Sports // 02.13.2019 12:15am
The Neah-Kah-Nie Pirates mens team hosted Portland Christian Royals in the first round of Northwest League playoffs on Tuesday night.
The Pirates came out strong early, dominating the Royals. The first quarter ended with the Pirates holding a double digit lead. They were able to expand their lead in the second quarter, going into halftime with a 41-21 lead.
The Royals came back from the half with a bit of fight to them. They were able to take advantage of mistakes made by the Pirates. The Pirates lost some of their lead, but never had a lead less than double digits for the rest of the game.
The Pirates beat out the Royals 68 to 51. They will travel to Knappa on Thursday for the next round of league playoffs.
The Neah-Kah-Nie Pirates hosted the Lost River Raiders today for a 2A State Quarterfinal Matchup. It was a beautiful day for a game of football, sunshine with a bit of breeze.
Both teams appeared to be evenly matched as the first quarter carried on, neither being able to put points on the score board. Lost River was able to finally beat the Pirate's defense, scoring a touchdown followed by an extra point. The Pirates were able to get close to the end zone, but it was always just out of reach. Going into halftime, the Raiders held a 7-0 lead over the Pirates.
Despite the excitement and large crowd rooting the Pirates, the 3rd quarter proved to be a tough quarter. Lost River was able to score twice more, extending their lead to 21. Their dominance prevented the Pirates from putting any points on the board. The Pirates were able to hold the Raiders from scoring in the 4th quarter, but were unable to score any points themselves.
The Raiders were able to pick up the winner moves on Quarterfinal Game, 21-0, ending the Pirates season.
The loss is only the second loss of the season for the Pirates, who were the 2A Special District 1 Champions. Their only other loss came to 3A school Amity High School (Amity is ranked 2 in 3A classifications and is in the semi-finals). The Pirates were also able to improve upon last year, beating rival Knappa as well as making it to the Quarter Finals in the playoffs. Last year, the Pirates fell in Round 1.
Congratulations to the Pirates for a great season!
Also of note: Announced at the game, Coach Chris Bennett has been honored as Coach Of The Year. Congratulations, Coach!
While Nestucca and Tillamook headed out of town for the weekend, Neah Kah Nie stayed home to host an eight team, all day tournament on Saturday.
The eight teams were divided into two groups:
With access to two gyms, each group was able to sail through group round robin play, which consisted of 2 sets per meet up. Although many teams saw mixed success, other teams such as Pilot Rock dominated group play. Pilot Rock would be the only team to make it through round robin without losing a set.
Host Neah Kah Nie would take two out of six sets in round robin play.
The second phase of the tournament saw the top two from each group in a championship battle, while the bottom two teams from each group fight in consolation matches.
Neah Kah Nie, having placed third in round robin, was relegated straight to the consolation bracket. They managed to beat out Clastkanie before facing Toledo. The Pirates weren't able to keep up, losing to Toledo, but placing 2nd in the Consolation Bracket.
The championship bracket saw, like the consolation bracket, two Group A teams fight for the 1-2 slots. Pilot Rock may have been the masters of the round robin section, their luck would run dry. Santiam was able to beat out Pilot Rock in the final, placing 1st overall in the tournament.
With Round Robin over,
Pirates Volleyball opened their season at home against Jewel High School. It proved to be a rough start to the season.
Neah Kah Nie was able to show some fight the first set, only losing 25-17. But the team struggled the next two sets, losing 25-7 and 25-11, allowing Jewel to sweep, winning the match 3-0.
Although a rough start, the season does look promising. The Pirates will play their next game away at Riverdale for another non-league game. They return home next week for games at home on Tuesday against City Christian and then on Thursday against county rivals Nestucca High.
Thurs August 8th, 5p Away @ Riverdale
Tues Sept 4th, 6:30p Home vs City Christian
Thurs Sept 6th 630p Home vs Nestucca