Hayden Hindman playing tough D against Zeeland. ~ Photo by Bill Hopkins
The junior varsity water polo team wrapped up their season last night in Grand Haven with a 2-2 split for the tournament and overall 21-7 record for the season. Undefeated in the conference dual meets, they go into next year with an eye on the record to beat.
As the Buccaneers hosted the final tournament for the season, all of the JV teams fought hard for the win. Despite the Rams losses, they played well during this last weekend of the season. The match up began Friday night against Zeeland. This was the JV Rams fourth encounter against the Wildcats this year. The Rams dominated each period and came through with a final score of 11-5. Top scorers were Isaac Gulliver and Chay Chino with three goals, Logan Stevens with two, and Joe Reinsma, Wyatt Cliff, and Hayden Hindman with one apiece. Goalie Ben Seymour ensured the win early on with 10 saves.
The second match up against Jenison didn’t go as well and, although close, the Rams suffered a marginal loss of 6-4. Despite rallying in the third period and closing the gap, Jenison eked ahead and the Rams weren’t able to get on the scoreboard again. It was all defense in the 4th period with neither team scoring a point. Overal,l the team tallied up 31 shots on goal during the game but only Logan Stevens, Joe Reinsma, and Isaac Gulliver managed to get the ball in the net. Goalie Ben Seymour had 13 saves, which kept the score close.
The Rams won the next game against EGR with another close one, 5-3. A fairly equal match up, the score remained 0-0 into the second period with only a 2-1 lead going into the half thanks to Logan Stevens and Jake Hopkins hitting the back of the net. The last half of the game was back and forth with EGR getting another goal in the net before the Rams answered back with goals by Chay Chino and Logan Stevens. With seven saves by goalie Ben Seymour and steals by Marc Stewart, Joe Reinsma, Wyatt Cliff, and Logan Stevens, the Rams ended on top.
The final game for the weekend was against West Ottawa and despite beating them during regular season play, the JV Rams were unable to topple them this time and suffered a loss, 9-8. Trailing going into the half with a score of 4-3, Chay Chino and Logan Stevens got on the board with assists from Stevens and Bryce Morin. The Rams led going into the fourth period with a score of 6-5, with Chino, Stevens and Reinsma hitting the net in the third period. The fourth period was a real nail biter as they traded the lead throughout with Corbin Herrington and Stevens adding to the score, West Ottawa pressed and managed four goals to eke out the win. Despite Seymour’s 10 saves and 13 turnovers led by Reinsma and Rakow, it wasn’t enough. The Rams fought hard though and have a great record to prove their tenacity. Next year will be equally exciting and promising as we continue to build the program under the new coaching staff.
The varsity Rams move into the MWPA District Tournament in Zeeland, Saturday, Oct. 26.
Jake Herrington works against an opponent in weekend water polo action. ~ Photo by Bill Hopkins