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Boys Water Polo State Championship Begins Friday

Posted on: October 26, 2017

SETTING THE SCENE: The 2017 Ohio State Boys Water Polo Championships will take place on Oct. 27-28, with action taking place at both Mason and Princeton High Schools. A total of 12 squads will be vying for the title of 2017 State Champion. Milford has earned the No. 9 seed after finishing the regular season with a 9-22 record. The Eagles are set to open play against No. 8 Sycamore on Friday at 1:30 p.m. on the campus of Princeton HS. The seeds for the tournament in order are: Worthington, St. Charles, Upper Arlington, Princeton, St. Francis, St. Xavier, Mason, Sycamore, Milford, Kilbourne, Napoleon and Sylvania. Click here for the full tournament schedule and brackets.

 

A LOOK BACK: Oct. 3 vs. Sycamore: Milford’s Senior Night match-up against Sycamore went to a golden goal overtime setting with the visiting Aves pulling out the 8-7 win. Braden Kennedy scored a trio of goals and Kam Weaver added two in the defeat. In goal Tyler Blimline had six steals and eight blocks, while Kennedy tacked on six steals and Matt Schnelle had four.

 

Milford Invite vs. St. Francis: A pair of goals by Branham Leavens wasn’t enough as the Eagles fell by a 9-6 score to St. Francis. Nathan Klick had five steals in the defeat, while Tyler Blimline had seven blocks and a pair of steals in net.

 

Milford Invite vs. Sycamore: For the second time in less than a week, Sycamore get the best of Milford, this time knocking off the Eagles by an 11-5 score. Branham Leavens scored another pair of goals, while Matt Schnelle and Will Bradley each came up with a pair of steals. In goal, Tyler Blimline had six blocks.

 

Milford Invite vs. Upper Arlington: Milford couldn’t reverse its luck at its own invitational as they fell by an 11-4 score to Upper Arlington. Matt Schnelle was the high scorer with a pair of goals, while Tyler Blimline picked up five steals and four blocks in goal. Braeden Kennedy and Evan Higgins combined for eight steals in the defeat.

 

Milford Invite vs. Mason: The Eagles closed Milford Invitational play with a 13-11 shootout victory over Mason. Matt Schnelle and Jan Rae Chavez each scored three times, with one of the latter’s scores coming in the shootout. Braedan Kennedy scored twice, while Chavez tacked on four steals, Schnelle added three, as did Evan Higgins. Tyler Blimline came up big in goal, highlighted by a pair of shootout blocks among his four for the game.

 

Oct. 10 at Oakwood: The Eagles closed the regular season with a 14-13 win at Oakwood behind eight goals from Braeden Kennedy.

 

POLL TALK: In the final Ohio High School Water Polo rankings, both Milford squads were ranked ninth in the state, thus earning the No. 9 seed in the state tournament. The rankings are computed with a unique formula where teams earn two points for a winning record in a series against any Ohio team. If the series is tied, each team will earn one point. A team will earn zero points for a losing record in a series. The number of points is divided by the number of series played for an overall score. Games against non-Ohio teams do not count in the rankings but are reported in the overall record.