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TIGERS TAKE FIFTH PLACE AT STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
After losing the first two games, the Tigers came back with a pair of victories to place fifth in the 2008 Pennsylvania State Championships at North Penn High School. Senior goalie Cam Illes made 29 saves to lead NA to an 8-1 victory over defending state champion North Penn in game three. The Tigers finished the competition with a 7-5 win over Governor Mifflin in the game for fifth place.
In the opener, eventual State Champion Cumberland Valley defeated NA, 8-3. Senior Trenton Oczypok had a pair of goals while junior Elliott Baxter scored the other for the Tigers. Seniors Luis Rodriguez and Joey Weiland recorded two steals each while Illes posted 24 saves. In the second game, Souderton topped the Tigers, 15-7, with Weiland pacing NA with three goals. Senior Doug Bauer, Oczypok, freshman Zach Presto and sophomore Mike Magdic all scored goals for the Tigers while Illes recorded 15 saves. Senior Andrew Ho had three steals and Weiland two.
In the third game, Illes came up big against North Penn. According to Coach Corky Semler, "Cam Illes put on a display of goal tending that eclipses anything that I have ever seen." The only NP goal came only a penalty shot as the Tigers overwhelmed the host team, 8-1. Magdic led the way with three tallies, Oczypok had two, with Weiland, Rodriguez, Presto, and Baxter adding one goal each. Rodriguez recorded three steals while Weiland and Magdic had two each in the big win.
In the game for fifth place, Weiland led the way with three goals with Rodriguez scoring twice in the 7-5 victory. Oczypok and Ho scored the other NA goals. Weiland led the defense with five steals while Baxter added three with Illes recording eleven saves in the victory.
The fifth place finish is the highest in school history. Three Tiger players received all-state recognition for their performances in the tournament. Cam Illes was selected to the 1st team, Luis Rodriguez to the second, and Joey Weiland to the third team all-state.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TIGERS FOR THEIR
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LADY TIGERS COMPETE IN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
This past weekend, the girls' water polo team competed against the finest polo teams in the state at the Pennsylvania State Championships at Cumberland Valley High School. Although the girls came up winless over the weekend, they exhibited some of their best play of the season.
Freshman hole set Meghan Mahoney led the team with eight goals scored with senior Katie Knable, senior MacKenzie Minear, junior Kasey Manko and junior Stephanie Graham adding three goals each. Sophomore Corinne Talhouk led the team with 18 steals with Graham recording twelve.
With only two seniors on the sixteen player squad, the team's hopes for the future are bright. Senior Katie Knable and junior Stephanie Graham were named to the All-State Girls' Water Polo - Third Team.
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TIGERS TOP McDOWELL, 9-7,
The Tigers downed McDowell, 9-7, at Grove City on Tuesday afternoon to capture the Western Division title. Junior Elliott Baxter broke a 7-7 tie late in the fourth quarter, and senior Andrew Ho added an insurance goal for the winning Tigers.
The Tigers opened a 3-1 lead after one period of play thanks to goals by seniors Luis Rodriguez, Doug Bauer, and Joey Weiland. Unfortunately for NA, Rodriguez was excluded for the remainder of the game for an attempt at stopping a McDowell goal. The Tigers had to play the remainder of the game without their top scorer and set defender. With a strong team effort in the second quarter, NA went to the intermission with a 6-3 advantage. McDowell came back to tie the game at 7-7 after three quarters of play.
In the fourth quarter, Baxter came through with the game winner with just three minutes remaining. Ho's goal secured the victory as NA went on to the 9-7 win. It was a total team effort with seven different players scoring goals.
The win gave NA the Western Division title for the second time in the past three years. The boys' team will travel to North Penn High School on November 7th to compete in the state tournament. The Lady Tigers will travel to Cumberland Valley on Friday and Saturday of this week to compete in the state tournament. NA has been seeded seventh in the tournament.
