Ashland to defend 5A water polo titles today
BEAVERTON — Ashland's boys and girls water polo teams moved a step closer toward repeating their Class 5A titles Friday, with each team earning dominant victories to gain a spot in today's championship finals at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.
Ashland's girls team scored a 22-4 rout of Bend in Friday's semifinals, with Kallie Walker netting seven goals and Carlee Santee coming up with 15 blocks in goal.
Smith Freeman had six goals and Jacy Mairs added five goals for the Grizzlies, who will meet Parkrose in the state final for the second straight year at 10 a.m. today. Ashland won last year's 5A title with a 12-10 win over the Broncos.
The Ashland boys were equally as dominant, storming past Summit for a 20-7 victory in the semifinals. Wynn Michael scored five goals to pace the balanced Grizzlies, who also got three goals apiece from Jake Gavin, Adam Good and Forrest Kollar.
Willis Plummer came up with seven saves in goal for Ashland, which also will face Parkrose in the finals for the second straight year at 11:15 a.m. today. The Grizzlies earned last year's 5A crown with a 17-9 triumph.
Class 6A Football
SHELDON 71, TIGARD 26 — At Eugene, top-ranked and undefeated Sheldon had little difficulty moving into the second round of the state playoffs.
The Southwest Conference champion Irish (10-0) will play Aloha, a 45-36 winner over Benson, on the road in the second round.
ROSEBURG 47, BARLOW 8 — At Roseburg, tailback Josh Weaver rushed for two touchdowns and a team-high 171 yards as the Southwest Conference runner-up used a powerful ground attack to move on in the state playoffs.
Roseburg (8-2) will play at Central Valley Conference winner West Salem in the second round next week.
The Indians rushed for 282 yards and passed for 157 more, while Barlow totaled 163 yards in offense.
Barlow 0 0 0 8 —8
Roseburg 14 14 13 6 —47
Ros — Audiss 27 pass from Davis (Walker kick)
Ros — Weaver 32 run (Walker kick)
Ros — Weaver 48 run (Walker kick)
Ros — Corder 18 run (Walker kick)
Ros — Corder 1 run (Walker kick)
Ros — Audiss 76 interception return (kick failed)
Bar — Becker 36 fumble return (Leabo pass from Summerfield)
Ros — Goirigolzarri 3 run (kick blocked)