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Big Guns Battle at Water Polo Shootout

Sierra Shootout / Chuck McCollum Invitational will feature boy's teams at Sierra College Aquatics Complex

Huge High School Water Polo Tournament Blazes its Way into Placer Valley

64 Teams Enter the Sierra Shootout / Chuck McCollum water polo Invitational for two dates this September. On back to back weekends, the Sierra Shootout will feature boy’s teams Sept. 6-7 and girls on Sept. 13-14.

Placer Valley Tourism once again joins forces with Sierra College Aquatics to bring two huge high school water polo competitions to Placer Valley.

Scott Decker, Sierra College Aquatics Director and Women’s Water Polo Head Coach, said the “Invitational” continues to be the largest high school water polo tournament in the Western US. Both weekends will cap out at 64 teams this year.

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Del Oro, Granite Bay, Whitney, Rocklin, Roseville, Oakmont and Woodcreek are among the local high schools represented. Several travel teams come in from Oregon to Fresno.

Both weekends utilize five locations each to accommodate this considerably-sized tournament. Sierra College Aquatics Complex, Del Oro, Whitney, Rocklin and Rio Linda high school’s pools will keep a steady flow going.

Games are scheduled to start by 7 a.m. on each day and continue well into the evenings.

“This is the 25th year of the girl’s tournament and the 15th year for the boy’s,” commented Decker.  “When it first started, there were only eight girls teams participating. It has grown substantially and it’s now become one of the most popular high school water polo tournaments anywhere!”

“We are proud of the tournament as it has helped expand water polo in Oregon and California, especially for girls,” added Decker. “We’d love fans to come on out both weekends to check out the exciting action!”

Admission is free and the competition promises to be fierce! Mark your calendars and come see these talented student athletes battle it out in the pools!

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