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Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Water Polo · ‘We fought as hard as we could’ in regional championship OT loss


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Skyline’s Eagles took home the 2nd place trophy for Michigan’s East Region after an overtime battle against Okemos to end a weekend of championship water polo at East Lansing High School.
The team lost the game 12-9 after giving up three goals in the two overtime periods, capping a tough and well-played game full of turnovers, exclusions and breath-taking moments for everyone in the stands.
“It was an awesome game, well-played, well -fought,” said Skyline Head Coach Reb Godek.
She added: “It was maybe our most physical game of the season.”
The game started with a single Skyline goal in the first quarter when Keegan Gardner scored during an Okemos penalty. They hit the break down 3-1.
Two goals came in the second quarter, one each by Wilson Noll and Matteo Procoppe. That countered just one goal by Okemos, leaving the Eagles behind by one goal, 4-3, as they headed into the half. But they also went into the break with a wave of momentum after successfully killing multiple 6-on-5 opportunities for Okemos. A one point, Okemos controlled the ball and the Eagles were playing down a player, yet Matteo stole the ball and spoiled their attempt to score.
The third quarter started with adrenaline flowing in the water and in the stands, as everyone in East Lansing’s natatorium was riveted on play. The Eagle’s first goal came as Matteo and Keegan were near the Okemos net as the goalie tried to clear the ball. Matteo got control of it – and the goalie was out of the net. He popped the ball to Keegan, who knew what to do with an empty net.
Matteo got the next goal and the team was up for a while. They ended the quarter at 6-6, a score that only reflects a fraction of the pressure put on Eagles goalie Mason Hickman, who blocked shot after shot. Eagles defenders Alex Eisman, Shane Wilson, Josh Smith and Patrick Dempsey added to the turnover count and pressing, keeping the team’s momentum and hopes for a win alive.
By the end of the fourth quarter, the Eagles were down 8-6, Ethan Procoppe had been ejected and multiple Skyline players were playing with 2 exclusions and the threat of heading to the bench with one more. But they rallied and each player stepped up for crisp focus as they saw the clock ticking and the need to act – fast. Matteo threw one into the net at 1:39, raising hopes for a tie. And with just seconds to go, Keegan found himself close to the net with the ball, throwing in it to even the score. One last chance to score came with 3 seconds, and Matteo shot a bullet – but an Okemos player deflected it before it could reach the net.
The team headed into two 3-minute overtimes, knowing their hopes for a Regional Championship win would be decided in 6 minutes. After a couple of tough penalties, the Eagles couldn’t battle onto the scoreboard.
“The difference-maker was our ejections,” Godek said. “We drew five and we had 16 ejections against us.
“That’s probably a record,” she said. “That’s not a good number.”
Godek said she was proud of the team’s fight, noting that Okemos had size over the Eagles – but Skyline’s effort closed the gap.
“You saw feet coming out of the water, you saw elbows to the head,” Godek said. “… It was extremely physical.
“We fought as hard as we could.”
Godek and JV Coach Matt Graziano took home the 2nd place East Regional Trophy on behalf of the team.
Now Skyline advances to the state tournament Nov. 10-11 at Ann Arbor Huron High School.


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Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Water Polo · Skyline scores another big win in water polo regionals


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Goals, turnovers and smart playing by Skyline’s Eagles defined their second win of the high school boys water polo regional tournament games.
The boys beat the Holt-East Lansing team at their home high school on Saturday morning. The 20-5 win sends the Eagles into the regional finals against rival Okemos.
First period goals came from Wilson Noll (2), Ethan Procoppe, Matteo Procoppe and Shane MacNeil, who scored during a 6-on-5 penalty.
As the team built their lead, they used turnovers to their advantage in the last three quarters. Keegan Gardner took one turnover, passing the ball to Matteo for another goal. Matteo scored on a 5-meter shot, following another goal from Wilson and one from Keegan.
The third quarter started with a goal from Keegan with 1 second left on the shot clock. More goals came from Ethan and Matteo before Wilson stole the ball and raced it to the net. Goalie Mason Hickman blocked a strong shot as the opposition tried to run the next play, then Matteo scored again. The Eagles showed their ability to set up a play with the next goal, when Matteo passed to Keegan in front of the goal; Keegan tipped the ball to Wilson, who knocked it it. The quarter ended at 16-5 after Wilson made another steal, taking it in for the goal.
Sophomore goalie Nicky Boucher relieved Mason for the 4th after the varsity goalie distinguished himself on several well-aimed shots. The team won the ball out of the sprint, thanks to the teamup of Ben Keith and Derek Mrachko, both of whom moved up from JV for post-season play.
During the 4th, Matteo scored two more goals as defenders Ethan Procoppe, Nick Pachera and Ben pressed hard to hold onto the lead. The last two goals came from Derek and Ben, who scored after a thrilling breakaway.
The last game of regional weekend play starts at 3:15 p.m. Saturday, October 28, at East Lansing High School. Skyline plays Okemos for the regional title and top seed of Eastern Division as the boys head into states Nov. 10-11 at Ann Arbor Huron.


