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Tualatin boys fall just short in water polo playoff

CORVALLIS - The Tualatin High School boys water polo team battled from start to finish, but the Timberwolves came up just short.

Tualatin saw its season come to an end with a 9-6 loss to South Eugene in a state playoff contest played Saturday at the Osborn Aquatic Center.

South Eugene, the Southern Valley champion, advanced to meet Sunset in the state tournament quarterfinal round later that day, where the Axemen scored a 12-2 victory.

Tualatin, the No. 4 team out of the Pacific Conference, finished its season with a record of 7-6.

The Wolves, getting an early goal from senior Evan Kaeding, trailed 2-1 after one quarter of play in its playoff match with South Eugene.

Senior Wilson Giles had a goal for Tualatin in the second quarter, but South Eugene would hold a 4-2 lead at halftime.

The Wolves trailed 5-3 after getting a goal from freshman Harry Visse with 5 minutes and 43 sec-onds left in the third quarter, but South Eugene answered with three straight goals to push the margin to 8-3. Visse scored again with 1:03 left in the period to make the score 8-4 going into the final stanza.

Another Axeman goal pushed the margin to 9-4. Tualatin got late goals from junior Clay McKean and Giles to make the final score 9-6.

Visse and Giles led Tualatin with two goals apiece in the contest.

South Eugene senior Hayes Vertuflo led all scorers with four goals.