New coaches lead water polo teams
Lake Oswego High School teams were the winners in the first 'Civil War' water polo matches with Lakeridge High School on Oct. 8 in the Lake Oswego Pool.
The Lady Lakers took a 9-5 triumph, exploding in the second half after earning a 4-4 first half tie.
The Laker boys cruised to a 9-0 lead, weathered a Pacer rally, then rolled up an 11-5 victory.
In the girls match, LO jumped to a 4-1 lead, only to see Lakeridge come roaring back to tie the contest 4-4 at halftime. But the Lakers came back to dominate the second half.
Leading LO were Elena Langer and Delaney Roney, who each scored three goals, and team captain Marina Howard, whose superb all-around performance included two goals and outstanding defense with several steals and blocked passes.
Lakeridge leader was Lexi Burris, who scored two goals.
The Laker boys had a terrific start, rolling up nine scores before the Pacers could get on the scoreboard.
Then Lakeridge came on strong to score five unanswered goals. However, LO managed to turn the tide in the end.
Standouts scoring three goals each were Robert Brumley and Jono Friedman of Lake Oswego and Joey Bora of Lakeridge.
The event had plenty of excitement as cheering fans packed the bleachers of the Lake Oswego Pool.
New coaches led both squads, Rick Payne for LOHS and Frank Obiese for Lakeridge.
On Monday against Forest Grove, Lake Oswego took two more victories, with the girls powering their way to a 15-1 win, while the boys found the goal time and again in a 17-6 victory.
Langer had another big match for the girls with five goals, while Ilse Paanakker had four tallies and Delaney Roney scored three times.
Other goals came from the Howard sisters, Marina and Hayley, along with Claire Slaughter.
Filling up the Viking goal with four scores each were Lakers Friedman, Brumley, and Kyle Stockbridge.
Freshman Stefan Simanton tallied twice, while Ian Washburne, John Verlinich and Stefan Sohlstrom also put in goals.
Laker water polo squads were set to host powerhouse Newberg on Wednesday.
Next up are matches on Monday at Tualatin and Wednesday at Tigard. Starting times for all matches will be 5 p.m.