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Eagles News · Event Recap: Week of October 21 – October 27


Saturday, Oct 21st

Boys Varsity Water Polo
@ Open Date
N/A
Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Mt. Morris High School
N/A

Sunday, Oct 22nd

No event results

Monday, Oct 23rd

No event results

Tuesday, Oct 24th

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Dexter High School
N/A
Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Dexter High School
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Dexter High School
N/A

Wednesday, Oct 25th

Boys Varsity Cross Country
A2 Run Co End of Autumn
N/A

Thursday, Oct 26th

Girls Varsity Swimming
Saline Area Schools
N/A

Friday, Oct 27th

Boys Varsity Cross Country
MHSAA Regionals @ Huron Meadows, Brighton
N/A
Boys Varsity Water Polo
@ Open Date
N/A

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Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Water Polo · Skyline water polo wins state bid after scoring blitz


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Ann Arbor Skyline’s boys water polo team started regional playoffs on Friday, October 27, with a high-scoring game against Birmingham Groves, winning both the contest and a place in the state finals.
The final score was 19-11 – with 11 of the Eagles’ goals coming from senior standout Matteo Procoppe.
Parents, siblings and fans in the stands at East Lansing High School had plenty to cheer for during the entire game, as the full team got plenty of playing time before the win.
The first quarter started with a 5-meter penalty shot by Matteo that danced into the net. Senior powerhouse Wilson Noll followed that with three goals, including taking one pass in front of the net from freshman Ethan Procoppe and pushing into in for the score.
That quarter ended at a 4-4 tie, and the Eagles came back from the break ready to dominate.
Matteo scored five goals, including one on a pass from junior starter Keegan Gardner and another on a 5-meter shot. Ethan added one, leaving the game at 10-5 at the half.
Five more goals followed in the 3rd, including one by Matteo who walked it right up to the goal after faking the goalie out of the net. Keegan nailed one from about 7 meters down the middle, with senior Josh Smith closing the scoring in the quarter.
The first goal in the fourth quarter came from sophomore Derek Mrachko, who took a mid-pool pass from Keegan and took aim at the net. Matteo scored two more in the fourth, one on a 6-on-5 opportunity.
Senior co-captain Liam Keating put the final goal onto the board.
This wasn’t just a game of goals. Mason Hickman made a number of key saves, including one fourth-quarter grab of a pass that broke up a threatening play before he handed over the net to sophomore Nicky Boucher.
Strong defensive moves kept a lid on the Groves scoring chances, including some hard pressing from senior Alex Eisman and junior Patrick Dempsey. And the Eagles kept the shots flying,with junior Shane MacNeil and sophomore Spencer Jyawook firing off some close calls.
Skyline will play two games on Saturday as the east side of the state determines its regional champions – and all games feed into the state meet seeding, so each matchup is critical for the season, said Head Coach Reb Godek.
The first game of the second round will be against Holt/East Lansing on Saturday, October 28, at 10:15 a.m. The second game will be at 2 p.m. or 3:15 p.m., depending on the morning outcome.


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Eagles News · All Teams Schedule: Week of October 23 – October 29


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Skyline High School, October 23 – October 29

MONDAY

October 23, 2017

No events happening

TUESDAY

October 24, 2017

5:30 PM Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Dexter High School
SCHEDULE
5:30 PM Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Dexter High School
SCHEDULE
7:00 PM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Dexter High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

October 25, 2017

4:15 PM Boys Varsity Cross Country
A2 Run Co End of Autumn
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

October 26, 2017

6:00 PM Girls Varsity Swimming
Saline Area Schools
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

October 27, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Cross Country
MHSAA Regionals @ Huron Meadows, Brighton
SCHEDULE
TBA Boys Varsity Water Polo
@ Open Date
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

October 28, 2017

TBA Boys Varsity Water Polo
@ Open Date
SCHEDULE
8:00 AM Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Ann Arbor Huron High School
SCHEDULE

SUNDAY

October 29, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Water Polo · Skyline boys win district water polo title


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The Skyline Eagles are the champions of their district following two wins at the Birdbath on Saturday, October 21.

