NEWPORT — Not only did the Sweet Home High School boys basketball team spend a good deal of time at the free-throw line May 28 during its 61-53 defeat of Newport, the Huskies made their opportunities at the charity stripe count.
Behind strong efforts at the line from seniors Aiden Tyler and Hunter Coulter, Sweet Home sank 18-of-19 free throw attempts, to key a come-from-behind 4A-3 Oregon West Conference victory in the first boys prep hoops action at Spangler Court in more than a year.
The loss dropped the Cubs to 1-1 in league play, 1-3 overall. They were scheduled to host Philomath on Tuesday before traveling Wednesday to face in Stayton in a pair of league contests.
Coulter was a perfect 7 of 7 from the free-throw line to boost his point total to a team-best 19 for the Huskies. Tyler was 9 for 10 at the line to close with 15, and Sweet Home senior Cade Gaskey connected six times from the floor to finish with 14 points.
All five Cub starters found their way into the scoring column in the first quarter as Newport surged to a 14-8 lead after eight minutes behind four points apiece from sophomore Markus Everitt and junior Jon Fritz.
But the Huskies chipped away at their deficit, drawing to within 23-20 at the half and starting the fourth quarter down by just four points. Sweet Home pulled ahead, 40-39, with 7:17 remaining and never fell behind again. An Everitt trey with just under two minutes left brought the Cubs to within 55-51, but the Huskies won it at the line in the waning minutes.
The Cubs had no answer for the 6-foot-1 Tyler down the stretch. He netted a pair of 3-pointers and was perfect in six attempts at the free-throw line to tally 12 of the Huskies’ 23 points in the fourth quarter.
Everitt, a guard, led all scorers with 20 points. He scored 14 in the second half, including three buckets from 3-point range. Juniors Carson Braxling and Kaden Bruns each scored nine for the Cubs.
Newport was solid at the free-throw line, sinking 7-of-9 attempts.
8 12 15 26 — 61
14 9 16 14 — 53
SWEET HOME — Cole Baxter 2 1-1 5, Aiden Tyler 2 9-10 15, Owen Towry 3 0-0 8, Hunter Coulter 6 7-7 19, Cade Gaskey 6 1-1 14, Austin Marler 0 0-0 0, Eddie Martinez 0 0-0 0, Brayden Keesee 0-0 0. Totals: 19 18-19 61.
NEWPORT — Carson Braxling 4 0-0 9, Kaden Bruns 2 4-4 9, Jon Fritz 3 0-0 6, Ethan Osborne 2 0-1 5, Markus Everitt 7 3-4 20, Braxton Blaser 1 0-0 2, Kemen Herrera 0 0-0 0, Noah Daniels 1 0-0 2, Quintin Travis 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 7-9 53.
3-point goals — Sweet Home 5 (Tyler 2, Towry 2, Gaskey), Newport 6 (Everitt 3, Braxling, Bruns, Osborne). Total fouls — Sweet Home 12, Newport 17. Fouled out — Braxling.
Waldport 59, Myrtle Point/Powers 49
At Myrtle Point, the Irish leveled their record May 29 with their second 2A-4 Sunset Conference win of the week.
Juniors Zak Holsey and Levi Fruechte led the charge for Waldport, which improved to 2-2 in league play and overall.
“Tonight was the best basketball we’ve played this season,” Holsey said in the postgame media report after dropping in a team-high 27 points. “We still have areas for improvement, but we are heading in the right direction”
Fruechte, who tallied 24 for the Irish, hopes the back-to-back wins are just a starting point for a great season ahead.
“Our work is starting to pay off, but it’s only the beginning,” he said. “We’re still not satisfied. We’re all hungry to work and get better.”
The Irish were slated to face their toughest test of the season Tuesday when they traveled to face league-foe and Lincoln County School District-rival Toledo (3-0, 3-0).
Nestucca 56, Taft 42
At Lincoln City, the 3A-3 Coastal Range League Tigers fell in a nonconference May 27 contest to 2A-1 Northwest League Nestucca.
With the loss, Taft slipped to 0-5. The Tigers were scheduled to travel Monday to face Corbett before resuming league play Tuesday at Rainier.
Toledo 82, Gold Beach 33
At Gold Beach, the Boomers improved to 3-0 in 2A-4 Sunset Conference play and overall with the one-sided May 29 road win.
Further details were not reported to the media prior to the News-Times sports’ deadline.
TRACK AND FIELD
Eddyville Charter at !A state meet
At La Grande, sophomore Anthony Guenther and junior Payton Rockmore led the Eddyville Charter boys team to a tie for 17th place May 22 at the 1A State Track and Field Championships at Banner Bank Track.
Guenther placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 24.24 seconds. He added a seventh-place finish in the 100 with a personal-best time of 11.69 seconds, and took eighth in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 3 inches.
Rockmore topped his personal record by more than 16 feet while placing second in the discus with a heave of 132-4.
Powder Valley tallied 64.5 to earn the boys team championship. The Eagles scored 14 points to tie with Cove and Pine Eagle in 17th place of 34 schools to score points.
Newport vs. Sweet Home, Lebanon
At Lebanon, the Newport High School girls swim team continued to post impressive early-season results during a double-dual meet May 28 against Lebanon and Sweet Home. The Cubs defeated Lebanon, 138-19, and edged Sweet Home, 115-107.
In an email to the News-Times, first-year Newport coach John Wray noted the Cubs girls received victories in the 50 and 100 breaststroke races from senior Lauren Bobo-Shisler and freshman Layla Bretz earned a win in the 100 butterfly. The Newport girls also received contributions from Pia Lihou, Claire Hurty, Ana Kaldy, Erica Shones, Julia Kessi, Samantha Holloway, Taylor Kinner, Lorelei Bretz and Janice Chen.
The Cubs boys fell 92-40 to Sweet Home and lost 91-41 to Lebanon. Newport received wins from junior Peter Perucci in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Cubs freshman Sam Postlewait added wins in the 50 and 100 freestyle, freshman Gael Maldonado earned fifth-place finishes in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke and classmate Dawson Arnold collected a sixth in the 50 freestyle and seventh in the 100 freestyle.
Nestucca 38, Taft 29
At Lincoln City, the Bobcats posted the non-league road win May 27 over The 3A-3 Coastal Range League Tigers.
Taft (1-1), was scheduled to travel Monday to face Corbett in another non conference matchup before the Tigers hosted Rainer on Tuesday in league play.
Sweet Home 43, Newport 19
At Sweet Home, the Cubs were still searching for their first win of the season after dropping a 4A-3 Oregon West Conference game May 28 on the road.
Newport (0-3, 0-4) was looking to break into the win column Tuesday with a league contest at Philomath (0-0 4-0).
Gold Beach 37, Toledo 31
At Gold Beach, the Boomers dipped below .500 with the May 29 loss in 2A-4 Sunset Conference play.
Toledo (1-2, 1-2) was scheduled on Tuesday to host league-rival Waldport.
Waldport 43, Myrtle Point 29
At Myrtle Point, the Irish closed a strong week on the hardwood with a decisive 2A-4 Sunset Conference victory May 29.
After dropping a 49-40 league contest at home May 24 to Bandon, Waldport (3-1, 3-2) delivered back-to-back wins against conference opponents Gold Beach last Wednesday at home against Gold Beach and Saturday at Myrtle Point.
The Irish were scheduled to travel Tuesday to meet Toledo.