Two water polo heavyweights from the Mount Hood Conference slugged it out Thursday, Sept. 21, with the Sandy boys team emerging with a 10-8 win over David Douglas.
After trailing most of the way, the Scots took a brief 7-6 lead when Brett Nagle converted a penalty shot late in the third period.
'We were playing team ball, we weren't trying to isolate anyone,' Scots' sophomore Mike Stratton said. 'It's a seven-man game.'
But the Pioneers kept the pressure on, with senior Mason Taylor hitting an early fourth period goal for Sandy, and Connor Sheprow bringing the lead back to Sandy with a score at the 4:23 mark.
Sandy took that slim lead into the final minute before Sheprow blasted his fourth goal of the night to seal the victory with 38 seconds left.
However, a controversial call at the end made things interesting.
A referee on the north side of the pool whistled Sandy goalie Pat Fox for holding the ball underwater and David Douglas converted the penalty shot to draw within a single goal.
Sandy coach Bobby DeRoest was irate with the call.
'It's not his call to make,' DeRoest said, suggesting that the north side ref made an out-of-jurisdiction influence on the game's potential outcome.
But the Scots couldn't get the ball back for a chance at overtime, anyway.
Final score: Sandy 10, David Douglas 8.
- Girls -
The David Douglas girls earned a lopsided 9-4 win.
Anna Humphrey scored late in the first period to give the Scots an early 3-0 lead. Sandy kept pace during the middle of the game, but Hilary Wilcox found the cage to put the game out of reach 7-3 in the third period.
The Pioneers showcased several god individual efforts.
Margeaux Berroth led the Pioneer offense with 2 goals, and Jen Oster and Amanda McCombs each had 1 goal apiece.
But David Douglas' team speed was ultimately too much for the Pioneers to overcome.
'(David Douglas) is the fastest team in the state,' DeRoest said. 'Their speed definitely played a part. They came in ready. They showed that they wanted it a little more.'