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Newberg sports round-up: NHS earns title at Washington tournament, NHS girls basketball goes 2-1 at 'Shootout'

COURTESY PHOTO: NHS WRESTLING - Isaac Hampton (second from right) was one of eight NHS wrestlers to earn a title at the Best of the West tournament in Pasco, Wash., on Dec. 18-19.

PASCO, Wash. -- The Newberg High wrestling team continued to hammer all competition last week when it dominated the Best of the West tournament Dec. 18-19.

The Tigers outdistanced second-place Selah (Washington) High School 356.5 to 198.5 points, also topping Flathead (Montana) High School's 138.5 points.

On the way to the tournament final Newberg earned a 78-6 win over Pasco's Chiawana High, 82-0 over familiar foe Southridge High and 81-0 over Ellensburg High.

According to the team's Facebook page, Newberg had at least one wrestler on the podium in every weight class, every varsity wrestler placed in at least sixth place and the Tigers amassed 22 podium finishes.

Title winners were Isaac Hampton, Jacob Smith, Zach Keinonen, Gus Amerson, Aiden Perkinis, Charlie Evans, Kyle Kelley and Hudson Davis. Sophia Redwine took second in the girls tournament in the 122-pound weight class as well.

NHS girls basketball

The Tigers were 2-1 in the Interstate Shootout at Lake Oswego Dec. 18-20. Newberg outdistanced Sunset 40-35 in their opening game on Dec. 18, then fell 36-25 to Canby the following evening. The Tigers finished off their appearance in the tournament with a 49-35 win over Sprague to advance to 4-4 on the year.

The Tigers faced off against Southridge High on Tuesday, Nelson High on Wednesday and Franklin High on Thursday in the Pacific Office Automation Holiday Classic at McDaniel High School (results unavailable by press time).

Newberg will face Westview of the Metro Conference on Jan. 3 and begin Pacific Conference play on Jan. 11 versus Liberty at home.

NHS boys basketball

The Tigers continued to struggle in their 2021-22 campaign, losing 61-54 to West Albany on Dec. 20 to go to 2-6 on the season. Their sole victories are non-league wins over North Salem on Dec. 10 and Reynolds on Dec. 17.

Newberg will take on Clackamas on Dec. 28, before starting off the new year with a Jan. 3 contest against West Salem and a Jan. 6 bout with Sunset. The Tigers will begin conference play on Jan. 11 with an away game at Liberty High School.

CSLA boys basketball

The Class 1A Watchmen picked up a win by forfeit over Southwest Christian last week to advance to a 3-3 record in the Casco League.

C.S. Lewis started off the season with consecutive wins over Mapleton on Dec. 1 and Southwest Christian on Dec. 3, before suffering a pair of losses to Vernonia and Condon at the Condon Christmas Tournament Dec. 10-11.

Next up for the Watchmen are league games against Oregon School of the Deaf at home on Jan. 3 and at Willamette Valley Christian on Jan. 4.

CSLA/Veritas girls basketball

C.S. Lewis and Veritas joined forces to form a girls basketball squad this year and embarked on their Class 1A season with a 26-18 win in a non-league game versus Grand View Christian Academy on Dec. 7, then suffered a 46-15 loss to Vernonia on Dec. 10.

The Watchmen will take on Oregon School of the Deaf on Jan. 3 after games against Crosshill Christian and Mapleton were cancelled on Dec. 14 and Dec. 17, respectively.

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