Newberg High School honors its top student-athletes
Considering the stellar seasons put forth by the track and field and boys soccer programs in 2017-2018, it was fitting that a quartet of Newberg High School athletes that played both sports were front and center at the school's annual All Sports Awards banquet May 29.
Fresh off all-state performances at Hayward Field in Eugene, Cole Alteneder and Ashley Korb-Doty were honored with the Tigers' Most Outstanding Senior Athlete awards, while teammates Kyle Charbonneau and Casey Novak took home what athletic director Tim Burke considers the school's most prestigious honor, the Carolyn DeCrevel Award for Excellence.
"We've talked all the time about this is the type of person I would want coaching my own kids," Burke said of Charbonneau and Novak. "Those two kids are heavily involved in our ASB, but also have the school spirit and sense of community, trying to build things to be better for other kids,"
Burke said it was an extremely tight race for this year's top male student athlete, with Alteneder edging out Tristan Osborn and Dalton Paskett.
Along with Charbonneau, Alteneder helped the boys soccer team capture its first-ever league title this past fall, and medaled in both the 110 and 300 hurdles at the state track meetin May. In all, he's earned 17 different all-league honors and was named all-state in track seven times. He will now compete in track for the University of Idaho.
Korb-Doty, who was a leader on the cheerleading team and played two seasons of soccer, is the school record holder in the triple jump and placed at the state track meet in both hurdle events as a senior. She will continue competing next year for George Fox University, likely as a decathlete.
"There is a track athlete and the field athlete, but she is the track and field athlete," Burke said. "She does the pole vault and then goes out and sets the triple-jump record in one meet. I turn around and go to the state cheer competition and she's one of the lead stunters."
That foursome took the stage several times on the night, with Novak and Alteneder also receiving $1,000 scholarships from the Newberg Boosters to put toward their educations, with Novak headed to the University of Notre Dame. The Boosters also bestowed scholarships on water polo standout Grace Kavanagh, who is a valedictorian and will play polo at Santa Clara, and Paskett, who will attend Northwestern Prep School next year as he pursues an appointment to the Air Force Academy.
Osborn, who played football and lacrosse to go along with his 6A heavyweight wrestling state title, and Paskett (water polo, swimming, lacrosse) were also two of the seven seniors lauded for being 12-sport athletes during their career at Newberg. Osborn received a scholarship and will wrestle for Oregon State University next year, while Paskett graduates having won four state championships in water polo and led the lacrosse team to its deepest postseason run this spring as a four-year starter at goalie.
Also accomplishing that feat were sisters Carina and Jesica Baca (cross-country, swimming, track and field), Josie Duey (volleyball, basketball, lacrosse), Ryan Montague (football, basketball, track and field, rugby) and Taylen Reid (football, wrestling, baseball).
The boys and girls polo teams were also honored, along with the six-time defending champion cheerleading team and individual wrestling titlists Christopher Strange and Osborn, for having finished at the top of the state this school year. The boys polo team has now won 16 state championships, while the girls captured their school-record 20th team title in the fall.
Swim coach George Sampson, who led the boys team to its first-ever district meet championship this past winter, was named Head Coach of the Year, with cross-country's Sonya Howard earning Assistant Coach of the Year accolades.