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Cubs win at the buzzer, top-ranked Banks looms

The scene Tuesday night — a one-possession game in a rematch against one of 4A’s top teams, time winding down and a timeout to spare — was nearly identical to Newport’s 64-63 loss to Seaside on Friday, Jan. 5. The final result couldn’t have been more different. Tillamook would tie the game after Ian Collett hit a three with 15 seconds remaining. Still, with a timeout, Newport elected not to use it — like it did in a similar situation against Seaside — even though sophomore Bryan Tapia was trying to signal for one on the court. No timeout was called. Instead, Tapia went to the corner and received a pass right before the final horn sounded. Tapia didn’t miss. Newport won 76-73. “I knew it was going in,” said Tapia who finished with 25 points.

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Eddyville Charter beginning to close gap on Siletz Valley

EDDYVILLE — The first time that Eddyville Charter and Siletz Valley squared off on the hardwood in 2013, the Warriors delivered a somber wakeup call to the new basketball program by handing the Eagles a 74-17 loss. The lopsided outcomes continued between the two schools separated by 20 miles. The margin of victory in the next six meetups was an average of 34 — all wins by the Warriors. “We were realistic with where we were at,” said head coach Mike Ulstad. “Majority of our kids had not played basketball those first couple of seasons. Just seeing how those teams played for Siletz and well they played together, how well they pushed the ball and how they attacked the basket. It was a good experience for them, obviously not as fun when you get beat that badly.” Now, Eddyville Charter head coach Mike Ulstad believe that his squad can compete against the team that have put a beat down on his Eagles for three years.

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Newport’s swimming depth shines through in relays

PHILOMATH — Thirteen teams competed in the three relay events at the Clemens Invitational in Philomath on Saturday, Jan. 6. Those races turned into a race for first and second between the Newport boys teams, while the rest of the field raced for third. “In these practice meets we just go our hardest because it dictates what we will do at state,” said Lucas Ellingson-Cosenza. “Because our coaches are getting our times and seeing who will be the fastest when it comes to districts and state. So it’s really important to give it your all in those relays.” The boys dominated the relays — in the 400-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relays the Cubs finished first and second and were separated by less than a second in the medley and less than two in the freestyle. The next closest team to finish was at least eight seconds slower than both of Newport’s team. The Newport boys and girls relay teams came away with three first-place finishes, two second-place and one third-place finish in the six total relays.

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Taft overcomes fourth-quarter deficit, falls in overtime

LINCOLN CITY — With under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, Taft trailed Santiam Christian by nine points. It appeared as though the Tigers were ready to pack it in and let the clock run out without much fight. But then the team came alive. Savannah Russo scored six consecutive points to jump-start the Tiger comeback in the final minutes to send the game into overtime. “We notoriously get in our own heads when we get down,” said head coach Danielle Clanton. “We fought back, we tied it up and went to overtime. That’s a win in our book because that is something that we are learning as a team, is that we can’t give up and we can’t hang our heads.” Unfortunately, the Tigers couldn’t replicate the final four minutes of regulation in the four-minute overtime period. During overtime, Santiam Christian outscored Taft 9-2 to steal the 53-46 victory.

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Seaside gets its revenge

It came down to the bitter end between two top-five teams. Jose Ponciano’s desperation shot from halfcourt at the buzzer fell a couple inches short, giving No. 5 Seaside the 64-63 victory over No. 2 Newport at Spangler Court on Friday, Jan. 5. The defending state-champions made just enough plays on the defensive end to pester the Cubs. “(Seaside was) in rhythm offensively and took us out of rhythm offensively,” said head coach Doug Sain. “I thought there was a couple stretch in each half where that happened. Long-term, it’s good for us to be in those tight games, in those situations. It’s good for us coaches. “There’s a little bit of regret, but that’s part of every one-point loss.” A one-point loss didn’t appear to be a likely outcome through the first three quarters of the game. Despite knocking down three three-point baskets in the first quarter, the Cubs trailed Seaside 15-13. The Seagulls would only build on that lead. Each time Newport cut into the deficit, Seaside would respond to keep a multi-possession lead. Entering the fourth quarter, the Cubs trailed by seven.

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Don’t sleep on Toledo

It’s been a fun month of basketball in Lincoln County. Newport has climbed to No. 2 in the most recent OSAA rankings. With seven wins, the Newport girls look like a team that could make some noise in conference play. Waldport and Eddyville Charter are each enjoying historic starts to the season, while the Waldport girls are on pace to win more games than it has in the previous five years combined. Sorta lost in the shuffle of those storylines is the 8-6 Toledo Boomers.

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Newport falls in first game back

JUNCTION CITY — All was well in the first half of the Newport girls basketball team’s first game back after the holiday break as the Cubs took a three-point lead into halftime over No. 4 Junction City. But then the third quarter happened. By the end of the eight-minute quarter, the Cubs had surrendered their lead and found themselves in a 10-point hole entering the fourth and final quarter. A hole that the Cubs couldn’t climb out of, falling to Junction City 56-48. “Third quarter we didn’t transition on defense and gave up some easy hoops,” said head coach Steve Sain. “(Junction City) capitalized on that and they built a cushion, we were never out of it, we battled and made it a close game, we just couldn’t get it done in the end.” Had the Cubs and the Tiger not played the third quarter, the Cubs would’ve started the calendar year with a 41-36 victory. But being outscored 20-7 in the third proved to be too much for the Cubs to overcome. “Most of it came down to effort,” said junior Megan Wagner, who finished with 10 points. “We had a bit more effort and intensity in that first half, both on offense and defense.”

