Newberg storms into state semis
CORVALLIS — The Newberg boys and girls water polo teams met little resistance in the first two rounds of the state playoffs, each rolling into the state semifinals with a pair of blowout wins.
The top-seeded Tiger girls opened up the tournament Friday with a 16-2 win over Grant before dispatching Reynolds 16-3 in the state quarterfinals later in the day at the Osborne Aquatic Center.
Nikki Roubottom led Newberg with four goals in the win over the Generals. Hailey Day, Mackenzie Russell, Stella Byles and Madeleine Smart led a balanced attack against the Raiders, scoring three goals apiece.
In a rematch of the 2015 state finals, Newberg will face off against Sam Barlow in the first semifinal at 7:20 p.m. Friday. If the Tigers prevail, like they did in that title matchup, they will face either Lincoln or West Albany in the championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Coming off a disappointing performance in a state-seeding tiebreaker loss to Lakeridge, the Newberg boys were equally dominant in a pair of games Saturday night in Corvallis.
The No. 2 seeded Tigers thrashed David Douglas 18-1 in the first round, then routed longtime rival Southridge 18-4 in the quarterfinals.
Raleigh Day played well in both games, compiling six goals and 13 steals, with goalie Wilson Johnson on top of his game as well, registering 12 blocks in each game and dishing a total of five assists on the day.
In what may be the most wide-open boys tournament in many years, three-time defending champion Newberg will face No. 3 Reynolds at 6:10 p.m. Friday. Waiting in the final will either be No. 1 Lakeridge or No. 4 South Eugene.