Tournament this weekend

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Elizabeth Armitage of the Madras girls water polo team pushes the ball through the water in a recent home match held at the Madras Aquatic Center.

Conference play opened last week in water polo and the Madras girls jumped out to a 2-0 start, while the boys fell to 0-2 in the Central Oregon Conference.
   This week, the Madras boys host Mountain View at 5 p.m. for a COC game. The boys and the girls welcome Westview Sunset and Tigard at 10 a.m. Oct. 8 to the Madras Aquatic Center for the Madras water polo tournament.
   "We're excited to have several team come in and play us that we don't normally see," Madras head boys and girls water polo coach Bobby DeRoest said.
   Girls water polo
Madras 11, Summit 8
   Brianna Hunt scored five goals and Madras raced to a 5-1 lead after the first quarter of play Sept. 29 during an 11-8 victory over visiting Summit.
   Sophie Gemelas added three goals, TaSheena George scored twice and Aurora Gerhardt netted a goal as well for Madras.
   "I'm really impressed with the play of Sophie," DeRoest said. "She is new to the sport, but after only about a month in the water, she is becoming one of our best players."
   Hunt scores five again
   On Oct. 1, Hunt again scored five goals. The junior helped Madras down Bend 10-8 and improve to 2-0 in COC play.
   "I think our overall depth was the biggest difference in the game," DeRoest said. "Bend has one pretty good player, but we have more skill as a team."
   Gemelas again booked three goals, and George and Elizabeth Armitage each scored once.
   The Madras girls host Bend Oct. 20 for its next conference game.
   Boys water polo
Summit 10, Madras 6
   Visiting Summit jumped to a 4-1 lead and never relinquished its lead Sept. 29 during a 10-6 victory over Madras in a COC boys water polo game.
   Ian Goodwin and Kyle Palmer each scored twice for Madras. Teammates Jordan Gemelas and Aaron St. John each found the net once for a goal.
   "We didn't come out and establish ourselves very well in the early minutes," DeRoest said.
   Madras lets lead slip away
   Leading by three goals with three minutes to play Oct. 1, Madras was unable to hold on against visiting Bend.
   The Lava Bears rallied for a 10-9 victory. Dustin Henderson led Madras with three goals. Goodwin, St. John and Palmer all netted two goals each.
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