Hoops teams fighting injuries
The Newberg boys basketball team is on a three-game losing skid after dropping a 56-52 loss at Century on Jan. 8.
Alex Jaczko re-aggravated his sprained ankle and Caleb Muthiah left with an ankle sprain of his own. Both returned to the contest, but both sat out Tuesday's matchup with Forest Grovet.
Muthiah is expected to return for the Sherwood game Jan. 18, coach Mark Brown said, but the earliest Jaczko could be back is Jan. 22 vs. Glencoe. The Tigers are 5-8 on the season, 0-1 in the Pacific Conference.
The Newberg girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, losing to Century 45-36 on Jan. 8 and beating Aloha 53-20 on Friday.
Newberg was without its leading scorer — Sicily Hampton — due to injury she suffered in the Aloha game. NHS coach Luke Lindell said Hampton's absence accounted for the lower scoring total than the Tigers' previous game against the Warriors — an 82-18 thrashing on Dec. 7.
The Tigers (8-5, 0-1 Pacific) faced Forest Grove on Tuesday and look ahead to league road games at Sherwood and Glencoe on Friday and Jan. 22.
Newberg wrestling crushed Glencoe 68-7 on Jan. 10 before hosting the Earl Gillis Invitational tournament on Friday.
The Tigers took care of business in their home tournament, picking up dual meet victories over Aloha (61-11), McNary (81-0) and Sweet Home (51-22). Newberg's only stretch of struggles came against Sweet Home, when it lost four consecutive matches to wrestlers in the 138, 145, 152 and 160-pound weight classes.
But dominance remains this team's method of operation. Next up, coach Neil Russo's squad has a dual meet at McMinnville Wednesday (Jan. 16) before traveling to Redmond for the Oregon Classic tournament, where more than 45 other teams from around Oregon will compete on the mat.