Newport looks to end playoff drought

For a team that had won its first league title in 15 years, the Newport boys basketball postgame celebration was fairly tame. Following the Cubs’ 58-39 victory over Stayton in the regular season finale, which served as the conference championship game, senior Jack Fisher delivered a message to the team, reminding them that there was a bigger goal at hand than simply winning a conference title. “Jack said it best after the Stayton game,” head coach Doug Sain recalled. “He said, ‘no one’s satisfied.’ It feels good knowing that we have that mindset. There was no celebration, maybe we will celebrate at the end of the season and we will look back at the league title and really feel good about it. “We feel like there is more to do, and Saturday we need to come out and take care of business.” On Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m., sixth-seeded Cubs will host 11th-seeded Sutherlin with a shot at continuing the run for a state title.

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