Three Tigers named first team all-league
Led by a large senior class, the Newberg boys enjoyed the deepest postseason run in school history after advancing to the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association Cascade Cup semifinals.
The Tigers featured a senior in goal, three on the back line, two on the attack line and several in midfield and nearly all of them earned all-league honors from coaches in the Northwest Conference.
Leading the way was defenseman Brett Brammer, who was the team's lone first-team honoree. Backline mates Colin Oathes and Tristan Osborn were also recognized, with Oathes making the second team and Osborn garnering honorable mention.
Joining Oathes as second-team performers were midfielders Zak Hensley and Avian Mendoza, as well as attack Austin Kosmicki. All three are seniors.
Rounding out the accolades with honorable mention nods were senior goalie Dalton Paskett, sophomore attack Tyler Schrage and junior midfielder Dawson Walls.
"Those guys led our team further in the postseason than we've ever been before with a solid record against tough teams this year," NHS coach Brian Wood said of his seniors. "They never once gave up. They bounced back from Brett's ankle injury, Schrage's broken wrist, Collin's broken foot. We had a lot of injuries, but also perseverance. That's what you're looking for in a team."
The Newberg girls, who advanced to the second round of the Oregon Girls Lacrosse Association Silver Bracket playoffs, had five players named All-Northwest Oregon Conference, including a pair of seniors on the first team.
Earning top honors for the Tigers were defender Daisy Vande Brake and midfielder Josie Duey.
Duey was second on the team in both goals (41) and assists (27), while leading in draw controls (64) and caused turnovers (24). Vande Brake was a lock-down defender for Newberg and finished with 49 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers.
Garnering second-team accolades were senior attack Sydney Thatch, who 24 goals and 21 assists, and sophomore attack Isabella Osborn, who scored 40 goals and dished out 21 assists.
Rounding out the awards were senior midfielder Miranda Piros and senior goalie Abby Bull, who received honorable mention. Piros finished with 10 goals, seven assists and 50 ground balls. Bull posted an 8.71 goals against average.
NHS softball team honored
The Newberg softball team also hauled in several All-Three Rivers League honors, led by second-team performers Samantha Teran and Zimri Lemonds.
A senior centerfielder, Teran led Newberg with 16 RBIs and 17 runs scored, tied for first in home runs (three) and tied for third with 21 hits on the season.
Lemonds, a junior third baseman, posted a team-high .444 batting average with 28 hits, 14 RBIs and three home runs.
Receiving honorable mention for the Tigers were first baseman Giselle Benetti, shortstop McKenzie Plummer, pitcher Jayden Yoder and catcher Quinn Porter.
Benetti totaled 22 hits, 10 RBIs and scored eight runs while hitting. 328, with Plummer posting a .309 average with 21 hits, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored. Porter scored 12 runs and drew a team-high eight walks. Yoder pitched in 16 games as a senior, striking out 37 batters and posting a 6.32 ERA.