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Tiger sports round-up: Volleyball, cross-country also begin seasons, water polo continues domination

All of Newberg High School's fall sports teams have started their seasons and among the last squads to start were the boys and girls soccer teams. A return to the pitch brought with it an opportunity for the Tigers to establish themselves against mostly non-league opponents in the early stages of their schedules.

The boys won their opener against Sprague 3-1 on the road Sept. 3, then they followed that up with a 4-1 loss to one of the elite teams in the state in Central Catholic. Newberg (1-1) is ranked No. 24 in the OSAA 6A rankings through two games played.

Next up for the boys is a pair of road games at Barlow and Dallas on Sept. 14 and 16, respectively.

The girls soccer squad is struggling in the early part of its 2021 season, sitting at 0-2-1 so far. The season opened with a 3-1 loss at David Douglas Sept. 1, and was followed by a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of McNary on Sept. 7.

The Tigers got their first draw of the season Sept. 9 in a road game at Sandy, tying the Pioneers 2-2 in a competitive contest. Coming up for them is two home games against Parkrose and Southridge on Sept. 13 and 15, respectively.

Newberg's cross-country team had its first official meet of the season Sept. 8, taking on Liberty in what was technically a road contest in Hillsboro. The Tigers had a strong showing for the boys and girls against the Falcons.

Among the girls, senior Breanna Schmitt had the best time in the 5,000-meter race at 19:05.53. She was trailed by sophomore teammate Dominique Eszenyi in third place (22:35.59). Despite those strong finishes, Newberg had a nail-biter of a finish in team points, beating Liberty by just one point in the end (28-29).

The boys had a far more dominant afternoon on the race path, securing the top four spots in the race and finishing 18 points ahead of Liberty (19-37). Twin juniors Zachary and Anthony Giesch finished first and second, respectively, with times of 17:01.50 and 17:10.90. Zoltan Eszenyi, Dominique's older brother and a junior, finished third in 17:31.50, and sophomore Caden Smith placed fourth in 18:53.10.

Next up on the schedule for the cross-country team is the Meriwether Classic meet Sept. 17 at Meriwether National Golf Club in Hillsboro.

Under new head coaches for the boys and girls programs, NHS water polo got its season started recently as well. The girls are 2-0 and opened with a 20-3 win over Sunset on Sept. 2, following that up with a 14-5 drubbing of Lincoln on Sept. 8.

The boys are 2-0 as well with wins over the same teams, beating both the Apollos and Cardinals 19-5 in their games. Both the Newberg boys and girls take on South Eugene on Sept. 11 at Chehalem Aquatic Center. They will face Mountainsde on Sept. 13 at Newberg's home pool as well. Every one of Newberg's non-league regular season contests this season, with the exception of a tournament in Beaverton, are scheduled to be played at the aquatic center.


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