Water polo teams progress in opening matches

The Sweet Home water polo teams opened their 2006 campaign with losses to South Salem, but coach Kathy Benzo said she was encouraged by what she saw from her Huskies.

The girls lost 14-10, while the boys dropped a 17-12 decision.

Though both the girls and boys were tentative on offense at the beginning of their first games in two years, they improved as the games went on, Benzo said.

“Both teams showed great defensive skills,” she said. “By the end of the matches both teams were starting to penetrate into their proper offensive positions.”

For the girls, senior Alyshia Benzo was the leading scorer for the Huskies, with five of Sweet Home’s 10 goals. She also had nine steals and forced four turnovers.

Laura Gourley scored three goals and forced two turnovers, while co-captains Nicole Martin and Justine Calhoon each scored a goal. Martin also had four steals and forced three turnovers, while Calhoon had three steals and forced four turnovers.

South Salem’s top scorer was H.Vigland who scored three goals.

On the boys side, freshman Jayce Calhoon and Co-Captain Joel Gunselman led the Huskies with four goals each. Calhoon recorded nine steals, in addition to forcing two turnovers.

Brinden Sanders added two goals, along with three steals and two forced turnovers. Co-Captain Zach Fetch scored a goal and forced four turnovers.

“Deep end goalie Shawn Adams did a great job and saved the ball four times, and shallow end goalie David Whorthen saved the ball five times,” Kathy Benzo said.

South Salem’s top scorer was P. Gallagher, with seven goals.

Sweet Home plays three matches this week, hosting Mountain View on Tuesday, Sept. 12, and visiting South Albany on Wednesday and Woodburn on Friday.