The Newberg Tigers ran their winning streak to two games with a 36-22 drubbing of Yamhill County rival McMinnville on the road Friday, Oct. 22.
The win leveled the Tigers Pacific Conference record to 2-2 (2-6 overall) and marked the first road win of the oftentimes trying season for Newberg as they had dropped their first six games by a total of 33 points. The win followed the team's first home win of the season last week, a 31-13 shellacking of Glencoe to snap a losing streak that stretched back to the first week of September.
The Tigers will attempt to advance their conference record into positive territory on Oct. 28, when they face Century in Newberg's final game of the season. NHS is tied with McMinnville for third in the conference.
The 11th-ranked Tigers took straight set victories versus McMinnville on Oct. 19 and Forest Grove two days later to earn second place behind Sherwood in the Pacific Conference with a 9-3 record (18-5 overall).
Newberg coach Thomas Salness led the team to four consecutive conference match wins over Liberty, Century, McMinnville and Forest Grove over a 10-day period after suffering losses to matches to Glencoe and Sherwood a week prior. Overall, the Tigers logged a 50 to 16 win/loss set record during the regular season.
Newberg will now head into playoff play along with Sherwood and Century beginning Oct. 27 at a site and time to be determined.
The Tigers dropped to sixth in the conference with a 0-4-2 record after suffering a 2-2 tie with McMinnville on Oct. 19 and a 4-0 loss to Forest Grove on Oct. 21. Newberg was ranked 38th in the state in the Class 6A category to finish its season.
Newberg finished fifth in the Pacific Conference ranked 42nd in the state with a 1-3-2 conference record and 3-7-4 overall. The Tigers beat Century 6-1 on Oct. 14, then suffered a 3-2 setback to McMinnville on Oct. 19 and tied Forest Grove 2-2 on Oct. 21.
Girls cross country
Dominique Eszenyi was the top finisher for the Tigers in an Oct. 13 dual meet with Tualatin and Sherwood. She finished in 11th place with a time of 21:13.23 as the Tigers finished third in team points with 73, behind Sherwood with 18 points and Tualatin with 44 points.
Newberg's other finishers were Sage Bensman (18th place at 22:19.06), Tricia Seto (21st, 23:03.67), Sophia Taylor (22nd, 23:10.38), Brooke Faucher (23rd, 23:14.26), Leesie Matthiesen (24th, 23:18.12) and Claire Faucher (25th, 24:02.72).
Boys cross country
Newberg finished second with 41 points, behind Sherwood in first with 33 points and ahead of Tualatin with 52 points in a 5,000-meter dual meet held Oct. 13 at Sherwood High School.
NHS brothers Zach and Anthony Giesch finished first and second, respectively, in the meet with times of 15:34.99 and 15:36.99 to continue their dominance of the Pacific Conference leading into the Pacific Conference championships on Oct. 28.
Zoltan Eszenyi finished eighth at 16:34.21, Caden Smith was 14th (17:45.51) and Everett Bensman earned a 16th place finish with a time of 18:08.76.
The boys team competed in the Newberg Mile Relays on Oct. 20, but results were unavailable as of press time Friday evening.
The sixth-ranked Tigers lost 9-7 to fifth-ranked Lakeridge on Oct. 18 to drop to 5-4 (19-12 overall) in Pacific Conference play behind Lake Oswego (8-0) and Lakeridge (4-1).
Newberg will take on last-place Forest Grove on Oct. 25, then Tigard on Oct. 27 before beginning state playoffs on Nov. 5.
Girls water polo
The girls team is ranked fourth in the state behind Barlow, Lakeridge and Mountainside with a 5-2 Pacific Conference record (20-9 overall).
The Tigers suffered a tough 6-3 loss to Lakeridge on Oct. 18, but bounced back with an 8-7 victory over Tualatin two days later as they prepare for a Oct. 25 showdown with Forest Grove on Oct. 25 and a rematch with Tigard on Oct. 27. Playoffs begin Nov. 5.
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