By Joohan Kim
The Boys’ Varsity Water Polo team has been preparing diligently for the season ahead. Under the guidance of Coach Josh Rodriguez and captains Toby Chung and Luke Stefan, the team hopes to improve their overall record, 6-16, from last year.
The atmosphere of the pool is always one of passionate intensity. All of the players participate in practices as if they are real scrimmages. They hold specialized practices to work on their techniques and put emphasis on team chemistry. Most importantly, the team is constantly looking for ways to improve.
“We started practicing right away over the summer, getting prepared for league and CIF, which is our bigger goal,” said Toby. “I feel we are very prepared. We have been training vigorously all summer, and I believe we are the most conditioned team in our league.”
When asked which school is the biggest challenge to defeat or play against, Toby responded, “Like previous years, South Pasadena will be our greatest challenge, but I have a strong feeling we can shut them down this year.”
Water polo--like many other sports--requires excellent team chemistry. In order to be victorious, the players have to work cohesively through passes and blocks.
“The chip on my shoulder to beat South Pasadena and win CIF thrills me,” said Toby. “Knowing my other teammates always motivates me as well.”
Water polo has become an integral part of several of the players’ daily routines.
Last year’s most valuable player and senior Wyatt Lowe added, “I’ve been going to water polo practices since I was in 3rd grade. Water polo has become part of my life, so although some people may say water polo is very demanding sport, I can confidently say that I’m in great shape because I’m used to this routine.”
There are several talented players on the team, but one sophomore in particular has caught the eye of the more seasoned players.
“I’m really looking forward to this season. It will definitely be an exciting time,” said sophomore Robbie Louk.
Their first home game of the season is scheduled on September 15th against Burroughs High School. Please come and support the team at 3:30 so that they can continue through season with great confidence.
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