Madras beats Redmond for first time in boys water polo

Summit uses aggressive play for victory

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Madras’ Aaron St. John competes for the ball Sept. 10 against visiting Summit during a boys water polo game.

Aaron St. John played "amazing," according to Madras boys water polo coach Bobby DeRoest, last Thursday in leading Madras past Redmond for the first time in the history of the program.
   "It was a really good win," DeRoest said. "It was a great way to open the season."
   Madras earned a 14-7 nonconference victory over the Panthers.
   "We put their guys in bad positions with aggressive play," DeRoest said. "We used our speed and was able to get to the ball quicker."
   On Sept. 10, Madras trailed by only one goal at halftime, but suffered an 18-9 loss to visiting Summit.
   "We lost our cool and they played more aggressive than we did," DeRoest said. "To their credit, they managed to get our guys kicked out pretty regularly."
   Madras senior Kyle Palmer, who the team relies on heavily, received three kick-out penalties in the game and was forced to sit most of the second half.
   "We rely on Kyle and they got to him," DeRoest said. "They just did a good job, but I'm confident we can play with them if we keep our cool."