Grizzlies outlast Del Oro, stay atop SFL water polo

Granite Bay survives 15 goal barrage from DO's Alex Obert
By: Kurt Johnson, The Press Tribune
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With the gap between the leader and the rest of the pack narrowed this year, Thursday night’s varsity boys water polo showdown between Granite Bay High and Del Oro was filled with high drama. The Golden Eagles are considered the top contender to knock the Grizzlies off of the Sierra Foothill League throne, but at least on this night in the pool at Sierra College, that had to wait. Perennial league champion Granite Bay survived a ferocious challenge from the talented Golden Eagles to win a 19-18 slugfest and stay on top of the league standings two games into the new season. The Grizzlies showed a balanced scoring attack, led by James Vigeant and Robert Thyberg with five goals each, while dealing with Del Oro’s super senior Alex Obert, who found the inside of the cage 15 times, scoring all but three of his team’s goals. “This was a great game,” said Del Oro coach Stu Ryland. “Del Oro came up just short of handing the SFL perennial champion Granite Bay their first league loss in many years. DO two-meter man, Alex Obert, was formidable and the Del Oro team drew 14 ejections, but in the end the balanced scoring by Granite Bay prevailed.” Peter Weddle scored a goal and nabbed four steals for the Golden Eagles, who also got single tallies from J.T. Roe and Tommy McKenzie. Josh McCormick dished out five assists, while McKenzie added four, and goalie Leland Delehanty turned away 18 shots in the cage. Mitchell Kobayashi scored three times for Granite Bay, which also received two goals from Andrew Murch and Brad Cooper, and single scores from Elliott Adams and Robbie Cunha. Zak Meyer manned the pipes for the Grizzlies with 16 saves. Del Oro (1-1) hosts Bear River Tuesday, while the Grizzlies (2-0) host Woodcreek. Granite Bay also won the JV boys contest 11-8.