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East Lansing High School is the site of this weekend’s Michigan Water Polo Association boys state championship, an eight-team competition that gets underway at 4 p.m. today with the first of four quarterfinal matches.
Today’s lineup of games:
The quarterfinal winners will advance to Saturday’s semifinals, which begin at 10:30 a.m. Double-elimination play will continue throughout the day Saturday until the championship match, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The eight finalists advanced to this weekend’s play by finishing in the top four of their respective regionals the weekend of Nov. 1-2. Dexter defeated Pioneer 11-6 to win the East Region, and Huron defeated Skyline 9-6 in the third-place game. In the West Region championship Hudsonville defeated Rockford 20-3, and that was preceded by Zeeland’s 11-6 victory over Grand Haven in the third-place game.
Thus, Dexter and Hudsonville enter this weekend’s play as the top two seeds.
“If you’re a fan of water polo, or just someone interested in learning more about the sport, this is a perfect opportunity to see some of the best high school players in the state,” East Lansing coach Eric Spicer said in an interview prior to the regionals. “We’ll have roughly a thousand or so people come through the high school and into the community, so it’s a big deal for us to host this event.”
East Lansing, which forms a combined team along with Holt, lost a close game (16-14) to Ann Arbor Huron on Nov. 1 in the East Region quarterfinals at Groves High School in Birmingham, and thus was eliminated from further play in the state tournament.
The Trojans finished the season with a record of 26-11 and were represented on the East Region all-tournament first team by its top two scorers, senior Amadeo LeVeque of Holt and senior Matias Jimenez of East Lansing. Kai Spicer, an East Lansing sophomore, was named honorable mention for his play in the region tournament.
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