Newberg 'winter' squads chugging along
After a solid start to their shortened 2021 campaign, NHS girls basketball (3-5, 3-4 Pacific Conference) is on a three-game losing streak including two league and one nonleague loss. The Tigers lost 53-39 at Ida B. Wells (formerly Wilson) High School on May 28, 44-34 at rival McMinnville on June 2, and 54-40 at home against Liberty on June 3.
The Tigers travel to Glencoe on Friday, and after that four league games remain in their regular season schedule prior to the OSAA's "culminating week." A game that originally was on the schedule for June 17 against La Salle Prep has been canceled.
The Newberg's boys team is off to a strong start to its season. The Tigers are 6-2 overall, 6-1 in league play and are coming off a pair of convincing victories. Newberg won 81-76 on the road at McMinnville on June 1, then followed that up with a 59-49 win at Liberty the next day.
Ahead for the Tigers is a home game against Glencoe on Friday, then a quartet of league games along with a nonleague matchup against Grant on June 16 in Portland.
Newberg wrestling, once again asserting itself as the top team in the state, hosted a Friday Night Lights meet at Newberg High School on May 28. The Tigers beat Bend 60-15, Crook County 74-0, Mountain View 63-9, Redmond 64-9 and Ridgeview 63-6.
A strong showing against elite competition proved that Newberg can easily defend its state championship and possibly repeat. But there are no officially sanctioned OSAA state championships this year, so a potential end-of-year meet much like the one that Oregon track teams did is in the works. Whether it happens and Newberg can assert statewide supremacy again remains to be seen.
The Newberg boys swim team has started its season with two team victories, one over Forest Grove on May 20 by a margin of 86-55 in team points, and another over Sherwood 101-61 on May 27. The boys competed against Liberty and McMinnville on Thursday, with scores not yet posted online.
The Tiger girls have been strong in the pool as well, beating Forest Grove 105-61 and holding off Sherwood 101-92. Their results for Liberty and McMinnville have yet to post as well, but both the boys and girls look ahead to a Tuesday matchup with Century at their pool in Hillsboro.
For more information and scores from Newberg's various sports teams, visit www.NewbergTigers.org or go to www.OSAA.org.
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