Hope is alive in Newport. What is hope? In today’s modern world, hope can mean to wish or desire something or to expect something to happen, but without certainty of the fulfillment or getting what is desired.  Newport, and the people who love this community, view “hope” in more spiritual terms. In Scripture, hope is an indication of certainty, a strong and confident expectation. This definition of hope with certainty is what Newport has for Abraham Gomez. Abraham Gomez, a ninth grader at Newport High School, is fighting a battle against cancer. Although the battle and future victory are Abraham’s, his teammates and classmates share the struggle and strive to encourage and love him unceasingly. The pain and sickness is for Abraham to endure personally, but support, both emotional and financial, is the goal of this community. The goal is to bring bright moments, through visits to play Xbox, as well as fundraisers and monetary contributions to lessen the financial strain, to encourage Abraham and his family to keep fighting. Greyhounds never quit!      
    Friday, December 1st, Newport hosted Riverview. It was the first home basketball games of the season. The fans turned out to cheer on the teams and many wore blue in support of Abraham. A presentation was made after the Jr. Lady Hounds ball game. Abraham was presented a flag, sent from the Seattle Seahawks, and autographed by the players, including special remarks encouraging the young athlete to keep fighting.
     The Lady Hounds showed great improvement over Monday, November 20th against Mountain View. Although the lady Hounds came up short, 69-44, the team competed strong. Riverview went on a 16-0 run to pull away the game. Top scorer was Keria Worsham with 22 points including two 3-point shots. She was followed by Taniya Kenner with eight points, Saqueena Morgan with six points, Alicia Neal with two points and Lindsey Marlar with five points. “Senior Keria Worsham stepped it up in points during this game. We changed up the defense and had more success on that end this game. We hope to continue building on that,” state Coach Atchley.  
    The 7th grade boys, 7th grade girls, Lady Greypup and Greypup teams play tonight at home against Augusta. Games begin at 4 pm. Newport hosts Harrisburg on Saturday, December 9th. Games include 7th grade boys, Jr. High BBoys and Sr. High BBoys. The games begin at 10 am.