Sports briefs: Water polo teams hit homestretch; Gladstone's Grim hits milestone
With the fall high school sports season entering its final act, there are storylines cropping up all over the county.
Here are a few of the stories that caught our eye during the week of Oct. 16-22.
Pacers, Lakers looking good in the pool
After taking first place in the Platinum Division at the 44th annual Western States Championships, the Lakeridge varsity girls water polo team celebrated its Senior Night with a 17-4 win over Tualatin, while the Pacer boys varsity team defeated the Timberwolves 21-8.
As for Lake Oswego, the boys varsity team defeated Newberg 11-8 and Forest Grove 18-8 before going down to the San Diego Open tournament. The Lakers lost their first game of the season in an 8-7 battle with Helix (California) but came back to win the next three. The Laker girls varsity team went 2-1 last week, with wins over Newberg and Mountainside bookending a loss to Hood River Valley.
Putnam, Nelson keep on winning
The Rex Putnam High School football team kept up its hot streak in Week 8, beating Canby 34-19 at home to secure a spot in the 5A Special District 1 title game. Adding to the significance of the win, the Kingsmen improved to 8-0 on the season — the school's best start since 1986, when Putnam went 9-0 before falling in the state quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, the Adrienne C. Nelson High School football team continues to excel in its second season. The Hawks beat Sandy 28-16 on Thursday, Oct. 20, improving to 6-1 overall and taking full control of second place in the Mt. Hood Conference. Nelson closes out the regular season against Gresham on the road Friday, Oct. 28.
Gladstone's Grim passes 100 career goals
It has been a long and fruitful career for Gladstone senior forward Rhyli Grim, who shot past the 100-goal milestone with six goals Friday in the Gladiators 9-1 win over The Dalles.
Grim leads the state with 40 goals on the year, raising her total to 103 for the orange and black. She spearheads a Gladiator offense that has averaged 6.8 goals per game through its first nine league games — while allowing just three goals total to league opponents. Behind their prolific scorer, the Glads have wrapped up the Tri-Valley Conference title and soon will set their sights on the state tournament.
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