Tigers top Beavers 5-3
Thanks to a strong performance in doubles, the Newberg girls tennis team broke through for its first victory of the season, beating visiting Beaverton 5-3 on March 20.
The Tigers opened with victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to offset victories by the Beavers at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, as top duo Hannah Daley and Annika Selke rolled 6-2, 6-1 and No. 2 pair Emma Babcock and Brooklyn Stram won 6-4, 6-0.
The Beavers also took the No. 3 singles match, as Reem Melli topped junior Valeria Cosgrove 6-4, 6-0, but the visitors did not have a fourth singles players, so junior Arianna Kern won by default to level the match at 3-3.
The match appeared as if it was headed for a 4-4 draw after Beaverton won the first set at No. 3 doubles and the Tiger duo of Sicily Hampton and Jessica Bue won their opening set at No. 4 6-1.
However, Abigail Dixon and Abigail Steele rallied to win the second set of their match at No. 3 doubles 6-4. Combined with Hampton and Bue's 6-4 win in the second set at No. 4, that victory ensured Newberg would at least finish the match in a 4-4 tie, with the Tigers then holding the tiebreaker in sets won (9-8) even if Dixon and Steele were to fall in the third set.
The duo went ahead and gave coach Jon Halstead the outright win, though, by winning the third set 7-6.
"Before spring break is always difficult, so I'm happy," Halstead said. "I think they're playing well."
Halstead said he was especially pleased with the play of Daley and Selke, whose hard work in the offseason has already been evident just two matches into the season.
"I think our strength is going to end up being in doubles this year, just because our league has a lot of strong singles players that make it pretty tough," Halstead said. "My No. 1 and 2 singles players (Sarah Dixon and Gabi Severson) know what they're up against."
The Tigers are taking this week off for spring break, but will return to action April 3 with a road match at Southridge High School before hosting Lakeridge High School on April 4 and Wilsonville High School on April 5.
Newberg 18, Cleveland 8 -- The Tiger bats came alive for the first time this season, as Newberg (1-3) collected 16 hits and scored in all six innings March 21, including a five-run rally in the sixth to invoke the mercy rule.
Santiam 21, St. Paul 10 -- The Bucks (2-2, 0-1) fell in their Special District 2 opener March 21.
St. Paul 10, Country Christian/North Clackamas Christian 0 -- Jaidyn Jackson struck out five in four innings to earn the victory March 20. Holden Smith went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and one run scored to pace the the Bucks (4-0, 1-0 Special District 2).
Three Rivers League -- Aly Davidson shot a 113 to lead Newberg (510) to sixth place March 20 at Chehalem Glenn Golf Course.
Girls track and field
Grizzly Bear Open -- C.S. Lewis Academy and Veritas, which is making its track and field debut this spring, competed at the unscored meet March 21. Madison McChesney (2:57.43), Chloe Wassei, Anne Rolfe Annie Winikka helped Veritas post a 1-2-4-5 finish among 1A competitors finish in the 800. Elizabeth Warren was second overall in the 400 (1:05.58) and sixth in the 200 (29.24) to lead the Watchmen.
Boys track and field
Grizzly Bear Open -- Cam McChesney finished first among 1A competitors in the 800 (2:10.94) and the mile (4:50.88) for Veritas. Freshman Dylan Stroup was sixth in the triple jump (35-11) and eighth in the long jump (18-7) for C.S. Lewis Academy.
Beaverton 12, Newberg 8 -- Jezzie Fair, Hannah Hutchette and Isabella Osborn scored two goals apiece for the Tigers (1-3) in a road loss March 20.