Softball: Stanford wraps up a three-game series at Oregon with a noon game. ... OSU invades Cal State Bakersfield for a noon doubleheader.

Tuesday, March 26

MAIN EVENT: The Portland Pilots go to PK Park for a 6 p.m. non-league baseball game with Oregon.

Baseball: Lewis & Clark is at the Tucson Invitational, playing Middlebury at 10 a.m. and Williams at 2 p.m.

Softball: Concordia visits Simon Fraser for games at 5 and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27

MAIN HOME EVENT: The Blazers are back home for a 7:30 p.m. contest against coach P.J. Carlesimo’s Brooklyn Nets. It will be the Nets’ fifth straight away game. Brooklyn is battling for a top-four finish in the NBA Eastern Conference.

MAIN AWAY EVENT: In softball, Concordia continues its Canadian jaunt with a 2 p.m. Cascade Collegiate Conference doubleheader at the University of British Columbia.