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).
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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