The Pacers win twice to earn a berth in the OHSWP state semifinals.
The Pacers aren’t done.
Not by a long shot.
The Lakeridge boys water polo team proved as much last week when they won twice in the state playoffs to earn a berth in the Oregon High School Water Polo State Championship semifinals against Newberg at 8:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, Nov. 11) at Osborn Aquatic Center in Corvallis. With a win in that game, the Pacers would face either Lake Oswego or Barlow in the state championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Osborn Aquatic Center.
In last week’s playoffs, also held in Corvallis on Saturday, Nov. 5, the third-seeded Pacers opened with a 23-6 win over 14th-ranked Sheldon, then beat No. 6 Tualatin 16-9 to earn their spot in the state semis.
With its latest victories, Lakeridge ran its winning streak to six games and improved its season record to 22-8 after finishing third in the Three Rivers League. Second-ranked Newberg enters the semi against the Pacers carrying a three-game winning streak and 25-7 overall record after taking second in the TRL.
Lakeridge 23, Sheldon 6: The Pacers made quick work of the Irish in their playoff opener, blasting out to an 8-0 first-quarter lead, and later, extending their margins to 18-5 in the third quarter and 23-6 at the end of the game.
Lakeridge senior Markus Wojtalik led all scorers with nine goals, while Brody Burk, Kai Dodson, Colin Alexander, Micah Buchanan and Ethan Thomas added two each.
Sheldon finished its year at 13-6 overall after placing second in the Southern League. The Irish were led by Taylor Nunez’s four goals.
Lakeridge 16, Tualatin 9: Lakeridge left nothing to chance in its quarterfinal against Tualatin, leading 6-3 at the end of the opening period, 11-5 at halftime and 15-7 after three against their TRL foe.
Wojtalik led the way again for the Pacers with eight goals, while Alexander connected three times, and Rocco Lepiane and Burk added two each.
Tualatin finished its year at 14-10 overall after placing fourth in the Three Rivers League. The Wolves were led by Theo Buchwald’s four goals.