Sports roundup - Wrestlers improve to 8-0 with wins vs. S. Salem and McNary before sweeping its way to Best of the West Tournament title

PASCO, Wash. — Without any superstar wrestlers on the roster this winter, Newberg is not suited to succeed in individual tournament formats.

The opposite, however, is true when it comes to dual meets, as the Tigers recently proved by winning the dual-meet portion of the Best in the West Tournament Friday in Pasco, Wash.

Newberg began the week with rather routine victories over South Salem and McNary at home Dec. 18.

The Tigers got pins from Aerie Baxter at 106 pounds, Thomas Myers at 120, Collin Hyatt at 145, Evan Smith at 220 and Dakota Church at heavyweight to blast the Saxons. Newberg turned around to best the Celts 54-18 thanks to seven falls, including back-to-back falls from Baxter, Hyatt and Church.

According to head coach Neil Russo, the Tigers were placed in the most competitive pool to start the Best of the West, but ticked off five consecutive victories, capped by a 54-9 win over Battle Ground in the title match, to earn the championship.

The individual tournament Saturday did not go as well for Newberg, which had just two podium finishers in Church and 195-pounder Will Fox, who both finished third.

The Tigers are now 8-0 in dual meets and will be off until Jan. 4, when they will travel to the Sandy Invitational.

Boys basketball

Liberty 51, Newberg 49 —

The Tigers led by three entering the fourth quarter, but the Falcons rallied to force overtime, in which they outscored Newberg 7-5.

Wilson 65, Newberg 45 — The Tigers (2-4) were never able to overcome a 28-16 halftime deficit. Braden Milroy led Newberg with 10 points, with Jacoby Wolfe adding eight.

Boys swimming

Newberg 93, Century 71 — The Tigers won just four events, but used their superior depth to overcome the Jaguars’ quartet of top-end swimmers. Craig Beecher won the 50 freestyle in 22.99 seconds and also finished first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.9. David Flores Juarez was victorious in the 500 free, touching first in 5:09.75. The 200 freestyle relay team of Bjorn Larsen, Spencer McMaster, Corbin Day and Beecher had the team’s other win, finishing in 1:37.67.

Girls swimming

Century 100, Newberg 68 — The Jaguars won all 11 events for an easy victory. Madison Kent-Harrington, Elizabeth Andrews and Shannon Gamble all earned a pair of runner-up finishes in individual events. Kent-Harrington was second in the 200 free (2:19.90) and the 500 free (6:20.79). Andrews was second in the 50 free (26.60) and 100 free (59.98). Gamble was runner up in the 200 IM (2:41.09) and the 100 backstroke (1:13.14). Casey Jentges also placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:21.38).

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