Eagles Water Polo Triumphs in State Championship at Home

A hot, humid pool area did nothing to dampen the electric atmosphere of Skyline’s first ever state championship game on Saturday, as the Skyline defeated the Hudsonville Eagles 12-8. After defeating top-ranked Rockford 8-7 in the semifinal earlier that morning, the Eagles attempted to achieve a goal they had set four years ago- win a state championship. After a tightly contested, back-and-forth first half, which ended tied at 8-8, Skyline’s defense shut down Hudsonville, not allowing a goal through all 14 minutes. Offensively, Skyline took the opening sprint and scored a goal immediately, setting a standard for the rest of the game. The Eagles took advantage of Hudsonville exclusions to score a few goals, which padded their lead. In front of a strong student turnout, Skyline celebrated their first ever men’s water polo state championship by throwing coach Rebecca Godek into the pool. Godek was named Michigan coach of the year, and Skyline’s Matteo Procoppe was named tournament MVP and state player of the year.

All photos courtesy of Fumiya Abe-Nornes, Skybox contributor