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Tiger sports round-up: Boys and girls basketball start conference play; swim coming near end of regular season

It was not a busy week by any stretch for Newberg High School athletics beyond its wrestling team's stellar performance, but all of the remaining winter sports teams were in action – albeit briefly.

Tiger boys beat Century

The NHS boys basketball team opened up its Pacific Conference schedule with a 61-55 home win over Century on Jan. 14, its second win in a row and a positive start to the conference slate. The Tigers (7-6, 1-0) have won five of six games and six of their last eight following a sluggish start to the season.

Newberg played its second conference game on the road at Forest Grove on Tuesday night after The Graphic went to press. Next up for the Tigers is another home game, this one against Sherwood on Friday night at NHS.

Girls hoops falters

After starting the season 10-2 and breezing past its relatively comfortable non-conference slate, the Newberg girls basketball team lost to Century on Jan. 14, 55-47. The Jaguars handed the Tigers a loss in their first Pacific Conference game, dropping its record to 10-3 overall and 0-1 in conference play.

Newberg hosted Forest Grove on Tuesday after press time and will join the boys in hosting Sherwood on Friday night. Their game is up first at 5:45 p.m. Friday while the boys play right after.

Swim teams handle Liberty

In a dual meet on Jan. 16 at Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center, both NHS swim teams beat Liberty handily in terms of team points. The Tiger girls beat the Falcons 70-23, while the boys won 63-29.

Newberg returns to the pool on Thursday as it hosts Glencoe at Chehalem Aquatic Center. The meet is scheduled to start around 4 p.m. with both teams in action on the night.

The Tigers round out their regular season schedule with two more home meets at CAC. The penultimate is against Century on Jan. 30 and the final one before districts is on Feb. 4 against Sherwood. After that, the focus for Newberg will be qualifying as many swimmers as possible for state competition with a strong performance at the Pacific Conference district meet.

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