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The Newberg High School baseball team is on an 11-game losing streak after dropping a trio of games to Century last week

GRAPHIC PHOTO: GARY ALLEN
 - Junior Mitchell Mendonsa looks for an open teammate in the Tigers' game against Sprague last week.

The Newberg High School baseball team is on an 11-game losing streak after dropping a trio of games to Century last week. The Tigers lost game one 4-0 at Hillsboro Stadium, game two 12-1 at Linfield College and game three 4-0 at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro – home of the Arizona Diamondbacks' minor league affiliate Hillsboro Hops.

The Tigers (1-11, 0-6 Pacific Conference) began a three-game series against Sherwood Tuesday evening in Newberg and continues Wednesday and Friday in Sherwood.

After that series is over, the Tigers take a break from Pacific Conference play to face Oregon City and Sunset in a pair of non-league duels April 22-23.

Softball

The Tiger softball team is rising in the state rankings and has won seven of its last eight games. After a 1-4 start, Newberg (8-5, 1-0 Pacific Conference) finished non-conference play strong and opened up its Pacific Conference schedule with an 8-2 win over Sherwood on April 12.

Newberg played at rival McMinnville on Tuesday after press time. It takes on Century at home at 5 p.m. Wednesday before traveling to Glencoe on Friday.

Track and field

Newberg's boys and girls track teams faced a tough task in a meet at Sherwood on April 10. Coach Brandon Ramey called the meet a crucial one for the team and a litmus test for its abilities as compared with a top conference foe.

The boys began with a second- and third-place finish for junior Riley Beecroft (11.60 seconds) and senior Matthew Larson (12.00) in the 100 meter race. Beecroft and Larson had identical placements in the 200, posting times of 24.04 and 24.59 seconds.

Senior Mason Darling finished second in the 400 at 54.02 seconds, trailing only Sherwood freshman Ethan Sturdivant (52.32). Newberg had two teams win the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays as well, showcasing their strength in that race, and followed that up with a decent performance in the throwing events.

Junior Jared LaPointe finished third in the shot put with a toss of just over 43 feet. He followed that up with a 120-foot toss of the discus, good enough for third place. Freshman Gavin Korkeakoski had the best day of any Tiger in the javelin, finishing fourth at 146-09.

Senior Jake Thompson rounded out the afternoon with victories in the long and triple jump, posting distances of 20-02 and 41-10.50 in those events. The boys finished a distant second to Sherwood in team points, losing 103-42.

The girls, meanwhile, kept it close in points, losing 74-71. They were led by a handful of victorious performances.

Junior Grace Umfleet won the 400 in 1:00.41. Junior Rilee Carstensen took home victories in the 100 and 300 hurdles with times of 16.82 and 46.91 seconds. Both teams won the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays as well.

Senior Farleigh Whitehead picked up a win in the shot put by tossing it 31-5. Senior Lala Frketich won the discus and javelin events with distances of 96-02 and 115-01, respectively.

Boys lacrosse

The NHS boys lacrosse squad is on a five-game losing streak after dropping a trio of games last week. The Tigers (2-6) lost 13-2 to Wilson, 13-4 to Oregon City and 12-10 to Sprague.

Newberg's next game is Wednesday in Portland against Central Catholic.


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