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Palatine takes third in own invite

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  • With the flick of his wrist, Palatine's Omar El Hoffi scores against McHenry during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.

       With the flick of his wrist, Palatine's Omar El Hoffi scores against McHenry during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine goalie Colin White makes a save on a shot by McHenry during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.

       Palatine goalie Colin White makes a save on a shot by McHenry during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Jacob Baran moves the ball on a fastbreak during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.

       Palatine's Jacob Baran moves the ball on a fastbreak during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Omar El Hoffi, right, looks to pass to an open teammate as McHenry's Matt Peck gets a hand up on defense during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.

       Palatine's Omar El Hoffi, right, looks to pass to an open teammate as McHenry's Matt Peck gets a hand up on defense during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine's Jacob Baran passes against McHenry in Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.

       Palatine's Jacob Baran passes against McHenry in Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Palatine boys water polo coach Joe Grzybek talks to his team between quarters during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.

       Palatine boys water polo coach Joe Grzybek talks to his team between quarters during Saturday's water polo tournament at Palatine.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
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Palatine positioned itself well in boys water tournament play it was hosting on Saturday before encountering stiff resistance in its final two games.

Following an 8-7 victory over New Trier on Friday and a 19-7 win against McHenry on Saturday morning, the Pirates dropped a 13-9 decision to Loyola and a 17-8 contest against St. Ignatius.

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Ignatius topped Loyola for a first-place finish, while Palatine finished third in the team standings.

Palatine's Omar El Hoffi had 6 goals, Krystian Kalev had 4 and Wally Kleinfeldt 3 in the victory over McHenry.

Against Loyola, El Hoffi had 5 goals and Kalev had 4.

In the game that decided the championship, Ignatius edged Loyola 9-8 as John Reyes came up with 4 goals and Shane Hughes and Jesus Juarez had 2 each.

St. Ignatius finished fourth in the state last season, while both Loyola and Palatine were eliminated after narrow losses in sectional championship games.

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