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Tigers sports round-up: Boys soccer team breaks losing streak, cross-country team competes

After falling to Mountainside in the second game of the Westview Tournament, the Newberg High School volleyball team is on a three-game winning streak in Pacific Conference play. The Tigers beat Glencoe in five sets on Oct. 1, handled Liberty 3-0 on the road Oct. 3 and beat Century in three sets on Monday in front of their home fans.

The Tigers are 13-5 on the season, 6-2 in the Pacific Conference, sitting at second place in league behind rival McMinnville (8-6, 7-1) and above Glencoe (7-7, 5-2). As of press time Tuesday afternoon, Newberg is ranked No. 18 in the 6A classification by the OSAA.

Next up for the Tigers is the Liberty tournament on Saturday, followed by a home game against Sherwood on Oct. 15. They round out the regular season with a road game at Forest Grove on Oct. 17, a key home game against McMinnville on Oct. 22 and a road matchup with Glencoe on Oct. 24.

Boys soccer picks up a tough win; girls remain winless

After losing five games in a row and tying Southridge, a matchup with Benson proved to be a godsend for the struggling NHS boys soccer team. The Tigers won 11-0 to break their six-match winless streak and wrap up non-league play at 2-5-1.

Newberg starts Pacific Conference play Wednesday (Oct. 9) against Sherwood on the road. After that, the Tigers host Forest Grove on Friday and McMinnville on Oct. 15.

The girls team, meanwhile, is still searching for its first victory of the season. Newberg is 0-8-1 with its most recent game a league loss to Forest Grove on the road, 4-0. The path doesn't get any easier for the Tigers: they host Sherwood (6-1-1) Wednesday (Oct. 9) at NHS.

Cross-country hustles at Harrier Classic

The NHS boys and girls cross-country teams competed at the Harrier Classic in Albany on Saturday, with the boys placing an impressive fourth in the meet.

The Tigers were paced by Asher Tatsumi and Johnathan Rolfe, who finished 15th and 16th, respectively, with times of 16:32 and 16:33. That pair was trailed by brothers Anthony and Zachary Giesch, who finished 36th and 38th with personal record times of 17:02 and 17:04.

A 30-second time gap between Newberg's first and third runner is its best mark of the season, as is the 32-second gap between first and fourth.

For the girls, a day filled with personal records saw the team finish 11th. Kendall McKibbon led the way in 22nd place, finishing in 19:59.

McKibbon had five Newberg runners behind her who finished with personal records. The remainder of the Tigers' top four was Acacia Czuk in 48th place at 21:18, Sophia Redwine in 52nd at 21:24 and Claire Faucher in 75th at 22:03.

Newberg's next competed Tuesday evening after press time, when the Tigers joined Forest Grove and Tualatin at a meet in Sherwood. Next up for the Tigers is the Champoeg Invitational on Friday at Champoeg State Heritage Area.

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