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Fall high school sports roundup

The Parkrose High girls water polo team claimed the 5A state title with a 16-9 victory over Ashland. Team members are, front row, from left, Courtney Garcia, Tosha Garcia, Lucy Eufragio, LC Eufragio, Lily Rojas, Dominique Garrison and Brianna Newman. In the back row, from left, Gabby Wolpert, Lauren Snodgrass, Emily Aronson, Coach Gary Muzzy and Coach Ben Talbott.
Courtney Garcia, a PHS senior, earned MVP honors at the 5A state girls water polo tournament last month.
For the second consecutive year, the Parkrose High boys water polo team placed second in the state tournament losing a 10-9 thriller to Ashland in the final minute of play. Front row left to right, Brian, Nadison Kannan, Quinten Lee, Victor Rojas, Alex Platero, Sam Miller Back row, from left to right, Coach Ben Talbott, Nolan Pow, Tarren Lee, Robert Flores, Sam Stites, Ian Evans, Bruce Neelands, Jeremy Ibrahim, Jeremy Clement, Caleb Thompson, Joe Stevens and Coach Gary Muzzy.
Bronco goalie Nathan Clement explodes out of the water at the recent 5A state water polo tournament. He was named MVP.
After another successful regular season campaign, both the Parkrose High girls and boys water polo teams marched through district and state tournaments to the 5A state championship game last month. In what turned out to be a replay of last year's finals, both teams again faced Ashland. The girls knocked off the defending champions 16-9 to earn the 5A state title. In a nail biter, the boys lost 10-9 in the last minute of play to once again bring the second place trophy to Parkrose.

Parkrose junior Courtney Garcia was named MVP of the girls tournament. Emily Aronson and Tosha Garcia, both seniors, were named to the all tournament team. Lily Rojas, a senior, and juniors Brianna Newman and Dominique Garrison earned second team all-state honors.

Senior goalie Nathan Clement earned the MVP trophy in the boy's tournament. He was joined on the all-state team by juniors Jeremy Ibrahim and Nolan Pow. Sam Stites and Bruce Neelands, seniors, were named to the all-state second team.

In other sports, Mid-county area schools were well represented at state tournaments.

The Reynolds cross-country team placed fifth in state among 6A boys teams with 125 points. Bekama Jaldi finished 13th overall, followed by Tino Melotn-Holden (23rd), Jake Taylor (24th), Danile Lescalleet (30th), Mubark Mebrat (35th), Kevin Wooley (46th) and Birukidin Jaldi (63rd).

Both Madison cross-country teams placed 12th overall in the 5A race. Matt McConnell, Colin Ehr, Ibrahmi Ajibade, Bakrin Ajibade, Aldo Rodriguez, Caesar Pacheco, and Mark Stanclu represented the boys. Ally Schackleford, Omiaryo Ashenafi, Karina Vasiliuk, Jade Ramey, Justine Mims, Brittany Nahorney and Jessica Woods ran for the girls.

Portland Christian boys finished seventh among 3A/2A/1A cross-country teams; the Royals were represented by Andrew Landstrom, Taylor Hybel, Jordan Landstrom, Cameron McKillop, Spencer Debray and David Sellers.

David Douglas, Madison and Portland Christian football teams all qualified for their respective state tournaments. Only Portland Christian avoided first-round elimination with a 46-34 victory over Pilot Rock. The team lost its second-round game 34-26 to Lost River.

Centennial High was represented at the 6A state soccer tournament by both the boys and girls teams. The boys fell 2-0 in the first round to eventual runner-up South Medford. The girls also faced the eventual second place team in the first round, losing 1-0 to Westview.

The 6A state soccer champion South Salem, 7-0, ousted David Douglas boys in the first round.

Madison defeated Crater 1-0 in first-round action of the 5A boys soccer tournament, only to be eliminated by eventual state champion Corvallis 3-0 in the second round. The girls were defeated in their first-round game 11-0 by Summit.

Portland Christian began the boys 3A/2A/1A tournament with a 3-0 victory over Irrigon. They lost 4-2 to St. Mary's in second-round action.
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