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THWPC teams step up in summer tourneys

by: ROGER BENTZ, CRANK IT UP — Tualatin Hills Kevin Funkhouser  (left) gets ready to shoot (with Rob McCabe in the 
background) during this summer’s Junior Olympics tournament in Southern California.

The summer water polo season is underway, and as usual, Tualatin Hills Water Polo Club teams are making their presence felt at almost all age levels.

THWPC is a youth club team of approximately 120 members, ranging in age from 10-18. The club provides training and competition for all ability levels.

THWPC's 18U girls team finished seventh in the 12-team field at the National Club Championships in Southern California, held June 30-July 2.

At the King County Aquatic Center, THWPC's 18U and 16U teams competed in the Federal Way Summer Tournament from July 7-9.

THWPC also sent their 18U girls to the Sacramento Valley Invitational July 7-9 in Davis, Calif.,a. The 16U girl's team competed in the same tournament on July 15 -16 in Sacramento, California. This was a large and prestigious tournament with 20 teams competing in the 18U age group and 10 teams competing in the 16U age group. THWPC was the only non-California team in the competition.

While the girls were in Federal Way and Davis, the 18U and 16U boys were competing in the State Games of Oregon at the Multnomah Athletic Club on July 9, 2006.

There was a tournament in Newberg, OR the weekend of July 14 -16. This tournament draws teams from around the west. With the addition of this tournament, all players at every ability level gain the valuable experience of tournament play.

These tournaments are all in preparation for the Water Polo Junior Olympics to be held at several venues in the Los Angeles area. THWPC qualified three boys' teams to compete in the Junior Olympics (JOs). The boys 18U, 16U and 14U teams were in action during July 29 - August 1. The girls 18U and 16U teams qualified and played in Ventura, CA August 3 - 6, 2006.

THWPC is the largest water polo club in Oregon, with over 120 registered members. Nationally respected, the club draws the majority of its players from the community served by THPRD and the Beaverton School District.