Spartan boys water polo team finishes tourney at eighth in state

Bainbridge driver Noah Clark blocks a pass during the final game of the 2013 state water polo championship against Newport High Saturday, Nov. 16. - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge driver Noah Clark blocks a pass during the final game of the 2013 state water polo championship against Newport High Saturday, Nov. 16.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge High varsity boys water polo team finished eighth in the state following the completion of the 2013 Washington State Tournament Saturday, Nov. 16, at Curtis High School in University Place.

The team got off to a great start on the first day of play, Wednesday, Nov. 13, with a win in Game 1 against Auburn Riverside High School. The final score was 10-9 Bainbridge.

They lost Game 2 that same day against Roosevelt High with a final score of 15-4.

On Friday, Nov. 15, Game 3 saw the boys lose by a significant margin to Bellevue High. The score was 19-3.

In Game 4 the boys played well against Auburn Mountainview High. The boys trailed at first, only to come back big and tie the score late in the game. They eventually lost after Auburn made a last-second goal. The final score was 8-7.

On Saturday, in the final match of the tournament, the boys played long-time rivals Newport High School.

Having lost to the Newport Knights twice already this year, the Spartans were eager to get in the game.

“We lost twice to them this season,” said Spartan Head Coach Jacob Millican. “This is our chance to see what we can do.”

The Spartans led the game with an early goal, but were trailing badly by the end of the first half.

They came back strong and made up the difference early in the third quarter with a rapid succession of goals.

Unfortunately, the Spartans were edged out in the final seconds of play, and lost the match with a final score of 11-10 Newport.

Having lost four of their five tournament matches, the Spartans settled at eighth place in the state.

The boys had been officially seeded in eighth place going into the tournament.

Millican said he was “very, very happy” with the way the team had played this year, and further congratulated the junior players for stepping up early and late in the season when injuries prevented the participation of some of the usual starting players.

The team entered the tournament with a 14-5 overall season record.

“The team itself has played really well,” Millican said. “It’s pretty impressive.”


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