Southridge wins big twice to earn a shot in the state semis

CORVALLIS — The Southridge boys water polo team is on a mission.

Last year, the Skyhawks proved themselves against perennial power Newberg and everyone else to win the 2011 state championship. This year, Southridge knows it will have to prove itself yet again.

The Skyhawks took two important steps on its 2012 journey on Friday, opening the Oregon High School State playoffs with a 15-3 win over Tualatin at Osborn Aquatic Center, then coming back later in the day to beat David Douglas 22-9 in the first round of the state championship tournament. That success helped the Skyhawks advance to the state semifinals, where they'll face Sunset at 7:20 p.m. Friday at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

Southridge 15, Tualatin 3

Southridge, the 2012 West Metro League co-champion, kicked off the playoffs by kicking the heck out of Tualatin on Friday morning.

The Skyhawks flew out of the gate at high speed against the Timberwolves, the third-place team from the Pacific Conference, dropping a 10-1 first-quarter bomb on Tualatin to set the table for their eventual victory. David Stiling was on fire in that first quarter, pouring in all six of his game-high six goals in a span of just 3 minutes, 29 seconds in the period.

Teammate Blake Hokkanen added three more in that first quarter and Mark Moshofsky one. Southridge pulled back after that, but still won all three of the day's remaining quarters, outscoring the Wolves 1-0 in the second, 3-2 in the third and 1-0 again in the fourth.

For the game, Stiling had six goals, Hokkanen three and Arman Grigorian two, while keeper Arek Engstrom made five saves.

Southridge 22, David Douglas 9

Southridge kept the hammer down in its second game, too, speeding out to a 9-3 first-quarter lead against David Douglas, expanding that edge to 15-5 at the half and rolling on to victory at 22-9.

Stiling and Hokkanen took turns pummeling the Scots in the first quarter, each scoring four times while three different David Douglas players managed just one goal each.

Southridge didn't stop there, either, getting two goals each in the second from Cody Blandin, Hokkanen and Stiling to put the game out of reach at its mid-point.

For the game, Stiling and Hokkanen finished with eight goals each and Moshofsky three in the win. Sam Redwine-Hixson led the Scots with three.

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