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BOYS WIN THREE, GIRLS TWO IN EAST-WEST CROSSOVER
The Tiger boys' team won three straight games in the East-West Crossover at Cumberland Valley HS on Friday and Saturday. NA defeated Pottsville, 15-3, Upper Perkiomen, 12-0, and LaSalle, 8-7, in overtime. After dropping a 12-10 decision in another overtime game, the Tigers fell to Governor Mifflin 9-2.
The boys got off to a great start with the victory over Pottsville with Luis Rodriquez scoring seven goals and Jake Scherer adding three more. Evan Starcinic had five steals in the win. In game two, Mike Magdic and Scherer led the way with three goals each with Zach Presto tallying two for the winning Tigers. Starcinic added to his total with three more steals. Against LaSalle, Magdic got the game winner in the 8th overtime period. Doug Bauer and Presto had two goals each while Matt Reid, Rodriguez, Trenton Oczypok and Magdic also scored. Senior goalie Cam Illes kept NA in the game with some huge saves as the Tigers won the longest game in school history. In the loss to Souderton, Illes again came up big throughout the contest as the game went to overtime. Rodriguez scored on three penalty shots, Oczypok added three goals, and Magdic recorded four steals. In the fifth game, the Tigers just ran out of gas after two straight OT games. Andrew Ho had both NA goals.
The girls' squad defeated Pottsville, 12-10, before losing to Wilson, 18-5. In the third game, the Lady Tigers came back to defeat Upper Perkiomen, 10-6 before losing an 11-1 contest to top ranked Souderton. In the final game, Governor Mifflin downed NA, 8-3.
In the first game, Stephanie Graham and Mackenzie Minear had four goals each to lead NA with Katie Knable adding three tallies. Graham had a pair of goals in the loss to Wilson. Against Upper Perkiomen, Knable led with three goals, Minear added two more while Graham recorded seven steals and Corinne Talhouk four steals. Minear scored three goals and Graham picked up four steals in the loss to Governor Mifflin.
With their efforts in the tournament, it appears that both teams will advance to the state tournament. Official notification will come later.
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LADY TIGERS WIN BRONZE;
The Lady Tigers took the Bronze medal championship at the Beast of the East tournament over the weekend with an 11-10 overtime victory over Wyoming Valley West. Junior Kylie Grady got the game winner, but freshman hole set Meghan Mahoney was the big scorer with 12 goals in the tournament, including five in the bronze medal game.
In their first game, the Lady Tigers hung tough for two periods against North Penn, but last year's state runnerup was too tough as they went on to a 10-2 win. Junior Stephanie Graham led the team with steals, but NA had trouble mounting an attack. In the second game, Germantown Academy downed the Lady Tigers, 8-3, as NA had numerous chances but could not find the shooting range as a good defensive effort went by the wayside. Graham led with 2 goals and five steals.
After losing their first two games, the Lady Tigers roared back with two consecutive wins. NA got their shooting touch back as nine players scored in a 14-2 win over Pennridge. Senior Mackenzie Minear and Graham recorded three goals each with sophomore Marina Rozick adding two goals and senior Katie Knable three steals. In the next game, the Lady Tigers overwhelmed Springfield, limiting them to just four shots on goal. Mahoney came alive with five goals to lead NA to a 13-3 victory.
In the Bronze division championship game, the Lady Tigers fell behind early, 8-4, with two starters out of the lineup. Some tough pressure defense and timely shooting cut the deficit to 8-7 at halftime. As mentioned, Mahoney scored five goals and Grady three as NA tied the game at the end of regulation time. NA scored two quick goals in overtime to go on to win the game, 11-10, and the Bronze division title.
