by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The Cleveland Warriors celebrate winning the first set in their 3-1 victory at home over Grant on Sept. 6.

Sept. 13

PIL volleyball: This good early-season league match pits 5A Cleveland at Wilson, 6:30 p.m. The teams tied for first last year with 9-1 league records. Cleveland beat 6A Grant 3-1 last week and 5A Jefferson 3-0 on Tuesday. “Depth is the key to this team. All 13 can play,” Cleveland coach Camille Adana says. “We’re a family, and we’ve got some size. And 11 of the 13 play club. So I’ve upped my expectations. I always believe in my team. They just need to believe in themselves.”

Sept. 14

Prep football: PIL 5A league games begin, with Roosevelt (1-1) at Cleveland (2-0), Franklin (0-2) at Wilson (1-1), and Madison (1-1) at Jefferson (0-2). Benson (0-2), meanwhile, plays a nonleague game against 4A Banks (1-1) at Marshall. ... In 6A games: Grant (1-1) plays Sunset (2-0) at Lincoln, while Lincoln (0-2) visits Westview (1-1). Central Catholic (1-1) goes to defending state champion Lake Oswego (2-0). Canby (0-2) is at Jesuit (2-0). David Douglas (1-1) treks to Oregon City (1-1). ... Elsewhere: Parkrose (2-0) plays host to Wilsonville (1-1), Philomath (2-0) is at La Salle (1-1), and Regis (1-1) travels to Portland Christian (2-0).by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Grant's Ryan Robinson goes up for the ball in the Generals' 58-12 home win over Jefferson last week.

Pier Park cross-country: Central Catholic, Jesuit, South Eugene, Crater and Camas (Wash.) are entered in this 4 p.m. meet. In last year’s 6A boys state meet, the top four, in order, were South Eugene, Central Catholic, Crater and Jesuit, and the Rams’ Kyle Thompson, now a junior, won the individual title. In the 2011 6A girls meet, South Eugene, Crater and Jesuit finished 1-2-3.

College volleyball: Concordia (3-1 in league) will play host to Warner Pacific (3-1) at 7 p.m., in a Cascade Collegiate Conference match. The Concordia attack has been well-distributed, Jackie Stein (91 kills) and Brianna Hogan (76 kills) pacing the offense. For Warner Pacific, Devan Belshe’s team-high 52 kills and Rylie Engelson’s overall play have been keys.

They’re No. 1: The Concordia women’s soccer team, 6-0-0 and ranked first in the nation at the NAIA level, team has only two matches in the next two weeks, but they will be what coach Grant Landy calls “a true test.” The back-to-back matches are in a tournament at Orange Beach, Ala. The Cavs play No. 6 Mobile (4-1) on Friday and No. 17 host William Carey (4-1) on Saturday.

Sept. 15

Gridiron Saturday: Oregon (2-0) meets Tennessee Tech (2-0) at Autzen Stadium at noon. ... Portland State (1-1) has a payday and a trip to Washington; 1 p.m. kickoff at CenturyLink Field. The Huskies (1-1) beat San Diego State 21-12 and lost to LSU 41-3. ... Lewis & Clark (1-0, 27-24 win last week at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps) opens its home season against Pomona-Pitzer (0-1, 41-13 home loss to Menlo) at noon.

Enough said: It’s Seattle at Portland, MLS, 12:30 p.m. The Sounders are bound for the playoffs; the Timbers are just trying to finish strong after a long season. But, given the rivalry, Portland easily could be considered the favorite. Portland won 2-1 over Seattle at Jeld-Wen Field on June 24.

Sept. 16

Pilots soccer: The 19th-ranked University of Portland women (4-1-1 after a 1-1 home tie with Notre Dame last week) will play at USC (2-3-1) at 1 p.m.

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

Sept. 18

Prep potpourri: Highlight events include Sherwood at Cleveland girls soccer, 7 p.m.; Liberty-Wilson girls soccer at Rieke Elementary, 4:15 p.m.; and Central Catholic at Barlow volleyball, 6 p.m., as the three-time defending Class 6A champion Rams face one of their Mount Hood Conference rivals.

Sept. 19

Cross-country: PIL 5A teams compete at Lents Park at 4 p.m. Franklin and Cleveland have the strongest teams and are expected to battle all season. The Quaker boys are solid with seniors Dane Hilts and Christopher Black leading a crop of juniors. Cleveland’s top guns include seniors Christopher and Adrian Hinkle. The Cleveland girls are led by sophomore Emma Wren and junior Bryn McKillop. At Franklin, junior Margarita Lauer is the top returning girl, and the Quakers have a fast early-season time from freshman Isabel Leonard.

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