In state water polo, HR girls take second, boys third

GIRLS: Coach Kellie Dunn, left, Peri O’Connell, Neilly Kendall, Grace Reagan, Kate Guadagnuolo, Jaime Robinson, Mary Rose Kissinger, Jessica Galvez, Alea McCarty, Madaket Greenleaf, Olivia Summerfield and Coach Dave Robinson; sitting, Faith Ocheskey and Sarah Arpag. Not pictured: Jenni Ruggles.

BOYS: Back row, from left: Clayton Lee, Coach Kellie Dunn, Luke Southall, Aden Cross, Ethan Yokum, Jed Little, Shea Hall, Adam Burke, Corbett Blackman, Parker Burzio and Coach Dave Robinson; second row, from left: Mario Vila, Owen Summersett, Chad Klaas, Leo Kissinger, Saylor Sunby, Tucker Diffin; kneeling: Pen Paphanchi, Tae Carlson and Connor McElwee.

Jim Klaas
GIRLS: Coach Kellie Dunn, left, Peri O’Connell, Neilly Kendall, Grace Reagan, Kate Guadagnuolo, Jaime Robinson, Mary Rose Kissinger, Jessica Galvez, Alea McCarty, Madaket Greenleaf, Olivia Summerfield and Coach Dave Robinson; sitting, Faith Ocheskey and Sarah Arpag. Not pictured: Jenni Ruggles. BOYS: Back row, from left: Clayton Lee, Coach Kellie Dunn, Luke Southall, Aden Cross, Ethan Yokum, Jed Little, Shea Hall, Adam Burke, Corbett Blackman, Parker Burzio and Coach Dave Robinson; second row, from left: Mario Vila, Owen Summersett, Chad Klaas, Leo Kissinger, Saylor Sunby, Tucker Diffin; kneeling: Pen Paphanchi, Tae Carlson and Connor McElwee.



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Eagle keeper Jenni Ruggles defends the net during State tournament action at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center in Hillsboro.

The Hood River Valley water polo program sustained its status as a premier program in Oregon with its results at the State meet last weekend in Hillsboro.

The girls team took second after a 13-9 championship loss to West Albany, a team that Hood River coach Kellie Dunn predicted would be tough to beat.

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Hood River’s Chad Klaas takes aim during tournament action.

The boys squad, coached by Dave Robinson, placed third, losing in the semi-finals to West Albany 15-10, then defeating Ashland, 14-9, for third place. Parkrose was the 2018 boys champion, defeating West Albany 12-4.

The Hood River boys placed third in state in 2017 and were state champs in 2014.

The girls, champions in 2016 and 2017, were unable to pull off a three-peat. They earned the top berth against West Albany by beating Ashland, 20-3.



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