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Foster open water polo tourney draws teams from length of West Coast


July 21, 2015

IN A BATTLE for fifth place, a player from Blue Crush Aquatics of Portland, top, wrestles for the ball with an opponent from Eugene.

The fourth annual TruWest Oregon Open Water water polo tournament at Foster Lake may not have been bigger, but it was better than ever, according to director Steve Sessa.

The event drew 31 teams of 15 athletes each, plus coaches and parents, from California to British Columbia. They camped at Lewis Creek Park under a special arrangement with the County Parks Department.

“It went well,” Sessa said. Teams played a total of 81 games on two courses located in the lake off the boat docks at the north end of the park. “We had a fairly competitive field.”

PLAYERS splash toward the ball, center, in a game as spectators watch from lakeside seats.

Winners were Orcutt of Santa Maria, Calif. in the U18 Boys, Team BC of Burnaby, B.C. in the U18 Girls, and Team BC in both the U16 boys and girls. Other California teams in the event came from Santa Clara, Visalia, San Jose, Ukiah and Modesto. The others were Redmond, Wash. and the Willamette Valley Water Polo Club of Salem and Albany, which hosted the event.

The tournament sold out early this year, but Sessa said he’s happy with the tournament’s size, though he’d like to add a third course. He also said he’d like to see more spectators from Sweet Home.

“We have 31 or 32 teams, and there’s no point in getting bigger,” he said. “We know what works. We’ll just keep running a positively good tournament for everybody.”


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