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Tigers sink Pirates

Prior to Friday’s game against Dayton, a 3A top-five matchup between the Pirates and the Taft softball team, head coach Kassandra Stuart sent out a message to her players about facing a daunting opponent. Enjoying an undefeated start to West Valley League play, Taft still needed to clear the Dayton hurdle, a program that has been the state title game the past three years. “The quote was about playing this super hard team and their name is just their name,” said freshman Kyla Knott. “You just have to let it go and go out like you are playing a different team. I think that really helped us out.” Not even an early two-run deficit could keep the Tigers from making a comeback to take control of the WVL with a 4-2 victory over Dayton on April, 20. “They’ve been our nemesis in this league, they’re kinda our rival,” Stuart said. “It feels amazing, it’s a huge game to win.” While Stuart tried to turn Dayton into a nameless opponent, the team was well aware of the pedigree of the Pirate program. “We were nervous for this game,” Knott said.

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Irish rediscover winning mindset

WALDPORT — There was something missing from the Waldport softball team in its previous four games. The Irish were once a top-10 team with a 6-1 record. Since that point, Waldport had dropped four games — and according to head coach Alex Browne, adjustments needed to be made. “We just need to come to the game with the intent of winning,” Browne said. And it worked, the Irish climbed out of an early deficit to pick up a 10-6 league victory over Siletz Valley/Eddyville Charter on Tuesday, April 17. With fewer than nine players entering Tuesday’s contest, the Irish team knew it would take extra effort to win against the Warriors. But when game time rolled around, Waldport was able to fill out a complete lineup. “We really practiced hard and put our mindset as, even if we go out there with eight players, we’re going to put our all into it,” said sophomore pitcher Kyra Pickner. “That didn’t end up happening, but we kept that mindset.”

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Fisher sets pace for Cubs golf

For the couple weeks of the golf season, senior Jack Fisher didn’t even step foot into the tee box. An injury sustained during the basketball season made it a struggle to swing a club. “I couldn’t swing with my shoulder,” Fisher said. “But I figured it out and I’m feeling pretty smooth now. Playing in his second tournament of the season at Agate Beach Golf Course, Fisher shot a season-best 81 (nine over par) which was the fifth lowest score in the tournament and top finisher for the Cubs. “Jack is a senior and seniors carry themselves differently than juniors and sophomores, they play like they own it,” said head coach Steve Arbona. “And this game in a lot of ways is about confidence and attitude, and that’s what we are seeing from Jack.”

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Winning streak ends with too many left on base

NEWPORT —The Newport baseball team had reason to feel optimistic heading into the second game of the three-game series against Cascade. Coming off consecutive wins for the first time this season, the Cubs were entering the softer part of their schedule after going through the gauntlet that was the first half. “We came in heads high, we knew we were going to play a strong baseball game,” said senior catcher Dylan Crowell. “But they wanted it more, and that’s why they got it.” The runners were there, but the execution wasn’t in the Cubs’ 11-5 loss to Cascade at Frank Wade Field on Wednesday, April 18. “We just weren’t sharp, mostly offensively,” said head coach Ken Riley. “We had opportunities but we left a lot of runners on base.”

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Weather cooperates for a windy, exciting Newport regatta

NEWPORT — Eight sailing teams competed at the Oregon Series Regatta on Saturday, April, 14 in Newport. The Newport A team had a score of 22, which put them tied for third place in the six races they finished with three-second place finishes. The B team had two-second place finishes as well in its six races. After the 12 total races, the regatta was called after whitecaps began to form in the water due to the winds picking up. Whether or not the regatta would actually happen was up in the air entering Saturday, when the forecast called for wind gusts approaching 30 knots, but the wind stayed calm enough for 12 races. “We were extremely lucky with the conditions that we got,” said head coach Greg Krutzikowsky. “Given the forecast, the wind was great about 15 knots, enough wind to make it exciting, but not too much. The forecast was for gusts up to 28-30 knots and that’s too much for these guys in the little boats.”

