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The Cubs had just handed a 17-point defeat to Yamhill-Carlton after an 8 p.m. tip-off on Friday, Feb. 16. They had a long drive home back to Newport.
By the time that they arrived at the school, it was 2 a.m. Saturday. A short seven hours later, the team was back in the weight room — in four days, they would play in their biggest game of the season. Things like an early morning workout go unnoticed for a team that was one win away from ending a 15-year conference championship drought.
“If you want to hang something on the banner it takes something special, you have to put the work in,” said head coach Doug Sain.
All the Cubs had to do to cement themselves on the league championship banner was take down Stayton — a team that handed Newport a 12-point loss 20 days earlier — who was a win away from winning the title themselves.