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BEAVERTON — The Ashland High boys and girls water polo teams both beat Madras to clinch a berth in next week's state tournament Thursday, with the Grizz girls using a huge third-quarter push to keep their championship hopes alive at the Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.
The Ashland girls, who fell one win short of state a year ago, exploded for five goals in the third quarter to overcome a 4-3 halftime deficit en route to a 13-9 win in the district playoff, while the Ashland boys pulled away early for a 12-7 district-clinching win.
For the Ashland girls, Sadie Kasiah, Sabrina Scoggin, Maddy Longshore and goalie Kaya Boehm led the way. Kasiah scored five goals, dished out four assists and added a field block to pace the Grizzlies, who will be gunning for their first state title since 2010 next week in Corvallis. Scoggin added four goals, three assists and two steals, Longshore two goals and three assists and Boehm eight blocks.
For the Ashland boys, who will be going for their fifth state title and third in a row in Corvallis, Hoku Eggertsen, Taos Cadarette-Stewart and goalie Vincent Wright were solid. Eggertsen had five goals, four steals and two assists, Cadarette-Stewart five goals and two assists and Wright 10 blocks.
The four-team state tournaments will begin next Friday and wrap up with the championship games on Saturday.