The Pacers earned it.
The Lakers did, too.
Indeed, by the end of the 2018 Three Rivers League boys water polo season, Lakeridge saw six of its team members honored on all-league teams while the Lakers landed five players on all-TRL teams.
For the Pacers — they finished second in the league race, then finished second in the state playoffs for a second straight year — senior Grant Lautze, junior Thomas Gooding and sophomore Torin Ferguson all won berths on the all-league first team.
"I was incredibly impressed with the amount of recognition that Lakeridge water polo athletes received this year," said Lakeridge coach Morgan Rauch. "The hard work and dedication that all members of the team put in helped to elevate the opportunities for their teammates to be recognized."
Also honored at Lakeridge were senior Oscar Loureiro Alvarez (second team), junior Brody Veater (second team) and senior Cole Dennett (honorable mention).
"I am proud that each of our starters on the boys team were recognized for their efforts," Rauch added. "As a team sport, it shows that they all worked together to contribute to their second-place state finish."
For the Lakers, senior captain Myles Williams earned a berth on the first team after helping his team finish third in the 2018 TRL race and earn a berth in the state playoffs.
"(Williams) has amazing skills, particularly in maneuvering around defenders while maintaining ball control," said Lake Oswego coach Justine Kilsby. "(He) is able to finish and score, even with a double-team defense."
The Lakers also saw three seniors — captain Ben Rabbino, goalie Conor Smith and Grant Tarbell — win second-team honors, while senior captain George Awad was named to the honorable mention team.
"Rabbino (is our) defensive coordinator who really is able to anticipate and pre-empt other team's plays," Kilsby said, adding that Smith "is an absolute wall and one of the top goalies in the state," while Tarbell "is an outside shooter and playmaker. He's also the team leader in encouraging and driving his team to succeed."
Three Rivers League All-Stars
Zach Jordan, sr., Newberg; Grant Lautze, sr., Lakeridge; Raleigh Day, sr., Newberg; Thomas Gooding, jr., Lakeridge; Lucas Gornick, fr., Tualatin; Grant Stilp, sr., Newberg; Myles Williams, sr., Lake Oswego; Torin Ferguson, so., Lakeridge; Goalie: Wilson Johnson, sr., Newberg
Most Valuable Player — Wilson Johnson, Newberg
Ben Rabbino, sr., Lake Oswego; Grant Tarbell, sr., Lake Oswego; Oscar Loureiro Alvarez, sr., Lakeridge; Dane Findley, sr., Newberg; Brody Veater, jr., Lakeridge; Nathan Waldal, jr., Newberg; Goalie: Conor Smith, sr., Lake Oswego
Hudson Knakal, so., Tualatin; Cole Dennett, sr., Lakeridge; George Awad, sr., Lake Oswego; James Lawrance, so., Tualatin; Mircea Stan, jr., Tigard
Grant Lautze, sr., Lakeridge ; Thomas Gooding, jr. Lakeridge
Brody Veater, jr., Lakeridge; Torin Ferguson, so., Lakeridge; Goalie: Nathan Bloom, jr., Lakeridge