Ram water polo state tournament run begins with district victory

Coach McWatters talks to the Rams water polo team.

“Give everything you have and leave nothing,” senior co-captain Eric Chisholm summed up the attitude of this year’s senior class of 11 veterans.

The Michigan Water Polo Association West Region district championships opened this past Friday, Oct. 21, at the Rockford pool. The Rams entered the tournament ranked second in the state with an overall record of 36-2.

The Ram water polo program has a long history of deep successful runs in the state tournament. Once again, the Rams look forward to being a force to reckon with in this year’s state tournament.

Senior goalie Matt Vermeer said, “We have been waiting for four years to make the run as seniors, and we are excited and prepared for this.”

Senior Jared Seifert passes the ball.

The West Region district is divided into two flights. Number two state-ranked Rockford secured a number one seed in the East flight while third-ranked Hudsonville was the top seed in the West.

The Rams opened play Saturday morning, facing the East Grand Rapids Pioneers. The Rams came out on fire, scoring two goals in the first 1:40. The Ram depth was too much for the Pioneers and, in a total team effort, Rockford came away with a 15-1 victory.

The Rams kept the adrenaline going as they faced the Grandville Bulldogs for the West Region East district championship. Once again a total team effort overwhelmed the opponent as the Rams dominated the Bulldogs on their way to a 17-4 victory.

Senior co-captain Eric Chisholm shoots.

Not only did the victory give the Rams the championship, but also set them up as the number one seed in next weekend’s regional match-ups at East Kentwood. District tournament leaders for the Rams were Grant Beach in scoring, senior Allyn Kinney in assists, and senior Mac Finnie in steals.

 

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