Area prep roundup
The Culver High School volleyball team picked up three wins during the week's play, including another Tri-River Conference victory, all at home.
On Tuesday, Culver took out Heppner in straight sets (26-24, 25-13, 25-17) and one of the top Class 1A teams – Dufur – in four sets (13-25, 25-21, 25-16, 28-26).
Over the two matches, Shealene Little racked up 39 kills, 15 digs and nine aces to lead the Bulldogs. Gabrielle Alley chipped in 29 kills, 30 digs and three aces to help the cause.
Emma Hoke and Jazmin Ruiz combined for 20 digs, while Hannah Lewis dealt 69 assists.
The Bulldogs beat TRC foe East Linn Christian, but not without a little hiccup in the first set. While the Bulldogs won in straight sets, the scores were 27-15, 25-11, 25-22.
Little registered 22 kills, and Alley notched 15 in the win. Lewis had 42 assists, and middle blocker Andrea Retano had three kills and two stuff blocks.
The Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday with a three-team meet against Waldport and Toledo in Mill City.
Bulldogs split league soccer matches
The Culver High School coed soccer team overcame a two-goal deficit to earn a blowout win, but then lost to the reigning league champ in the week's play.
On Thursday in Redmond, freshman forward Mikey Alonzo recorded a hat trick in the first half to erase an early 2-0 lead built by Redmond's Central Christian. Culver went on to win the match, 8-2.
Alonzo scored in the 11th, 31st and 38th minutes to give the Bulldogs the lead for good.
Carlos Martinez scored in the 36th minute off an assist from Alonzo.
Francisco Terrazas, Isisah Gutierrez, Tyler Partillo and Ana Badillo all scored goals for the Bulldogs in the win.
On Saturday in Boardman, the Bulldogs fell to the Riverside Pirates, 6-1.
Hairo Portillo scored the only goal for Culver in the loss.
Culver (1-2 SD4, 4-2) hosts Irrigon in a Special District 4 match at 1 p.m. Saturday
Madras girls tie Estacada
In a match that was played mostly in the midfield, with no team taking real chances at the net, Madras and Estacada played to a 0-0 tie in Tri-Valley Conference girls soccer action.
Madras ended the match with six shots, while Estacada took four – none of which were on goal.
Madras' best chance at a goal came late in the second half when a corner kick bounced around in the penalty area for awhile, but was eventually cleared away by Estacada.
Madras (0-0-1 TVC, 0-1-4) will host North Marion on Thursday, and the result of Tuesday's match with Gladstone was not available by the Pioneer's press deadline.
Boys polo team blasted by Bend
Bend's Noah Cox went crazy in the pool for the Lava Bears, notching nine goals to lead Bend past Madras 15-3 in water polo action at the Madras Aquatic Center.
Cade Boston and Bryce Williams scored for the White Buffalos in the loss.
The Buffs are set to play Ridgeview on Friday in Redmond.
Buff harriers take on Three Course Challenge
One of the biggest cross country meets of the season, the Three Course Challenge in Warrenton, offers runners a chance at success against a course designed for their skill level.
For the Madras High School cross country team, the runners gained valuable experience to help them move forward.
The courses are split into hard, medium and easy disciplines, with the easy course measuring 4,500 meters. Both medium and hard courses are the standard 5,000 meters in length.
Carlos Figueroa turned in the top time for the Madras boys on the hard course, with a time of 23 minutes, 59 seconds. Brent Sullivan toppled the medium course in 23:57 and Shea Yeahquo finished the easy course in 19:17.
On the girls side, Maddie Molitor crossed the finish line on the medium course in 27:05, good for 68th overall.
The Buffs will host a meet at Kah-Nee-Ta on Saturday.