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High school sports round-up: NHS wins the most overall games to take alternative-format event

SETH GORDON - Arianna Kern lines up a shot during her 6-1, 6-4 loss at No. 3 singles versus Wilsonville April 24.

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Newberg girls tennis team, but the stamina the Tigers have developed battling in the ultra-competitive Three Rivers League seems to have paid dividends Saturday at the Oregon Episcopal School Invitational.

In order for all four teams to face one another, the event uses an alternative format where contests are limited to two sets and victories, both in dual matches and for the overall tournament, are decided by the number of games won.

So although the Newberg lost dual matches to OES and Wilson, the Tigers took the team trophy with a tournament-best 214 games won.

"We played pretty well in the end," NHS coach Jon Halstead said. "It took us some time to get warmed up. Everybody played well and it shows in this format. That worked out in our favor, so I was pleasantly surprised we took home a trophy."

Newberg opened with a 78-70 setback against Wilson (matches finished split 3-3) and bested Molalla 84-68 on games and 4-3 on matches.

The host Aardvarks prevailed 6-2 in matches and 73-60 in games, but the Tigers did enough over the course of the day to finish on top.

"It goes pretty fast and works pretty well," Halstead said of the format. "We had a good time and the girls played well. You get better as the day goes on. Can't complain at all."

No. 1 doubles duo Hannah Daley and Annika Selke have paced the team all season and last week was no exception.

Although Newberg fell 6-2 overall April 24 at home versus Wilsonville, Daley and Selke won their match 6-2, 7-5. The pair were edged out 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 the next day versus Sherwood, as the Tigers lost 6-2 to the Bowmen on matches, but went 2-1 Saturday.

The pair was even able to overcome a shoulder injury to Selke, which forced her to serve underhand, and then picked up a 6-3, 6-4 win versus Canby Monday.

"I let them roll," Halstead said. "They've got it figured out. They're a pretty good doubles team."

Halstead also praised singles players Gabi Severson and Valeria Cosgrove, as well as No. 4 doubles pairing Kaitlyn Butorac and Amanda Johnson, for showing season-long improvement and playing well last week.

The Tigers fell 6-2 to Canby Monday, continuing the team's struggles in league play, but to Halstead, Newberg's success at OES shows how deceiving results in the Three Rivers League can be.

NHS will finish the regular season Wednesday against West Linn and appear to be playing their best tennis heading into next week's district tournament.

"The results don't really illustrate how well we've played all year," Halstead said. "From day one to today we've improved quite a bit, so I'm pretty happy with that."

Boys Rugby

Newberg 29, Portland Pumas 10 – The Tigers picked up their third consecutive victory Saturday at Renne Field and sit in fourth-place ahead of this weekend's regular-season finale at home versus league co-leader Battle Ground at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Girls rugby

Newberg 27, Cleveland 22 – The Tigers picked up their second victory of the season at home Saturday and will host Reynolds at 11 a.m. Saturday at Renne Field.

Baseball

St. Paul 10, Country Christian 1 – Justin Herberger continued his torrid hitting, going three-for-five with two RBIs and two runs scored Friday. Jaidyn Jackson allowed one run on five hits with six strikeouts to ean the win.

St. Paul 12, Perrydale 1 – The Bucks (11-2, 7-2 Tri-River Conference) won their fourth straight Monday to maintain their grip on second place and will host Western Mennonite at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tualatin 4, Newberg 1 – The Timberwolves completed a sweep of the three-game season series Friday. Newberg (1-19, 1-10 Three Rivers) hosts Canby Wednesday and will travel to face the Cougars Friday.

Softball

Newberg 4, Lake Oswego 1 – The Tigers (4-17, 3-6) rallied for four runs in the fifth inning to snap a three-game skid at home Monday. McKenzie Plummer delivered the knockout blow, belting a bases loaded triple to drive in three runs. Newberg will host Sherwood at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Track and field

Southwest Christian Invitational – Dylan Stroup was third in the triple jump with a new PR (38-5.5) to lead the C.S. Lewis Academy boys to a 12th-place finish with 18 points.

Led by Cam McChesney, who also set new personal best to win the 1,500 in 4:23.53, the Veritas boys were 14th with 10 points. Elizabeth Warren paced the Watchmen (18 points) to 12th in the girls meet after finishing runner-up in the 400 (1:03.30) and third in the 200 (28.40). The Vanguard girls were 13th with 17 points thanks in part to a fourth-place showing (4:47.61) by MeiLin Eakin, Chloe Wassei, Sarah Heyob and Madison McChesney in the 4 x 400 relay.

Girls lacrosse

Tualatin 19, Newberg 12 – The Tigers got three goals from Josie Duey and two apiece from Gracie Anderson, Hannah Huchette and Sydney Thatch, but couldn't keep pace with the league-leading Timberwolves.

Sports briefs

George Fox University offering two hoops camps

George Fox men's basketball coach Maco Hamilton has announced the dates of his youth basketball camp and elite basketball camp for the summer of 2018.

The youth camp for boys entering grades 3-8 will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6-9. This camp will provide instruction with an emphasis on individual skill development by the George Fox coaching staff, as well as current and former collegiate players. Quality competitive action will include various contests such as a "Hot Shot" competition, free throw and three-point competitions, and three-on-three tournaments. Each camper will receive a camp T-shirt and basketball, a camp photo, and a certificate with the coaches' evaluation.

The elite camp for boys entering grades 9-12 will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. It is designed to provide position-specific individual skill development and collegiate-level scheme instruction and implementation from the Bruin coaching staff. Game scenarios and situation work will be taught and campers will apply what they have learned in competitive five-on-five games. Players attending the Elite Camps should be high-level varsity athletes capable of playing at the collegiate level.

The cost of the Youth Camp is $150 per person for early registration, while the Elite Camp cost is $75 per person. More information, including a downloadable a registration form, visit athletics.georgefox.edu/camps/index.

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