Water polo shoots short at Ohio Cup


Paige Parr swims the ball down the pool. Parr began playing waterpolo her junior year. She played on Varsity last year and is a starter on the Varsity team this year. Photo by Dale Horne.

Hannah May, Sports Chief

The girls Varsity team has dubbed this season with the motto “Never given.” The team is second in the mid-season rankings, however, as displayed on Sun. Sept. 20 at the Ohio Cup Tournament, the other teams in Ohio are not to be underestimated.

Senior Hannah Kast said “Our motto is extremely relevant to the status of our team in relation to the teams in the rest of Ohio. Victories are never given, regardless of the team’s supposed ranking. Our team can never assume we will win.”

The first day of the Ohio Cup Tournament was Sat. Sept. 19. The team went undefeated against Sylvannia, Mason and Kilborne, finishing with significant leads over their opponents.

Senior Paige Parr said, “The first game of Ohio Cup went very smoothly. We were working really well together and played as a team, which helped us achieve winning results.”

Napolean is ranked sixth and was the team’s first opponent on the second day of the tournament, Sun. Sept. 20. After leading the game by two at the half, the girls fell to Napolean by one goal.

Sophomore Abigail Hausefeld said, “I think the Napolean game brought us closer together, and we will learn from the mistakes we made which will help us in the future. I think we will become a stronger team from it.”

After playing Napolean, the team moved on to compete against Mason, who is currently ranked 5th. Even though the girls beat them the previous day, the game resulted in a victorious Mason by two goals.

Moving on, the team will continue to work hard. The humbling experience has proven that nothing is, as the team’s motto dictates, ever given. As the season progresses, the team will have many opportunities to redeem themselves.

The first chance will be Fri. Sept. 25 at the David McLennen invitational, which is held at SHS. The team will play Napolean in their second game that day.