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NA Boys’ Water Polo Claims 3rd Place At State Championships

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The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team finished the 2018 season with a third-place finish at the state championship over the weekend. North Allegheny defeated Cathedral Prep, 6-4, in the third-place matchup to claim state bronze. State gold went to North Penn, who beat Wilson in the finals, 14-9.

The state tournament opened on Friday night as NA took on sixth-seeded LaSalle College High School. The Tigers prevented the Explorers from navigating their way to the next round, topping their opponent from the east by a 14-9 decision. Tan Kocyildirim helped lead the charge with a team-best three goals. Six other Tigers scored two goals each, including Ben Phillips, Andrew Ziegler, David Lomakin, Jack Wright and Max Moore. Goalie Jacob Hollo earned the victory in net with 21 saves.

On Saturday, North Allegheny was edged by No. 2 seed and eventual champion North Penn, 5-4. Joel Songer netted a pair of goals to pace the NA offense. Akshana Dassanaike and Moore also tallied goals in the contest. Hollo reeled in 12 saves and five steals.

The Tigers bounced back in the third-place consolation matchup with fourth-seeded Cathedral Prep and took home state bronze with a 6-4 triumph. Songer had an outstanding performance and propelled the Tigers to victory with four goals, one assist and one steal. Lomakin and Wright also scored for NA. Hollo posted 14 saves and a steal to preserve the win.

Receiving all-state honors were Jacob Hollo and Ben Phillips, who both received first-team laurels and were recognized as top-ten players in the state. Second-team honors went to Tan Kocyildirim and Joel Songer. Max Moore was a third-team all-state pick and Jack Wright received honorable mention recognition.

The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team concludes the season with the Western Conference championship and a 16-5 record to go along with their third-place showing at states. Congratulations to the coaches and players for a fantastic 2018 season.

Lady Tigers Take 6th Place At State Championship

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The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team took part in the State Championship over the weekend and came away with a sixth-place finish. The Lady Tigers went 1-2 at the state tournament, including an exciting double overtime win over Wissahickon, 13-12.

North Allegheny opened with an 11-3 loss to North Penn. Ryley McClellan scored all three goals for NA. Goalie Marissa Dorman played in her first game in net and had a solid debut with seven saves.

Game two was a thriller between North Allegheny and Wissahickon, culminating on a game-winning goal by Sarah Koehler in the second overtime. Koehler was the sparkplug for the victory, scoring a team-high eight goals, two of which on breakaways. Emma Halle added a pair of goals. Anna Kegel, Shannon Kress and McClellan also netted goals in the victory. Dorman reeled in eight saves and earned the victory in net.

In the fifth-place consolation game, North Allegheny fell to Villa Maria by an 11-4 decision. Halle netted a hat trick and Emma DeMeo tallied a marker as well. Defensively, Koehler corralled a team-best six steals and goalie Kate Sekinger made 15 saves, some of which of the spectacular variety.

North Allegheny’s all-state honorees.

Following the state tournament, four Lady Tigers were named to the all-state team. Freshman Anna Kegel was an honorable mention pick and the Co-Rookie of the Year award recipient. Second-team selections were junior Sarah Koehler and senior Ryley McClellan. Garnering third-team laurels was sophomore Emma Halle.

The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team concludes the season with a 6-15 record.  Congratulations to seniors Ryley McClellan, Kate Sekinger, Nicole Marnell, and Shannon Kress on a terrific water polo career at North Allegheny and best of luck in their future endeavors.

NA Boys Win Western Conference Title, Lady Tigers Qualify For States

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It was a highly successful weekend for the North Allegheny water polo team as the NA boys won the Western Conference championship and the Lady Tigers also qualified for states with an exciting win over McDowell in overtime.

The NA boys captured the Western Conference crown for the second year in a row with a thrilling 9-8 win over host Cathedral Prep. Tan Kocyildirim posted a hat trick to lead NA goal scorers. Ben Phillips and Joel Songer tallied two goals apiece. Phillips and Max Moore aided the offense with three assists each. Moore also scored a goal, as well as Akshana Dassanaike. In net, Jacob Hollo earned the win and made 15 saves to secure the one-goal victory and conference title.

The Lady Tigers also won a thriller to ensure a spot in the upcoming state tournament. Sarah Koehler scored the game-winning goal in overtime to propel the NA girls’ team to an 8-7 triumph. Koehler finished with a hat trick and three assists in the contest. The top goal scorer on the day was Emma Halle who netted four goals and added a team-best three steals on defense. Ryley McClellan tallied a goal and an assist. In net, Kate Sekinger made 14 saves, including 12 in the second half and overtime.

In their final game of the western conference championship, the Lady Tigers fell by a 10-6 decision to Villa Maria. Halle again led in scoring with three goals and a team-best four steals, followed by Koehler and McClellan who had two goals each.

