HRV water polo girls and boys advance to state semifinals

Thursday in Corvallis, both the girls and the boys battled in the 5A state quarterfinals after having qualified for berths with undefeated Metro 5A records while taking first place. While this will be the boys second year going to the semifinals, this is the first time the girls not only had a winning season, but are heading to the semifinals next weekend as well.

The boys dispatched Madras, 15-5, in dominating fashion using a combination of stifling defense, great goalie work from Adam Cameron, and scoring spread throughout the team. Of special note were the underclassmen: sophomore JJ Mears led all scoring with three goals while the freshman duo of Pelle Bergstrom and Sam Einhorn combined for three goals. While seniors Russell Grim, Arthur Finstad (who led the team with two assists and four steals), Charlie Sutherland, Blake Winner and Myles Cameron performed to their usual level of excellence, Einhorn was especially noticeable on defense, counterattacks and physical inside play. The boys will play Summit Friday, Nov. 13 at 12:10 p.m. for a spot in the state championship game Nov. 14.

The girls’ physical presence and efficiency was on display at the start, scoring two goals within the first two minutes. Jamie Robinson won the sprint and after five quick passes, Rose Finstad fired the ball home for HRV’s first goal. After Robinson stole the ball on the ensuing possession, she pushed the ball up the pool to Finstad, who kicked it out to Marelie Vorster for a sizzling five-meter shot. From there, the scoring race was on until the waves settled in a 12-3 win.

In addition, Vorster was pressed into hole defense, the toughest battle in the pool, after just one day of instruction/practice since hole-d starter Lauren Orr was out with pneumonia. Vorster earned high grades, shutting down inside scoring. The girls will also play Summit next Friday at 2:30 p.m. to advance to the championship game.

Leaders for the girls were Finstad with five goals, two goals each for Robinson, Vorster and Jocelyn Pedrotti and one goal for Sam Davies. Assist leaders were Davies (3) and Robinson (2), the latter of who also led in steals (6).

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