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The Tiger girls place fifth in the Metro League, led by top-five racers Clara Perez-Rossi and Corin Hartnell

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -- MIKE JULIANA - Dawson Wells turns the corner on the giant slalom during the final Metro League Ski Race of the season Saturday at Mt. Hood Meadows. Wells led Newberg with a 16th-place finish after a combined time of 47.57 seconds.

MOUNT HOOD -- Despite featuring just one skier in its debut season a year ago, the Newberg girls ski team is headed to the Oregon Interscholastic Ski Racing Association (OISRA) state championships after finishing fifth overall in the Metro League.

The Tigers wrapped up the regular season by placing fourth as a team at the fifth and final Metro League race of the season Feb. 28 at Mount Hood Meadows.

Led by Clara Perez-Rossi and Corin Hartnell, Newberg posted a combined time of 3:02.11 in the slalom to finish 2.67 seconds behind third-place Tigard and just ahead of Sunset.

Perez-Rossi posted a combined time of 53.23 to place second, with Hartnell just behind in third at 56.25.

Kate Ortloff had the 20th fastest first run time (33.54) and Taylor Trantham had the 29th fastest second run time at 41.76, each contributing the remaining team times. Taylor Moen also had the 34th fastest first run time at 49.60.

With that showing, the Tiger girls placed fifth overall in the Metro League and earned a spot at the state championships, which will be held Thursday and Friday at Mount Bachelor. Perez-Rossi placed fourth in the final individual standings and Hartnell fifth.

"Five Newberg girls will compete in both slalom and giant slalom events at state," NHS coach Alex Moss said. "It's a remarkable achievement for the second-year Newberg Ski racing team."

The Newberg boys placed ninth in the final league race of the season, posting a total time of 2:33.74.

Dawson Walls led the way with a 16th place finish and combined time of 47.57. Sam Burner finished was next in 42nd (53.66), followed by Ahser Tatsumi in 45th (56.31) and Brandon Barlow in 49th (1:05.36). Liam Deats also had the 35th fastest second run time of 24.44.

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