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Lady Tigers Take 7th Place At State Championships

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The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team rounded out the 2017 season this weekend at the State Championships at North Penn High School. The Lady Tigers came away with a seventh-place finish and capped the season on a high note, defeating Upper Dublin, 10-7.

North Allegheny was seeded seventh entering the tournament and took on Cumberland Valley in the first round. The Eagles soared to an 11-4 victory over NA despite a strong effort from Ryley McClellan who scored two goals and hauled in a team-best six steals. Sarah Kohler and Emma Halle also scored goals in the loss.

The Lady Tigers matched up next with Souderton and dropped a narrow 4-3 decision. Koehler netted two goals and posted two steals while McClellan scored a goal with four steals.

In the seventh-place consolation contest, the Tigers triumphed over Upper Dublin, 10-7. Koehler led the way with a fantastic seven-goal performance. Halle added two goals and McClellan chipped in with one. Goalie Kate Sekinger made 15 saves to secure the win, including 10 in the second half.

The North Allegheny girls’ water polo team concludes the year with a 10-16 record. Congratulations to the Lady Tigers on a competitive season.

NA Boys Finish 4th at State Championships

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The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team paid a visit to Wilson High School over the weekend for the State Water Polo Championships and finished in fourth place at the tournament.

The Tigers opened the weekend with a quarterfinal round victory over Cumberland Valley, 11-9. Joel Songer powered the team with six goals and two steals. Tan Kocyldirim and Ben Phillips added two goals apiece and Drago Marjanovic chipped in with a goal, four assists and four steals. Goalie Jacob Hollo helped the team capture the victory with 23 saves, two assists and one steal.

North Allegheny faced off against North Penn in the state semifinals but dropped a 13-7 decision. The Tigers received two goals apiece from Phillips and Songer, along with goals from Kocyldirim, Jack Wright and Marjanovic.

Despite a five-goal performance from Marjanovic in the third place consolation match, the Tigers fell to Cathedral Prep, 13-10. Songer tallied two goals, while Kocyldirim, Phillips and Luke Pieton totaled a goal each. In net, Hollo reeled in 12 saves, two assists and two steals.

The state championships conclude an excellent season for the North Allegheny boys’ water polo team, ending the 2017 campaign with a 15-5-1 record.

NA Boys’ Water Polo Team Wins Western Conference Title

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The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team claimed the Western Conference championship this weekend in Erie, Pennsylvania with wins over McDowell and Cathedral Prep. The Tigers rolled to a 14-5 triumph over the Trojans in the semifinals and topped Cathedral Prep in the title tilt, 17-13. The North Allegheny girls’ team reached the conference championship as well but fell to Villa Maria, 14-4.

The NA boys drilled McDowell in the semifinals thanks to a six-goal performance from Joel Songer. Drago Marjanovic added four goals and Tan Kocylidirim chipped in with a pair of goals. In net, Jacob Hollo notched 18 saves and one steal.

For the Western Conference championship, North Allegheny picked up a hard-fought win over Cathedral Prep behind the strength of nine goals from Marjonovic, along with three steals and two exclusions drawn. Kocyldirim, Ben Phillips, Luke Pieton and Joel Songer posted two goals apiece and Jack Wright tallied four assists. Hollo reeled in 14 saves and posted one assist.

Like the NA boys, the Lady Tigers picked up a win over McDowell in the conference semifinals. North Allegheny’s 9-8 win was spearheaded by Sarah Koehler and Ryley McClellan who scored four and three goals, respectively. Grace Cibula tallied two goals and goalie Kate Sekinger made 12 saves in the win.

In the conference finals, the Lady Tigers fell to Villa Maria, 14-4. NA received two goals from Koehler and a goal apiece from McClellan and Shannon Kress.

The North Allegheny boys improve to 14-3-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers are 9-14 overall. Up next is will be the Boys State Championship on Oct. 27-28.

NA Competes At Erie Challenge

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The North Allegheny water polo team took part in the Erie Challenge on Saturday, Oct. 14. The NA boys went 2-1 at the tournament while the Lady Tigers were 0-3.

The NA boys opened the Erie Challenge with a tough draw against undefeated Wilson. However, the Tigers dealt the Bulldogs their first loss of the season with an 11-6 victory. Drago Marjanovic led the way with six goals and four steals. Joel Songer chipped in with three goals and three steals. Goalie Jacob Hollo corralled 12 saves and one steal.

In their second contest of the tournament, the Tigers dropped a 10-7 decision to North Penn. Marjanovic had five goals in the loss. NA rounded out the day with a 10-3 triumph over Cathedral Prep. Marjanovic posted seven goals. Tan Kocyldirim, Ben Phillips and Songer also added goals. Hollo notched 12 saves and one assist.

For the Lady Tigers, it was a tough weekend with losses to Wilson (11-6), North Penn (12-2) and Villa Maria (9-3). Sarah Koehler was a bright spot with eight goals on the day, including a four-goal performance against Wilson.

The NA boys improve to 12-3-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers sit at 8-13 overall.

NA Boys’ Water Polo Takes 1st Place At Beast of the East

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The North Allegheny boys’ water polo team took home a tournament championship from the Beast of the Tournament in Reading, PA last weekend. The Lady Tigers also excelled and earned a second-place finish in flight two.

The NA boys’ squad opened the tournament with an 11-7 victory over Souderton and was led by Drago Marjanovic who netted seven goals. Following a narrow 6-5 loss to Malvern Prep, the Tigers edged Germantown by a 12-11 decision. Marjanovic tallied eight goals, while Tan Kocyildirim collected two goals and Luke Pieton and Ben Phillips scored one goal each against Germantown.

Advancing to face McDowell, the Tigers topped the Trojans, 10-8, and were again paced by Marjonovic and Kocyildirim who scored five and three goals, respectively. In the title tilt at the Beast of the East, NA defeated Haverford for a thrilling 15-14 win in overtime. Marjonovic scored an astounding 11 goals and Kocyildirim chipped in with three. Goalie Jacob Hollo, who was outstanding throughout the tournament, tallied 15 saves and four assists in the championship contest.

The trek through the Beast of the East tournament for the Lady Tigers began with a 7-5 defeat to Souderton despite a three-goal effort from Sarah Koehler. NA bounced back in its next contest and delivered a convincing 9-1 defeat to Wissahickon. Kohler scored four goals, followed by Ryley McClellan’s three goals and five steals on defense. Jordan Ennis scored once and claimed four steals.

The Lady Tigers had a balanced attack in their next contest, a 7-5 triumph over Hazleton. Koehler posted two goals for NA, while Ennis, McClellan, Grace Cibula, Emma Halle and Shannon Kress all tallied a marker. North Allegheny next faced McDowell and used a great defensive effort to limit the Trojans in a 4-3 victory. Goalie Kate Sekinger corralled 11 saves and one steal to lead the way. In the flight two finals, NA dropped a narrow 9-8 decision to Pennridge in overtime. Koehler notched four goals and Sophia Melanson tallied two more.

The NA boys’ team improves to 10-2-1 on the season. The Lady Tigers sit at 8-10 for the year. NA water polo returns to action on October 14 at the Erie Challenge.