Stayton, Newport: Round 3

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NEWPORT — In the first three playoff games, Newport players have noted how it’s taken nearly 15 minutes to get a feel for their opponents, simply because they were unfamiliar with opposing team’s style and best players. That won’t be the case when the Cubs square off against Stayton on Saturday in the 4A state championship. The Oregon West Conference foes will play each other for the third time this season, this time with a state title on the line. When the playoff brackets were released, and Newport players and coaches saw that Stayton was on the opposite end of the 16-team bracket. It seemed like destiny that the two teams would battle one more time. “Knowing that they were on the other side, I don’t think there was another team in 4A that could take them down,” said senior midfielder and team captain Romario Mendoza. “It’s going to be a battle, they know what we’ve got, and we know what they got and the championship is up for grabs.”

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