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Newport dominates the water
The Newport boys swimming won the 4A/3A/2A/1A state championship and it wasn’t even that close. With a team score of 74, the next closest team scored 35 fewer points than Newport. The pool at Mt. Hood Community College was full of Cubs, in the 11 total evens there were 14 Newport swimmers racing in the finals, only two events didn’t feature a swimmer from Newport. In swimming the relays count for double the points and the Cubs took finished first in two of the three. The 400-yard freestyle relay — Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza, Luke Bachart, Caden Shanks and Sean O’Meara — and the 200 medley relay — Shanks, O’Meara, Nick Topar and Kai Daniels — gave Newport 28 of its points. Ellingson-Cosenza won the Cubs lone individual title winning the 500-yard freestyle in thrilling fashion.
With the swimming title, Newport added its second state title of the 2017-18 school year.
A fine year of ball
The 2017-18 basketball season was in Lincoln County was a basketball junkie’s dream. Championship teams, talented players, budding rivalries made for a fun winter of basketball.
The Waldport boys had its best season in five years, finishing with 12 wins including a 5-0 start. While the Waldport girls finished with six wins this year, it was more wins that they had in the previous four years combined.
The Newport girls, Toledo girls and the Siletz Valley boys and girls teams each finished the year with winning seasons and advanced to the first round of the playoffs. Toledo’s Kaycie Otis was named the Sunset Conference Player of the Year and Tana’ya Barnhart was named the defensive player of the year.