Newberg sews up third place and a playoff berth
High school round-up The Tigers complete season sweeps of Tualatin and Liberty to ensure the program's first-ever postseason appearance
Despite a sobering 17-1 loss to state title contender Wilsonville, the Newberg girls lacrosse team is playoff bound for the first time in program history after completing season sweeps of Tualatin and Liberty.
The Wildcats remains unbeaten, overall and in the Northwest division, following the landslide victory, but the Tigers showed no signs of a hangover Friday, jumping out to a 9-2 halftime lead in Tualatin.
The Timberwolves scored five of the first six goals in the second half to make it 10-7, but Newberg put the game to rest by stringing together six consecutive goals.
Christina Bryan scored five goals in the win and also became the first player in program history to collect five assists in a game. Abby Turner had a career best six goals to go with two assists, while Abby Reohr and Olivia Winters scored two goals apiece.
We played great at both ends of the field, head coach Terry Paskett said. Our defense caused many turnovers that we capitalized on and turned into scores.
Things were a lot tighter in the first half of the penultimate game of the regular season Monday versus Liberty, as the Tigers led 6-4 after 25 minutes.
Bryan and Turner scored three goals apiece to pace the offense, which also saw Reohr and Lexi Barr score two goals apiece.
Goalie Kylee Duey stopped 10 of the 17 shots she faced, with Reohr and Shea Terranova combining for eight ground balls and eight turnovers.
Thanks to Tualatins victory over Century May 1, the third-place Tigers (9-6, 7-4 league) enjoy a 1.5-game lead in the standings over the Jaguars (5-8, 5-5) heading into the teams clash Wednesday in Newberg.
Even if the Tigers were to lose Wednesday, they will be favorites to hang onto third place, as the Jaguars will close out against Wilsonville.
Newberg only needs a top-four finish to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in program history, but will likely get a far more favorable draw by placing third.
The Tigers, whose previous high finish was seventh, will make their first playoff appearance May 12, but a time, opponent and location have yet to be determined.
Pacific Conference meet Newberg placed in a tie for sixth place with Century after both teams shot 351. Nolan DeHaven led the way with a 78 to finish in a five-way tie for fifth place individual. Also scoring for the Tigers were Chris Miller (83), Hayden Farrell (86) and Matt Hanks (104). Tigard won the event with a team score of 314. The district tournament will be held May 12-13 at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.
Lakeridge 39, Newberg 22 The loss knocked the Tigers from third to sixth place in the final standings. Newberg will be the No. 2 seed in the Rugby Oregon boys varsity premiership plate competition and face Central Catholic at 3 p.m. Saturday at Delta Park. With the win, the Pacers finished fourth, earning them a spot in the higher-level cup competition, in which they will open against top-seed Union.
Cleveland 30, Newberg 22 The Warriors established a 15-5 lead at halftime, as Amber Armbuster scored Newbergs try. Rosa Gaona, Krista Coffin and DD Oylear scored tries in the second half, with Coffin making one conversion kick, for the Tigers but it wasnt enough. Newberg (2-6) finished in a tie for 10th in the standings and will take on ninth-place Cleveland again at 2 p.m. Saturday in a consolation final at Northgate Park in Portland.
Tigard 14, Newberg 4 Ezekiel Stone netted two goals and Eric Albin added one goal and two assists April 29 at Tigard. Austin Collins made 15 saves in the loss
Glencoe 19, Newberg 2 Albin and Eric Wilson scored for the Tigers (1-2), who now sit in a tie for fourth in the Pacific Conference with Forest Grove. Collins made 22 saves.
Newberg 22, South Salem 13 The Tigers (8-7) took their out their frustrations on the Saxons in a non-conference game Saturday. Albin tallied three goals and eight assists to post a team-high 11 points. Wilson connected for five goals and dished out four assists, with Stone adding six tallies and Justin Kosmicki five.
Boys track & field
Blanchet league meet St. Paul placed fifth with 77 points and C.S. Lewis Academy eighth with 14.5. David Elias paced the Buckaroos by placing second in the 800 in 2:10.64, two spots ahead of CSLAs Austin Friedrich (2:22.93). Also finishing third for St. Paul were the 4 x 100 relay team (47.18), Joe Hiller in the long jump (18-9.5), Cody Daffern in the javelin (142-2) and David Martinez in the triple jump (37-0.25). Dafferns effort ranks fifth all-time in school history.
Girls track & field
Blanchet league meet St. Paul finished fifth with 91 points. McGwire Smith powered the Bucks, winning the 1,500 in 5:38.44, and placing second in the 800 (2:43.44). Earning third-place finishes for St. Paul were Carolina Ruvalcaba in the pole vault (6-6). Lana Friedrich led C.S. Lewis by taking third in the 1,500 (5:53.5) and sixth in the javelin (77-7).