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With consecutive wins, Eagles off to best start

EDDYVILLE — In the days leading up to Eddyville Charter’s matchup against Mohawk Tuesday evening, the consensus amongst the players and coaches was that they were the better team and they should show that against the Mustangs. The Eagles did just that, building a double-digit lead in the first half and coasting to a 57-43 over Mohawk for their seventh win of the season — eclipsing last season’s total of six wins before Jan. 3. “We did what we were supposed to do,” said senior Trent Kinion. “We knew coming in that we had the better record and we just took care of business like a well-established team should.” Tuesday’s win was also the first time this season that Eddyville Charter has won consecutive games. Each victory has been followed by a loss — and each loss followed by a win — this season, a pattern that changed for the better Tuesday evening. “It was our joke with the alternating wins and losses for 11-straight games,” said head coach Mike Ulstad. “I’m really glad we could break we break the streak with a win instead of the other way.”

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Acevedo finds his place on the mat

The Newport wrestling program started off its first practice last season with a game of “King of the Circle.” The wrestlers would line up by weight, then two wrestlers would fight for a takedown. Whoever won would stay in the circle to face the next challenger. In the group was Jesse Wagner, who would eventually place sixth in the state tournament months later. Then came Brandon Leake, who would wrestle in the state tournament and compete with Team USA in Australia during the summer. Then there was Jimmy Acevedo, a sophomore who was participating in his first wrestling practice ever. Wagner had held the position of King of the Circle for several turns before Acevedo got his chance at attempting to dethrone Wagner. He did just that. Acevedo stunned the room by taking down one of 4A’s top wrestlers. Then came Leake to try and beat the rookie wrestler, but was met with the same result. Acevedo took down Leake. The room erupted. “Jimmy took Brandon down out of the sheer will to want to win,” said head wrestling coach Rick Hernandez. “I pulled Jimmy aside and told him: ‘listen, dude, I think wrestling might be your sport. This is your first time on the mat and you just took two state qualifiers down.’ It was just uphill from there.”

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Irish overcome overtime loss to finish strong in tournament

LINCOLN CITY — The Waldport Irish put an end to its three-game losing streak with a third-place finish in the Kiwanis Holiday Tournament. The Irish beat La Pine 56-54 in the first game of the tournament then came back to beat Nestucca in the third-place game to finish the tournament with two wins. All looked well as the Irish built a five-point lead in the first quarter, but then Nestucca drained five threes in the second quarter to turn a five-point deficit into an eight-point halftime lead. But the Irish would respond in the second half. After giving up 21 points in the second quarter alone, Waldport tighten up its defense to hold Nestucca to five points all of the third quarter to pull off the come-from-behind, 58-54 victory in the third-place game. Seniors Daniel Alvarado and Raven Dedijer-Small led the Irish with 17 and 16 points apiece against Nestucca, while Michael Pankey added eight points off the bench.

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Tigers show signs of progress over holidays

LINCOLN CITY — In one weekend, the Taft Tigers tripled its season win total in the Kiwanis Holiday Tournament. Not only did Taft come away with two wins, the tournament’s host nearly walked out with the championship, but couldn’t quite get past Toledo, falling 38-31 to the Boomers in finals. It had been a difficult start for the Tigers this season, they entered the tournament with one win and five losses. Over the weekend, the Tigers were able to grind out two wins, a 41-35 win over Warrenton and a come-from-behind 68-67 overtime victory over Waldport in tournament semifinals. “I told the players after the game that I thought that it was a good weekend,” said head coach Bart Rothenberger. “What excited about today is that we came out with a game plan and we executed it. With four minutes to go in the game, we are only down four. We did exactly what we needed to do to stay within striking distance.”

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Toledo edges out Walport for third

LINCOLN CITY — Five days after Christmas the county received a gift. The country’s rivalry between Toledo and Waldport received an extra matchup in girls basketball during the Kiwanis Holiday Tournament on Dec. 30. It was the Boomers who got the upper hand in the first match between the rival schools, beating the Irish 39-25 in the third-place game. “I’m really proud of the way the girls played today,” said Toledo head coach Mychal Williams. “We came ready for an early-morning game against a rival who’s playing well. This is a nice non-conference warm-up for our conference schedule.”

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  • Column: A new chapter in the Toledo/Waldport rivalry?

    It was the final game of the second of the three-day Kiwanis Holiday Tournament. It was Taft versus Waldport, playing with a spot on the championship on the line. With a tip-off that started after 8 p.m., all the other six schools in the tournament had left the Gym at Taft High School for the evening. All except for one coach. Sitting on the top row of the bleachers, laptop open and taking notes was Toledo head coach Eddie Townsend scouting the teams that would face the Boomers in the championship round the following afternoon — but more importantly, scouting the team that showed up on the schedule two more times. As the time in the fourth quarter dwindled down to less than two minutes, Waldport appeared to be on its way to the championship round, and with it, a third matchup between the two Lincoln County rivals. Then Taft made a run, and Waldport crumbled. Taft’s Lucas Hindman knocked down a three at the buzzer to send the game to overtime, where the Tigers would eventually win 68-67 and send Waldport to the third-place game.

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