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Chehalem rallies at Junior Olympics

Water polo — The 16U girls team finishes strong to place fifth in their division


SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Much like the 18-and-under boys team had before them, the Chehalem Water Polo Club girls 16-and-under squad got off to a rough start at the Junior Olympics last week.

The Tigers were overmatched in losing their first three games by a combined score of 35-12, but turned around to win four of their last six games to finish fifth in their division by the tournament end Sunday.

Chehalem could not keep pace offensively in its opening games, falling 10-5 to Huntington Beach, 12-5 to Central California and 13-4 to Pacific Polo.

The Tigers, however, rebounded well, beating Placer County 13-4 thanks to an offensive outburst.

Tia Lattanzio exploded for six goals and three assists in the win, which also saw Elizabeth Andrews notch four goals and two assists, with Victoria Johnson adding three scores and four helpers. Grace Brockie backstopped a solid defensive effort, blocking six of the 10 shots she faced.

Chehalem had an opportunity to build some momentum in its next contest against Stanford B, but saw the victory slip through its grasp.

The two teams played to a 6-6 draw at halftime, but the Tigers surged ahead by winning the third quarter 3-0. Stanford, however, turned the tables in the fourth, scoring three of their own and shutting out Chehalem to force overtime, where the California team eventually prevailed 4-2 in a shootout.

Lattanzio and Andrews helped the Tigers get back on track, notching three goals apiece in a 10-3 victory over West Valley, which saw Brockie make six blocks.

Andrews took control in a 7-1 victory over Viper Pigeon Black, scoring four goals and distributing two assists, while Brockie blocked 11 of the 12 shots she faced. Johnson, Lattanzio and Remy Saunders added one goal apiece in the win.

OEP then halted Chehalem’s run with a 14-8 victory, but the Tigers closed out well, beating Santa Clara 9-5 to claim fifth in the Bronze Division with a 4-5 record.

Brockie blocked 69 of the 100 shots she faced in the tournament to lead the defense, which held its opponents to just 13 goals in Chehalem’s four wins.

Andrews led the team with 25 goals for the tournament, but also had eight assists and 19 steals.

Johnson led the team with 20 helpers, 25 steals and 23 earned ejections, with Lattanzio totaling 14 goals, 15 assists and 11 steals.



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