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October 7, 2011 > Washington takes first place at Polofest

Washington takes first place at Polofest

Submitted By Coach Desiree Fasolis, Photo by a Washington HS student parent

The championship game between Washington High School Girls Varsity Water Polo team and Alhambra High School Saturday evening held at American High School was nothing short of incredible! Twelve teams across the North Coast Section were competing in the 2011 Tri-City Polofest held this past Friday and Saturday; a crucial tournament for NCS seeding. After an astonishing ride, the Huskies came together and defeated the Bulldogs 11-10 in overtime!

The game began like any other championship game, with both teams very excited and determined to become tournament champions. The Huskies had been dominating their bracket throughout the tournament, beating Granada 13-7, dominating Antioch 17-1, and Amador 13-5. Key players included Seniors Megan Ottoboni, Katelyn Clark, Erin Swardenski, Goalie Lauren Little, Samantha Steadman, Junior Katie Rodriggs and Sophomore Lauren Youhana.

However, halfway into the second quarter of the championship game, a critical error on Washington's side occurred when trying to substitute one player for another after an ejection was called. The refs mistakenly however gave the other team possession instead of awarding a 5M penalty throw. Both teams kept playing and going into the third quarter, WHS was beating Alhambra 7-5. Just as the third quarter was about to start, the refs realized that there was a misapplication of the rules or more commonly referred to as a "correctable error" regarding the previously made call.

The Alhambra coach who was affected by the correctable error was asked if he would like to go back "in time" to the point of the error, where Alhambra was ahead 4-3. In effect, all records that happened after the foul were erased; the game resumed play from the point of the error including taking the proper 5M penalty throw, which they made, making the score 5-3.

From that point on, the game stayed very close; Alhambra was close to becoming champions of the tournament in the fourth quarter with the score of 10-9. Washington, however, was not going to give up until the game was over; the Huskies came back in the very last seconds of the fourth quarter, tying it up 10-10. At that point, the game went into sudden death overtime in which the first team that scores wins.

Washington gave it their all in those last seconds. Senior Captain and superstar 2M Offender Megan Ottoboni, who scored 15 goals during the tournament, stole the ball from Alhambra while they were trying to run the clock down, throwing the ball to Senior and co-captain, Katelyn Clark and scoring to win the tournament 11-10!

Katelyn Clark, a top scorer and instrumental player for the Huskies also scored 13 goals during the tournament. Senior and Class President, Samantha Steadman, a critical perimeter player said it best, "With the Huskies, the game is not over till it's over. We have more heart than any team beyond NCS. We aren't a team, we are a family."

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