Tiger boys outdistance Bowmen by a single point in track faceoff
The Newberg Tiger boys track team finished with a 73-72 victory over rival Sherwood in an away meet on April 20. Newberg earned a more comfortable 130-15 win over Liberty in the dual meet.
Highlights for the boys was a 1-2 finish in the 100-meter sprint by senior Blake Smith and junior Brody Compton in 11.53 and 11.93 seconds, respectively. Senior William Allen earned fourth in the race, as well, with a 11.98 time.
Junior Garrett Chaffee finished first and Compton third in the 200 meters, with Chaffee also taking first in the 400 meters.
Zachary and Anthony Giesch finished 1-2 in the 800 meters, their times separated by a mere 0.69 seconds. Anthony Giesch earned first place in the 3000 meters (9:19.49) as well.
Junior Caleb Graham earned second place in the 110 hurdles and first in the 300-meter hurdles.
The Tigers' 4 x 100 team of Chaffee, Sam Murphy, Compton and Smith outdistanced Sherwood with a time of 44.76 seconds to take first place.
In the field events, junior Kaizen Sekiguchi threw 123 feet, 6 inches to earn second in the discus, Gavin Korkeakowski was first in the javelin with a heave of 181 feet and Mason Clay cleared 5-8 for second in the high jump. Junior Zeke Sikkema was second in the pole vault at 11-6, Smith was first in the long jump at 21.10-25 and in the triple jump with a leap of 40-9.25.
The Tiger girls succumbed to the Bowmen 86-59, but outdistanced Liberty 105-38 at the meet in blustery weather.
Kalani Aquipel, a senior, was first in the 400 meters at 1:04.43, senior Breanna Schmitt was second in the 800 meters at 2:23.95 and then finished first in the 1,500 meters at 5:00.81.
The Newberg 4 x 400 team of Aquipel, Estefany Baca, Schmitt and Maddi Klink finished first with a time of 4:33.08.
In the field events, junior Aubree New heaved the shot 32-11 to earn second, then notched a 93-0 for second in the discus. Senior Alexa Beaudry was first in the javelin with a throw of 98-2, senior Emily Negra was second in the pole vault with an 8-0 mark, senior Josie Willcuts was first in the long jump at 15-10.5, then finished in second behind teammate Alli Stilp at 31-10.75.
Next up for both teams is a dual meet at home versus Forest Grove on April 27.
NHS girls softball
The Tigers suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of rival Sherwood on April 19 to open Pacific Conference play.
The loss dropped Newberg's overall record to 12-3, good for second place in the conference as the team headed into the meat of conference play with April 25 games against Forest Grove and an April 26 matchup versus Glencoe.
St. Paul softball
The Buckaroos survived a slugfest with Casco Conference foe Vernonia on April 16 with a 15-12 win over the Loggers.
The win lifted St. Paul to a 2-4 league record (3-6 overall) as the team prepared for an April 22 matchup against Gaston, which they dropped 18-6, lowering its league record to 2-5. The Bucks battled rival Perrydale on April 26 (results were unavailable at press time).
The Bucks' record remained untarnished by a loss going into an April 22 doubleheader versus Nestucca on the road. St. Paul won the battles 10-3 and 17-0 to go 11-0 in the Casco League (14-0 overall) as it headed into an April 26-29 three-game home and away matchup versus Knappa.
The Tigers' losing streak reached 11 games following 3-6, 12-2 and 11-1 setbacks at the hands of Century April 18-21.
The losses dropped Newberg to last place in the seven-team Pacific Conference with an 0-9 record (1-14 overall) in anticipation of a three-game set April 26-29 versus rival second-place Sherwood (6-2 league, 12-3 overall).
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