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PCHS water polo teams split with Tooele

Submitted by Randy Jones

In water polo action on Monday, March 29, Park City High School teams split with the visiting Tooele Buffaloes.

With several starters out due to illness, the girls’ varsity team fell to Tooele 11-0, while the boys were able to notch a close 14-12 win over their longtime rivals from 4A.

The 10-2 Park City boys trailed after one period but tied the game 7-7 at the half on balanced scoring by Lynden Williams, Matt Jones, Griffin Pool and Josh Loyens. Pool added three more goals in the second half, with senior Wesley Smith adding a pair of fourth-quarter scores to put the game on ice.

On Saturday (the first day of Park City’s Spring Break), the Miners traveled to Garland to participate in the annual Bear River Invitational.

Once again missing several varsity starters, the girls’ team played valiantly but was unable to collect a win.

In its first game, Park City pushed Taylorsville to within one point, but lost 8-7 on two goals scored by the Lady Warriors in the final minute-and-a-half of the game. Kathy O’Donnell led the Park City attack with three goals, while Abby Boyer scored two.

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In the afternoon game, the Lady Miners lost to Cache Valley 8-5. Boyer scored twice for the second straight game, while first-year player Katie Whiting picked up her first career goal in a varsity contest.

Despite missing several key reserve players, the Park City boys’ varsity team rolled over Taylorsville 15-5. Joseph Palmer got his first varsity start in a game that saw multiple goals for every senior on the team.

Smith and Pool collected two each, Ben Haynes four, and Jones netted seven before heading to the bench in the fourth period.

To end the day, Park City thumped Cache Valley 14-9, in a game that was not as close as the score would indicate. Haynes led the Miners with four scores, Loyens had two, and Smith, Pool and Brett Davidson each scored one. Jones added three points to finish the day with 10.

During Spring Break, the Miners are holding two optional "drop-in" scrimmage nights for regular players, parents and guests from the University of Utah men’s and women’s teams. The first was held Tuesday, the second will be held Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the Park City Aquatics Center (PCAC).

No other games or practices are scheduled during the break from school. The Miners will return to action on Monday, April 12, when they host Cottonwood for two varsity games girls at 3:15 p.m., boys at 4 p.m. also at the PCAC.