Taft Tigers, Newport Cubs take on state’s top teams

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The Taft Tigers will need to buckle down on defense Friday against the league’s highest-scoring team

Taft and Newport high schools will meet Oregon’s top-ranked boys basketball teams in their respective classes when the Class 3A Tigers host No. 1-rated Dayton tonight and the Class 4A Cubs entertain No. 1 Seaside on Saturday.

Newport Cubs

Taft Tigers

The 13th-rated Tigers (8-3, 1-0 West Valley) will meet the unbeaten Pirates (11-0, 1-0 West Valley) at 7:30 p.m. in a conference showdown at Taft on First Responders Night with fans requested to wear white (first responders admitted free).

Meanwhile, the fifth-ranked Cubs (9-2, 0-0 Oregon West) will host the undefeated Seagulls (8-0, 0-0 Cowapa) at 6 p.m. Saturday in a game moved from Seaside following its postponement Thursday due to inclement weather.

Friday’s Taft-Dayton matchup features the two highest-scoring teams in the West Valley League. The Pirates (71.4 points per game) are coming off a 20-point home victory Tuesday over second-ranked Horizon Christian (9-1, 0-1). Taft (66.4 ppg) won its league opener Tuesday over Sheridan (4-6, 0-1), 69-52.

Dayton and Taft have both played fourth-ranked Blanchet Catholic (6-3, 1-0 PacWest) this season, with the Pirates winning 59-46 Dec. 6 in Salem, and the Tigers falling 60-55 on the road in their Nov. 30 season opener.

The Lady Tigers (3-7, 0-1 West Valley) will host the second-ranked Dayton girls (11-1, 1-0) in league play at 6 p.m. Friday.

Class 2A Toledo returns to boys (4-8, 0-0 Sunset) and girls (3-9, 0-0) action at home Saturday against 2A Tri-River League member St. Paul (4-6, 0-0 boys; 7-3, 0-0 girls).

Taft photos by SportsLincolnCounty.com contributing photographer Eric DeMello

Newport photos by SportsLincolnCounty.com photographer Robert William Smith

Friday’s Games

Boys 

Dayton @ Taft, 7:30 p.m.

Siletz Valley @ Lowell, 7 p.m.

Girls 

Newport @ Seaside, 6 p.m.

Dayton @ Taft, 6 p.m.

Siletz Valley @ Lowell, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday’s Games

Boys 

Seaside @ Newport, 6 p.m.

St. Paul @ Toledo, 3 p.m.

Girls

St. Paul @ Toledo, 1:30 p.m.

Josh Salsbery

 

West Valley Boys

Jack Stempel

 

Team League Overall Points Scored Points Allowed OSAA Rank
Dayton 1-0 11-0 785 559 1
Amity 1-0 8-2 678 559 6
Willamina 1-0 8-2 554 417 15

Taft
1-0 8-3 730 601 13
Horizon Christian 0-1 9-1 655 489 2
Westside Christian 0-1 6-5 606 576 25
Santiam Christian 0-1 4-4 315 365 19
Sheridan 0-1 4-6 475 561 30
Taft Boys
No. Name Position Grade Height
0 Caleb King F 11 6-0
1 Mike Zacarias F 12 5-8
2 Chance Haun G 12 5-9
3 Josh Salsbery G 11 5-8
5 Christian Chase F 12 6-2
10 Eli DeMello G 9 5-9
11 Nathan Hertz F 12 6-0
12 Jack Stempel F 11 6-1
15 Triston Colhour F 12 6-0
20 Lucas Hindman F 9 5-11
22 Tyee Fisher P 10 6-3
23 James Brandes F 12 5-9
24 Zach Tweedie P 12 6-1
32 Preston Nightingale P 11 6-1
34 Everett Thomas P 12 6-2
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