Monday, September 19, 2011
Pittsburgh Combined gets 3rd at Ohio Water Polo Tournament - beats Upper Arlington 11-6
Sports News - RESULTS - Water Polo Pittsburgh Combined, with high school athletes from Pittsburgh Public Schools and Shaler Area, finished in third place in the Ohio Cup Water Polo Tournament JV hosted in Worthington, Ohio, with a victory today, 11-6, over Upper Arlington. The Pittsburgh team took a 5-0 lead in the first quarter with the excellent work of junior goalie, Christopher Reese of North Point Breeze. Coach Mark Rauterkus said, "Chris Reese might be the only water polo goalie in the nation score two goals in one tournament against different teams with neither shot a buzzer beater. I nominated Chris for all-tournament-team even though there were varsity, collegiate and masters teams in the event." The Reese goals came in a 6-13 loss to Mason 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, (both from Greater Cincinnati), and three Columbus area schools, Worthington, Upper Arlington and St. Charles, a boys prep school. The Saturday and Sunday tournament, hosted in a three pool complex, marked the first time a Pittsburgh team traveled to Ohio to compete in scholastic water polo. Pittsburgh Schenley High School, now defunct, used to sponsor water polo and could play against other PA teams. In 2011, the squad must travel out of state for games until a new school sponsor files a letter with the PIAA.