Securing 2nd place in state

By Estefany Pena-Cornejo

Staff Writer


The feeling of the ball hitting his skin, said junior Ben Anctil, is his favorite part of playing water polo. As goalie, contact with the ball means that he has blocked a shot.

The water polo team finished an exceptional season by earning second place at state. Out of the fall sports, water polo is one of the only two teams to go to state. Boys’ soccer also competed in state playoffs but lost in the first round.

With a league score of 17-1 and an overall score of 24-3, the water polo team has learned from last year’s losses. The team won 3 games and lost 1 at state.

“I wasn’t expecting these results. Only losing three games so far this year, it’s crazy,” head coach Gary Muzzy said. “Our goal was to win state this year. It’s been our goal for the last two years.”

Varsity consists of 11 boys and one girl, senior Sadie McElhaney. Due to a lack of girls to make a full team, McElhaney plays on the co-ed team and is one of the three captains.

Unlike most school sports, the water polo team is considered a club, so although they get some funding from the district, fundraising pays for the rest.

another captain of the team said. Due to the team’s achievements this year the water polo team has received more recognition than they’ve had before.

One of the three losses came at their second game against Reynolds on Oct. 25. Parkrose beat Reynolds previously on Sept. 29.

“It was a really close game. We had the same amount of experience. It’s sad that we lost but these kind of thing happen,” McElhaney said.

That loss was followed by a win against Hood River, which was their playoff game.

“If anything, losing against Reynolds made us even more hungry for the next games to come,” junior and team captain Ben Anctil said. “We don’t ever want to lose again ,.. ultimately our hard work reaped our accomplishments this season.”

Many players have been recognized with individual awards, including two of the captains: senior and team captain Thomas Grant was MVP in the Mt. Hood conference, and Anctil was ranked first as goalie in the Mt. Hood conference.

The team qualified for playoffs after winning 13 – 4 against Hood River on Oct. 27. They went to playoffs on Nov. 3, sitting first in their league with a score of 17 – 6.  On Nov. 11, the water polo team headed to the state championships in Corvallis.

On Friday Nov. 11, they won the semifinals 10 – 4 against Ashland  During the championships on Nov. 12, the game went into overtime after Mt. View and Parkrose tied 7-7. However, Parkrose lost 8 – 11 against Mt. View. They placed 2nd in state.

“It hurts. It wasn’t about this year, all work I’ve put in over the last 3 years, all the work my teammates have put in… coming up short was just a slap in the face,” Grant said.

Instead of letting their loss at state bring them down, team members said they’ll use it as motivation for next year.

As McElhaney said, “Getting second place is a great place to leave the program for the next years to come. Our team wouldn’t have wanted to lose any other way, but over time, and that’s what happened.”

“It was a good year with a disappointing end,” Grant said.

This year we’ve had more support than we’ve ever had,” said Sadie McElhaney, another captain.

One of the three losses came at their second game against Reynolds Oct. 25. Parkrose beat Reynolds previously on Sept. 29.

“It was a really close game. We had the same amount of experience. It’s sad that we lost but these kind of thing happen,” McElhaney said.

That loss was followed by a win against Hood River, which was their playoff game.

“If anything, losing against Reynolds made us even more hungry for the next games to come,” junior and team captain Ben Anctil said. “We don’t ever want to lose again… ultimately our hard work reaped our accomplishments this season.”

Many players have been recognized with individual awards, including two of the captains: senior and team captain Thomas Grant was MVP in the Mt. Hood conference, and Anctil was ranked first as goalie in the Mt. Hood conference.

The team qualified for playoffs after winning 13 – 4 against Hood River on Oct. 27. They went to playoffs on Nov. 3, sitting first in their league with a score of 17 – 6.  On Nov. 11, the water polo team headed to the state championships in Corvallis.

On Nov. 11, they won the semifinals match 10 – 4 against Ashland.  During the championships on Nov. 12, the game went into overtime after Mountain View and Parkrose tied 7-7. However, Parkrose lost 8 – 11, placing second in state.

“It hurts. It wasn’t about this year. All the work I’ve put in over the last 3 years, all the work my teammates have put in… coming up short was just a slap in the face,” Grant said.

Instead of letting their loss at state bring them down, team members said they’ll use it as motivation for next year.

“Getting second place is a great place to leave the program for the next years to come,” McElhaney said. “Our team wouldn’t have wanted to lose any other way but in overtime, and that’s what happened.”

“It was a good year with a disappointing end,” Grant said.

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Photo By Parker Trevillyan

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