The Upper Arlington High School girls water polo team avenged its loss in last year's state championship game and won the title with a 16-9 win over Cincinnati Sycamore last Saturday at Mason.

The Upper Arlington High School girls water polo team avenged its loss in last year's state championship game and won the title with a 16-9 win over Cincinnati Sycamore last Saturday at Mason.

The Golden Bears, who lost to Worthington Kilbourne 11-10 in double overtime in last year's state title game, finished 34-0 and won their seventh title in eight years.

Kristyn Fulcher had six goals in the final, Maddie Armitage had four, Kayla Hammerburg had three, Kasi Vazquez had two and Kate Vanfossen had one.

"It feels great knowing that everything you have asked these young people to do has paid off," coach Dan Peterkoski said. "I try to teach them that the only way to get ahead is to put in the time and the effort. This victory helped to emphasize that point. I can't be more proud of the process they went through to achieve great things.

"I wish the team (last year) could have gone out with a championship, but they didn't. This championship is all about this team and the way they progressed over the last 11 weeks."

UA cruised to a 15-4 win over Napoleon in a semifinal last Friday.

"At the beginning of the season, I did not expect to dominate like we did," Peterkoski said. "However, as the year progressed and I watched these ladies develop, I came to expect nothing less. Their championship at the Beast of the East tournament last month demonstrated that this team was much more talented than anyone had realized. Our play from top to bottom was tremendous."

The Golden Bears will have to replace seniors Armitage, Stiebler and Fulcher, but Vazquez is expected to return.

•The boys team finished as state runner-up after losing to Cincinnati Milford 11-7 last Saturday at Mason. UA finished 22-10.

The Golden Bears held a 7-6 lead entering the fourth quarter of the final but gave up five goals and scored none. Eric Huffman had two goals and Danny Trotier had 15 saves for the Golden Bears. UA scored just two goals in the second half.

"A couple balls just didn't seem to bounce our way and Milford played well in that fourth quarter," coach Jim Roberts said. "It was a good season for us but the boys were disappointed they couldn't finish it off.

"I don't think it mars the season we had. The kids improved a lot throughout the year and they just came up against a better team on that day."

UA had played Milford three times before the state tournament, losing 11-8, 12-11 in overtime and 13-8.

The Golden Bears advanced to the state final with a 12-10 win over Thomas Worthington in a state semifinal. Miranda, Adam Rabe and Ben Freidenberg had three goals and Huffman added two. Trotier had 12 saves.

"That game went well for us," Roberts said. "We were in control for most of the game. We got an early lead and they battled back into it but we took advantage of some mistakes in the fourth quarter."

The Golden Bears will lose seniors Huffman, Freidenberg, Alex Notwell, Tommy Dickhaut and Vitaly Zoretic. Huffman (92), Freidenberg (71), Dickhaut (17), Notwell (25) and Zoretic (1) combined for 206 of the team's 351 goals.

Top players expected to return include Trotier (260 saves), Miranda (39 goals), J.J. Spangler (42 goals, 97 steals) and Zach Kelch (35 goals).

"We're a fast team and to keep pace we substituted a lot. There's a lot of kids coming back who got a lot of experience this year," Roberts said. "We got a lot of depth and experience coming back and they have have a good shot next year at getting back to the state tournament."

At a glance

•Record: Boys -- 22-10; Girls -- 34-0

•Seniors lost: Boys -- Tommy Dickhaut, Ben Freidenberg, Eric Huffman, Alex Notwell and Vitaly Zoretic; Girls -- Maddie Armitage, Kristyn Fulcher and Molly Stiebler

•Key returnees: Boys -- Zach Kelch, Chris Miranda, J.J. Spangler and Danny Trotier; Girls -- Kayla Hammerburg, Kate Vanfossen and Kasi Vazquez