NHS sports round-up: Boys golf captures first conference title
Without an official state championship to compete for, it doesn't get much bigger in high school sports these days than a conference title. The stakes are even higher when your team has never won one, which was exactly the case as a talented Newberg boys golf squad took to the course May 11 at Meriwether Golf Club in Hillsboro.
After a successful regular season slate of tournaments, the Tigers crowned themselves Pacific Conference champions for the first time in school history by achieving a team score of 313 – six strokes better than second-place Sherwood.
"What a bunch of gamers!" NHS coach Ron Quant said. "That's the best way I can describe our team as we won our third tournament of the year today and, with it, the Pacific Conference title! This is the first team league title for Newberg boys golf in school history. Like the previous tournaments, this was a total team effort and the foundation our team is built on."
Freshman Ray Greller took home the individual conference title by one stroke. Senior Sam Toohey tied for fifth, senior Rhett Miller tied for ninth, and sophomore Palmer Thompson placed 11th.
"There were a lot of nervous moments out there today (especially for the coaches), but our kids showed what they're made of by playing clutch golf down the stretch," Quant said. "The coaches couldn't be prouder of the resolve of our entire team — it was a character test, for sure. They passed! It also shows how mature we've become as a team."
Girls lacrosse finishes season strong
One of Newberg's best club sports teams has been the girls lacrosse squad, which prior to a May 13 date with Grant to finish the season was sitting at 6-2 overall, 2-1 in league play. The Tigers' most recent games include an 18-12 win over Liberty on May 11, 20-3 victory at Hillsboro on May 5, an 18-9 thrashing of Camas on May 3, and a 20-3 win against Forest Grove back on April 29.
Water polo squads finish undefeated
Coming down from the emotional high of defeating top contender Lake Oswego 14-13 in overtime, the Newberg boys water polo team had three games remaining on its schedule. The first – against Forest Grove – was cancelled, but the Tigers' final two included a 13-7 win over Barlow on May 12 and a 17-5 drubbing of Hillsboro on May 13.
Newberg finished undefeated at 10-0-1 on the shortened season, with the only non-victory on their schedule a 0-0 tie with Parkrose in the opener.
The Newberg girls finished undefeated as well at 9-0-1, besting Barlow 13-6 before dominating Hillsboro 18-1, both games played on the same days as their male counterparts. Both Newberg programs showcased their dominance this season but won't have a chance to play for an official state title this time around as they prepare for club season.
Baseball team on a tear
On the diamond, NHS baseball is in the midst of a six-game winning streak under first-year head coach Andrew Reichenbach. The Tigers (9-5, 8-3 Pacific Conference) are asserting themselves as one of the top teams in the league after a rough start to their campaign.
With a home matchup against Liberty scheduled for Friday night, Newberg's last six games include a 13-0 win over the Falcons on May 12; 7-2 and 4-3 wins over Forest Grove on May 7 and 10; 6-5 and 5-2 wins over Glencoe on May 3 and 5; and an 11-9 thriller of a win over Oregon City on April 29.
Newberg rounds out its schedule with games at West Linn on Saturday, versus Sunset on Monday and at Cleveland on Wednesday.
Softball keeps up impressive run
After an undefeated start was met with a slight slip-up, the Newberg softball team is on the winning track again having won three in a row and four of their last five games. The Tigers (12-2, 11-2 Pacific Conference) play Forest Grove on Friday and Tigard on Saturday, leaving just two games after that on their schedule.
Newberg's most recent wins include 5-4 over Sherwood on May 13, 7-0 over Glencoe on May 10, and 11-1 against Liberty on May 7.
Track prepping for conference championships
The Newberg boys and girls track teams wrapped up a successful regular season campaign with team victories over Glencoe on May 12. The Tiger girls' squad beat the Crimson Tide 73-57 in terms of team points, while the boys won 88-43.
Next on the docket is the Pacific Conference championships, held in Sherwood on May 18 and 19. The first event starts at 2 p.m. on May 18 with a conference champion to be crowned in each event and on a team basis over the two-day span.
After that, top 6A teams and individuals from around the state will participate in a statewide showcase May 21 and 22.
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