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Portland State, Linfield finish football seasons; Donaghu cracks top 10 at NCAA cross country

PSU football: Portland State lost its final game of 2019, 53-46 at Eastern Washington, on Saturday. The Vikings finished 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Sky, after going 4-7, 3-5 in 2018. The Viks went 2-0 against NAIA teams this season; they were 1-0 a year ago.

The Vikings tied for sixth with UC Davis and Idaho in the 13-team conference. Montana, Montana State and Eastern Washington tied for third in league play at 6-2, with Sacramento State and Weber State sharing first at 7-1.

Eastern Washington didn't make the national playoffs, a year after placing second to powerhouse and 2019 No. 1 seed North Dakota State.

The Big Sky will have four of the 24 teams in the FCS tournament, led by No. 3 seed Weber State (9-3). Sac State (9-3) is the No. 4 seed. Montana State (9-3) is seeded fifth. Portland State played none of those teams this year, but the Vikings did lose to No. 6 Montana (9-3). All four Big Sky entrants have first-round byes and won't play till Dec. 7.

Small-college football: Linfield lost 68-65 in three overtimes at Chapman in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs.

The Wildcats finished 8-2, while the Panthers will take a 10-0 record into their second-round home game Saturday against St. John's of Minnesota.

Linfield settled for a field goal in the third OT, then gave up a rushing touchdown to Chapman at Orange, California.

College cross country: Ella Donaghu, a Stanford junior from Grant High, was the top Pac-12 runner and placed eighth in last week's NCAA championships, leading the Cardinal to third (158 points) behind Arkansas (142) and BYU (125). Oregon was 26th. Sophomore Anna Pataki of the University of Portland placed 57th.

College women's basketball: Portland freshman forward Alex Fowler, who averaged 23.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in two games, is the West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Fowler shot .760 from the field, hitting 19 of 25 shots as UP (5-1) lost to Cal State Northridge 73-64 and beat Air Force 72-56.

College men's basketball: Guard Isaiah White of the Portland Pilots is the WCC men's player of the week. The 6-4 graduate transfer from Ellicott City, Maryland helped UP defeat Portland State 82-75 and UC Davis 72-62, averaging 22.0 points and 5.5 assists.

College volleyball: Portland State failed to make the eight-team Big Sky playoffs, finishing the regular season in a tie for eighth with Montana (both 6-12), but lost out via the tiebreaker (the Grizzlies defeated the Vikings 3-1). Montana got the final spot with a 3-1 road victory over Idaho State last weekend, but will have to open against No. 1 Northern Colorado on Thursday at Sac State.

PSU freshman libero Ellie Snook from West Linn High set a school record with 5.47 digs per set, snapping the 2012 mark of Kasi Clark (5.38). Snook was named second team all-Big Sky.

Timbers: There were no real surprises last week when Portland announced its end-of-season roster status.

The Timbers have only one forward — Jeremy Ebobisse — following the dismissal of troubled Brian Fernandez.

The club did not exercise the option on Diego Valeri's contract but remained in talks on a deal.

Midfielders under contract are Sebastian Blanco, Diego Chara, Dairon Asprilla, Tomas Conechny, Andres Flores, Marvin Loria, Andy Polo and Renzo Zambrano.

Central defenders are Larrys Mabiala, Bill Tuiloma Julio Cascante and newly acquired Dario Zuparic, who last week was signed to a multiyear contract.

Outside backs still on the roster include Jorge Villafana, Jorge Moreira and Gresham's Marco Farfan. Moreira's loan from River Plate was extended six months.

The team lost versatile and popular defender Zarek Valentin in the expansion draft but already was in the market to add another right back.

Goalkeepers Jeff Attinella and Aljaz Ivacic are under contract, and the Timbers remain in negotiations with Steve Clark.

Portland declined contract options for goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh, defender Modou Jadama and Homegrown forward Foster Langsdorf. Defender Claude Dielna is out of contract after one season in Portland.

Bottom line: Gavin Wilkinson and company have much to do between now and the start of training camp in January.


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