Spring sports wrap seasons, 'winter' teams get started
It's been a weird year for high school athletes all over the country, but for those in Oregon, things are about to get even weirder. A handful of sports typically classified as "winter" by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) are taking place in May and June, and their seasons started last week.
But first, the Newberg High School spring sports teams had to finish off their schedules after a successful run through the COVID-shortened gantlet.
NHS softball finished its stellar 2021 campaign with a record of 14-4, including an 11-3 record in the Pacific Conference that netted them an unofficial conference title. In the team's "culminating week," as defined by the OSAA, they went 2-1 against some of the state's top teams.
Newberg lost to Tigard 2-0 on May 15, but they followed that up with a 6-0 win against Jesuit on May 18 and a 5-2 victory over Franklin the next day. There are no officially sanctioned OSAA playoffs this season, but one could infer that Newberg would've been right there among the top contenders in the state.
The Tiger baseball team finished its season with a trio of losses, dropping games to West Linn 10-0 on May 15, Sunset 5-2 on May 17 and Cleveland 12-8 on May 19. Newberg finished 10-8 overall but sported a 9-3 record in the Pacific Conference that included a six-game win streak.
Both track and field teams from NHS finished second at a Pacific Conference meet in Sherwood, both only trailing the host school in the standings. Sherwood won with 308 points on the girls' side and 320 on the boys'; Newberg placed second with 174 and 237 in each of those respective categories.
Boys basketball got its season started in mid-May and is off to a 2-0 start prior to a Saturday home game. The Tigers beat Liberty 57-50 on May 18 and handled Glencoe 63-47 on May 20. Their home game Saturday is against Sherwood.
Newberg girls basketball is 1-1 after a 74-58 loss to Liberty on May 17, followed by a 45-33 win over Glencoe two days later. The Tigers look ahead to a road game at Sherwood on Friday, followed by a pair of home games against Forest Grove on Monday and Century on Wednesday.
The defending state champion Newberg wrestling team finally returned to the mat in May after a long layoff. Their competition at state was one of the final high school sporting events to occur before the pandemic escalated and, given the high contact and indoor setting, it is one of the final sports to return in Oregon.
Newberg participated in a tournament in Sweet Home on May 20 and looks ahead to a dual meet with Century on Wednesday to open its conference slate. After that, the Tigers will travel to Central Oregon for the Friday Night Lights meet in Redmond on May 28.
For more information on the various NHS sports teams including up to the date results, visit www.OSAA.org or go to www.NewbergTigers.org.
You count on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Quality local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.