Skyline Topples Rockford "Dynasty," Hudsonville to Win First Michigan Title

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A sea change in Michigan where the Rockford dynasty was pushed aside for at least one year. Skyline made some noise defeating the Rams earlier in the season and did so again on the way to the state’s boys water polo championship on Saturday. The Eagles held the state’s top rank for several weeks this season, relinquished it, and have regained it with a title match win over last season’s runner-up Hudsonville, 12-8. has the story.

Four years ago, after not making the state tournament, the freshmen of the Ann Arbor Skyline water polo team decided something: One day, they were going to win the state championship trophy.

The Eagles did exactly that Saturday, defeating No. 1-ranked Rockford 8-7 in the morning semifinal, then topping Hudsonville 12-8 in the title game.

“It’s surreal,” said Skyline coach Rebecca Godek, whose voice was nearly gone from the day’s action. “These are the greatest group of guys there is. They are very special to me, and I’m so proud of them.”

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The 8-7 semifinal win against No. 1-ranked powerhouse Rockford was only the second time the Rams had lost all season.

The first loss? Also to Skyline.

“Beating Rockford is special to me,” said Godek, who was also named coach of the year. “They are the epitome of Michigan high school water polo.”


Source: Skyline water polo tops Rockford, Hudsonville on final day to claim first state title