Tooele’s water polo program may fly under the radar, but when it comes time for the state tournament, the boys and girls who make up the team sure know how to make some noise.
Tooele finished second in the girls Class 3A/4A state championship earlier this month, with the boys team finishing third. It was the perfect cap to a season that also saw Tooele win the Northern Region championship and earned head coach Dayne Shaw top billing as Coach of the Year.
Shaw credited assistant coach Danny Philpot for helping him earn the award.
There were plenty of postseason honors to go around following such a successful season. Ten Tooele players earned All-State recognition: Addy Seal, Rachel Winder, Julie Kummer, Gracee Dalton and Caroline Wilson for the girls, and Brayden Davis, Hudson Stoddard, Harrison Stoddard, Cade McEachern and Andrew Crane for the boys.
Davis, Kummer and Winder were also named Academic All-State, which is awarded only to seniors who are members of USA Water Polo and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5. Those three each have GPAs of at least 3.7.
The Tooele water polo team consists of players in grades 7-12 from across Tooele County and is not affiliated with any one school. Water polo is not sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association, and the state tournament is administered by the Utah Water Polo Association.