What's Buzzing:

Prep Rally

Florida water polo sore loser uses handshake line after state title loss to launch opponent into the water

Prep Rally

Things are always tense when archrivals face off. When the teams are competing for a state title, the tension is even more pronounced. Yet that doesn’t excuse what happened at the conclusion of the Florida state water polo championship match between traditional rivals Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) and Miami (Fla.) Belen Jesuit School.

As reported by the Miami Herald and captured on video posted on YouTube, STA finally got the better of Belen Jesuit by a final score of 13-10, capturing the school’s first water polo title in the process.

With the title decided, the teams lined up to walk through the traditional handshake line, a classic high school sports gesture aimed at maintaining a sense of friendship and collegiality. What resulted was a fracas when a Belen player used the opportunity to launch one of his STA rivals into the pool rather than shake his hand.

[Also: NCAA in tough spot after allegations by Ben McLemore's AAU coach]

The resulting kerfuffle was exactly what you would expect to emerge from two rivals in such a highly-charged faceoff. STA players immediately jumped in to defend their now-soggy teammate, while Belen players responded in kind once the STA players reached the handshake line instigator. Eventually coaches from both teams were able to intervene and stop the shoving from escalating into something worse, though not before emotions were frayed and tensions reached a piqued level.

Eventually, the teams made up, with a group of Belen players apologizing to their rivals for the teammate’s actions, though that hardly makes his little shoving fit any more sportsmanlike.

Considering the fact that the game marked the final matchup of the 2013 season, that shove could mark the last act of one young man’s water polo career. That’s a shame, both for him, his school and the sense of friendship fostered when high school sports work as they should.

Want more on the best stories in high school sports? Visit RivalsHigh or connect with Prep Rally on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Other popular video on Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is great, but he's not the best ever
'Melo bullied in loss to Pacers | Voter defends Anthony MVP vote
Josh Hamilton a disaster with Angels, but there's hope
White House removes petition to get Tim Tebow signed to Jaguars

View Comments (5569)
  • Senators agree to 4-year deal with Mike Hoffman

    Senators agree to 4-year deal with Mike Hoffman

    Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was so pleased to get Mike Hoffman under contract that he hugged another member of the club's management team. The Senators and Hoffman, Ottawa's leading scorer this past season, avoided going to … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Venus Williams opens Rogers Cup with blowout win

    Venus Williams opens Rogers Cup with blowout win

    Venus Williams opened play in the Rogers Cup on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Barbora Strycova. Playing her last event before the Rio Olympics, the 36-year-old Williams finished off the overmatched Czech player in 58 minutes. Williams was … More »

    AP - Sports - 5 minutes ago
  • Questions abound on offense, defense for Super Bowl champs

    Questions abound on offense, defense for Super Bowl champs

    The Super Bowl champs begin training camp Thursday with major questions on both sides of the ball, beginning with who will be the one throwing it. General manager John Elway declared the Denver Broncos' quarterback competition wide open. Coach … More »

    AP - Sports - 6 minutes ago
  • Former Mississippi State QB Prescott acquitted of DUI

    STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- WTVA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2afJbxw ) that a municipal court has cleared former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott on charges of speeding and drunk driving. … More »

    AP - Sports - 15 minutes ago
  • 2016 Canadian Summer Olympics Team

    List of athletes announced Monday by the Canadian Olympic Association which will compete at the 2016 Summer Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Aug. 3-21 (x-will not be able to compete due to injury): … More »

    The Canadian Press - 15 minutes ago