Both boys and girls eanr No. 3 seeds to state playoffs

Both Madras High School boys and girls water polo teams are on to state.

With wins during the first day of the Class 5A/4A North Division tournament Friday in Bend, both teams earned spots in the state playoffs, to be held Oct. 31 in Beaverton.

The boys team, seeded No. 4 in the division, pounded Bend 12-4 to advance, while the girls dispatched Sandy with relative ease 12-6.

For the boys, the win against the Lava Bears was in the bag from the outset. After the first quarter, the White Buffalos held a commanding 6-0 lead behind four different goal scorers.

Bryce Williams notched two goals in the first frame, as did Cade Boston. Ian Goodwin and Brady Tucker also scored for the Buffs.

The Madras defense kept the shutout going until the 3:36 mark in the third period.

On Saturday, the Buffs meant top-seeded Mountain View, and coach Bobby DeRoest said the team played really tough, but just couldn’t get enough offense going.

“We came out a little flat against Mountain View,” DeRoest said. “I thought we had a good shot against them, and our defense played pretty well, and Mountain View played pretty well, too.”

In the tournament’s third-place game, the Buffs earned a little redemption with a win against Parkrose. DeReost said the Parkrose “beat them pretty good” earlier in the season, so it was nice to earn a win against them in the tournament, he said.

The Madras boys will take on Ashland, the No. 2 seed from the South Division, at 1:40 p.m. Thursday to see who will advance to the state finals, to be held Nov. 8-9 in Corvallis.

DeRoest said the team saw the Grizzlies play at a tournament earlier in the season, but haven’t been in the pool against them. DeRoest said if the Buffs play their game, one of speed and precision, they should be able to give Ashland all they can handle.

“We can be successful if we play our game,” DeRoest said. “Ashland has a couple of strong players, but our strength relies on our speed and depth, and I think that can carry us.”

For the girls against Sandy on Friday, it was a little slower start than their male counterparts, but the end result was just about the same.

Cirelle Frank had one of her best matches of the season, tallying five goals against the Pioneers.

Aurora Gerhardt scored twice in the first period to get the Buffs out to a 2-1 lead after the frame, but then the goals started to pile up.

Frank, Gerhardt, Melissa Field and Sophie Gemelas all scored goals in the second frame for the Buffs to build a 6-2 halftime lead.

Madras score four times in the fourth period to seal the win.

On Saturday, the girls fell to Summit 15-10, and then beat Ridgeview to earn the No. 3 seed to the state playoffs.

The girls will also face Ashland in the playoffs in Beaverton. That match is set to start at 6:20 p.m. at the Tualatin Hills Swim Center.

Madras lost to Ashland by a goal in a tournament earlier in the season, DeRoest said, but the team was without one of its top scorers in Gemelas, so DeRoest hopes having one of his aces back will push the Buffs over the top and get them to the state finals.

The girls state finals are also Nov. 8-9 in Corvallis.

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