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Athletes ready for pressures of Hayward

LINCOLN COUNTY — At 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, the Taft track and field athletes loaded into a bus to begin a 113-mile trek from Lincoln City to Eugene. On the other end of that drive is Tracktown, USA and the iconic Hayward Field — the host of the past three Olympic track and field trials and numerous U.S. track and field championships. For three days it will serve as the host of the Oregon high school state championships. Taft went down a day early to scope the facility and test out the track that they will compete on over the weekend.

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Arce-Torres’ final run

This year, on any piece of paper that he could find, Gabe Arce-Torres scribbled a note to himself that would serve as a constant reminder. “It didn’t count unless you do it twice.” Taft’s senior sprinter was referring to repeating as the 3A 200-meter champion. A year ago at Hayward Field, Torres capture the title with a time of 22.47. But he wanted another one. All was well for Arce-Torres in the preliminary rounds of West Valley League district track meet this past weekend. He posted the top times in the 100, 200 and the 400. He was even on pace to set a personal record in the 200, his strongest event before he felt his hamstring tighten up in the final 20 meters.

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Hatton makes it 4 top-10 finishes

BANKS — At the conclusion of the OSAA 4A/3A/2A/1A state golf tournament, Taft’s Maya Hatton found herself in a familiar spot — near the top of the tournament leaderboard. Hatton capped off her high school career with a fourth-straight top-10 finish at the Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks. She shot aN 85 the first day and aN 87 the second day to finish 28 over par, good for tenth place in the 70-plus player field. “The first day I played really well,” Hatton said. “I had literally only one bad hole and it cost me about six strokes. But other than that, my first round went really well. The second day I played I played with girls who shot 40 strokes higher than I did so it was hard to stay focused. My second-day scores were only two strokes higher, but it felt a lot higher.”

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4 straight for Cubs

For the fourth straight year, the Newport boys track and field team captured the Oregon West Conference title. With a combined score of 256, no team came within 100 points of the state runners-up from a year ago. It’s the second year in a row that the Cubs have finished with a 100-plus point cushion. “I was really happy from our sprinters, to our distance runners, to our throwers to our jumpers,” said head coach Kurt Hargett. “I just thought we had a great meet.” What’s the secret recipe that has turned the Cubs into a track and field juggernaut over the past four years?

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Playoffs begin for Newport baseball and softball

NEWPORT — Thursday, May 17 the Newport softball and baseball teams will put their respective seasons on the line in the play-in round of the 4A OSAA state tournament. With 16 wins, a top-16 ranking and an outright second place finish in the Oregon West Conference, the Cubs softball team was guaranteed a postseason berth. They will host Marshfield at 4:30 at Yaquina View Elementary. While the softball team had its postseason locked up with several games left on the schedule, the same couldn’t be said for the Newport baseball team. Entering the final game of the regular season, the postseason fate of the Newport baseball was still very much in the air. Due to the team bus breaking down on the way to face Stayton the season’s last game was delayed, by the sixth inning word had gotten to head coach Ken Riley that all the seven-win Cubs club needed to punch their postseason ticket was complete the season sweep of the Eagles.

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