MHS water polo makes playoffs
2012 Madras water polo and soccer reviewThe Madras girls water polo team slipped up at the state tournament a bit, but still ended a successful campaign with a fourth-place finish.
The boys, meanwhile, ran into the buzzsaw that was West Albany in the sub-tournament, held in Bend, and bowed out of the postseason earlier than they had hoped.
On the girls side, losses to Simmit and Parkrose, two teams they handled easily during the regular season, dropped them out of state title contention at Tualatin Hills Swim Center in Beaverton.
Since the girls team won the Northern Division championship, they didn't have to play in the sub-tournament in Bend, so they went two full weeks without any competition.
In the end, head coach Bobby DeRoest thought that hurt the team and was a contributing factor in what he considered a dissappointing finish at the tournament.
Three Buffs were named to the all-state water polo team, however, so not all was lost.
Sophie Gemales was named to the first team while Aurora Gerhardt was honored on the second team.
Elizabeth Armitage was named to the honorable mention all-state team to round out Madras selections.
The only team the Buffs had lost to before the state tournament was Redmond.
On the boys side, Madras placed fourth at the division championships in Sandy to qualify for the sub-tournament.
They beat Bend in the first round of divisionals to claim a spot in the state sub-tournament, but then lost its next two matches to end in fourth.
Against the Bulldogs at the state sub-tournament in Bend, Ian Goodwin led the offense with three goals and Bryce Williams had a pair, but it wasn't nearly enough to keep up with the big and physical West Albany squad, that ended up finishing second in the state tournament.
The Madras boys soccer team finished outside of the playoff picture in the Tri-Valley Conference with a 3-7 record.
The team finished 3-11 overall.
After consecutive wins against Estacada and Gladstone, the Buffs could have made the playoffs with a couple more wins, but it just wasn't meant to be.
It was the first time in head coach Clark Jones' career the team beat Estacada in Estacada.
The Madras girls soccer team didn't win in the TVC, but finished 2-11-1.