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Water polo makes it through

Districts coming up

by: Billy Gates/The Pioneer - Madras’ Bryce Williams throws the ball around a Mountain View defender during the Buffs’ tournament match Saturday at the Madras Aquatic Center.

The Madras boys water polo won a pair of matches at the Madras Tournament on Saturday at the Madras Aquatic Center, but were denied a chance at a comeback in bizarre fashion.
   The White Buffalos trailed Mountain View, 9-7, entering the fourth period, and while the Buffs were putting together an attack, the matched was suddenly stopped and called with about three and a half minutes left.
   Mountain View had homecoming activities going on during the time of the tournament in Bend, leaving them short on players to begin with. After the Cougars took the lead, Madras head coach Bobby DeRoest made substitutions in an effort to win the match, which meant there were more Madras players than Mountain View players in the pool.
   The Mountain View coach, a parent helping out due to the head coach's absence, decided to pull the team from the pool, in a bizarre move, to end the match
   In the two completed matches, Madras looked very polished. They pounded Redmond, 15-2, and beat Class 6A Barlow of Gresham, 9-5.
   Against the Bruins, Ian Goodwin had a huge match with five goals. He scored twice in the second and fourth periods, including both Madras goals in the final stanza.
   The Buffs never trailed in the match and opened up a 5-1 lead by halftime.
   Madras' Brady Tucker scored twice in the third period to help pace the offense.
   Against the Panthers, a big second period sealed the deal for the Buffs.
   Madras outscored Redmond 7-1 in the frame, behind a pair of Goodwin goals and fantastic defense. Dustin Henderson, Jordan Gemelas, Cade Boston, Keaton Hartman and Tucker all recorded goals in the period of dominance by the Buffs.
   The Buffs' defense didn't allow a goal in the second half, while the offense still operated like a well-oiled machine with five goals to complete the rout.
   Boston scored four goals to lead the Buffs, while Goodwin notched three, along with Gemelas. Henderson and Tucker scored twice to round out the multiple goal-scorers for the Buffs.
   MHS girls fall to Panthers for
   second time
   The Madras girls varsity water polo team has lost twice all year, both of which were to the same team.
   Redmond got the best of the Buffs for the second time this season in a 10-6 match during the Madras Tournament on Saturday.
   They did, however, knock off a pair of Class 6A opponents in Barlow (7-4) and Portland's David Douglas (6-5) during the tournament.
   In the loss to the Panthers, Liz Armitage accounted for four of the Buffs' six goals, with two scores in the third period.
   Redmond scored four times in the second period to take a 6-2 lead into the halftime break, behind three goals from Rachel Haney.
   Madras' defense allow just one goal in the fourth period, but couldn't make up the difference on the offensive end and fell to the only team that has beat them this season.
   Against the Bruins, Aurora Gerhardt continued her torrid scoring pace with four goals, two of which came in the fouth period to help the Buffs preserve their lead.
   Sophie Gemelas scored three times for Madras as well.
   Staunch defense late in the match against the Scots paved the way for the Buffs' victory. Madras didn't allow any goals in the final period and picked up a pair from Gemelas and Gerhardt to complete the come-from-behind victory.
   After allowing three goals in the opening period, Madras gave up just two the rest of the match.
   For both teams, the Class 5A/4A North division championships will be held Saturday at Olin Bignall Pool in Sandy.
   The Madras girls will have a first-round bye and play the winner of the tournament's first match, either Sandy or Bend, at 1 p.m.
   If the Buffs win that match, they will play for the division title at 5 p.m. If they lose, they will play for third place at 4 p.m.
   For the boys, they will kick off the tournament against Bend at noon. If they win, they will face Summit at 3 p.m.
   In short, they have to beat Bend in order to advance to the state playoffs, or else the season is over.