Madras water polo picks up wins at home tourney


Boys go 2-1, girls play to 1-2 mark

The Madras High School water polo program put together a solid effort at its second tournament of the season held at the Madras Aquatic Center, held Friday.

The boys team went 2-1, picking up wins against Class 6A schools Lakeridge and Tigard, and the girls were 1-2 with a win against Lakeridge.

On the boys side for the White Buffalos, they entered the last match of the tournament with a chance to win the championship against Sunset. The Apollos, however, wiped away the Buffs’ chance of winning its own tournament with a 14-7 win.

Ian Goodwin scored a goal in each first, second and fourth periods to lead the attack. Bryce Williams picked up two goals, in the second and fourth periods, and Case Boston and Brady Tucker scored once each.

They started off the day with a 12-9 win against Tigard. The Buffs were able to hold off a late surge by the Tigers, and played tough defense in the first three periods. Boston lit up the scoreboard for the Buffs with five goals, and Garrett Webb had three scores -- two of which came in the fourth to help keep the Buffs in front.

Goodwin scored twice and Williams had a goal to help the Buffs earn the win.

In the team’s game against Lakeridge, the Buffs’ second win of the day, Boston again led the team with five goals. He scored three times in the opening frame, and then scored twice in the third.

Williams scored three times, with two in the fourth period, and Goodwin picked up a picked up a pair of goals. Webb and Tucker each scored once.

Madras fell behind after a dismal second quarter, when they scored just one goal, but turned the offense back on after halftime with five goals in the third period.

The Buffs gave the Pacers a taste of their own medicine in the second half on the defensive side, allowing just four goals.

For the girls, the 12-10 win against Lakeridge came behind seven goals from Aurora Gerhardt, including four in the second period after the teams were tied 4-4.

Cirelle Frank scored three times for the Buffs to help the cause.

Lakeridge scored five times in the fourth period to make a run at the Buffs, but Reici Simtustus and Frank each scored to seal the victory.

The Madras offense was kept quiet in the first game of the tournament against Tigard. The Buffs scored just twice in a 8-2 loss, with Melissa Field and Gerhardt notching the goals for Madras.

Both teams played tough defense in the fourth period, as neither team was able to score.

Against Sunset, the Buffs fell 14-10. Gerhardt scored five goals, Field scored twice and Mikayla Weinke and Frank each scored once.

Things looked good for the Buffs in the first half with a 6-3 lead, but the Apollos caught fire the shine in the third period with seven goals. They ended up scoring 11 times in the second half, while the Buffs could muster just four goals.

Sunset finished the boys tournament 3-0 to take the title, and via a tiebreaker with Tigard, the Sunset girls won the tournament with a 2-1 record.