Tigers pull out a narrow win
The Newberg High School boys rugby team is having a quality season, picking up its fourth win in five matches Saturday against Oregon City. The Tigers (4-1) won 27-24 and are 4-0 against teams from Oregon – their lone loss coming at the hands of Battle Ground High School (Wash.) in the season-opener.
NHS beat Summit 19-0 before picking up a pair of 35-0 wins against the Portland Pumas and Lincoln High School in its first two conference games. The three-point win over Oregon City made them 3-0 in conference play heading into a match-up with Reynolds this Saturday.
Newberg concludes its regular season schedule on May 4 against Prairie High School in Vancouver, Wash. After that, the Tigers will begin their postseason run to avenge a loss in the state title game last year.
Newberg picked up its first win in over a month last week, beating Sherwood 4-3 in the first of a three-game series. The Tigers (2-13, 1-8 Pacific Conference) lost the final two games of the series and had previously amassed an 11-game losing streak.
NHS played Oregon City and Sunset in a pair of non-league games Monday and Tuesday after press time. As it returns to Pacific Conference play, Newberg faces struggling Glencoe (3-11, 1-5) in a three-game series April 30 through May 3.
Forest Grove and Liberty are Newberg's final opponents in the two remaining series as a challenging 2019 season comes to a close May 16 at home.
Track and field
BEND -- The NHS track and field teams traveled to central Oregon on Saturday for the Summit Invitational at Summit High School. The Tigers had a handful of promising results and look ahead to a meet against Glencoe on Wednesday afternoon.
Leading the way for the girls team was javelin thrower Lala Frketich, a senior, who finished second behind Lexi Raymore from Union High School in Camas, Wash. Frketich tossed the spear 121 feet 6 inches, but Raymore outdistanced her by nine inches. Frketich's throw was the best among competitors from Oregon by nearly seven feet.
Junior Grace Umfleet finished eighth in the 400 meters with a time of 1:00.15. Junior Rilee Carstensen had a quality performance in the hurdles to lead the way for the Tiger runners. Carstensen finished sixth in the 100 hurdles (16.47) and second in the 300 hurdles (46.78, a school record). In the 2K steeplechase, junior Abigail Hein finished seventh at 8:36.34.
The boys were strong in the 100, posting a pair of top 10 finishers. Junior Riley Beecroft finished third in 11.23 seconds and senior Matthew Larson finished eighth in 11.62. Beecroft followed that up with a sixth place finish in the 200, posting a time of 23.21 seconds.
Sophomore Asher Tatsumi placed sixth in the 2,000 steeplechase with a time of 7:05.49. In the throwing events, freshman Gavin Korkeakoski continued to impress with a sixth place finish in the javelin, tossing it 149-4.0.
Senior Jake Thompson made his presence felt in the long and triple jump, placing fifth in both events. His long jump was 20-8.75 and his triple jump was 42-4.5 – a personal record.
The NHS teams face Forest Grove on the road May 1. Two days later, the Tigers will participate in the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays in Portland.
Newberg boys tennis is playing well and riding a winning streak in the heart of conference play. Since its season-opening, non-conference loss to West Salem, the Tigers have won seven consecutive match-ups and appear to be in a rhythm with three meets and a tournament to go.
Newberg plays Sherwood on the road Thursday before heading to the Roseburg Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Roseburg High School. Before Pacific Conference championships begin, the Tigers duel with Century on the road April 30 and close out the regular season at McMinnville on May 2.