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Wheels of Justice brings home Hydra Trophy again; Portland State preps for Eastern Washington and football finale

Roller derby: The Hydra Trophy is staying in Portland.

The Wheels of Justice imposed their will against three opponents last weekend and rolled to a second consecutive world championship of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

The all-stars representing the Rose City Rollers crushed New York City's Gotham Girls Roller Derby 145-65 in Sunday's championship match in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

It is the fourth world championship for the Portland team, and it came in dominating fashion.

Wheels of Justice beat Philly Roller Derby 205-50 in the quarterfinals then dispatched Arch Rival Roller Derby of St. Louis 155-95 in the semifinals.

Bonnie Thunders led the Wheels of Justice with 31 points in the final match. The Portland team led throughout and held Gotham Girls scoreless on six of the last seven jams.

Rose City Rollers is based at The Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park but is looking to locate or build a permanent home.

PSU football: Pride, a rivalry and a stepping stone to next season will be on the line when Portland State wraps up its season at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eastern Washington.

The Vikings (5-6, 3-4 Big Sky) have dropped three games in a row. Last year, they lost their final three games, including a regular-season finale at Hillsboro Stadium against Eastern Washington that got away from the Viks — the Eagles won 74-23, and went on to reach the FCS championship game.

Eastern Washington has won three in a row and is 6-5 overall and 5-2 in the Big Sky, but the Eagles had chances to lose last week at Cal Poly in a game EWU won only 42-41.

College men's soccer: No local teams qualified for the NCAA Division I tournament. Oregon State (8-6-2) finished third in the Pac-12 (5-3-2) after falling 3-1 to conference champion Washington in the final regular-season match.

California, which finished behind the Beavers, joined Washington and Stanford in the tourney on the strength of late-season wins over the Huskies and Cardinal, who were both ranked in the top five.

n The Portland Pilots' season ended with a 5-1 road loss to West Coast Conference champ Saint Mary's. Portland finished 9-7-1 but struggled to a 3-4-0 conference record.

n Concordia dropped its final two games to finish 7-10-0, 4-8-0 in the D-II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

College cross country: Warner Pacific freshman Amelia Pullen will cap a successful senior year Friday when she runs in the NAIA championship at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site. The men's race begins at 10:30 a.m., and the women's race starts at 11:30 a.m.

Pullen, from Washougal, Washington, was named West Region Runner of the Year by the NAIA after winning the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship in a school-record 17 minutes, 35.7 seconds over 5,000 meters.

Pullen will be joined at the nationals by her teammates as Warner Pacific qualifies as the host school for the women's race.

Multnomah will be represented at nationals for the first time. Freshman Shiloh Najjar qualified with a ninth-place finish in the CCC championships.


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