Mike Dyer reports:
The Mason girls’ water polo team won the program’s first state title Saturday night with an 11-7 win over Sycamore.
Mason had nine seniors on the squad and that group was a solid foundation for the program the past few years, according to coach Mark Sullivan.
“It was just a great overall team win,” said Sullivan, who started the program in the 2003-04 school year. “We knew Sycamore would give us a battle.”
Mason (33-7) jumped up two goals and then Sycamore tied. Mason went up by four in the fourth quarter to help seal the win.
“Obviously it was an unbelievable win,” Sullivan said. “It’s pretty special. … It’s great for the school.”
Mason won three games this weekend at the state tournament, which it hosted. Mason defeated Toledo St. Ursula 17-7 and Napoleon 13-6.
In the boys’ water polo state final, St. Xavier was the state runner-up to Columbus St. Charles on Saturday night. The Bombers finished with a 19-12-1 record, including a significant win over Toledo St. Francis on Friday.
St. Charles won the state final 17-13.
St. X coach Mike Roberts said the Bombers thrived as a team the final two weeks and exceeded expectations.
“It was a tremendous step we took this year,” Roberts said.
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