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by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Tom Sheridan (left) and his son Dan, of Tualatin, sit in Moda Center on Saturday night, sporting their Rip City shirts before the Trail Blazers' home opener against San Antonio.Whew!

It's been a whirlwind sports weekend already -- and that's with the No. 2 Oregon Ducks idle, in preparation for Thursday night's huge game at Stanford.

Among the headlines so far:

• The Portland Timbers have taken a 2-1 lead on the Seattle Sounders, with 90-plus minutes to go on Thursday in their MLS playoff series.

• The Portland Trail Blazers have won two in a row, dusting off both host Denver and defending NBA Western Conference champion San Antonio 115-105 Saturday at Moda Center, behind the dynamic duo of LaMarcus Aldridge 24 points) and Damian Lillard (25) and others.

• The Portland Winterhawks have run their Western Hockey League win streak to 11 games, with six straight victories on the road. On back-to-back nights, the Hawks turned aside two of their main U.S. Division rivals, Seattle and Spokane.

• The local preps have been full of action -- with Central Catholic's boys and senior Kyle Thompson winning Class 6A cross-country titles and Grant sophomore Ella Donaghu outdistancing everyone in the 6A girls race at Lane Community College. And with various volleyball and soccer teams winning and getting ready for more in this week's state playoffs and tournaments.

And there has been much more. Some of the other highlights:

• Portland State won its second football game in a row, beating Weber State 45-24 Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field. The Vikings have a good shot at three straight as they prepare for next Saturday's 2 p.m. game at Idaho State.

Only about five quarters ago, when the Vikings were trailing North Dakota, PSU was looking like a team on the way down. Now the Viks have a shot at improving to .500 in the conference, as they take a 2-3 league mark into the game at ISU (1-5).

• Portland State's volleyball team swept road matches at Montana State and Montana. The Vikings, second behind North Dakota in the Big Sky, continue to have different players lead the attack each night, with Garyn Schlatter (38 and 39 assists) and others lending support.

• Speaking of college volleyball, former Jesuit star Liz Brenner carried the No. 23 Oregon Ducks again on Saturday. She had a season-high 28 kills as the Ducks squared their record in the tough Pac-12 at 6-6, beating Arizona 3-2 at Matthew Knight Arena.

"An absolute must-win," Oregon coach Jim Moore called that match.

Brenner, who had 23 kills in Friday's loss to Arizona State, also had 19 digs on Saturday for her fourth consecutive double-double.

The Ducks had lost three in a row, and they about to travel for matches against No. 4 USC and UCLA.

• At Concordia University, men's soccer senior forward Septi Danciu set the school record for career goals as the Cavaliers beat Warner Pacific 4-1 on Saturday.

Danciu, from Romania and Evergreen High, broke a 1-1 tie in the 56th minute with a goal that tied the school mark of 52 goals set by Eric Desenberg (1991-95).

Danciu scored again in the 77th minute to break the record.

Concordia is 13-4-0 with one regular-season match left in Cascade Collegiate Conference play -- next Saturday at Oregon Tech -- and the Cavs are third in the league as the CCC postseason tournament approaches (semifinals Nov. 12, finals Nov. 16).

by: COURTESY OF CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY - Goalkeeper Olivia Brock is part of a Concordia defense that is ranked No. 1 in the nation, with 0.35 goals allowed per game.• Concordia's No. 1-ranked NAIA women's soccer team capped a perfect CCC regular season with two wins. The Cavaliers finished 10-0-0 in league, winning 1-0 at Corban on Saturday.

Concordia goalkeeper Olivia Brock made a season-high four saves en route to the team's fifth consecutive and 12th shutout of the season. Brock lowered her goals-against average to an NAIA-best 0.23 per game.

"Our back line was really good today," Concordia coach Grant Landy said. "They handled Corban's pressure and made quality decisions. On the flip side, our attack was well-balanced and dynamic. We hope to carry this momentum into next week's home playoff game."

• Northwest Conference football continues to be about Linfield, with Pacific Lutheran and Pacific also having good seasons.

It looks like the Nov. 16 regular-season finale of Linfield at Pacific, 1 p.m., will help determine the league title.

Linfield, ranked No. 2 in the nation among NCAA Division III teams, is 4-0 in league, 7-0 overall. The Wildcats will play Puget Sound on Saturday, Nov. 9, 1 p.m., at McMinnville.

Pacific is 3-1 in the NWC, 7-1 overall.

PLU is 4-1, 7-1.

Linfield has been so dominant, the Wildcats all but stop passing sometimes at halftime, as they did Saturday in beating No. 25 Willamette 56-15. Linfield has a large stable of running backs, but quarterback Josh Yoder carries the ball effectively, as well. Yoder ran 26 times for 175 yards and four TDs against Willamette, and passed for two touchdowns.

Pacific runs the ball very well, too. The Boxers rushed Saturday for 368 yards -- their biggest output on the ground since the football program was restored in 2010 -- and they defeated Lewis & Clark 68-28 at Lincoln Park Stadium in Forest Grove.

Pacific plays a key game Saturday, Nov. 9 at Willamette. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

The Bearcats dropped to 2-2 in NWC play and 5-2 overall with their loss at home to Linfield.

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