Boys team shoots short of goal

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Senior Mark Hancher reaches to steal the ball. Hancher was one of the captains this year alongside Ioas. As well as water polo, Hancher swims for SHS and for BASH, a local club swimming team. Photo courtesy of McDaniel’s photography.

Hannah May

The boys state water polo tournament was held on Fri. Oct. 24 and Sat. Oct 25. There were two sites, Ohio Weslyan University and Thomas Worthington High School, both are in Columbus, Ohio.

“I went up to watch my brother and I think the fact that it is in Columbus shows how big a deal it is. There are so many teams around Cincinnati, but they were willing to go so far for a state tournament,” said sophomore Peter McCutchen.

The losing bracket was at Thomas Worthington High School and the championship bracket was at Ohio Weslyan University.

Heading into the tournament, SHS was seeded sixth. The seeded from first rank to last are:

  • Charles
  • Mason
  • Xavier
  • Thomas Worthington
  • Upper Arlington
  • Sycamore
  • Francis
  • Milford
  • Worthington Kilbourne
  • Napolean
  • Sylvania
  • Princeton
  • Oakwood
  • Perry

SHS first played Sylvania and defeated them 14-1. They then moved on to play St. Xavier and lost 11-7. Their third game was against St. Francis and in the last minute of the game, St. Francis scored the game winning goal and won 9-8.

The boys final game was against Worthington Kilborne and SHS won 14-7. This game determined the seventh and eighth  places, so SHS placed seventh.  St. Charles won, with Mason coming in second and St. Xavier finishing third.

“I think we had a pretty good season for how short our bench was. We wanted to do better at state than we did but we were all still happy,” said senior Adam Ioas.

“We were the underdogs in most games, so any result was positive. Everyone stepped up and filled the shoes of the guys from last year,” said Ioas.

For more information on Ohio water polo, click here.