TWp Digest: MI, UT Prep Champs Decided Saturday; Zeeland Falls in OT Opener; Kearns in Finals Again

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The prep water polo season ends today with five champions to be crowned, four in Utah and a girls’ titleist in Michigan. There tournament hosts Zeeland produced the most drama during opening round matches on Friday with an overtime loss to third ranked Skyline. Three of the four tournament finalists hail from Ann Arbor with Hudsonville the lone Western school remaining.

In Utah they’ve been going at it since Thursday. Growth in the sport appears clear as the tournament now includes three separate divisions per gender. The 4A favorites, Kearns, have advanced again to play in both the boys and girls finals on Saturday.

Zeeland water polo falls in OT in state tournament opener – Sports – Holland Sentinel – Holland, MI
The Zeeland girls water polo team hung with No. 3 Ann Arbor Skyline through regulation and the first overtime period. In the state tournament opener, Skyline’s Riley Beemer scored with 22 seconds remaining in the second overtime to beat Zeeland 6-5 at Zeeland. Zeeland’s Erin Elzinga launched a shot with seven second remaining that was tipped over the goal. Sarah Heemstra fired one as time expired, but it was also tipped over the goal. “It stings to lose a game like that, but there is no reason

Hudsonville continues season following 14-7 state quarterfinal win over Dexter –
Hudsonville defeated Dexter 14-7 on Friday during a state quarterfinal match at Zeeland. The Eagles gained an early advantage after outscoring Dexter 7-3 in the opening half.

Ann Arbor Huron showcases balanced attack during 8-3 victory over East Kentwood –
Ann Arbor Huron maintained its focus on earning a state championship following an 8-3 state quarterfinal win on Friday against East Kentwood.

Ann Arbor Skyline stuns Zeeland East/West 6-5 in overtime –
Ann Arbor Skyline outlasted Zeeland East/West on Friday in a 6-5 overtime win during a state quarterfinal match at Zeeland.

Ann Arbor Pioneer girls water polo team tops Rockford 8-5 in state tourney opener –
Led by its balanced attack, the Ann Arbor Pioneer girls water polo team defeated Rockford 8-5 in a state tourney opener on Friday. Lehna Smallwood, Abbey Stepnitz and Brianna Coury each scored two goals for Pioneer.

Hoeve cousins leads Zeeland water polo into state tourney at home – Sports – Holland Sentinel – Holland, MI
Cousins that are close, are more like siblings.If they are the same age, they might just be inseparable.It is rare to see Paige and Sam Hoeve apart.Over the years, the Zeeland juniors have lived next door — sometimes even in the same house — and are near the pool a lot, especially during water polo season.”Sam and I have been best friends since we were born,” Paige said. “We were next door neighbors for a long time. We actually lived in the same house for about nine months while