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The Pacers come back from two previous years' losses to beat Curtis in the final

COURTESY PHOTO - The Lakeridge boys water polo team and its coaches knew exactly who was No. 1 after the Pacers beat Curtis, Washington, 9-5 to win the championship of the BSD Club Invitational at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center on Sunday, Sept. 22.A big tournament.

A big challenge.

And a very big result.

The Lakeridge boys water polo team got all three of those over the weekend, with the Pacers winning four straight games and the tournament championship at the annual BSD Club Invitational Water Polo Tournament at Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center.

"(We) were ready for strong competition at the Beaverton School District Tournament," said Lakeridge coach Morgan Rauch. "We have attended this tournament for many years, and the past two years, we finished second to Curtis, Washington. This year, the boys were setting their sights on a strong showing against (Curtis)."

The Pacers, facing off against 15 top teams from Oregon and Washington on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, made strong showings against every team that got in their way, opening with a 14-1 win over Sunset on Saturday, then beating Barlow 13-3 later in the day.

Lakeridge kept rolling on Sunday, too, beating Summit 14-5 to earn a berth in the tournament championship against Curtis. And this time, the Pacers were up to the task, beating the Vikings 9-5 in the tournament finale.

The Pacers' starters throughout the tournament were goalie Mitchell Parker, Collin Parker, Torin Ferguson, Brody Veater, Thomas Gooding, Anthony Wang and Yeldar Daniyarbekov.

"I was impressed with the boys' defense in the first half of the game," Rauch said, noting her team's 18 steals in the championship game. "We have been working on a defensive mindset and it showed early on."

Collin Parker, the Pacers' youngest starter, scored the first goal of the game to kick things off against Curtis, while Mitchell Parker blocked a 5-meter penalty shot in the second quarter to shut out Curtis until the second half.

"The Lakeridge boys worked hard and came away with the win," Rauch said. "I expect them to keep putting in the work as we move into league play next week."

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