The boys team got off to a tough start with an 11-1 loss to the #1 ranked team in the state, Wilson, playing in their home pool. In game two, the Tigers rebounded with a convincing 8-4 victory over Gonzaga from Washington, DC. Senior Luis Rodriguez scored six goals to pace the NA attack. In the next game, the Tigers played a strong second half using a tough defense to defeat Episcopal Academy, 7-4. Rodriguez led the way with four goals and five assists. Senior Joey Weiland added two goals and a pair of assists. In the fourth game, the Tigers scored six goals in the second period to propel them to a 10-5 win over Reading. Six players scored goals with Weiland posting four steals and junior Elliott Baxter adding three more takeaways for the tough NA defense.
In the Silver division semifinal, Governor Mifflin got revenge for a loss to NA at the Western Tiger Classic last weekend to down the Tigers, 9-4. Using a balanced attack, Governor Mifflin was able to wear down an NA team that was without three starters who were out of the game by the middle of the second period. Inexperience was the decision factor as GM ended the Tigers' aspirations of getting to the Silver division title game.
The Tigers varsity teams will be back in action again on the weekend of October 10-11 when they compete in the East-West Crossover at Cumberland Valley High School. This weekend, NA will host a JV/Middle School tournament on Saturday and Sunday at the Senior High Pool.
BEAST OF THE EAST
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BOYS WIN TWO; GIRLS 1-1 AT ERIE
The Tiger boys defeated McDowell, 10-5, and Cathedral Prep, 6-4, on the road in Erie over the weekend to move into a first place tie in the division. Senior Joey Weiland led the way with seven goals in the two games. The Lady Tigers dropped a 10-4 decision to McDowell on Friday night before knocking off Fairview, 10-6, on Saturday. Senior Mackenzie Minear totaled six goals in the two games to pace NA.
The Tiger boys gained revenge for last week's 7-6 loss to McDowell at the Western Tiger Classic. Weiland scored four goals, senior Luis Rodriguez recorded four steals, and senior goalie Cameron Illes made 17 saves in the 10-5 victory. Senior Doug Bauer added two goals with Rodriguez, senior Trenton Oczypok, sophomore Mike Magdic, and senior Andrew Ho all scoring single tallies for the winning Tigers. Against Prep, Weiland led with three goals while Rodriguez, junior Elliott Baxter, and freshman Zach Presto added goals as the Tigers clinched a State playoff birth in November.
The Lady Tigers gave a good effort against McDowell but a rash of turnovers cost NA in their upset bid. Sophomore Corinne Talhouk, senior Katie Knable, Minear, and junior Stephanie Graham had four steals each for NA. Lady Tiger goals were scored by junior Courtney Thompson, sophomore Marina Rozick, freshman Meghan Mahoney, and Minear in the 10-4 loss. Minear led the Lady Tigers in their 10-6 win over Fairview with a five-goal outburst. Talhouk added two while Graham, Mahoney and Thompson all contributed a goal as the Lady Tigers downed Fairview for the second time in two weeks.
Next up for the Tiger teams is a trip to Reading for the Beast of the East Tournament. We will post a tournament schedule later in the week.
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TIGER BOYS WIN PAIR AT WESTERN TIGER CLASSIC
The Tiger boys' team won two and lost two at the Western Tiger Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Lady Tigers defeated Fairview, 11-3, but lost three games with the last being an 8-7 loss to last year's state champion, Cumberland Valley. The JV boys played their first games of the season, winning one before losing to the Governor Mifflin varsity. The JV girls also made their debut but lost twice.
The boys started with a tough loss to McDowell, 7-6. NA was down 3-0 after one quarter of play but rallied to get within a goal with a minute and a half remaining. Senior Luis Rodriguez scored five goals to pace NA while senior Trenton Oczypok scored the other. In game two, the Tigers rebounded to down Governor Mifflin, 9-6. Senior Joey Weiland scored four goals to pace NA to the win. Also scoring for the Tigers were Rodriguez and junior Elliott Baxter with two goals each while sophomore Mike Magdic added a single tally. A key point in the game came when senior goalie Cam Illes stopped a 5 meter penalty shot and then followed up by saving the rebound.
