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Sports nutshell: Vikings look to build on good start

by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Portland State running back DJ Adams, taking on an Eastern Oregon defender in the season opener, leads all Big Sky runners in rushing yardage per game as the Vikings prepare for their 2013 conference debut Thursday night at home against Cal Poly.VIKINGS REV UP FOR CONFERENCE

• Portland State's football team goes into the Big Sky Conference season on a high — having stomped UC Davis 41-10 Saturday in a nonconference road game.

The Vikings (3-1) will play host to nationally ranked Cal Poly at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Jeld-Wen Stadium.

The Mustangs, coached by former PSU coach Tim Walsh, are 1-2 and coming off a bye week. They were ranked 18th and 19th in the polls last week.

Portland State rolled up 427 rushing yards (11.2 per play) at Cal Davis. The school single-game record of 437 was set last year against Idaho State.

Cal Poly opened with a 38-16 home victory over San Diego, then lost on the road to FBS Mountain West Conference opponents Fresno State 41-25 and Colorado State 34-17.

Portland is looking for its first start of better than 3-2 since 2000, when the Vikings got to 6-0 en route to an 8-3 regular season and NCAA Division I-AA playoff berth under Walsh.

• Big Sky leaders from PSU:

-- Running back DJ Adams, with 122.8 rushing yards per game (12th in the nation) and touchdowns (seven). Adams had 14 carries for 208 yards and two TDs last week.

-- The PSU ground game (328.0 yards per game, also tops in FCS).

-- The PSU offense (612.0 yards per game, second in the nation).

-- Kyle Loomis, punter, 46.8-yard average (second in the nation).

-- Kasey Closs, second in receiving yards (123.2 per game, fourth in the nation). Closs is averaging 24.6 yards per catch and has scored five touchdowns.

-- The PSU defense, first in sacks with 17 and first in tackles for loss (10.8 per game, which also is second in the nation)

-- Defensive end Jeremy Boone, who is tied for the conference lead with two fumble recoveries.

-- PSU receivers, who lead the nation in yards per catch (19.9).

WINTERHAWKS SPLIT

• Portland has a 1-0-0-1 record after the opening weekend of Western Hockey League play.

The defending WHL champs opened with a 9-2 rout of Prince George on Friday at Moda Center, then lost in a shootout at Seattle 4-3. The Hawks get a point for that, leaving them with three points, one behind the 2-0-0-0 Kelowna Rockets.

Seattle, Everett and Spokane are 1-0-0-0.

Oliver Bjorkstrand (six points), Nic Petan (five), Chase De Leo (four) and Taylor Leier (four) led Hawk scorers.

Portland trailed 2-0 midway through the second period at Seattle, and the Hawks were behind 3-2 when De Leo scored at 12:08 of the third period.

Petan scored in the shootout for Portland, but the final Seattle shooter, Branden Troock, gave the Thunderbirds a 2-1 lead, and then T-Birds goalie Justin Myles stopped Bjorkstrand.

Brendan Burke took the loss in goal, despite making 37 saves.

Portland returns to Moda Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday against the Tri-City Americans.

TIMBERS IN POSITION

• With a big win on Friday and competitors less fortunate, the Portland Timbers are in excellent position to make the MLS playoffs going into the final stretch of the regular season.

The Timbers are third in the nine-team Western Conference. The top five teams make the postseason, and Vancouver and San Jose are tied for sixth, five points behind Portland.

Vancouver and Portland each have five games to play, while San Jose is down to its final four games.

Seattle leads the West with 50 points in 28 matches. Real Salt Lake is next with 48 points in 30 games.

Portland has 46 points in 29 outings, the L.A. Galaxy have 45 points in 29 games, and Colorado has 45 points in 30 games.

FC Dallas, which lost 1-0 to New York on Sunday, has 40 points through 29 games.

Portland's next game is 12:30 p.m. Sunday versus the Galaxy at Jeld-Wen Field.

The Timbers play Oct. 6 at Vancouver, Oct. 13 at home against Seattle, Oct. 19 at home with Real Salt Lake and Oct. 26 at Chivas USA.

PREP FOOTBALL RANKINGS

• After four weeks of the nine-week regular season, here is the Oregon School Activities Association top 10 in rankings for Class 6A football:

Sprague, Central Catholic and Sheldon (all tied for first), Clackamas, Tigard and Roseburg (all tied for fourth), Tualatin, Lakeridge and North Medford (tied for eighth) and Aloha.

The 5A top 10: Parkrose, Dallas, Sherwood and Silverton (tied for third), Hermiston, West Albany and Springfield (tied for sixth), Wilsonville, Ashland and Roosevelt.

PILOT WOMEN'S SOCCER RALLIES

• The University of Portland, ranked 16th going into the game, erased a 1-0 halftime deficit quickly and went on to beat host San Diego State 2-1 on Sunday.

Micaela Capelle scored 12 seconds into the half to tie the score.

Ellen Parker's unassisted goal in the 81st minute won it for UP (6-1-1).

The Aztecs fell to 2-5-2.

Portland's next game is 7 p.m. Friday at Merlo Field against Wyoming.

The doubleheader kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with the UP men facing Seattle.

PSU VOLLEYBALL AIMS FOR 2-0 START

• Portland State, defending Big Sky regular-season champions, will play Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. Monday at Stott Center.

The Vikings opened the conference season on Saturday with a 3-0 home victory over Sacramento State (25-20, 25-14, 25-11).

Senior outside hitter Aubrey Mitchell led everyone with .400 hitting and added 11 kills and a season-high six blocking assists.

Cheyne Corrado, a junior outside hitter, had 10 kills, and senior outside hitter Kaeli Patton had 10 kills and 10 digs.

CONCORDIA TEAMS ROLL

• Concordia University's women's soccer team, ranked No. 4 in NAIA, beat Trinity Lutheran 4-0 Sunday in the final game of the Cavalier Cup at Tuominen Yard.

The Cavaliers improved to 6-1-1 with their sixth shutout. They have outscored opponents 25-3.

• In men's soccer, the Cavs opened their Cascade Collegiate Conference season with a 5-0 victory at Northwest Christian on Saturday.

The Concordia men, ranked No. 12, are 4-2-0 overall.

• The No. 21 Concordia volleyball team stretched its win streak to 10 with CCC road weekend 3-0 wins over Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech.

The Cavaliers are 12-2 overall and 6-0 in league.

OTHER COLLEGE

• PSU's women's soccer team played visiting San Francisco to a 0-0 draw Sunday afternoon at Hillsboro Stadium.

The Vikings are 3-4-1, while the Dons are 5-2-2.

PSU outshot USF 11-7. Dons keeper Madalyn Schiffel made six saves through the 110 minutes, while PSU's Caitlin Plese had three in the Viks' nonconference finale.

Portland State's first Big Sky contest is 1 p.m. Friday against Northern Colorado, also at Hillsboro Stadium. The Viks will play host to North Dakota there at noon Sunday.

GOLF

• Wilsonville's Brian Henninger finished in a six-way tie for sixth place in the $1.8 million Pacific Links Hawaii Championship, a Champions Tour event that ended Sunday at Kapolel, Hawaii.

Henninger carded a final round of even-par 72 that gave him a 208 total, 8-under.

It was the 50-year-old's best finish in 12 starts as a Champions rookie.

Mark Wiebe defeated Corey Pavin with a par on their second playoff hole, after both finished at 205, one ahead of Bernhard Langer.