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Tiger sports roundup: NHS football ranked among the top teams in the state by media

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Top finishers for the NHS boys in a three-way meet with McMinnville and Sherwood on Saturday included sophomores Zachary and Anthony Giesch in third and fourth place; the brothers finished the 5,000-meter race in 16:00.4 and 16:01.7 respectively.

Entering a crucial stretch of their shortened seasons, the NHS athletic program faced another week of contests for its fall sports teams.

The NHS volleyball team went 2-1 for the week once again, starting out with a four-set loss to rival McMinnville on March 15 at home. Newberg won its two other matches, though, both at home and both 3-0 over Forest Grove on March 16 and Glencoe on March 18.

The Tigers (4-3) host Sherwood on March 23 after press time and look ahead to a road game at Liberty on March 25.

The Tigers' cross-country squads both competed in Sherwood on Saturday in a three-way conference meet with Sherwood and McMinnville. The boys finished second with 32 points, sitting behind first-place Sherwood (24) and ahead of third-place McMinnville (80). The girls finished third with 58 points, behind McMinnville (54) and Sherwood (22).PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - The NHS girls cross-country team finished third in a three-way meet with McMInnville and Sherwood in Sherwood on Saturday morning.

Top finishers for the boys included sophomores Zachary and Anthony Giesch in third and fourth place; the brothers finished the 5,000-meter race in 16:00.4 and 16:01.7 respectively. Senior Asher Tatsumi was fifth with a time of 16:07.4.

Among the Newberg girls, sophomore Acacia Czuk was the top finisher in fourth place with a time of 20:58.1, and freshman Dominique Eszenyi placed seventh clocking 21:07.7.

The NHS football team continued its defensive dominance this season, pounding Glencoe 41-0 on the road Friday night. The Tigers (3-0) led 21-0 after the first quarter and 34-0 at halftime, showcasing the lockdown defense that had the team ranked No. 4 in the state coming into Friday's contest according to statewide media polls.

Next up for the Tigers is a home game against rival McMinnville, followed by a road game at Mountainside to wrap up their shortened regular season schedule. Newberg's sixth game will be a bowl game against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.

Newberg boys soccer split a pair of games, beating Sherwood 1-0 on the road March 16 and dropping a home game to Liberty 2-0 on March 18. The Tigers (3-2) play at Century on March 22 after press time and wrap up their regular season with a pair of home games against McMinnville on March 24 and Forest Grove on March 29.

The Newberg girls soccer team had a tough week, going 0-2 with losses to Sherwood and Liberty. The Sherwood loss was 7-0 at home and the Liberty loss on the road was narrower at 1-0. They played Century on March 22 as well and the Tigers (2-3-1) end their regular schedule with the same two opponents and dates as the boys, but with both games being on the road.

Newberg football (2-0) is ranked No. 4 in the Oregon high school football media poll, establishing itself among the state's elite. They take on a 1-1 Glencoe squad Friday on the road with a chance to keep their undefeated season alive and continue to ascend statewide rankings.

The Tigers' cross-country team is in action Saturday, participating in a three-way conference meet with McMinnville and Sherwood at Sherwood High School that begins at 10 a.m.


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