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Apollos still alive in boys polo

Sunset goes 1-1 on Friday, now resets its sights on fifth place

CORVALLIS - Sunset ain't done yet.

The Apollos boys water polo team was just third in the Metro League regular season, but now, Sunset has a chance to finish as high as fifth in the Oregon High School State Water Polo Playoffs.

Sunset beat David Douglas 12-8 in its state opener on Saturday at Osborn Aquatic Center, then fell to Southern Valley champ South Eugene 12-2 later in the day. Those results took Sunset's overall record to 18-8.

The Apollos will next face Metro runner-up Lincoln in the fifth-place semifinal game at Osborn Aquatic Center at 11 a.m. Friday. With a win there, Sunset would face either Hillsboro or Lakeridge in the fifth-place match at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Osborn.

Sunset senior Zane Bambusch ran wild in the Apollos' opener, pouring across five goals in the first half and eight in the first three quarters to help his team grab a 12-5 lead it would not relinquish. Goalie Kai Klocke did his part to keep the Scots at bay too, stopping four shots each in the first and second quarters.

Besides Bambusch's offensive fireworks, Sam Sullivan added three more goals for Sunset and Braden Martinez scored once. Sam Redwine-Hixson led David Douglas with three scores while teammate Blake Dressel connected twice in the loss.

South Eugene, however, was another matter entirely in the quarterfinals. The Axemen pitched a first-half shutout at the Apollos - with goalie Navarre Ginsberg making 10 stops in the opening half and 18 for the game.

South's Joe Hill scored the lone goal of the opening period - the Axemen's further efforts thwarted by the Sunset defense and Klocke's four saves - but Hayes Vertulfo broke through for three scores in the second to provide a 5-0 lead at halftime.

Bambusch finally got his team on the scoreboard 13 seconds into the third period, but that would be Sunset's only goal until the fourth quarter when South Eugene led 10-2 and it was too late.

Vertulfo led the Axemen with four goals and Hill had three while Bambusch had both of his team's scores.