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Both Tiger teams qualify for state at Pacific Conference championships in McMinnville

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - Senior Breanna Schmitt finished second Thursday at the Pacific Conference championships, leading the Tigers to qualify for the 6A state meet for the first time in program history.

On a gray afternoon at Joe Dancer Park, the Newberg High School cross country team put on one of its best performances of the season in the Pacific Conference championships. The girls finished second in team points and the boys finished third, both qualifying for the 6A state meet for the first time in program history.

The girls had 76 team points compared to 20 for first-place Sherwood. Newberg's top individual runner was senior Breanna Schmitt, who placed second in a time of 19:12.90. Sophomore Dominique Eszenyi was the next best girls runner for the Tigers, finishing 13th in 22:00.20.PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN  - A trio of runners in the top seven anchored the Tigers' team performance, led once again by the Giesch twins. Zachary (foreground) and Anthony Giesch, both juniors, finished fourth and fifth respectively in times of 16:19.50 and 16:27.20.

The Newberg boys notched 56 team points, just behind second-place McMinnville (55) with Sherwood placing first at 29 points. A trio of runners in the top seven anchored the Tigers' team performance, led once again by the Giesch twins. Zachary and Anthony Giesch, both juniors, finished fourth and fifth respectively in times of 16:19.50 and 16:27.20.

Junior Zoltan Eszenyi placed seventh in 16:45:00, and sophomore Caden Smith finished 13th in 17:30.50.

Both of the Newberg cross country squads now move on to the state meet at Lane Community College in Eugene on Nov. 6. The girls' race starts at 2:55 p.m. while the boys get going around 3:30 p.m. Live results will be posted on www.Athletic.net.

Football team qualifies for playoffs

The Newberg High School football team got off to a rough start in the 2021 season, beginning 0-6 with five of its losses coming by six points or less. But the Tigers got on track down the stretch, winning three straight Pacific Conference contests to finish 3-6 (3-2 in conference).

The most recent of Newberg's victories was a 47-13 drubbing of Century on the Tigers' Senior Night Oct. 28. That secured a spot in the 6A playoffs for the Tigers, who automatically qualified for the postseason by finishing third in the Pacific Conference behind Liberty and Sherwood (both 4-0 in league play).

Heading into Friday's finale contests around the state, Newberg was ranked 28th in 6A. The Tigers will await the reveal of the playoff bracket late Friday night into early Saturday morning, with a road game on tap in the first round against what is likely to be a high-ranked team.


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