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Volleyball, soccer and cross-country competitors finish out their shortened schedules

In the blink of an eye, the shortened springtime seasons for Newberg High School's fall sports teams came and went. At the conclusion of Friday night's football game, the focus shifts to traditional spring sports.

NHS volleyball wrapped an up-and-down season with three straight losses after previously winning seven of eight matches. The Tigers (7-6, 7-4 Pacific Conference) lost 3-0 at McMinnville on April 1, 3-2 at Mountainside on April 5, and 3-2 versus Westview on April 7.

Newberg graduates three seniors from this year's volleyball squad: Hallie Simmons, Sydney Johnson and Brynna Geibel. The remainder of their roster should be back in the fall along with a number of upstart young players from the junior varsity squad.

The NHS boys soccer team finished up an impressive run by winning six of its final seven games and drawing the seventh. Newberg (9-2-1, 5-2 Pacific Conference) beat quality opponents throughout its 12-game schedule and asserted itself as one of the top teams in league play.

The final four games of the season for the Tigers — all non-league contests — included a 1-0 win at Wilsonville, a 2-1 victory versus Lake Oswego, a 1-1 draw at Tualatin and a 3-2 win at Tigard. Seven seniors will graduate from this team: Brian Lanier, Carlos Crisanto Jacome, Landon Willems, Christian Morales, Isaac Williams, Antonio Guadarrama and Alex Valdez-Espinoza.

It was a more challenging campaign for the NHS girls soccer squad. The Tigers finished 3-7-1, including 3-4-1 in league play, and lost four straight contests to end the season: 4-2 at McMinnville, 4-0 at Forest Grove, 3-1 versus St. Mary's and 4-0 at Oregon City.

Six seniors will depart the Newberg program, including Caitlyn Graham, Ella Diefenbaugh, Leah Chadwick, Maggie Whitehead, Ava White and Evie Goettl.

Both the boys and girls cross-country teams wrap up their season at the Pacific Conference championships in McMinnville on Friday, April 9, with afternoon races on tap to determine league supremacy.


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