Skyline’s girls’ water polo team hosted the East Regional Championship tournament this weekend, finishing in second place behind the state’s top ranked team, Grand Ledge.
The Eagles started out strong on Friday defeating Troy United 14-4 and solidifying the team’s spot in the State Championship Tournament May 31-June 1 in Zeeland. Saturday’s competition started with a thriller, and the Eagles claimed an 8-6 victory over fourth-ranked Okemos. The championship match was against first-ranked Grand Ledge, where the Eagles fell 11-3.
“Overall, we had a very successful weekend,” said Coach Rebecca Godek. “We didn’t have the game we wanted to in the finals, but we didn’t have our full squad, and we were exhausted from our battle in the morning against Okemos. That game (Okemos) in my mind was by far the best game these girls have played all season. This was the second time we played them and in our first matchup we lost by 6, so coming out on top today was incredible. This is a small team of ten players, but I have the exact ten players I need to make magic happen in the pool. They should be proud of everything they have accomplished up to this point in the season.”
Leading the weekend in goals was junior Ali Lock (9), senior Ella Sadler (8), and junior Madison Deininger (4). Leading in steals was junior Lucy Palacios and sophomore Ella Enrique-Shakespeare, both with 8. Freshman goalie Alia Tracey tallied 29 blocks.
As All-Regional awards were released, the Eagles were well represented:
ALL SEASON AWARDS:
- 1st team: Alison Lock
- 2nd team: Ella Sadler, Madison Deininger
- East Region MVP: Alison Lock
ALL TOURNAMENT AWARDS:
- 1st team: Alison Lock, Ella Sadler
- 2nd team: Madison Deininger
- Tournament MVP: Alison Lock
The Eagles take Memorial Day weekend off from competition and will face off against East Grand Rapids on Friday May 31st at Zeeland West High School. Game time has not been released yet, but can be found on the Michigan Water Polo Association page.