MHS girls water polo wins division title
Boys finish fourth, have playoff in BendThe Madras girls water polo team exploded for 19 goals to beat Parkrose, 19-7, in the championship match of the Class 5A/4A North Division water polo tournament Saturday in Sandy.
The win gave the White Buffalos a bid in the state tournament, held Nov. 9-10 at Beaverton's Tualatin Hills Swim Center.
Perhaps more importantly, they'll get a chance to rest because they received a bye through the qualifying playoffs, held Saturday at Juniper Swim and Fitness Center in Bend.
In the championship match against the Broncos, the Buffs notched six goals in the first frame, then tacked on four more in the second to take a 10-3 lead at the half.
Brianna Hunt scored three times in the first quarter, then Aurora Gerhardt scored three in the second to boost the Buffs early on.
Gerhardt ended the title tilt with eight goals while Hunt tallied five.
Liz Armitage scored four goals and Cirelle Frank posted a pair to round out the scoring for the Buffs.
Madras kept the Parkrose goalkeeper busy all match with 29 shots on goal while Felisa Armitage, the Madras goalkeeper, stopped eight shots.
In their first game, the Madras girls beat Sandy, 9-7.
On the boys side, Madras finished fourth and will play West Albany in the state qualifying tournament at 4 p.m. Saturday in Bend.
The boys opened the tournament with the match they absolutely had to win in order to get to the playoffs, and they beat Bend, 12-8.
Cade Boston led the Buffs with four goals, and both Brady Tucker and Ian Goodwin each had three.
Madras then lost to Summit, 13-3, and fell to Parkrose, 17-7, but still made the playoff field.
Tony Holliday scored four times against Parkrose while Goodwin led with two goals against Summit.