Waterpolo starts off the week with two back-to-back games


Coming into this Monday and Tuesday, FH water polo had a strong desire to redeem themselves after their performances at the Zeeland/Hudsonville Invitational and against East Grand Rapids. As they had back to back games to start off this week, they had two opportunities to prove that they are a better team than the one they have been playing as.

On Monday, April 24, the ladies played East Lansing high school and won 11-6. The girls played really well as there was a lot of good communication and offensive drives throughout the game which allowed the team to get some nice goals.

“Everyone was really excited before and after the game because East Lansing is the team we will likely face in the first round of districts so this victory meant a lot,” junior Ashley Schenck said.

On Tuesday, April 25, the girls were determined to keep the win streak going. Sadly, the girls lost 9-7 against West Ottawa HS. This wasn’t the outcome they wanted nor expected–it was a bad game day. Everyone on the team struggled a little against West Ottawa which gave their opponent the opportunity to score off breakaways.

JV/varsity player Alex Ophoff commented from a spectator perspective saying, “We were not supposed to lose that game at all.”

Even though the game was rough, there were good plays such as how Sydney VanLente scored a goal within the last second of the quarter. The team learned a lot from this game and had many good offensive plays such as the play “cap” which allowed the girls to get a goal within 7 seconds of our time out.

Ashley Schenck is a player who always sees the bright side of things. This is shown when she said, “Despite this unfortunate loss, the team is excited to have the opportunity to bounce back when we go up against East Kentwood on Thursday. East Kentwood is currently second in our district and a win could really help us advance in seeding.”

The girls were not by any means expecting to lose the game against West Ottawa. It was devastating and none of the girls want to even think about it. In order to move on, the girls are now focusing on the big things ahead– their game against East Kentwood on Thursday.

FH waterpolo’s next game is going to be an intense, important one as it is against East Kentwood. It will be held at the FH Aquatic Center, on Thursday, April 27, at 7:00 P.M. Every time the FH girls’ have played against the EK Falcons, they have lost. This time, the girls’ want to change their fate and come out victorious.