Newberg Boys Water Polo Blaze Their Way To Their Own Tournament Championship

Newberg — Newberg Boys Water Polo hosted a twelve team tournament at the Chehalem Aquatic Center in Newberg this weekend, featuring teams from the Willamette Valley and parts of Central Oregon. Newberg entered Saturday nights championship against Beaverton undefeated, with wins over Parkrose, Southridge, Hood River, and Barlow. Beaverton, meanwhile, entered at 3-1 after victories against David Douglas, Summit, and Parkrose, but fell Saturday morning to Barlow.

Newberg Puts On A First Half Defensive Clinic

This game remained scoreless for half of the opening quarter, but Ty Patterson got the Tigers on the board to put them up 1-0 with 2:46 left in the opening quarter. A little over a minute later, Nathan Waldal made it 2-0 and Grant Waldal made it 3-0 late in the quarter to make it a 3-0 Tigers lead after one.

In the second quarter, the scoring party really ramped up for Newberg. The Tigers put up four goals in the second, courtesy of Mateo McKay, Alexander Touzeau, Osmand Evans, and Nathan Waldal. Meanwhile, Beaverton managed to break the scoreless drought with a goal from Kittell, but Beaverton still trailed 7-1 at the half against Newberg.

Beaverton Fights Hard, But Newberg Slams The Door

Bradford opened the second half with a goal in the first minute, cutting it to 7-2, then a defensive struggle ensued up until the final minute of the quarter. Starting with 51 seconds left, Gayaldo put Beaverton on the board again, making it 7-3. Nathan Waldal made it a hat trick with 38 seconds left, stretching it back to 8-3 and Bradford cut it back to 8-4 with 23 seconds remaining, capping a wild ending to a defensive quarter.

Newberg, refocusing after the wild third quarter ending, slammed the door shut on any Beaverton comeback. The Tigers would outscore Beaverton 3-1 in the final frame, headlined by the trio of Michael Mesneak, Grant Waldal, and Nathan Waldal, and Newberg would take home the victory and championship 11-4.

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