NHS softball completes regular season with five consecutive wins
The Newberg High softball team has completed Pacific Conference play and now has its sights fixed squarely on postseason play.
The Tigers continued their winning streak to three games on May 16 with a 7-0 shutout of Liberty.
Newberg (10-2 league, 21-5 overall), ranked No. 8 in the state, then took on league foes McMinnville and Forest Grove on May 17 and 18, respectively, to finish off the regular season. NHS outdistanced the Grizzlies 6-5, then came back to shut out the Vikings 5-0.
The wins put the Tigers in a three-way tie with McMinnville and Sherwood for the Pacific Conference crown. Newberg split two-game bouts with both the Grizzlies and Bowmen during the regular season.
The Tigers will host Roseburg at 5 p.m. Monday in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. Roseburg, ranked 25th in the state, plays in the Southwest Conference, where it amassed a 7-8 record (12-14 overall).
A win will place Newberg in the second round of the playoffs, set for May 25, against the winner of the Forest Grove/Jesuit game two days prior.
The Newberg Tigers had a successful trip to the state track and field championships over the weekend, earning a number of positive marks.
The NHS boys team tallied nine points to finish in 28th place out of the 40 teams that competed at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Junior Anthony Giesch finished in 17th place in the 3,000 meters with a personal record time of 8:36.87. The winning time, set by Caleb Lakeman of Tualatin High School, was 8:13.31.
Senior Blake Smith pulled down a spot on the podium in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 5 inches, good for sixth place. Smith also earned a sixth-place finish in the triple jump with a 21-05 effort. Senior Christian Buck was 12th in that event with a mark of 40-9.25.
Senior Zeke Sikkema lept 14-feet even to lock down a sixth-place finish in the pole vault competition.
Senior Gavin Korkeakoski chucked the javelin 172-01 to earn sixth place at state.
On the girls side, senior Breanna Schmidt earned a 11th-place finish in the 3,000 meters, finishing with a personal-best time of 10:04.49. She was 12th in the 1,500 meters as well, crossing the line in 4:44.77.
Aubree New, a junior, heaved the shot put 33-02.75, good for 14th place.
Alexa Beaudry, a senior, threw 98-04 to finish 14th in the javelin on Friday.
Senior Josie Willcuts ended the Tigers' trip to state with a 14th-place effort in the triple jump, earning a 32-0.25 mark.
The Buckaroos suffered a 14-13 heartbreaker to Umpqua Valley Christian on May 14 in the first of three consecutive nonleague games to finish out the regular season. St. Paul also lost a 4-3 decision to Dufur/South Wasco County in a nonleague game on May 18.
St. Paul finished at 14-4 in Special District 1 (17-6 overall), good for second place in the league. The Bucks were ranked No. 7 in the state as of May 19 and finished in second place in the district behind undefeated Knappa.
The Bucks received a bye in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs, played Monday, and will face the winner of the Illinois/Regis contest on Wednesday. As they are ranked higher than either team, the Bucks should enjoy home field advantage.
The Tigers earned their first win in 20 games and nearly two months with a 5-4 victory over Pacific Conference foe Forest Grove on May 16.
However, Newberg returned to form the following day, suffering a 8-4 loss to the Vikings on the road, then won 5-4 over Forest Grove on May 17 and lost 8-0 versus the Vikings to close out the season on May 19.
NHS will not play in the postseason after accumulating a 1-17 league record and 2-24 overall mark.
The Buckaroos finished off the 2022 season with a split in a doubleheader against Willamina on May 16, winning 18-14 in the first game, then succumbing to the Bulldogs 7-2.
St. Paul accumulated a 5-9 Special District 1 record (7-12 overall) and will not play in the postseason.
The Newberg doubles team of Nicholas Frampton and Marcus Hopkins, winners of the Pacific Conference title a week before, won in the opening round of the state Class 6A championships at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, then succumbed in the second round.
The Tiger duo won 6-4, 6-1 versus Central Catholic's John Morris and Jonah Black in the first round, before being paired with West Linn's Grant Hawkins and Nick Owens. Newberg lost in straight sets to the Lions, 6-2 and 6-4, to end the season.
Pacific Conference singles champion Drew Sellke earned a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Gresham High's Isaac Walker in the opening round, but suffered a 6-0, 6-0 loss to Alex Dinkow of Lincoln in the second round.
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