Rugby team keeps on winning; B team also posts win

The Columbia County Operators racked up another rugby win on Saturday, rolling over Newberg, 53-5.

The Operators are the defending state small schools champions and have a good shot at repeating their title.

Gabe Sprague led the squad against Newberg, scoring the first two tries of the match. Trevor Rigdon later added a try. Jordan Freimuth was tripped while running the ball in for a try, and a penalty try was awarded. Tyler Pellham added three conversions and a penalty goal to give the club a 29-5 halftime lead.

In the second half, Chase Robideau, Taylor Bundy, Nick Cervone, and Pellham all scored tries. Pellham added two conversions for the final tally.

The Operators 'B' team posted a 31-29 win over Battle Ground on Saturday. While Battle Ground was on board first, tries by Jesse Herb and Axel put St. Helens back in front. Farabee's try came on an 80-meter breakaway run. Aaron Brown converted both tries to make the score 14-5 at the half.

In the second half, the Operators took a quick 19-5 lead, and Battle Ground started putting in some of their A division players. Within minutes, they took control and a 29-19 lead in the contest. The Operators fought their way back with two more tries and a conversion. Dustin Brown, Kyle Dana, and Brown all had tries in the second half. Brown had a conversion, and scored the game winner.

The Operators A team is now 2-0 on the season, while the B team is 1-1.

The girls rugby team lost to Canby on Saturday, 44-5. Further results were unavailable.

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Columbia County Schedules

Saturday, March 8 Columbia County Operators A @ Newberg

West Linn B @ Columbia County B, Scappoose MS

Columbia County girls @ West Linn

Saturday, March 15 Hillsboro/TV @ CC Operators A, Scappoose MS, 10 a.m.

Columbia County B @ McMinnville B, 2 p.m.

North Clackamas girls @ Columbia County, Scappoose MS, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 5 West Linn @ CC Operators A, Scappoose MS, 11 a.m.

Linn-Benton B @ CC Operators B, Scappoose MS 1 p.m.

Rugby Oregon Representative girls tryouts, S. Eugene, H.S.

Sunday, April 6 Annual Goffon Rugby Cup, Olympia, Wash.

Saturday, April 12 Barbarians @ CC Operators A, Scappoose MS, 11 a.m.

CC Operators B, bye

Columbia County girls @ Reynolds, 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 19 Rugby Oregon boys A playoffs TBA

Rugby Oregon boys B-side round robin, TBA

Rugby Oregon girls playoffs, TBA

Sunday, April 20 Rugby Oregon boys B-side round robin, TBA

Rugby Oregon girls playoffs, TBA

Saturday, April 26 Rugby Oregon boys playoffs, TBA

Saturday, May 3 Rugby Oregon boys state championships, Delta Park, TBA

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