SHS water polo dominates at state


Sarah Horne

Marco Polo. The ladies water polo team huddles after a decisive win against Milford. With the season coming to a close, many of the ladies will move on to swim on either the varsity of junior varsity swim team. They will continue to develop their aquatic skills throughout the winter and hopefully return to water polo in the fall conditioned and ready to play.

The SHS ladies water polo team finished out their 2016 season in fourth place in the state of Ohio. The state tournament took place on Oct. 21 and 22. The first game for the team was against Milford. Prior to the state tournament, the team went 2-2 in their series of games against Milford.
“We knew that the Milford game would be a good one because we have been so close in terms of skill level. We were nervous but confident going into the game” said Isabel Ingle, 10.
After four quarters of tough play, SHS emerged as the victor in a close battle. The final score was four to three. After winning this decisive game, the ladies advanced to round two. In their second game, they faced Napoleon, the second-ranked team in Ohio.
“We were really unsure about how our game with Napoleon would go, because they are a really strong team, but we all stepped up and made it a really exciting game” said Ingle.
Although they were undoubtedly the underdogs, SHS led Napoleon through the majority of the game. The Wildcats got lucky, however, when they scored a last minute buzzer-beater to upset the tied game.
“Even though we lost to Napoleon, we still had the chance to play for third or fourth. In that game we played Thomas Worthington” said Ingle.
SHS put up a strong fight but fell to Thomas Worthington six to seven.
“Even though we got fourth, I am extremely proud of our performance at state. Most people thought we would get sixth or seventh but we defied all odds” said Ingle.