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Golf team earns historic win, baseball and softball teams continue strong play in conference, boys track team wins meet

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Junior Gavin Korkeakoski won the javelin with a personal record throw of 176-07 at the Friday Night Lights meet at Newberg High School.

While the story of the week in Newberg sports was undoubtedly a pair of victories for NHS water polo over Lakeridge, including a 22-21 overtime victory for the boys, the other Tiger sports squads had notable weeks as well.

Newberg baseball has improved its record to 6-5, 5-3 in the Pacific Conference, after three consecutive victories. The Tigers beat Oregon City 11-9 on April 29 and swept Glencoe in a pair of games by scores of 5-2 and 6-5. Newberg travels to Forest Grove for a game Friday night before hosting the Vikings on Monday.PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - The NHS girls track team finished sixth with 53.5 team points at the home meet.

Newberg softball had a strong week once again, but suffered its first loss of the season. The Tigers swept rival McMinnville on May 1 with victories by margins of 14-7 and 16-12, but on May 3 they lost 6-4 to Forest Grove – a team they had beat 7-0 in their previous matchup. Newberg went on to beat Century 11-0 on May 5 and looks ahead to a two-game series against Liberty on Saturday.

The Newberg track and field team played host to eight other schools from throughout the Willamette Valley in a "Friday Night Lights." The girls finished sixth with 53.5 team points, while the boys put on an outstanding performance by winning the event with a team score of 143. Participating schools included Newberg, Sherwood, Lincoln, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Central Catholic, Oregon City, Franklin, and McMinnville.

Senior Aidan Rozcicha finished second in the 100 and 200 meter races with times of 11.41 and 23.69, respectively. Senior Johnathan McGraw won the 110 meter hurdles in 16.35 seconds and finished first in the 300 hurdles as well with a time of 43.10.

Newberg's team of Rozcicha, senior Owen Hawley, junior Blake Smith and sophomore Garrett Chaffee finished second in the 4x100 in 44.99 seconds.

After a fourth-place finish in the shot put (42-00.00), senior Abraham Gomez-Huerta placed second in the discus (134-10). Junior Gavin Korkeakoski won the javelin with a personal record throw of 176-07.

Sophomore Mason Clay won the high jump at 5-10. Hawley and Smith finished 1-2 in the long jump with lengths of 22-0.5 and 21-10, both PRs. They finished in the same top positions in the triple jump, achieving marks of 44-01 and 44-06.25, respectively.

It was a historic day for Newberg's boys golf squad on Tuesday, as the Tigers finished first in a Pacific Conference tournament at Michelbook Country Club. Newberg finished with a team score of 312, one stroke ahead of second-place Sherwood, and some Newberg golf historians believe it was the first time four players have shot in the 70s.

"Wow, what a day," NHS Athletic Director Tim Burke wrote in his posting of results. "Wasn't sure what the future held for us as we got off to a slow start, but the kids righted the ship with a great show of grit and team unity. The result was a one-stroke come-from-behind victory over Sherwood and our second tournament win of the year."

Newberg's top scorers included Rhett Miller (77), Ray Greller (78), Palmer Thompson (78) and Sam Toohey (79). While the Tigers have never won a conference championship in boys golf, they are tied for the conference lead with one tournament remaining.

The NHS girls golf team finished second at the same tournament with a combined score of 487, including a team-leading 94 from senior Maddi Roque.

For more information on Newberg's various sports teams currently in action, visit the school's page on OSAA.org or go to NewbergTigers.org and click on the "spring sports" dropdown.


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