Boys Water Polo Starts Strong

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Varsity water polo players players huddle for a strategy discussion before their game.

By Jadiev Pant ’21

The varsity boys water polo team started off the season with a 8-5 record. The team recently came off a third place finish in the S & R Elite 8 Tournament, which was from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17. They are preparing for the big Loyola homecoming game, which is on Saturday Oct. 7. The JV team has started the season off with a 6-7 record.

Even though the Wolverines have taken early losses in the season, they have the talent to make a deep run in the CIF playoffs. The team has a very difficult schedule, as many of their opponents are ranked nationally. The boys water polo team is a top five team in the nation, which means they will always be CIF title contenders. This year they are led by goalie Sam Krutonog ’18, attacker Jacob Cohn ‘18, attacker Gabe Kaplan ‘18 and attacker Keller Maloney ‘18. This year the team is younger, as many sophomores and juniors are receiving key playing time, which means that the future looks bright for the boys varsity team. The team has set very high goals for themselves this year, and they know they can accomplish them.

“ Our goal, as it is every year, is to be the best team w`e can possibly be. More tangibly, our goal is always to win a mission league championship, and a CIF D1 championship,” Maloney said.

The JV team is made up of freshmen, sophomores and upperclassmen. Many of the players are on both varsity and JV squads. The team is very young and have shown signs of improvement. Their improvement can be credited to the fact that they practice with the varsity team. They have had success this year, as they were second place in the Agoura JV tournament. The JV team wants to win all their league games this year, and that goal may be true as they defeated Notre Dame 21-2 on Sept. 27.

“Our coaching staff is pushing us really hard and we are having a lot of practices and just hoping to get better and win some games,”JV attacker Shay Gillearn ‘21 said.

 

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