The Newberg boys water polo team didn't exactly begin its quest for a fourth consecutive state title in the way it had hoped, but the Tigers nonetheless shrugged off a disjointed first-half performance to down Westview 13-5 Monday night in the season opener at the Chehalem Aquatic Center.
Newberg did build a 3-0 lead after one quarter but weren't exactly sharp offensively in the opening six minutes. The Tigers were sloppy on defense in the second quarter and the Wildcats took advantage to make the score 5-3 Newberg at halftime.
Things quickly changed in the second half, however, as coach Jim McMaster's team found its focus and rattled off five consecutive goals to start the third quarter and led 10-4 entering the fourth.
Dane Findley scored three of his game-high five goals in the second half, with Zach Jordan and Grant Stilp adding three goals apiece. Junior goalie Wilson Johnson had a relatively quiet night in the cage, making six saves.
Newberg continues a busy start to the season with a home game versus Lincoln at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and will host rival Southridge Sept. 6.
Eddyville Charter 3, C.S. Lewis Academy 1 — The visiting Eagles eked out a 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 25-20 victory in the season opener for both teams Aug. 25 in Newberg. It was also the debut for new Watchmen coach Jenna Kuiper.