new polo boots Washtenaw County’s high school boys water polo teams at a glance
Austin Daugherty, Dexter: The 6 foot, 5 inch senior should be Dreadnaughts go to goal scorer. Daugherty led Dexter in scoring last season and was honorable mention in the All East Region.
David Hasegan, Huron: Now a senior, Hasegan is the only remaining starter from Huron’s 2008 state championship team. Though Pioneer and Huron are still a class above the rest of the teams in the area, Dexter has demonstrated an ability to shorten the gap.
Coach: Brian Semple (7th year)
Last Season: Advanced to regionals, lost in first round to Birmingham Groves.
Key Returners: Mark Brown (jr.), Austin Daugherty (sr.), Jeff Pituch (sr.).
Key Newcomer: Matt Merriman (so.).
Strength: The Dreadnaughts work well as a team. are coming together well, Semple said. getting good leadership from the older players. Outlook: Making it out of the district tournament again is a realistic expectation, but to make states Dexter will need to upset a traditional powerhouse.
Coach Semple says: we play, well, there is a good chance we could finish toward the top of our district. Top two is a possibility. RIVER RATS
The 2009 season was a bit of a letdown for Huron after winning a state title in 2008. The River Rats come into the 2010 season with 10 seniors on the roster and a new coach, Justin Thoresen, who is convinced Huron has what is takes to return to championship form.
Coach: Justin Thoresen (1st year)
Last Season: 29 18, fourth place at the state tournament.
Key Returners: Jon Geldermans (sr.), David Hasegan (sr.), Ian Richardson (sr.),
Aaron Tisack (jr.).
Key Newcomers: Nate Case (sr.), Michael Falahee (sr.), Kevin Gorine (sr.), Ryan Hibbs (sr.), Pierce Theisen (sr.).
Strength: Depth, team chemistry and communication. The River Rats have loads of senior talent.
Weakness: Execution on the power play.
Outlook: With 10 seniors on the roster, led by arguably the best player in the state in David Hasegan, the sky is the limit for the Rats this season.
Coach Thoresen says: have 10 seniors on the varsity roster, all of which will compete for a starting role. PIONEERS
Last season Pioneer never fell below No. 2 in the state coaches association team rankings and was ranked first in eight of 11 weekly polls. Although younger, the Pioneers should aim to better last year third place finish at states.
Outlook: The young program should be improved, but still has a lot of ground to make up to catch the area elite teams.
Coach Barnett says: group of seniors is intense and focused. EAGLES
The Eagles are finally jumping into the deep end. With the first Skyline class now juniors, the team will compete against a full varsity schedule for the first time.
Coach: Ben Dahlmann (1st year)
Last Season: Competed as a junior varsity squad, went 9 12.
Key Returners: Dennis Dahlmann, Alex Dewhirst, Ian Grosh, Blair Majeske, Ben Merte, Luke Paschal,