Rockwall athletes make waves at 2014 Water Polo Junior Olympics

Kyle Fletcher shows off his shooting form during early action in San Jose.

ROCKWALL,TX. (August 12, 2014) Three Rockwall athletes teamed up with the North Texas Thunder Water Polo Team to participate in the 2014 Junior Olympics competition in the San Jose/Palo Alto, California area.

The competition is the largest water polo tournament in the world drawing over 800 participants. The boys divisions played from July 26th to July 29th with the girls divisions playing from July 31st to August 3rd.

Kyle Fletcher participated with the 14 & under Thunder boy’s team which placed 16th in the Gold division. They had impressive wins over Spartan (MI) 12-5 and Golden State 15-6. The team just missed out on 15th place losing 10-9 in

Janelle Hummingbird (White #6) shoots the ball past San Jose Almaden goalie for a score

their last game of the tournament to Huntington Beach.

Janelle Hummingbird played with the 14 & under Thunder girl’s team. They placed 14th in the Gold division with wins over American River (CA) 19-7, Stanford B 15-5 and Sleepy Hollow Aquatics (CA) 14-7. The girls also lost to a nail biter 10-9 to Chicago Park (IL) in the last game that could have lifted them to 13th place.

Jordan Hummingbird played with the 18 & under Thunder girl’s team. They placed 16th in the Gold division with wins over Narrows WPC (WA) 14-5 and Diablo Red (CA) 10-6. An 8-6 loss to Kearns (UT) kept them from placing 15th.

Jordan Hummingbird attempts a backhand shot vs. Narrows WPC.

“It is great to see our kids performing well against teams from all over the United States. The Junior Olympics is the only tournament that gives them the ability to do this”, says parent Jim Hummingbird. “We are grateful to the Thunder Water Polo Club for allowing our kids to participate with them. Kyle, Janelle and Jordan’s play contributed to their team’s success.”

Submitted by Jim Hummingbird.

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