In game three, the Tigers dropped a tough 5-3 decision to Cumberland Valley, a team that they had lost to by a 7-2 score last weekend. This time, NA made it closer with Rodriguez scoring all three Tiger goals. In the final game of the weekend, the Tigers met Erie rival Cathedral Prep. With the stands filled with NA water polo alumni, the first quarter ended with no score. The Tigers then jumped on top for good behind Weiland, Rodriguez, Baxter, and Magdic and went on to a 6-2 victory.
The Lady Tigers started with an 8-3 loss to McDowell with junior Kasey Manko scoring twice and first year player and freshman Maggie Howison also finding the net. In game two, NA was beaten, 12-2, by Governor Mifflin with juniors Courtney Thompson and Stephanie Graham scoring the only Tiger goals.
In the third game, the Lady Tigers came alive to easily outscore Fairview, 11-3. Freshman Megan Mahoney led NA with three goals while Howison and Thompson added two each. Also scoring for the winning Lady Tigers were Manko, senior Katie Knable, senior MacKenzie Minear, and Graham. In the Classic finale, NA played the defending state champion Cumberland Valley Eagles tough before dropping an 8-7 decision. The Lady Tigers had grabbed a 7-6 lead after the third quarter only to see CV come back with a pair of goals to take the victory. Mahoney and Graham scored two goals each to pace NA. Also scoring for the Lady Tigers were sophomore Corinne Talhouk, Knable, and Minear.
JV UPDATE: The JV boys defeated McDowell, 10-6 with goals by Evan Staresinic (4), Zack Presto (3), Jake Scherer (2), and Shawn Battle. In their second game, the Governor Mifflin varsity team downed NA, 16-1, with Scherer scoring the only Tiger goal. The JV girls lost a pair of games. With the NA team consisting of mostly first-year players, Governor Mifflin outscored the Lady Tigers, 9-0. In the second game, McDowell took an 11-3 win with NA goals by Olivia Weiers, Erin Bishop, and Emily Learn.
SCORES (NA only)
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TIGER BOYS GO 3-2 IN SCREAMING EAGLE INVITATIONAL
The Tiger teams traveled to Cumberland Valley on Friday and Saturday to compete in the Screaming Eagle Invitational. The boys' team won three and lost two, including a 5-4 victory over 2007 State Champion North Penn. It was the first time the Tigers had defeated North Penn. The Lady Tigers finished with a respectable 2-2 record in the tourney.
After losing to Wissahickon, 5-3, the Tigers evened their record at 1-1 with the win over North Penn. Host Cumberland Valley was too tough at home for NA as they downed the Tigers 7-2. NA responded, however, with apir of wins to close out the tourney on a winning note. In the last two games against St. Pius and Mechanicsburg, the Tigers outscored their opponents 33-7.
Leading the way for the boys' squad were seniors Doug Bauer and Luis Rodriguez with eight goals each. Senior Joe Weiland added three goals and 7 assists. NA senior goalie Cam Illes posted 45 saves in the tournament. Contributions were also made by underclassmen Mike Magdic, Jake Scherer, Matt Reid and Zack Presto.
After the Lady Tigers dropped a 10-2 game to host Cumberland Valley, the girls' squad posted consecutive victories with wins over Wissahickon and Hill. In their final contest, NA was defeated by North Penn, 9-2. Freshman hole set Megan Mahoney had seven goals to lead NA while junior Stephanie Graham added a pair of goals and five assists. Also aiding the NA cause were sophomore Corinne Talhouk with two goals and three assists and junior Kasey Manko with two goals. Freshman goalie Adelee Choban recorded 16 saves.
The Tiger teams will host the Western Tiger Classic this Friday and Saturday at the Senior High pool. More than 200 athletes, their families and water polo enthusiasts from across the state of Pennsylvania will converge on North Allegheny for the annual tournament. We will post more information, including game schedules and times, later in the week.
SCREAMING TIGER TOURNAMENT
GAME RESULTS - GIRLS
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