>Practice starts Aug. 20 at aquatic center
Culver and Madras high school students interested in playing water polo are encouraged to contact Bobby DeRoest at the Madras Aquatic Center.
   DeRoest, who introduced the sport to Jefferson County, will host daily double practices starting Aug. 20 from 8-10 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.
   "Water polo is a blast to play and you'll get an amazing workout," DeRoest said. "It's a unique sport because even if you haven't played, you can find success in a short amount of time."
   Last year, the Madras water polo team finished fourth in the state in girls' play, while the boys' squad just missed a state playoff appearance.
   "We lost some valuable players from both teams, but with a strong turnout, I think we can be competitive again," said DeRoest, who coaches both teams. "It doesn't matter if players have never played before. Many of the kids we have had in the past never played before giving it a try."
   While water polo is not an OSAA sport yet, DeRoest said statewide teams comply with most OSAA rules.
   "We have a few variations, but it's pretty close to the OSAA guidelines," DeRoest said. "Even though we are officially a club sport, we are still considered a high school activity."
   For more information, contact DeRoest at 541-475-4253.
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