- Holly M. Gill
- Madras Pioneer - Sports
Medina leads MHS, scores twice
Madras senior captain Jose Medina scored twice to lead the White Buffalos to a 3-1 season-opening victory at Junction City Sept. 8.
Medina netted both goals in the second half, thanks to assists from Michael Giron.
"He played well and was getting open," Madras head coach Clark Jones said of Medina. "He scored his first goal on a free kick and iced the game with his second goal."
Derrick Pacheco handed MHS a 1-0 lead just before halftime with a goal of his own on a pass from Giron.
On Sept. 10, Madras tied Class 5A Summit 2-2 on the road.
"It was a good experience for our guys because we played a team we didn't over match," Jones said. "The game could have gone either way. We had some opportunities."
Carlos Garcia evened the game 1-1 in the 30th minute on a pass from Pacheco, who later passed to Florencio Aguilar, who converted his first varsity goal with his head, from Pacheco's corner kick to even the game 2-2 in the 55th minute.
"I think Derrick plays at his best when he assists his teammates," Jones said. "He can score, but he's really seeing the field right now."
Jones also credited the play of freshman goal keeper Hector Baez.
"He is the real deal," Jones said of Baez.
Madras hosted Sisters after press deadline Tuesday and visits Crook County at 5 p.m. Thursday.
Madras girls soccer opens 0-2 overall
The Madras girls soccer team dropped to 0-2, after falling 3-0 at Elmira Sept. 8 in a nonconference game.
"They controlled the tempo," MHS first-year coach Mike Osborne said. "We played pretty well in the first half."
Elmira led 1-0 at halftime and added two more unanswered goals in the second half.
Madras keeper Rosey Suppah had 21 saves.
"Rosey really had to work," Osborne said.
On Sept. 7, host Madras lost 3-1 to La Pine.
Mariah Stacona scored in the 31st minute to make the game 1-0, but the Hawks countered in the 38th minute.
"We did what we needed to do in the first half," Osborne said.
The White Buffalos visited Sisters after press deadline Tuesday and hosts Crook County at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
Fisher, Smith lead Buff cross country
Madras High School cross country runner Isaac Fisher paced the White Buffalos Sept. 8 at the Darrel Deedon Cascade Invitational with a time of 20 minutes, 21 seconds for 45th place overall in the 5,000-meter course.
The White Buffalos finished 10th overall. La Salle was the top squad.
On the girls' side, MHS senior Stephanie Quinn was 68th overall in 26:34.
At the Trask Invitational, J'Von Smith, a sophomore, finished the 5,000-meter course in 33:47.41 for 331st place in the junior varsity competition. White Buffalo sophomore Ian Oppenlander was the second to finish for Madras in 333rd place, with a time of 33:55.89.
MHS runs at the Silver Falls Invitational Sept. 14 and at the Richardson Relay Sept. 17 in Junction City.
Culver soccer shut out in opener
The Culver High School boys soccer team opened the season with a 6-0 loss at East Linn Christian Sept. 8.
The Bulldogs trailed 4-0 at halftime. CHS played at Irrigon Sept. 13 after press deadline and welcomes Central Christian at 4 p.m. Friday for a Class 3A/2A/1A Special District 5 game, before hosting Riverside at 1 p.m. Saturday for another SD5 game.