High school sports roundup — A home playoff game is within reach for the boys soccer team after the Watchmen down two league opponents

After getting off to a slow start playing most of the stronger league teams early on in the season, the C.S. Lewis Academy boys soccer team is making a run at a top-four finish as the season winds down.

The Watchmen made major progress in that direction by sandwiching wins over league foes Horizon Christian (Hood River) and Open Door Christian around a 3-0 triumph over Central Christian.

Sam Swan’s goal lifted CSLA to a crucial 1-0 home win over the Hawks on Oct. 8, who currently sit in a tie for second place with City Christian at 4-2-1. by: SETH GORDON - Collision course - Sam Swan is beaten to the ball by the Horizon Christian (Hood River) goalie during C.S. Lewis Academy's 1-0 victory Oct. 10. Swan scored four of the Watchmen's five goals during their current three-game winning streak.

After dispatching the Tigers thanks to two more goals from Swan and one from Katelyn Reimer Saturday, the Watchmen bested the Huskies 1-0 to pull into a tie with Open Door for sixth at 3-3-1 in Special District 5 — a league of all 1A schools that will hold its own playoff rather than qualify any teams for the OSAA 3A/2A/1A playoffs.

Swan once again came through with the goal, with three of his four scores for the week coming off assists from his brother Isaak.

“Sam and Isaak are just great players,” head coach Mike Reimer said. “They’re just getting it done for us.”

With only league cellar dwellers Columbia County Christian (Thursday) and Southwest Christian (Monday) left on the schedule, C.S. Lewis could leapfrog a few teams in the tightly-packed standings if it can pull out a pair of victories.

Boys soccer

Newberg 2, Tualatin 0 — Playing without central defender Stefan Vincent, who may be able to return for the playoffs, the Tigers have adjusted their lineup and deftly deployed their counter-attacking strategy, which is normally used on the road, at home to best the Timberwolves. The team’s excellent patience and organization paid off as Brandon Cortez scored on the counter in the first half to give Newberg the lead. Former forward Getaneh Kudna, who has settled into his role at left back, set up junior midfielder Paul Sweet for the game’s second goal 15 minutes into the second half.

Newberg 1, Century 0 — The Tigers (6-2-2, 2-1-1) picked up a crucial win over the Jaguars to move into a tie for second place with three games to play. Joseph Taeubel scored on a rebound to provide the difference in a road contest Newberg thoroughly controlled until Century put forth a furious rally in the final five minutes, forcing Kudna and right back Jonathan Bos to come up with game-saving defensive plays.


Newberg 3, Century 0 — The Tigers (17-2, 10-1) strolled past the Jaguars 25-17, 25-17, 25-11 to maintain their one-game lead over second-place McMinnville in the race for the league crown. Rachel Thompson collected a team-high eight kills, with Maya Adams and Emmie Schmidt adding six apiece. Schmidt added for blocks, 10 digs and went 14-for-14 serving, as well. Gaby Aihara passed out 28 assists and Alenka Berales posted 22 digs.


Pacific Conference dual meet — The host Tigers took seven of the top eight positions, including the top four, to roll to a 17-46 victory over visiting Hillsboro Oct. 9. Harrison Carsh won the race, finishing in 18:23.9. The Newberg girls were almost as dominant in a 21-40 win, taking spots two through six after Spartan Lauren Lykins edged Savannah Stanton by 4.3 seconds for the win in 20:55.6.

Sandelie Golf Course XC Classic — Running against 26 teams on Friday, the Tiger girls excelled, placing fifth with 230 points in what will be the largest race Newberg enters this year. Freshman Grace Hanna blazed her way to 34th place overall in a new personal-best time of 20:11.3, just 0.2 seconds ahead of teammate Debora DeLeon. Six of seven runners set new personal records, including Stanton (20:13), who was 40th, and Margaret Halstead (20:33), who finished 52nd. Rebeca DeLeon was 75th in 21:05 to round out the scoring. The Tigers did not fare as well in the boys event after an Achilles issue forced Dan Harper to withdraw at the half-way point. Carsh led the effort with a personal-record time of 17:03 to place 67th as Newberg placed 25th out of 32 teams with 601 points. Quinton Read also recorded a new PR (17:21) to place 97th. Mike Miller was 30 seconds behind Read in 142nd place, followed by Jared Read (18:09) and Aerie Baxter (18:12) both set new personal bests to place 164th and 168th.

Girls water polo

Newberg 7, Lakeridge 0 — Alena Lidey Lam and Victoria Johnson scored two goals, with Katrina Reichenbach, Elizabeth Andrews and Claire Boenisch each scoring once.

Tigard 8, Newberg 5 — Tia Lattanzio netted three of the Tigers’ goals as Newberg fell behind 3-1 after one quarter and played catch up most of the game. Grace Brockey and Lidey Lam split time in net, blocking five shots apiece.

Boys water polo

Newberg 15, Lakeride 5 — The Tigers jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never looked back. Craig Beecher scored six goals and distributed five assists, with Landry Saunders adding five goals.

Newberg 17, Tigard 3 — Spencer McMaster and Corbin Day notched four goals apiece as the Tigers established a 13-2 lead at the break and coasted to the win.

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