By Kristi Pavelich
Special Contributor to The Review
The Dragons United Varsity Boys Water Polo team hosted the district seeding tournament, but drew a tough first round, facing 9th state ranked Grand Blanc in the first game on Friday, May 7.
The Dragon defense was led by Clarkston junior Adam Ehrenberger who made 12 saves in net and was assisted by Lake Orion junior Jack Watt and sophomore Evan Fox with defensive blocks.
The offense was multifaceted as the strong senior trio of Owen Brown, Dane Herrick and Michael Pavelich stepped up to lead the attack with a goal each and were aided by J. Watt, but ultimately lost 13-4.
After a short 30-minute break, the Dragons were back swimming in the pool to face Troy United.
Ehrenberger was a wall in the net, making nine saves and only allowing four goals.
The Dragon offense was strong and varied, with Herrick and Brown leading with five goals each. Lake Orion junior Noah Watt, Fox and Lake Orion freshman Caeden Stauss had two goals apiece, and Pavelich, Lake Orion seniors Carter Brunni and Jack Mozdzierz, Clarkston senior Martin Cordoba, J. Watt and Clarkston junior Canyon Roodbeen with one goal each.
The Dragons triumphed over Troy 22-4.
Saturday was the most exciting competition of the day for the Dragons as they snuck up on Okemos, ranked 10th in the state.
The Dragons jumped out to an early lead stunning Okemos, leading 2-1 at the end of the first quarter. Ehrenberger played the net from end to end, top to bottom and was a defensive force.
The offense was led by the trio of seniors, with Herrick who attacked with six goals and was assisted by Brown and Pavelich, with two each.
At the end of regulation, the game was tied, 10-10. Based on coaches’ decision, the overtime went into a shootout, with each side having five shots on goal. In a nail-biting back and forth shootout, with the goalie changing at each possession, the Dragons lost by a score of 13-12.
The Dragons head to Seaholm High School today to face the Walled Lake Cobras in the district tournament. If the Dragons win, they continue to play in Seaholm on Friday.