Milford’s varsity girls and boys water polo teams have again proven themselves to be statewide powers. They both placed among the top four in Ohio at the state tournament that took place last weekend at Mason High School.
The E-Gals placed third. They lost in the state semi-finals to Thomas Worthington High School of the Columbus area 11-10. The Red and White trailed the Cardinals 4-3 and 6-3 after the first two periods, but rallied to knot the score at 7 going into the final stanza.
Senior Gwen Storch scored seven of the Milford goals, senior Julilyn Brown, junior Samantha Glasgow, and senior Sarah Frank added the others. Senior Allison Burtoft and Glasgow had two assists apiece and Storch and Frank added others. Brown and Burtoft made two steals each.
Brown scored four points, Storch four, Glasgow and senior Naomi Week two, and senior Shelby Garber and Burtoft one. Brown swiped the ball six times and made three blocks and one assist. Storch had two assists.
"The second quarter against Worthington hurt us, but we were actually up in the fourth quarter," said Gary Tameris, Milford head coach. "We clicked on all cylinders against Napoleon. The whole starting line-up clicked together."
"It was a terrific season. We finished 29-4 and that's a very respectable record. We'll take it. . .
"We're losing some quality high profile people and the underclassmen are going to have to step it up next year."
The Eagles, in the state semis, lost to Thomas Worthington 12-10 in overtime. Milford was down 3-2 after the first period, up 6-4 at the half and down again, 9-8, going into the final stanza. The score at the end of regulation time was 10-each.
Senior Dan Matulis made five goals for the Eagles, senior Gil Marchant three, and junior Clark McCloud two. Matulis made two assists and had two steals, Marchant had two assists and McCloud one. sophomore Nick Brown had 12 blocks.
"We didn't execute in our one-ups," said Tameris who is the head coach of the boys, too.
Against Toledo St. Francis DeSales' Knights, Milford lost 9-6 being behind at each rest 3-1, 8-4, and 9-4. Matulis made all six of the Eagles' points.
"Our offense just couldn't click and the defense struggled, but we have nothing to be ashamed of. They've had a great season. We're losing some very good seniors, but we've got some good underclassmen coming back," Tameris concluded. He has been the head of the Milford water polo program he organized exactly 20 years ago.
The Eagles concluded their stellar season with a 13-10-1 record.
The other Milford seniors are Cassy Kupka,Eric Sanders, Alex Grahsel Timo Lange, Chris Williams, and Jared Bussell.
Tameris recorded his prestigious 200th career victory as the girls' head honcho. The E-Gals defeated Northview High School.
"It was a nice historic goal I achieved," Tameris said.