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NHS roundup: wrestling preps for another title run, basketball teams approach culminating week

 PMG FILE PHOTO - The NHS wresting team, including defending state champion Ayden Garver, will face a few more conference foes before the Tigers participate in the Pacific Conference championships.

As the weather heats up and schools let out for the summer, sports teams at Newberg High School are wrapping up their 2021 seasons. Teams that typically play in winter — such as the basketball, wrestling and swim squads — find themselves with just a few games or matches remaining in this unique campaign.

A thoroughly dominant season from Newberg wrestling is culminating in two weeks of championships. The first of two weekends will be spent taking on conference foes, who the Tigers have decimated in all dual meets this season.

Newberg will participate in the Pacific Conference championships in McMinnville on Saturday, with matches beginning at 10 a.m. The Tigers are expected to dominate across all weight classes and send a double-digit number of wrestlers to state competition.PMG FILE PHOTO - Defending state champion Charlies Evans and the Tigers have overwhelmed the competition this season as NHS expects to earn another state 6A championship in late June.

While the upcoming state meet isn't officially recognized by the OSAA, it still provides an opportunity for individual wrestlers and teams to assert their dominance and claim state championships in their classifications. In addition to the fact that they are among the best teams in the state, Newberg will have another built-in advantage: the state meet is being held at Newberg High School.

The 6A state wrestling meet begins June 25 and continues June 26. Both days of competition at the 6A level will feature full brackets and matchups to be posted on www.TrackWrestling.

For a full account of results from the Pacific Conference meet this weekend, keep an eye on or the TrackWrestling website.

The Newberg boys basketball team, putting together a stellar season at 9-2 in league play and 9-4 overall, split a pair of contests June 14 and 16. The Tigers beat Century 75-51 before falling to nonleague foe Grant 63-41.PMG FILE PHOTO - Longtime Tiger coach Neil Russo says this year's squad might just be the most talented in school history.

Next up on the docket for Newberg is a home game against McMinnville on Friday night, and their culminating game of the season will be against Jesuit on June 22.

Newberg girls basketball, with a 5-6 league record and 5-7 overall, pulled off a thrilling victory over Century on June 15. The Tigers won 32-30 in a low-scoring, grind-it-out affair, and have just two contests remaining on their schedule as well. McMinnville comes to Newberg on Friday night, then the Tigers will host a 1-10 Aloha team for their culminating game on June 21.

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