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Cubs search for more toughness

NEWPORT — When the Newport boys basketball team walked off the floor with a 71-69 loss to Siuslaw Tuesday evening, head coach Doug Sain delivered a simple message to his players. “I told the guys we did 100 things to win but we did 200 things to lose last night’s game,” said the head coach. “We need to make winning basketball plays...and we aren’t doing those things.” After starting the year off with a 15-point victory over Elmira, the Cubs have dropped last four games — three of which came in the Harlan Carter Tournament in Shasta, Calif. — Newport’s most recent two losses against Enterprise and Siuslaw have each been decided by two points.

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Early statement for Irish

With two wins to open the season, the Waldport boys basketball team was off to one of its best starts in a long time. In their first home game, Head Coach Peter Ellingsen wanted his team to send a message — a message to Central Linn and a message to the town of Waldport. “Before the game, I told my boys that this is not the old Waldport and we wanted to come out show everybody that we can come out just as strong as anyone in the state,” Ellingsen said. “And they went out and ran with it. “That was the best first quarter that we’ve had.”

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Jamboree helps ease the jitters before season starts

LINCOLN CITY — While Newport, Waldport, Siletz Valley and Eddyville all opened their basketball seasons on Wednesday, Nov. 29, Taft High School held a three-team jamboree before officially opening their first game on Friday. Taft, Toledo and Nestucca boys and girls teams all brought their varsity and junior varsity teams to play in a round-robin. Each team played each two, 12-minute halves, each one against a different team in an effort to dust off the rust before playing in games that count. “The reason I like to do that jamboree is it helps get the pre-game jitters out before an actual game,” said head coach Bart Rothenberger. “It was good to get everyone in, we got kids who are stepping up to the next level and this was their first taste of that level.”

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Newport’s dynasty keeps getting stronger

NEWPORT — As Angie Sembra begins her seventh season as the head coach of the Newport swim team, each season has one thing in common — the boy’s team winning a league title. When the Cubs start their season at the Tillamook Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 2, it will officially start the quest for a seventh-straight league title and will also provide an early look at the competition they will face at districts. “It’s a fun meet because we see all the teams we will face at districts,” Sembra said. “It’s a good season opener to see where we are at amongst our district.”

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Cubs start fast in opener

There were great moments, there were down moments for the Newport Cubs boys basketball team in their season opener against Elmira. It was a typical first game of the season type game where Newport (1-0) held on to beat Elmira (0-1) 70-55 to start the season on a winning note. “Tonight was a great lesson for our team,” said head coach Doug Sain. “Every game is going to be competitive and you need to play your heart out and you need to execute for four quarters, we played about 18 minutes of good basketball, Elmira battled and came back. We just lost focus, we stopped talking and we lost our identity.” Before the game had started, Sain had challenged his team to communicate with each other on the court, and they did just that. Newport defense swarmed Elmira which led to transition buckets for the Cubs, who took a 46-19 lead into halftime. “We were defending and we were getting stops,” Sain said. “When we are getting stops then we run and push the tempo, then they went to a zone and that slowed us down a little bit, the ball just stuck. We play best when the ball moves.”

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    Six times in his post-game interview, Head Coach Peter Ellingsen used the word “fun” when talking about coaching this year’s Waldport boys basketball team. And why wouldn’t he? Waldport is undefeated and off to its best start in his years as the head coach. Tuesday’s 13-point win over Central Linn sent an early message that this was going to be an exciting team to watch this season. It’s what Waldport athletics need. It’s been a rough 12 months at Waldport High. Two varsity coaches were relieved of their duties for off the court/field issues. And the athletic programs — aside from last year’s softball team — have had trouble putting up wins in the win column. Or as Ellingsen said after Tuesday’s victory: “At Waldport, we aren’t used to being the hammer, we are used to being the nail.”

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    Help for grief during the holidays

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    Christmas Dinner at Logsden Community Club

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    Free family art workshops for the holidays

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    Recorder society to perform concerts

    The Oregon Coast Recorder Society will perform music, both old and new, on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church at 1226 SW 13th St. in Lincoln City. The event will benefit the Lincoln City Food Pantry. This concert will be repeated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St., Newport. This concert will benefit the Newport Food Pantry.

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    Wind Ensemble presents ‘Seasonal Celebration Benefit Concert’

    The Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble will present its sixth annual holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Yachats Commons, beginning at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the concert will benefit South Lincoln County Resources. The program will draw heavily on traditional favorites woven into carol medleys, but there will also be contemporary pieces taken from Christmas movies, and lively marches and tunes from the concert band repertoire. Refreshments will be available at intermission, as well as baked items for sale to take home.

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