High School Water Polo Results:
Pittsburgh Combined, with high school athletes from Pittsburgh PublicSchools and Shaler Area, finished in third place in the Ohio Cup WaterPolo Tournament JV hosted in Worthington, Ohio, with a victory today,11-6, over Upper Arlington. The Pittsburgh team took a 5-0 lead in thefirst quarter with the excellent work of junior goalie, ChristopherReese of North Point Breeze.
Coach Mark Rauterkus said, "Chris Reese might be the only water pologoalie in the nation score two goals in one tournament againstdifferent teams with neither shot a buzzer beater. I nominated Chrisfor all-tournament-team even though there were varsity, collegiate andmasters teams in the event." The Reese goals came in a 6-13 loss toMason and the final 11-6 win against Upper Arlington.
Goals scorers for Pittsburgh Combined include: Erik Rauterkus, junior,Pittsburgh Obama, 18 goals, and Morgan Harris, sophomore, Shaler Area,6 goals, Tobias Rather, junior, Pgh Obama, 2 goals and Chris Reese,junior, PPS, 2 goals.
Pittsburgh Combined played games against Milford HS, Mason HS, (bothfrom Greater Cincinnati), and three Columbus area schools,Worthington, Upper Arlington and St. Charles, a boys prep school. TheSaturday and Sunday tournament, hosted in a three pool complex, markedthe first time a Pittsburgh team traveled to Ohio to compete inscholastic water polo. Pittsburgh Schenley High School, now defunct,used to sponsor water polo and could play against other PA teams. In2011, the squad must travel out of state for games until a new schoolsponsor files a letter with the PIAA.