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Newberg sports round-up: Tigers are dealing with a rash of injuries to key players

Newberg boys basketball is on a five-game losing streak as it enters the heart of its league schedule. The Tigers are fighting injuries to star forward Alex Jaczko and guard Caleb Muthiah, both of whom sprained their ankles.

The Tigers lost to Forest Grove 53-46 on Jan. 15 and Sherwood 63-47 on Friday. At this stage in the season, Newberg is 5-10, 0-3 in the Pacific Conference.

Coach Mark Brown's team had a chance to break the streak Tuesday night against Glencoe – a game played after The Graphic went to press. The Crimson Tide entered that game 2-13 on the season.

Girls basketball

The Newberg girls basketball team split a pair of road games last week at Forest Grove and Sherwood.

Newberg's first game – a 38-36 win over Forest Grove on Jan. 15 – was one of their biggest so far. The Vikings entered the game with an 11-3 record and have hovered around the top 10 of the OSAA class 6A rankings all season.

The Tigers followed that up, though, with a difficult loss at Sherwood. Newberg dropped the game 39-23 and once again struggled to score – a bugaboo for this team at times according to coach Luke Lindell. His team also played Glencoe after press time Tuesday night, and it looks ahead to a home game against McMinnville on Friday.

Swimming

After an impressive showing at the Rumbaugh Invitational, the Newberg boys and girls swim teams blew the doors off of Glencoe on Jan. 17, winning their dual meets 103-47 and 71-32, respectively.

"It was a pretty run-of-the-mill dual meet," Tigers coach George Sampson said. "We had way more depth than the other team, so the kids kind of swam flat. We've just got to keep swimming well down the stretch to prepare for postseason."

Newberg looks ahead to a dual meet with Century on Thursday before facing Sherwood on Jan. 29. After that is the Pacific Conference District Championships in McMinnville Feb. 8-9.

Sampson said he hopes his boys team can reach the podium at state competition, and his girls are improving, so he is confident about their meets against lesser opponents.

"We're going to kill them," Sampson said of Century. "They just don't have enough swimmers."


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