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2018 USPA MIDDLE SCHOOL LEAGUE WEEK 1 RESULTS

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USPA Middle School League at Lakeside Polo Club champions Arizona Wildcats (L to R) Emerson Bond, Troy Wakefield and Benjamin Faherty.
Lakeside Polo Club USPA Middle School League Champions: Arizona Wildcats - (L to R) Emerson Bond, Troy Wakefield, Benjamin Faherty.

Lakeside Polo Club in Lakeside, California, kicked off the 2018 USPA Middle School League with 10 players in grades 5-8. The Arizona Wildcats and the 101 Polo Club teams met on the dirt for the first game of the round-robin tournament. William Faherty opened the scoring from the penalty line for the Arizona Wildcats in the first chukker and teammate Troy Wakefield followed up with two of his own to round out the chukker. Spectacular defense from 101 Polo Club’s Logan Behrens, Brynja Rotscheck, and Benjamin Faherty held Wakefield to a single goal in the second chukker, but the Wildcats prevailed 4-0.

USPA Middle School League at Lakeside Polo Club Awardees (L to R) Sportsmanship: Roque Sarmiento, All Stars: Trent Wakefield, Benjamin Faherty, Troy Wakefield and Brynja Rotscheck.
USPA Middle School League at Lakeside Polo Club Awardees - (L to R) Sportsmanship: Roque Sarmiento, All Stars: Trent Wakefield, Benjamin Faherty, Troy Wakefield, Brynja Rotscheck.

101 Polo Club met America for Life in the second part of the round-robin and Trent Wakefield found the goal from the field for America for Life to start the scoring. Defensive efforts from Oliver Wheatley and a Benjamin Faherty goal for 101 Polo Club helped to tie the game before the horn. Trent Wakefield opened the scoring again in the third, and with a follow-up goal from teammate Roque Sarmiento and solid defense from teammate Thomas “Augie” Spears, the America for Life team earned a win.

USPA Middle School League at Lakeside Polo Club participants and Best Playing Pony Manzanita.
USPA Middle School League at Lakeside Polo Club participants and Best Playing Pony Manzanita.

Arizona Wildcat's Troy Wakefield aced a Penalty 2 in the fifth chukker but was quickly matched by America for Life's Sarmiento. Two more goals by Trent Wakefield and defensive efforts from Emerson Bond gave the Wildcats a two-goal lead heading into the final chukker. The Wakefield brothers traded goals in the final chukker, but the Arizona Wildcats held on to take the tournament win.

Benjamin Faherty, Brynja Rotscheck, Trent Wakefield and Troy Wakefield were voted to the All-Star team. Roque Sarmiento was elected by his peers to receive the Sportsmanship Award. Benjamin Faherty’s Manzanita was chosen as Best Playing Pony. Middle School League competition continues this coming weekend at NWA Polo Club in Gravette, Arkansas. If you would like to sign up to participate in the Middle School League, find more information and registration here.

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