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September 16, 2009 > Newark Memorial girls win water polo tournament; Irvington third

Newark Memorial girls win water polo tournament; Irvington third

By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 11-12, Newark Memorial hosted an eight-team high school girls water polo tournament. Four games were played on Friday and eight on Saturday to determine first through eighth places in the tournament.

Schools participating, besides host NM, were Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, Freedom from Oakley, Granada of Livermore, Heritage from Brentwood, Fremont's Irvington High, Livermore and Pinole Valley in Pinole.

Friday's games determine which four winners would move on to the championship bracket on Saturday and the four losers would play in Saturday's consolation bracket.

Two championship bracket winners Saturday morning played for first and second on Saturday afternoon while championship losers in the morning played for third and fourth place in their afternoon game.

Consolation winners Saturday morning played for fifth and sixth place Saturday afternoon and losers battled for seventh and eighth in the first afternoon game. This last place game was probably the most entertaining of the four finals.

Irvington opened against Freedom on Friday with an 8-4 victory. DeAnna Farely led the Vikings with three goals followed by Katie Lovejoy and Krista Chan, two each, and Katie Lee, one. Irvington's goalie, Jade Wellman, made 10 saves for Head Coach Jen Galan and her assistant Kat Ashley.

Host NM played the last game of day one against Livermore and won 9-1. Leading scorer for Head Coach and Tournament Director Gordon Crosby's Cougars was Kayla Wood, four goals, Megan Averill and Alyssa Hess, two each and one goal was scored by Lindsey Schaefer. NM goalie Lizzie Lemos had 11 saves.

Day two morning saw Irvington lose to Granada 12-5 with Lovejoy getting three goals and Farely two for the Vikings. Wellman saved seven Granada shots on goal. Host Cougars second game saw them defeat Heritage, 17-1.

Top scorers for Newark were Hess, seven, Wood, four, Angela Longarini, two, and Ahalya Nalamothu, Tory Gerome and Schaefer, one each. Lemos made five saves before Wood replaced her in goal and saved another three shots.

Saturday afternoon, Irvington played for third place while NM played for the championship. In the game against Heritage, the Vikings came away with the third place trophy by winning, 12-7. Farely scored 4 times, Lovejoy, three, Chan, two, and one each were deposited in Heritage's goal by Lee, Devan Seeley and Brittany Tan. Wellman had eight saves in Irvington's third place win.

For the Host Cougars, they would keep the championship trophy at home as they defeated Granada, 11-4. Scorers for the champs were Hess, five, Schafer, two, and Wood, Averill and Gerome, one. Lemos added 11 more saves to the championship run.

Final order of placement, one through eight, was Newark Memorial, Granada, Irvington, Heritage, Freedom, Livermore, Bishop O'Dowd and Pinole Valley.

This week, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18-19, the boys will hit the water for their 2009 Newark Memorial Tournament. Same format will be used as was done in the girl's tournament. Friday's round one games will have 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. starts with each game lasting about 55 minutes. Five of the high schools that sent teams to the girl's tournament will also send boy's teams. New schools will be American and Mission San Jose of Fremont and Liberty of Brentwood.

Friday's schedule has Irvington play game one against Bishop O'Dowd at 3 p.m., game two, Mission San Jose-Granada, game three, American-Livermore and game four at 6 p.m., Newark Memorial-Liberty. You can then follow game four with the Milpitas at Newark Memorial football game at 7 p.m.

Saturday's schedule has the first game starting at 9 a.m. and the eighth and championship game at 4 p.m. All six games in between are scheduled to start on the hour.

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