Reynolds completes undefeated regular season
Mt. Hood Conference
6A Boys Water Polo
|Hood River Valley|
A lot was on the line for the Reynolds boys on Thursday evening. But they were up for the challenge.
Thanks to a 7-0 run in the second quarter, Reynolds was able to cruise to a 15-9 win over Hood River Valley to finish off the regular season unbeaten (13-0) and clinch the Mount Hood Conference title.
Winning a league title is always sweet, but doing it on senior night makes it even more amazing.
"Those boys are stepping up so much," Reynolds co-head coach Shawn McKechnie said. "We're so lucky to have this many seniors in the program. It was definitely a bittersweet game, but watching all of them step up and put it away against a tough team was really special. They hit another level tonight."
Reynolds got a pair of first quarter goals from Matthew Tubbin and Zachary Radke, but the Raider offense was stagnant for much of the period as Hood River Valley came back to tie the game 2-2.
However, Reynolds turned it up a notch on both side of the pool once the second period came.
The Raiders quickly got the lead back when Tubbin threw a great lob pass towards the goal that Ikenna Egbo spiked into the net for the score. Benjamin Klopp fired a bullet into the back of the net on the next Raider possession to put his team up 4-2.
Egbo would score wind up scoring two more goals in the period to extend the Raiders advantage. Radke, Hunter Dieter and Maxwell Osborn also got in on the action as they each put away a goal in the second quarter, helping Reynolds blow the game open with a 9-2 halftime lead.
"It was amazing to have a really big win in our last home game for us seniors," Egbo said. "Everyone played with a lot of emotion."
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