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CWP men place second at State Games


Water polo — Several alumni join with current NHS varsity players, but fall 9-7 to Tualatin Hills in the final Sunday at the Multnomah Athletic Club

PORTLAND — Each year, the State Games of Oregon offers former Chahalem and Newberg High School water polo players the chance to get back in the water and experience some competition again.

That’s what drew former stars like Cray and Kale Rogers, Jake Kinne and Colton Saunders to the Multnomah Athletic Club Saturday and Sunday. by: GARY ALLEN - No place to turn - Chehalem water polo players Seth Miller (left) and Barrett Allen bracket an opponent during a 14-3 win over Blue Crush in the State Games of Oregon at the Multnomah Athletic Club on Sunday morning. Tualatin Hills relegated Chehalem to second place with a 9-7 victory in the title game.

Unfortunately, the alums and current Chehalem players, who are prepping for the upcoming Junior Olympics in California, fell 9-7 to Tualatin Hills in the finals and settled for second place.

“It’s always fun, but at least with us Rogers boys and a lot of the alumni on the team, we have a pretty intense competitive urge,” said Kale Rogers, who currently competes for M.I.T. “Chehalem and T-Hills are always rivals, even the Chehalem high school team and the Portland masters. They always the want to win and the want to be the best in the state, so it was a little bitter losing to T-Hills.”

The current high school and club players played the majority of time in the preliminaries, including a 15-5 win over the MAC team to open the tournament.

Saunders scored four goals to help lift Chehalem over Portland Masters 13-9 and the team cruised to a 14-3 victory over Blue Crush to set up a familiar showdown in the finals.

Four years apart in age, Cray and Kale Rogers never played together for Newberg High School, so they relish the opportunity when it arises now.

At the same time, the current players get a chance to learn firsthand from legends of the program like Kinne, who also served as head coach.

“I think the young guys did really well,” Cray Rogers said. “It’s interesting when you’re trying to mesh in and you don’t play together very often. You don’t know their tendencies or what not, so I think that was one of the reasons in the final that T-Hills got us in the long run.”

Chehalem trailed for most of the match, falling behind 4-1 after one quarter, but rallying to make it 5-4 heading into the fourth. The team was unable to contain Tualatin Hills, which scored four times to ice the game.

The Chehalem women’s team, which is in rebuilding mode and features mostly sophomores, struggled to an 0-3 record at the tournament, but hopefully gained some valuable experience.

“The one thing from playing against experienced players is that they learn from it,” head coach Jim McMaster said. “They try to learn from them, not just feel bad because they are losing. That’s what I’m looking at, so hopefully they did that.”