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Gig Harbor Claims State Title

The Gig Harbor Tides claimed the Washington State Girls Water Polo Championship on Saturday for the third consecutive year. The Tides earned the title with a 7-2 win over the Curtis Vikings in Saturday night's Championship Game.

Earlier in the day, Newport beat Bellevue to claim third place in State.

Washington State Final Standings:
1. Gig Harbor
2. Curtis
3. Newport
4. Bellevue
5. Puyallup
6. Mercer Island
7. Enumclaw
8. Lakes

Congratulations, all, for a great season.

Gig Harbor, Curtis in State Championship Game

The 2016 Washington State High School Girls Water Polo Championship Game is set: Gig Harbor will face Curtis to determine the Washington State Champion on Saturday, May 28 at 7:00 pm.

The two teams advanced to the Championship Game with wins in Friday's semi-final games - Gig Harbor with a 13-4 win over Bellevue, Curtis beating Newport 13-5.

In earlier action on Friday, Puyallup beat Lakes 13-3, and Mercer Island beat Enumclaw in a dramatic 5-4 overtime win. On Saturday morning, Puyallup will face Newport, and Mercer Island will play Bellevue. The winners of those games will play off later Saturday for 3rd/4th place. The losing teams will play later Saturday for 5th/6th place.

At 1:00 Saturday, Enumclaw and Lakes will play for 7th/8th place.

Saturday's Games
Mercer Island 2, Bellevue 5
Puyallup 5, Newport 9
Lakes 4, Enumclaw 8
Mercer Island 5 . Puyallup 9
Bellevue 7Newport 9
Gig Harbor 7, Curtis 2

State Tournament Advances to Round Two

Round one of the 2016 Washington State Water Polo Tournament concluded on Thursday with four teams winning in the first round, and hopes to advance to Saturday's Championship Game.

Bellevue, Gig Harbor, Newport, and Curtis all won on Thursday, and will play in Friday's semi-final games.

The four teams that lost on Thursday will continue play, as well, and can finish as high as third place in the tournament. Puyallup and Lakes will face each other in Friday's first second round game; Enumclaw and Mercer Island will play in the second game of the day.

Friday's Games
3:30 Puyallup 13, Lakes 3
5:00 Enumclaw 4, Mercer Island 5
6:30 Bellevue 4, Gig Harbor 13
8:00 Newport 5, Curtis 13

State Tournament Starts Today

The Washington Girls High School Water Polo State Championship Tournament opens play today, Thursday, May 26, at Curtis High School, in University Place, WA.

Thursday's opening round consists of four games, with eight teams vying for the chance to advance to Saturday's Championship Game.

The second seed from Region II, Puyallup, will face Bellevue, the third seed from Region I, in Game 1 at 3:30. In Thursday's second game, defending State Champion and current West Division and Region I Champion, Gig Harbor, will face the #4 seed from Region II, Lakes at 5:00. At 6:30 East Division Champion Enumclaw and North Division Champion Newport will square off. Thursday's final game, at 8:00 will feature host team and West Division and Region II Champ Curtis versus Mercer Island.

All teams will play in Friday's second round action, and in at least one game on Saturday. Thursday's first round winners will play in Friday's semi-final games for the opportunity to advance to Saturday's Championship Game.

Best of Luck to all the teams.

Thursday's Games
Bellevue 7, Puyallup 5
Lakes 3, Gig Harbor 19
Enumclaw 2, Newport 9
Mercer Island 3, Curtis 17

State Tournament Lineup is Set

Girls water polo Regional Tournaments in Washington State have concluded, and eight teams have qualified for next week's State Tournament.

Gig Harbor claimed the Region I Championship, and Newport took second place. Bellevue earned the 3rd seed, and Mercer Island was fourth in Region I.

In Region II, Curtis claimed the title, Puyallup took second, Enumclaw third, and Lakes fourth.

Washington's State Tournament opens play on Thursday, May 26 at 3:30 at the Curtis High School Aquatic Center. Each of the eight teams will play one game on Thursday, and one on Friday. The final rounds will take place on Saturday, May 28, with some teams playing one game, and others playing two in the final day.

Day Two of Regional Tournaments

Girls water polo season enters the second day of Regional Tournament play on Saturday, with four teams already clinching State berths. In the Region I tournament, Gig Harbor and Newport have won their way to the Regional Championship Game on Saturday, and clinched berths in next weekend's State Tournament.

In Region II, Curtis and Puyallup have advanced to Saturday's Regional Championship Game, qualifying both teams for State.

The first two games at each tournament on Saturday will have the four teams that lost their opening round games playing for the opportunity to continue. The losing teams in those games will be eliminated from post-season play.

The third and fourth games of the day will include teams that lost Friday's second round of play, and will also be loser-out games. The Regional Championship Game at each site will be at 4:30, and the games for 3rd place/4th place are scheduled to start at 6:00.

The top four teams from each Regional tournament will advance to the State Tournament.

Saturday, May 21
Region I Tournament
10:00 Bainbridge Island 8Mercer Island 14
11:30 Wilson 11, Stadium 6
1:30 Mercer Island 12, Roosevelt 10
3:00 Wilson 3Bellevue 6
4:30 Gig Harbor 9, Newport 2
6:00 Mercer Island 2Bellevue 8

Region II Tournament
10:00 Tahoma 6, Rogers 7
11:30 Auburn 9, Auburn Mountainview 8
1:30 Rogers 7Lakes 11
3:00 Auburn 6Enumclaw 14
4:30 Puyallup 0Curtis 14
6:00 Lakes 4Enumclaw 5

Regional Tournaments, Day 1

Post-season play starts in girls water polo in Washington State on Friday, with two regional tournaments, and eight teams at each tournament competing for the chance to advance to next week's State tournament.

The Region I tournament is at Puyallup's Rogers High School, and teams from the North and West Divisions will be competing. The South and East Divisions will compete at the Region II tournament,,at Curtis High School, in University Place.

The top four teams from each Regional tournament will advance to the State tournament, held Thursday, May 26 through Saturday, May 28 at Curtis High School.

Friday, May 20
Region I Tournament
3:00 Bainbridge Island 11Bellevue 16
4:15 Mercer Island 3Gig Harbor 16
5:30 Roosevelt 13, Wilson 8
6:45 Stadium 5Newport 23
8:00 Bellevue 4, Gig Harbor 17
9:15 Roosevelt 4, Newport 13

Region II Tournament
3:00 Tahoma 5Puyallup 12
4:15 Rogers 2Enumclaw 5
5:30 Lakes 13, Auburn 5
6:45 Auburn Mountainview 0Curtis 19
8:00 Puyallup 7, Enumclaw 2
9:15 Lakes 2, Curtis 19