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George Fox men keep up scoring, but struggle defensively in losses to Cal Lutheran and Johnson & Wales

George Fox men's basketball (3-2) dropped two of three games in the last week, beginning with an 83-80 home loss to California Lutheran on Nov. 20.

The Bruins tied the Kingsmen 46-46 at the half and had a chance to tie or take the lead late. Jackson Januik's would-be-game-tying free throw glanced off the rim and was rebounded by GFU's Ryan Lacey, who kicked the ball to Mason Green-Richards for an attempted game-winner, but he also missed.

California Lutheran hit two free throws to bring the game to its final score. Green-Richards had a team-high 25 points for the Bruins, supplemented by Lacey's 22 points.

After dropping a home game, George Fox hit the road for the Rocky Mountain Thanksgiving Classic in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its first game on Friday pitted them against Johnson & Wales (Colo.).

The Bruins lost 92-82 after getting off to a slow start, falling behind 26-13 midway through the first half. The Wildcats staved off a comeback and finished with a shooting percentage of 50. Lacey led all GFU scorers with 20 points.

On Saturday, the Bruins responded with a 78-73 win over Colorado College. They led 75-60 with four minutes remaining and fought off a scoring onslaught by the Tigers down the stretch that nearly sent the game to overtime.

Green-Richards had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Lacey picked up 15 points and was aided by 14 from Wesley Reynolds and 11 from Dylan Hamlett.

Next up for George Fox is a road game at Lewis & Clark at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by a home matchup with Puget Sound at 6 p.m. Saturday. The weekend's games are the first Northwest Conference contests for the Bruins this season.

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Registration open for winter soccer academy

Registration is now open for Newberg Youth Soccer's winter academy. The sessions are open to all soccer players ages 6-13, running from 5 to 6 p.m. at Newberg High School's turf field on the following dates: Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20 and Jan. 8, 10, 15, 17.

The cost is $60 per player and registration can be found at bit.ly/NYSWinterSoccer.

Friends Park meeting set for Wednesday night

A neighborhood meeting about the future of Friends Park will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

Anyone interested is encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be held at the Chehalem Park & Recreation District headquarters at 125 S. Elliott Road in Newberg.

According to a release by the CPRD, staff will "lead discussion on the development of the park, options for features such as playground features, and review terms of the grant from Oregon Park and Recreation Department."

For more information, call Kat Ricker at 971-832-4222 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CPRD board of directors to discuss SDCs

The Chehalem Park & Recreation District board of directors is set to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday. The meeting – held at CPRD administration offices – is open to the public. Among the issues discussed will be a proposed increase to System Development Charges (SDCs), which are "fees assessed to new development, additions, and changes of use," according to the CPRD website. For more information on the proposed changes, visit www.cprdnewberg.org/general/page/system-development-charges-sdcs. Public input is welcome at Thursday's board meeting.

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