Rollers place second
The Rose City Rollers will have to settle for being the best in the United States and No. 2 in the world this year.
The Rollers' Wheels of Justice all-star team made it to the finals of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association international championships last weekend at Philadelphia, then lost 180-101 to the Victorian Roller Derby League of Melbourne, Australia.
Victorian, which was third the past two years, became the first team outside the United States to win the title, and ended Rose City's two-year run at the top.
VRDL jumped to a 36-7 lead and never looked back in claiming the Hydra Trophy. The Aussies led 99-32 at halftime. Lady Trample led all scorers in the championship bout, scoring 61 points and earning MVP honors.
On Saturday, the Rollers made it to the finals by defeating Arch Rival Roller Derby of St. Louis, 237-109, and Gotham Girls of New York, 159-113.
Victorian advanced with wins of 253-99 over Montreal and 287-65 against Denver.
Portland returns to the ice for home games Saturday and Sunday at Moda Center. The Hawks will face Tri-City at 6 p.m. Saturday, then Prince Albert at 5 p.m. Sunday.
Former Winterhawks coach Mike Williamson, the Tri-City coach, has the Americans battling Portland, Spokane and Seattle for first place in the Western Hockey League U.S. Division. Through Sunday, Portland and Tri-City were tied for first with 24 points each (the Hawks in 16 games, the Ams in 17).
Prince Albert of the Eastern Conference entered the week with 17 points in 16 games.
Portland State (0-9, 0-6 Big Sky) can play spoiler in its final home football game, 2 p.m. Saturday against Weber State (7-2, 5-1 Big Sky). The Wildcats are tied for first in the conference with Southern Utah and Northern Arizona.
PSU then will end its season Nov. 18 at Eastern Washington (5-4, 4-2).
Portland State is coming off a 35-28 loss Saturday at Cal Poly (1-8, 1-5). The Mustangs saved the back-and-forth game with a last-minute interception — but PSU had its best performance of the season by a quarterback, with redshirt freshman Davis Alexander passing for 409 yards and a touchdown in his debut as a starter.
The Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A football playoffs head into Round 2. Friday games include Jesuit at Sprague, Lincoln at South Medford, Grant at West Salem, and Central Catholic at Sheldon.
• Central Catholic came up short in its bid for a second consecutive 6A volleyball title. The Rams fell 3-0 in the finals to Southridge on Saturday at Liberty High. CC finished with a 26-3 record; its other losses were to 5A Summit. Southridge ended at 29-1.
Central Catholic seniors Kiora Ridgeway and Camille Guerrero and Jesuit junior Rose Booth made the 6A all-tournament team, as did Southridge senior Chloe Brown (unanimously) and sophomore Cameron Brink.
• At the OSAA cross-country championships Saturday in Eugene, Jesuit's boys dominated the 6A ranks, Wilson senior Alex Slenning claimed the individual 6A boys championship, and Jesuit's girls and the Crusaders' Makenna Schumacher took first in 6A girls.
The Jesuit boys scored 35 points; Central Catholic was second with 127. Franklin took third at 129.
Jesuit's girls had 47 points; Sunset was second with 85, followed by St. Mary's Academy (140), Lincoln (141) and Wilson (175) in the top five.
Catlin Gabel senior Maya Rayle capped a strong season by winning the 3A/2A/1A girls championship by 20 seconds.