Men’s Water Polo State Tournament Woes

Zain Charania, Social Media Editor

Sophomore Graham Baker scores Huron’s fourth goal on a penalty late in the game.

On Friday, June 10, 2022, Huron men’s water polo team faced off against state powerhouse Rockford High school in their quarter-final match-up. Huron started the game strong only going down 1-0 before countering back with a goal. However, throughout the rest of the game, Huron began to struggle. The Rats began to make mistakes on defense and offense, committing fouls that gave Rockford the opportunity to retaliate. 

“For most of our players that was their first time touching the water in a state tournament.” Said Assistant Coach Tom Wagner. “And we came up against a very well-coached and storied program in Rockford.”

“Our offense?” Wagner said. “Well, the ball got frozen. So if you don’t move the ball, it’s hard to have the defense react. Bottom line, if you can’t move the ball, you are not going to make the defense move.”

Huron still has two consolation games, one on Friday against Jenison at Saline High School at 6:30 P.M., and one that the Rats are unaware of the opponent at Skyline High School at 10:15 A.M. 

“A loss stings, But hopefully when we get to the next game, we are ready,” Wagner said.

Water Polo Playoffs are being streamed at this link.