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NHS sports round-up: A pair of meets have cross country squads feeling confident at 2-0 in Pacific Conference competition

TIGARD TIMES PHOTO: MILES VANCE - The Newberg boys finished seventh out of 40 teams at the Meriwether Cross Country Classic in Hillsboro, led by junior Asher Tatsumi.

The Newberg High School cross-country team competed in a pair of meets over the past two weeks, traveling to Hillsboro for the Meriwether Cross Country Classic before facing Glencoe on the road. The Tigers are feeling good and are 2-0 in league on both the boys and girls sides after beating the Crimson Tide handily on Sept. 25.

First, though, the team competed at Meriwether on Sept. 20. Plenty of personal records were set for the boys as they finished seventh out of 40 teams.

Asher Tatsumi was the best NHS finisher of the day, placing 19th with a personal record time of 16:21 in the 5,000-meter race. Jonathan Rolfe placed 25th in 16:28, also a PR, and Zachary Giesch notched a PR by finishing 66th in 17:11. The time gap between their first- and third-best runner was 50 seconds.

For the girls, who finished 12th out of 28 teams, Kendall McKibbon led the way by finishing 34th in 19:57 – a PR for her. Abigail Hein finished 54th in 20:38 and Sophia Redwine finished 97th in 21:39. The remainder of the team fell outside the top 100 runners.

Five days after Meriwether, coach Bruce Sinkbeil's squad made the trek to Glencoe for a Pacific Conference dual meet against the Crimson Tide. The boys were utterly dominant, managing 15 points to Glencoe's bloated score of 50.

Newberg had runners place first through seventh, led by Tatsumi (17:30), Rolfe (17:34) and William Stewart (17:55). Some junior varsity runners set personal records, but the day belonged to the varsity squad as it rolled over the competition.

The girls had no problem dispatching Glencoe, either. They won by a tighter margin – with 23 points compared to Glencoe's 35 – but they were anchored by a first-place performance from Hein, who ran it in 21:28. Trailing behind her for the Tigers was fourth-place Acacia Czuk (22:22) and fifth-place Redwine (22:25).

Newberg's next meet is Saturday at the Harrier Classic, held at Bryant Park in Albany. After that, the Tigers will take part in a meet with Forest Grove and Tualatin on Oct. 8 at Sherwood High School.

Winless streaks continue for soccer squads

A dubious trend is impacting the boys and girls soccer teams at Newberg High School. The boys (1-5-1) are on a six-game winless streak while the girls (0-7-1) have done no better than tying their opponent and are the losers of seven games in a row.

After a 2-0 loss at Jesuit on Sept. 16, the boys lost 2-1 to Sunset on Sept. 18, 1-0 to Cleveland on Sept. 24 and tied Southridge 0-0 on Sept. 26. They hosted 0-6 Benson on Tuesday night after press time with a chance to finally pick up a win, and their next game opens up Pacific Conference play on Oct. 7 against Forest Grove.

The girls' last four games include lopsided defeats as well as narrow ones. They lost 9-0 at Westview on Sept. 18 before losing 2-1 at home to Centennial on Sept. 24, following those matches up with a 10-0 loss to Tualatin on Sept. 26 and a 2-0 loss to Aloha on Monday. The Tigers don't play again until their conference opener on Oct. 7 at Forest Grove.


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