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    Column: Let the playoff races begin

    We all know Aesop’s fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. The hare races out ahead of the tortoise, only to lose focus at the end and lose to the tortoise who had slowly kept racing and ultimately beat the overconfident hare. It’s not hyperbole to say that the race between those animals is the most important one of all time. It the story demonstrates the best way to handle a race. But while rewatching “The Office” for the billionth time, a new strategy came into play. Pam Beasley laid out her game plan for the “Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race for the Cure” in Season 4, when she came up with a solution to avoid being either the tortoise or the hare. Her plan was to start fast, run fast in the middle and end fast. Although her execution wasn’t there, I have yet to hear a better, simpler strategy to run a race. With the end of the regular season slowing coming to an end, the race towards the playoffs is starting to take shape.

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    The local impact of WIC

    The Oregon Health Authority’s recently released local WIC (Women, Infants and Children) data highlights the impact Lincoln County WIC had on the community in 2017. The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to 5 years of age who are found to be at nutritional risk.

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    County Democrats to host candidates

    The Lincoln County Democrats will be hosting a Candidate Forum on Wednesday, April 25, the evening before ballots are mailed. Eleven candidates or surrogates are scheduled to attend to give their introductions and answer questions: Peter Wright, who is running for U.S. Congress, David Gomberg, for state representative, both Russell Baldwin and Thomas Branford, who are running for judge of Lincoln County District 17, and Virginia Demaris, Kim Herring, Doug Hunt, Betty Kamikawa and Kaety Jacobson, all of whom are running for county commissioner positions. Caddy McKeowan will send a surrogate to represent her candidacy for State House, District 9, as will Val Hoyle, who is a candidate for commissioner for the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

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    Free writing workshop at Newport Library

    Award-winning author Elena Passarello will teach a free workshop called “Writing the Collage Essay” on Wednesday, May 2, from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. at the Newport Public Library. A collage essay uses vivid images and quick cuts to tell stories in artfully arranged fragments, rather than in one specific narrative line. “Inspired by visual art and film, collage storytelling is an inspiring way to supercharge your writing, and it’s surprisingly easy,” says Passarello.

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    Become a global family with AFS-USA

    Families in the Newport area can help build bridges of intercultural understanding by sharing their homes and daily life with exchange students. AFS is now looking for host families for high school exchange students coming from more than 90 countries in August and September.

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    Casting call for Shakespeare play

    Red Octopus Theatre Company, along with Darcy Hogan (director) and Milo Graamans (musical director) will hold open auditions for William Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream” on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. at the Newport Performing Arts center. All roles are open. As a group of lovers escape into a forest of mischief and magic, the creatures of the night arise. What follows is a thrilling evening of enchantment, mayhem, and merriment. Hogan (responsible for 2015's wildly re-imagined version of “The Taming of the Shrew”) has infused Shakespeare's timeless words with movement and music, for a wild and whimsical adventure people won't soon forget.

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    Banquet & Balloon Auction is April 28

    Table reservations and tickets are now on sale for the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce’s Banquet and Balloon Auction, presented by the News-Times. The event will be held at 6 p.m. on April 28 at the Best Western Agate Beach Inn. Dinner and entertainment is included in the ticket price, along with an opportunity to bid on hundreds of silent and live auction items. This year’s theme is “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and prizes will be awarded for the best baseball-inspired costumes.

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    Candidates’ Forum planned in Newport

    The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County (LWVLC) will host a Candidates’ Forum in Newport on Tuesday, April 24, in the community meeting room of Atonement Lutheran Church. Attendees are invited to arrive at 6:30 p.m. for a half hour “meet and greet” session with the participating candidates. The formal program will begin at 7 p.m. and will feature the candidates for county commissioner and circuit court judge and will be facilitated by Jean Cowan, president of LWVLC. Sheriff Curtis Landers will also be available to explain the proposed public safety levy, Measure 21-186, on the May ballot.

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