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Rain City Offers Clinic During Winter Break

Rain City Water Polo will host a Winter Water Polo Clinic on December 28, 29 & 30, on Mercer Island. The three-day event will feature a college recruiting seminar and panel, and a two-day skills clinic led by Rain City coaches and current and former collegiate athletes.

Open to boys & girls grades 8-12
December 28-30, 2015, 7:30-9:30pm
Monday, 12/28: Seminar & Panel @ Mercer Island Beach Club, 8326 Avalon Drive, Mercer Island

Tuesday, 12/29 & Wednesday, 12/30: Skills clinic, 7:30-9:30pm @ Mercer Island Country Club (indoor facility)

$20 for all 3 days

Panelists and clinic leaders will include: Marco Stanchi (Stanford), Tim Hummel (Loyola Marymount), Liz Kreek (Arizona State), Topher Lacrampe (Occidental), Coach David Carson (George Washington University)

Registration will be available soon on the Rain City web site:


Winter Water Polo Starts December 1

The Enumclaw Pool and Enumclaw High School will offer Open Pool Water Polo workouts on Tuesday and Thursday nights, from 8:00-9:30, starting on Tuesday, December 1. Workouts are intended for young athletes interested in learning about water polo and learning and practicing water polo skills. This is an excellent opportunity to try water polo during the off-season, and prepare for the upcoming high school season.

Workouts are supervised by EHS coaches and led by veteran high school players

Workouts are open to middle school boys, and middle and high school girls from any school. For more information, contact EHS coach Bob Averill at enumclawpolo@gmail.com.

Curtis Vikings Win State Championship Title

The Curtis High School Boys Water Polo Team finished their undefeated 2015 campaign with a win over Bellevue in the State Championship game on Saturday to claim the Washington State Boys Water Polo State Championship.

The dramatic win, 9-7 in overtime, claimed the title from the four-time defending State champion Bellevue Wolverines.

The two teams played to a 1-1 tie after one period, and Curtis held a slim 2-1 halftime advantage. The Vikings stretched their lead to two goals after three periods, but Bellevue fought back to tie the game 6-6 at the end of regulation play.

High school rules mandate two three-minute overtime periods in the event of a tie, even if one team holds a lead after the first overtime. Curtis held a 7-6 lead after one overtime, and sealed the deal with a 9-7 lead at the end of the second overtime, to clinch the win.

The Vikings went undefeated throughout their 2015 season, with an average margin of victory of 13 goals in their regular season games. Curtis had convincing wins over their division opponents to claim first place in the South Division. and won the Region II Championship to qualify for State.

This was the third time in the past four years that Curtis and Bellevue have faced off in the championship game. The Wolverines have won the championship four the previous four years; the Vikings held the previous title, in 2010.

All-Tournament Teams

MVP Sam Abbott - Curtis
MVP Defense AJ Rossman - Bellevue
MVP Goalie Andrew Gronlund - Curtis
Coach of the Year Dennis Piccolotto - Curtis

First Team
Andrew Gronlund - Curtis
Sam Abbott - Curtis
Ryan St. John - Curtis
Cameron Hayes - Bellevue
Zack Rossman - Bellevue
Conner Vacca - Mercer Island
Beau Pasquier - Puyallup

Second Team
Troy Friedman - Curtis
Garrett Friedman - Curtis
AJ Rossman - Bellevue
Mario Abdel Shahed - Bellevue
Ford Witman - Mercer Island
Hunter Peshkin - Mercer Island
Christian Braddock - Puyallup

Honorable Mention

David Ling - Curtis
Mina Abdel Shahed - Bellevue
Erik Raisys - Mercer Island
Austin Stump - Puyallup
Dawson Allen - Gig Harbor
Jake Underwood - Gig Harbor
Taylor Power - Roosevelt
Wilson Ives - Roosevelt
Jake Davies - Kentridge
Jonathan Borte - Kentridge
Alex Toney - Auburn Mountainview 

Washington State Tournament Results

Washington State Tournament Results

Thursday, November 12
Puyallup 14, Roosevelt 7
Bellevue 22, Auburn Mountainview 6
Mercer Island 18, Kentridge 4
Curtis 19, Gig Harbor 0

Friday, November 13
Roosevelt 13, Auburn Mountainview 11
Gig Harbor 19, Kentridge 7
Bellevue 16, Puyallup 6
Curtis 11, Mercer Island 5

Saturday, November 14
Puyallup 9, Gig Harbor 2
Mercer Island 17, Roosevelt 7
Kentridge 12, Auburn Mountainview 11 OT
Gig Harbor 14, Roosevelt 8
Mercer Island 14, Puyallup 13
Curtis 9, Bellevue 7

1st Curtis
2nd Bellevue
3rd Mercer Island
4th Puyallup
5th Gig Harbor
6th Roosevelt
7th Kentridge
8th Auburn Mountainview

Check out this site after the tournament for more detailed coverage.

Bellevue and Curtis Play for State Championship

For the third time in the past four years, Bellevue and Curtis will square off in the Washington State Boys High School Water Polo Championship Game, on Saturday, November 14.

Four-time defending State Champion Bellevue beat Puyallup 16-6 in the first semi-final game on Friday to qualify for the title game. Undefeated Curtis earned their opportunity with an 11-5 win over Mercer Island in Friday's second semi-final. The championship game will take place at Curtis High School at 7:00 Saturday to conclude the State Tournament.

Earlier on Friday, Roosevelt beat Auburn Mountainview 13-11, and Gig Harbor beat Kentridge 18-11. Auburn Mountainview and Kentridge will play a consolation game at 1:00 Saturday.

Roosevelt will face Mercer Island, and Gig Harbor will play Puyallup, with the winners of those two game advancing to the 3rd place/4th place game at 5:00. The losing teams of those two games will play for 5th/6th place at 3:00.

Congratulations to all eight teams for successful seasons!

Local Clubs Offer Clinics with Hungarian Water Polo Coach Andres Merezs

Two area water polo clubs are offering water polo clinics this weekend, featuring former Hungarian Water Polo Coach Andres Merezs.

On Saturday, November 14, the Northwest Water Polo Club (NWPC) will be hosting a clinic at Woodridge Pool in Bellevue, WA from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The clinic is open to athletes of all ages, and costs $50.

Athletes will get a chance to learn Hungarian style drills and work on individual skills with one of the top coaches in the world.

Clinic time and location are subject to change. For more information, or to register, check out the NWPC web site:



On Sunday, November 15, Auburn Riverside High School will host two separate clinics at the Auburn Pool, one from 9:00 a.m. to noon, the other from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Each clinic is open to athletes of all ages, and costs $35.

To register for the Auburn Riverside clinic, click here.