Boys and girls water polo, volleyball and boys soccer all make it out of conference

While some schools around the state are still playing football and soccer, the Madras High School fall sports teams have wrapped up their seasons.

The athletic program had four teams make the postseason, a player and coach of the year along with a handful of all-conference performers.

Here’s a look back at some of the fall highlights for the White Buffalos.


The Buffs had a tough year in 2013, going 0-5 in the Tri-Valley Conference and 2-7 overall, and never played a true home game.

Three of the Buffs’ nine contests were scheduled as “home” games, but due to construction of the new football stadium and performing arts center, Madras had to play home games at by: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Madras linebacker Ethan Short goes to tackle a Crook County ball carrier earlier in the season. Short was named a first-team all-Tri-Valley Conference linebacker this year to lead six White Buffalos picked to the postseason all-star football squad. Culver High School.

Friday nights are usually reserved for high school football all across the country, but the Buffs only got to play under the lights at home once this season, which was Sept. 24, homecoming against North Marion.

Madras picked up nonconference wins against Stayton in the first game of the season 21-20, and then a second half outburst pushed the Buffs past Sisters, 31-20.

Injuries caused the coaching staff to make some interesting and creative personnel decisions to help fill in, but the players seemed to respond well and played fairly well near the tail end of the season.

Despite not winning a conference game, the Buffs were still able to land six players on the all-Tri-Valley Conference all-star team at season’s end.

Four players were named to the first team and two were honorable mention selections.

Earning spots on the league’s top team were linebacker Ethan Short, defensive lineman Vernon Jackson Smith, running back Jered Pichette and wide receiver Devon Wolfe.

Cody Shepherd made the honorable mention team at two spots, linebacker and tight end, and Osvaldo Galvan rounded out the Madras all-conference picks as an honorable mention offensive lineman.

Next season, the Buffs will welcome Crook County and Corbett into the Tri-Valley Conference, and will say good bye to North Marion and La Salle Prep.

But perhaps the most exciting thing about next year is the new stadium they will be playing in, and that’s enough to make the players and coaches optimistic about a new era of Madras football.


The Madras High School volleyball team may not have had a ton of wins in nonconference play, but they made up for it in the TVC.

The Buffs ran the table on their way to a TVC championship, scoring a perfect 10-0 record and a 13-11 record overall.

In its nonconference schedule, Madras played six of the eight teams that made it to the Class 4A quarterfinals, including state champion Crook County, state runner-up Cascade, third-place Sisters, fourth-place Ridgeview and Banks.

The only two nonconference wins the Buffs were credited with were against Taft and Cottage Grove, both at a tournament in Junction City.

The Buffs couldn’t be stopped in TVC play, however, losing just four sets en route to a perfect match mark.

The Buffs’ playoff run ended in the first round following a 3-0 loss to Philomath at home.

Junior outside hitter Shelby Mauritson was named the league’s player of the year and to the all-conference first team. Juniors Alexis Urbach and Elle Renault were also given first-team honors.

Junior Keely Brown was named to the all-conference second team, and junior Taylor Sjolund was named to the honorable mention team.

First-year head coach Rhea Cardwell was named the league’s coach of the year.


The Madras High School soccer program had teams at both ends of the spectrum this season.

On the boys side, the Buffs led the TVC with a 4-0-1 record after the first round of games, but then fell off sharply with a 1-4 record to finish fourth.

The Buffs scored 36 goals this season and allowed 25, with 10 of those goals coming in a 10-2 mauling of Redmond in the first game of the season.

In the second TVC match against Estacada, the Buffs lit up the scoreboard for nine goals in a 9-0 home win.

Madras’ overall record at 6-6-2 was an improvement over last season, and the Buffs finished No. 19 in the 4A power ratings.

The team’s season ended in the Class 4A play-in round, and in the Mountain time zone, with a 5-3 loss to Ontario.

Bryan Renteria and Andres Escalante were both named to the all-conference first team. Florencio Aguilar and Oved Felix were second-team choices and Gustavo Pacheco was an honorable mention selection.

by: PIONEER FILE PHOTO - Madras Sophie Gemelas tries to go for the ball during a water polo match earlier in the fall at the Madras Aquatic Center. Gemelas was one of the top goal scorers in the entire state in girls high school water polo this season. Gemelas helped guide the Buffs to a state playoff appearance against Ashland.On the girls side, wins were tough to come by for the Buffs, but draws certainly weren’t.

The Buffs finished the year with a 0-9-5 record overall and 0-8-2 in TVC play.

The scored just six times the entire season and allowed 40 goals, tied with North Marion for most in the conference.

Cross country

The Madras High School cross country teams improved as the season went on, and even garnered a couple spots on the all-conference squads.

Freshman Carlos Figueroa was named an honorable mention all-conference runner following his strong finish at the Tri-Valley Conference championships.

Figueroa finished 16th at Estacada’s McIver Park, with a time of 18 minutes, 44.60 seconds to lead the Buffs to a fifth-place team finish.

On the girls side, sophomore Maddie Molitor placed 14th at the TVC championships to earn a spot on the all-conference second team.

She finished the race with a time of 22:39.96, a personal best for her.

Water polo

Both Madras High School boys and girls water polo teams earned state playoff berths, but that was as far as they went in the postseason.

Both teams earned No. 3 seeds out of the 5A/4A North Division to the state playoffs, held on Halloween in Beaverton, but both lost to Ashland and were eliminated from the postseason.

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