By Evan Mohl
Four things to watch at the Texas High School Coaches Water Polo Association State Tournament
• Will the Clear Lake Lady Falcons lose?
Most likely not. The Lady Falcons are 25-0 with the No. 1 ranking in the state. They won the South Region Tournament in a 15-3 snoozer. The closest contest all year was a 3-goal game against Clear Creek in the regional semifinals, 10-7. Expect a second straight title for the Clear Lake girls.
• Can the Clear Creek boys avoid an upset?
Since their 2004 title, the Wildcats have yet to make it to the championship game. They finished a disappointing seventh last year despite a No. 2 ranking in the state. It’s single elimination, so every game counts.
“We need to avoid looking ahead,” senior captain and South Region MVP Bobby Woolweaver said. “We have one chance.”
• Is this the real state championship?
This is the toughest question facing Texas high school water polo. Since the split (read Evan’s article about it here) created two associations with two separate championships, no one knows the true state champion. The disagreement between coaches over what season to play really just hurts the sport and the kids. This is not the way to get recognition or gain popularity.
The spring water polo association (The Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association) is much deeper. It includes teams from Dallas and San Antonio as well as Houston.
But the fall league (The Texas High School Water Polo Coaches Association) has the traditional powerhouses. Before the split, THSWPCA teams had taken nine of the last 13 girls championships and 11 of the last 14 titles on the boys side. All the squads in the THSWPCA are from the greater Houston area.
• Is a Clear Lake-Clear Creek boys final inevitable?
It certainly would provide drama. These two are bitter rivals and the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the state. They treated fans to an incredible triple overtime regional final (16-15). All contests between these two this season have been decided by two goals or less. Lake leads the series 2-1.
Cypress Falls and Cypress Creek could pose challenges. Clear Creek needed a come-from-behind win to beat Falls 8-7 in earlier this year. Cypress Creek played both teams close.
Still, a Lake-Creek final would certainly be sweet.