- Mercer Island
- Auburn Mountainview
- Auburn Riverside
- Lakes 10. Emerald Ridge (tie)
The regular season is over and now we wait for the State tournament to begin on Wednesday Nov. 7th. Not much action besides the wild card last week to determine the last three entrants to State. Mercer Island remains at No. 1 and most likely will be the top seed at State. Bellevue traveled to Enumclaw and prevailed with a 14 to 9 victory over the Hornets. Nothing to write home about but good enough to keep the No. 2 ranking. The Lions of Auburn Mountainview were idle ( I think) and stay put at No. 3. The Curtis Vikings hosted Bainbridge and coasted to an 18 to 5 victory in their final prep for State. Newport remains very quiet at No . 5. I guess we only have to wait a few more days to see if their lofty ranking is deserved. The Auburn Riverside Ravens are still No. 6 and can't wait to make up for last years' performance at State and move up in the final rankings. Enumclaw had their final regular season game against Bellevue which didn't help their win/loss record but gives them valuable experience heading into State. Roosevelt's wild card implosion allows Enumclaw to move up one spot to No. 7. Puyallup also moves up one spot to No. 8. Their late season surge secured a 2nd place finish in the West and the Vikings look ready to possibly make some noise at State. The Peninsula Seahawks were able to win a tiebreaker with Lakes to earn third place in the West division and avoid the wild card mayhem. Peninsula jumps back into the rankings at No. 9. Emerald Ridge Jaguars must have had their Wheaties prior to the wild card because they looked like a team on a mission as they powered past Stadium, Roosevelt and Bainbridge to advance to State. Welcome back to the rankings at No. 10, but your not alone. Lakes lost the tiebreaker to Peninsula which placed them in the wild card. Once in the wild card, the Lancers ran the table with wins over Kentridge, Bainbridge, and Roosevelt. Lakes advances to State and shares the No. 10 ranking this week. For the Roosevelt Roughriders, OUCH! Everything looked good until game your second game of the wild card and then it just seemed to evaporate. Youth combined with playoff pressure often leads to heartbreak. Still not sure what Roosevelt was doing in the wild card, but their inability to closeout games proved costly and there will be no memorable State tournaments moments for Roosevelt this year. An overtime victory over Roosevelt secured a spot at State, but no spot in the rankings this week. Bainbridge, welcome to State. No one really gave the Spartans a chance, but it doesn't matter what others believe as long as you believe in yourself. It's been a tough season for Bainbridge but that is all behind them with a come from behind victory over Roosevelt. Enjoy every minute of your State experience. Congratulations!
The path to winning is filled with obstacles and many of them are mental. Water Polo may be physically challenging, but it's not overly complicated. The team that consistently brings a high level of focus with execution of the fundamentals both offensively and defensively usually wins. Throw in a spectacular play or two, some clock management down the stretch, and well placed timeouts and a 2012 champion will be crowned.
(The Committee made an error on the original posting this week and erroneously stated that Emerald Ridge defeated Lakes in the wild card. These teams did not play in the Wild Card. Both teams were undefeated in the Wild Card Tournament and advance to State. The Committee's error left Lakes out of the original rankings which would not have been the case had the error not been made. My sincere apologies to the Lakes Lancers.)