Haven polo scores road win over West Ottawa

Tribune Staff • Oct 11, 2018 at 12:15 AM

The No. 5-ranked Grand Haven boys water polo team traveled to West Ottawa on Wednesday for their final regular season game on the schedule.

The Buccaneers enter the game knowing they needed a win to clinch a second-seed in the upcoming district tournament, which would also give the team an automatic bid to the regional tournament at the end of the month.

Grand Haven did just that with a 13-8 win against their rivals from West Ottawa.

The Buccaneer offense found some early success, thanks to quick goals by Michael and Thomas MacDonald.

However, the team couldn't completely put the Panthers away at their home pool. The third and fourth quarters saw a competitive struggle, which was exacerbated when senior captain Ethan Ball was forced to sit on the sideline after attaining three kick outs. However, the Bucs were able to stay in the game thanks to their goalie, Mark Nordin, and strong set play by Mark Wilgenburg, as well as outside shooting from Jake Klayhorst and Thomas MacDonald.

Nordin recorded 14 saves and three steals to anchor the defense, while Thomas MacDonald and Mark Wilgenburg each tallied four goals on offense. Jake Klayhorst drew half of the team's kick outs against the Panthers thanks to his physical play.

Junior varsity: Grand Haven defeated West Ottawa, 9-6. Collin Kelly and Alec Korecki each had a goal and multiple steals, while Liam Reilly and Sam Timmer each added two goals.

The junior varsity team will host their final tournament of the season Oct. 19-20, while the varsity will compete at Zeeland for their postseason district tournament, which starts Oct. 19.

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