Water polo — Tigers go 2-3 at the John Hale Tournament, remain in California to train for JOs

ONTARIO, Calif. — The Chehalem boys water polo team got a taste of what it can expect at the upcoming Junior Olympics, going 2-3 to place 18th out of 24 teams at the John Hale Tournament Friday through Sunday.

The Tigers opened with a 13-8 loss to Xtreme, getting four goals and three assists from Spencer McMaster.

Commerce muscled past Chehalem 12-4 in game two, which saw Craig Beecher and Barrett Allen register one goal and one assist apiece.

Helped by McMaster’s six goals and three assists, the Tigers bested 818 Water Polo Club 10-5 to break through for a win. Craig Beecher moved to goalie and played well, with Landry Saunders picking up some of the slack in the field, scoring twice and dishing out three helpers.

Beecher then turned around and scored the winning goal with 0.3 seconds remaining in a 12-11 win over Tesoro. It was Beecher’s fifth tally of the game to go along with two assists, while Allen assisted on four goals.

McMaster had another monster effort, scoring four times and lending one assist, but perhaps most importantly, ripping through the Tesoro defense for nine earned ejections. By the end, the Tesoro coach was telling his players to simply stay away from Newberg High School senior.

San Diego Shores brought Chehalem back to earth with an 18-7 loss in its final game, which saw the Tigers record an assist on every goal they scored.

McMaster finished with a team-leading 15 goals and his seven helpers were second only to Allen’s eight. Beecher, who split time in net with Kyle Hansen and Tyler Bell, finished with eight goals and six assists.

The Tigers stayed in California to train for the Junior Olympics, which will run from Saturday through Aug. 4 in Orange County.

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