Bucs' polo gets aggressive, cages Panthers

It hasn't sat well with members of the Grand Haven water polo squad that they entered Wednesday's game against West Ottawa having lost to the Panthers three straight times.
Nate Thompson
Sep 27, 2012

Many on both sides are familiar with one another, having played together during the West Ottawa Summer League.

“We lost to them twice (at weekend tournaments) this year and they shut us out going into districts last year,” said Bucs’ senior Josh Tooker. “It was a hard battle last year and it’s been a hard battle facing them this year, too.

“There’s extra motivation going against them because they are rivals and we know most of them off their team,” he added.

Grand Haven gained a measure of revenge at the Grand Haven Aquatic Center on Wednesday, using a stifling defensive performance that forced several turnovers to earn a 6-2 victory. The win improves Grand Haven’s season record to 4-8 and provides a glimmer of hope for their postseason fortunes.

“We gotta keep winning,” Tooker said. “We’ve got, I believe, two games we can lose, otherwise we aren’t going to make it (in districts). It’s a big motivation for us, because we host regionals this year, so we want that opportunity to make it to that round.”

Grand Haven charged out of the gates, as goals by Trey Jennings, Rory Thibault and Tooker gave the Bucs a 3-0 lead after the first period.

The offense dried up after that, however, as the Bucs were held scoreless throughout the second and third periods.

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