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Bradley staying busy in the pool and on the course

The senior leads the Tigard girls to a 17-4 victory against Woodburn
by: DAN BROOD, TAKING AIM — Tigard senior Ellie Bradley looks to take a shot at the Woodburn goal in Monday’s game. Bradley had seven goals in the Tigers’ 17-4 victory.

TIGARD - Ellie Bradley is having a busy fall sports season.

As a member of both the Tigard High School girls water polo team and the Tiger cross country squad, she seems to be always active.

She sure was active in the pool at the Tigard Swim Center on Monday. Bradley, a Tigard senior, scored a game-high seven goals to go with four assists as she helped lead the Tigers to a 17-4 win over Woodburn in a Pacific Conference girls water polo contest.

'We're doing pretty well,' Bradley said of the Tigard girls. 'We're getting the hang of it. We're mostly a new team this year, but the new people are stepping up.'

Bradley, in her fourth year on the water polo team, has also been a star swimmer at Tigard. But, in the spring, she has also been a strong distance runner on the Tiger track and field team.

'Every year I've wanted to run cross country,' she said. 'But I didn't want to quit water polo. This year, I'm a senior and said `I'll just try both.''

So far, so good.

On Sept. 13, she scored the game-winning goal in sudden death overtime in the Tigers' water polo win at Lake Oswego. Then, on Saturday, she ran to 23rd place in the Sweepstakes Division at the New Balance Invitational cross county meet held at Western Oregon University.

She followed that up with her big performance in the water polo victory on Monday.

'I like to take on as much as I can,' she said with a smile. 'I just try to find a balance. I really want to go to state in both - that would be something.'

Bradley, and her water polo teammates, wasted little time in taking charge in Monday's game with Woodburn. Bradley scored on a drive and then she scored off an assist from Tiger sophomore Melissa Myers to give Tigard a 2-0 lead just 1 minute and 50 seconds into the game.

Bradley and Myers each added two more first-quarter goals, and senior Michella Onnis scored off a pass from senior Alyssa Zakrzewski to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead at the end of the opening period.

Zakrzewski scored in the opening minute of the second quarter to push the lead to 8-0. But Woodburn, with Elsa Bonham scoring four times, rallied to cut the Tiger lead to 10-4 at halftime.

But the Bulldogs couldn't get any closer.

Tigard, getting two goals each from Bradley and Zakrzewski, and one from Myers, went on a 5-0 run in the third quarter, upping the lead to 15-4.

Junior Janae Winden scored two goals for Tigard in the fourth quarter, closing out the Tigers' 17-4 victory.

Zakrzewski had four goals and three assists in the victory. Myers added three goals and one assist. Winden scored twice and Onnis had a goal. Junior Emma Beringer and sophomore McKenzie McDill each had an assist.

With the victory, the Tigard girls improved to 2-1 in league play.

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The Tigard boys also scored a victory Monday, downing Woodburn 13-4 to improve to 1-2 in league action.

'So far this season, the boys are looking to be a pretty solid team,' Tigard coach John Ruzicka said. 'We've got some great teamwork and team awareness. The Rogers brothers (senior Louis and sophomore Jeff) are our team leaders. And the junior have stepped up and played well.'

Junior Neil Cronkrite got Tigard off to a strong start Monday, scoring the first two Tiger goals of the match.

Louis Rogers paced a balanced Tigard scoring attack in the win with four goals and Cronkrite added three goals.

The Tigard teams were scheduled to play at Forest Grove on Wednesday. Results of those games weren't available when the Times went to press. The Tigers will next be in action Wednesday when they host Lakeridge. The girls varsity game is slated to start at 5 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 6 p.m.