On the season, the NA Boys improve to 14-4 and the Lady Tigers sit at 5-13. The NA Girls will take part in the state championship tournament this weekend. The NA Boys will wait until Nov. 2-3 for their shot at a state title.

NA Water Polo Competes At Erie Challenge

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The North Allegheny water polo team took part in the Erie Challenge over the weekend at Cathedral Prep High School. The NA Boys had a 1-2 showing at the tournament. The NA Girls went 0-3.

The NA Boys began the tournament with a 6-2 loss to Wilson. David Lomakin and Jack Wright scored NA’s only two goals in the loss to the Bulldogs. In game two of the tournament, North Penn managed a narrow win over the Tigers, 7-5. Wright led the offense with two goals for the Tigers. Ben Phillps, Joel Songer and Max Moore added goals as well. Phillips had an outstanding game on defense with six steals and goalie Jacob Hollo made six saves and reeled in four steals as well.

North Allegheny returned to the win column in the tournament finale with a 10-6 triumph over the Cumberland Valley Eagles. Wright and Phillips led the offensive charge with a hat trick each. Moore tallied two goals and three assists, while Songer notched two goals and two steals. Hollo collected eight saves and three steals to earn the win in net.

The Lady Tigers played their first game of the tournament against Cumberland Valley and dropped a 9-4 decision. NA trailed by just one goal at the half but the Eagles pulled away in the second. Sarah Koehler and Emma Halle netted two goals apiece in the contest. In game two, the Tigers fell to Wilson, 8-4. Koehler led on offense with two goals, while Ryley McClellan and Anna Kegel chipped in with one goal and two steals each. Halle paced the defense with three steals.

In the final game of the tournament, the Tigers hung tough with North Penn in the first half before ultimately falling 10-5. McClellan helped keep the game close in the first half and recorded a hat trick in the contest. Halle and Koehler also scored for NA. Kate Sekinger played all three games in net and totaled 30 saves for the entire tournament.

For the year, the NA Boys are 13-4 on the season and the Lady Tigers are 4-12. The North Allegheny water polo team prepares for the Western Conference Championship this Saturday at Cathedral Prep.

Strong Showing For NA At Beast of the East Tournament

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The North Allegheny water polo team took on some of the best teams in the northeast region of the country over the weekend with a trip to Reading, PA for the Beast of the East Tournament. The NA Boys finished with a 3-1 showing at the tournament and the NA Girls were 1-2.

The NA Boys played two games to begin the tournament on Friday with a 13-4 win over Calvert Hall Prep and a triple-overtime victory against Gonzaga College High School, 10-9. Against Calvert Hall, Ben Phillips led the Tigers in scoring with four goals and added three steals on defense. Joel Songer and Max Moore posted a hat trick each and David Lomakin added two goals and a team-best four steals. Jacob Hollo earned the win in net with nine saves.

Lomakin was the hero in the triple OT thriller against Gonzaga, tallying the game-winning goal to sink NA’s foe from Washington D.C. Moore led the Tigers attack with five goals and five steals. Hollo made 18 saves in the victory.

Day two of the tournament saw the Tigers start the day against perennial power Greenwich, who defeated NA 12-4 and would ultimately go on to finish in second place at the Beast of the East. North Allegheny bounced back in the tournament finale to defeat Germantown Academy from the Philadelphia area, 10-9. Songer paced the Tigers against Germantown with a six-goal performance, while Phillips and Lomakin added two goals apiece. Hollo reeled in nine saves and a team-best three steals to help secure the one-goal victory.

For the Lady Tigers, the tournament began auspiciously with 7-2 victory over Hazelton. NA jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first period and never looked back, led by Sarah Koehler who tallied four goals, four steals and an assist. Emma Halle notched two goals and Ryley McLellan contributed another. McClellan and Anna Kegel led the team on defense with five steals each. In net, goalie Kate Sekinger made six saves, including three in the final stanza.

Despite a victory in the opener, the Lady Tigers dropped their next two games with a 10-4 defeat to Cumberland Valley and a narrow 5-4 loss to McDowell. Against the Eagles, NA was paced by McClellan’s three goals and two steals. Kegel added a goal and Sekinger made nine saves in net. In their tussle with the Trojans, the Tigers received two goals from Halle and a goal each from Koehler and Emma DeMeo.

Named to the all-tournament team were Jacob Hollo for the NA Boys and Ryley McClellan for the NA Girls. Both were second-team all-tournament selections. For a look at the entire collection of all-tournament players, click here.

On the season, the NA Boys are 12-2 and the Lady Tigers sit at 4-9. The water polo squad will have homecoming weekend off before venturing north for the Erie Challenge on Oct. 13.