Newport does not repeat in Seaside tourney

Photo courtesy of Lon French

SEASIDE — For the third straight season, the Newport boy’s basketball team found themselves in the championship game of the Seaside Holiday Tournament. Unfortunately for the Cubs, they could not repeat as tournament champs, falling to the defending state champions Seaside 66-47. Newport won its first two games of the tournament, each by 20-plus points. The Cubs handled Astoria 59-31 in the opening game and then beat Marist Catholic 62-40 in the semifinals. Seniors Justin Plechaty and Matt Beaudry were named to the all-tournament team.

The Waldport boy’s basketball team have now won four consecutive games to bring their record to above .500 for the first time this season. After starting the season off with three consecutive losses, the Irish have won five of their last six after a pair of wins in the Willamina Tournament over Willamina (62-43) and Yamhill-Calton (51-42). Despite losing six seniors — including three starters — from last year’s team, this year’s young  Irish team is only one game behind of where they were through the first nine games of the season a year ago.

The Eddyville Charter girl’s basketball team lost 36-20 to Umpqua Valley Christian on Friday, Dec. 21. But the 20 points were a season-high for the Eagles, who are playing their first season in five years.

A packed house for an Eddyville basketball game would typically hold about 100-150 people. When the Eagles played C.S. Lewis Academy, they played in a venue that holds 20 seats shy of 20,000 at the Moda Center in Portland, home court for the Portland Trail Blazers. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they weren’t able to get a win on the same floor that Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum play, losing 65-44 to the Watchmen.

• Three Lincoln County wrestlers finished in first place at the Gladstone Invitational on Friday, Dec. 21. Newport’s Jimmy Acevedo won the 220-pound weight class with wins over Seaside’s Tyler Tackitt (tech fall), Scappoose’s Quincy Cleveland (1-0) and pinned Gladstone’s Maxwell Meyer in the first round of the championship round. It was Acevedo’s first first-place finish of his senior season. Taft’s Jose Flores and Cody Knott each finished in first place as well. After receiving byes in the first two rounds, Flores pinned Brady Corrigan from Yamhill-Carlton in 30 seconds and then won by major decision over YC’s Asher Tindall 21-8 in the championship round. Knott won his second consecutive tournament at 160-pounds. Knott pinned both his opponents, Carlos Rodriguez from Gladstone in the semifinals and Max Amaro from Scappoose in the championship match.

Three girl wrestlers also placed at the Gladstone Invitational. Taft’s Kadence James finished third in the 125-pound female division after beating Century’s Naeli Navarro with a pin in the first round. Autumn Barela finished fourth in the 135-pound division. Newport’s Trishell Martinez also finished fourth in the 170-pound weight class.

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