Skyline hosted the tournament to find the top teams of the Michigan Water Polo East Region District 4. The team earned a day off on Friday, when the competition started – and it ended Saturday afternoon with a showdown against Dexter. In between, Skyline won the morning game against Ann Arbor Pioneer, 14-1.

“It’s exciting,” said Coach Reb Godek, following her team’s photo with their trophy.

Hosting the tournament without a game on Friday posed a different dynamic, she said, and it was one they had to overcome. The first game saw the Eagles start with some sluggishness, she said.

“I usually like having a Friday night game because it warms us up a little bit,” said Godek.

But by the final game, they team was pumped for victory – and Godek said every player contributed.

Dexter’s Dreadnaughts started the scoring in the championship game, but Keegan Gardner quickly answered it to get the Eagles onto the board. Four more goals followed in the first: Matteo Procoppe on a 5-meter shot, another by Keegan from set, Wilson Noll on a rebound after a shot by Matteo and another by Matteo as he jumped to tip in a pass near the net.

Skyline’s wave of scoring continued in the second quarter. The first goal was by Ethan Procoppe, who swam to the net after catching a pass at about 12 meters. Wilson sank a long pass from Matteo, the moments later scored as he spun toward the goal. Spencer Jyawook scored twice, using his speed to outrace defenders.

Keegan launched the third-quarter scoring, hitting the net from about five meters straight up the middle. Matteo got two more goals, while Ben Keith – who just moved up from JV – also scored.

The fourth quarter was the last 5 minutes playing in the Birdbath for the team’s seniors: Matteo, Wilson, Josh Smith, Liam Keating and Alex Eisman, who distinguished himself during the game with some smart defense. They played the full period with two other teammates who won’t return next season: Junior Goalie Mason Hickman and Freshman Ethan Procoppe. Goals came from Wilson, Alex and Josh, plus two from Ethan.

The final score for the boys’ final home game of the season: 19-3.

Godek said the game didn’t present a lot of surprises to the coaching staff. Instead, she saw a solid team ready to face the next wave of challenge. Regional games start Friday, October 27, in East Lansing.

“They’re playing as a team,” Godek said, “and that’s what this time of the season is all about.”

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Eagles News · Event Recap: Week of October 14 – October 20


Saturday, Oct 14th

Boys Varsity Water Polo
@ Pioneer High School
N/A
Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Open Date
N/A

Sunday, Oct 15th

No event results

Monday, Oct 16th

No event results

Tuesday, Oct 17th

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball
@ Saline Area Schools
N/A
Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Saline Area Schools
N/A
Girls Varsity Volleyball
@ Saline Area Schools
N/A

Wednesday, Oct 18th

No event results

Thursday, Oct 19th

Boys Varsity Cross Country
Jamboree #3 @ Hudson Mills
N/A
Girls Freshman Volleyball
@ Open Date
N/A
Girls Varsity Swimming
vs. Bedford High School
N/A
Boys Junior Varsity Football
vs. Dearborn High School
N/A

Friday, Oct 20th

Boys Varsity Water Polo
@ Open Date
N/A
Boys Varsity Football
@ Dearborn High School
N/A

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Boys Junior Varsity Water Polo, Boys Varsity Water Polo · It’s time to cheer for boys water polo in playoffs!


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The Skyline Eagles start their run to the 2017 high school boys water polo championships on Saturday, October 21, with their first district meet.
The boys finished first in league play, giving them a break on Friday night as the Eastern District of Michigan culling began. The Eagles are hosting the series at Skyline.
Their first game is at 9 am Saturday against Ann Arbor Pioneer, which beat Saline on Friday to advance to the semi-final round.
Their second game will be at 2 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. Saturday, depending on the outcome of the first game. That final game is the championship game for district, with the earlier matchup set as the consolation final.
The team automatically advances to Regional play, given their bye on Friday night. Those games will be battles among the best teams in the eastern half of Michigan. They take place October 27-28 at East Lansing High School.
The playoffs follow a tough water polo weekend for the boys in Rockford, where they played in the ROCK-tober tournament ahead of their Homecoming.
The Eagles, still ranked 2nd in the state, played number one Rockford, number four Hudsonville and two out-of-state teams. The boys lost to Rockford, but pulled out three wins – including a tense matchup against St. Xavier of Ohio.


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