Boys Water Polo
With an exceptionally great start to the season, the Varsity Boys Water Polo team has been very successful so far. Beginning on Friday October 2 was the South Bay Tournament (also known as the Henry Stuart Tournament). It started that Friday afternoon at three, and ended Saturday the 3rd at around 10 PM. Several schools from all over the Southland came to participate in the tournament, totaling up to fourteen teams. Of those teams, El Segundo went up against many, including, Redondo Union High, Crescenta Valley, Santa Monica, South Pasadena, and Culver City. Playing well, the Eagles won third place in the tournament overall. As to how it went, junior Jackson Hogoboom commented, “We did a decent job, but could have improved.”
Following the Henry Stuart Tournament two days later was the Eagle’s first league game facing Beverly Hills. This was not the toughest competition for the boys, and they defeated them, ending the game 16-8. A practice game opposing Chadwick took place the next day, and the Varsity boys took a win. Taking this victory to their next league game facing Torrance, the team won again on Monday October 12. Their next league game was against Culver City and proved to be an easy win, the Eagles finishing the game 12-4. The Marietta Valley Tournament occurred October 15 through the 17. The Eagles stayed overnight, and after some well played games, came in an estimated 13th place out of 34 teams.
On October 19, the hardest game so far in league took place. Gathered in the stands at the Urho Saari Swim Stadium, El Segundo cheered on the Varsity Boys as they fought their way through a tough game opposing Santa Monica. The game was very close the entire time, with seniors Csaba Nagy, Beau Blacksten, and junior Hogoboom scoring the team’s nine goals. During the first quarter, El Segundo managed to stay up, but by the second and third, Santa Monica only remained one point down from the Eagles. During part of the game, Santa Monica scored again, and surpassed the Eagles by one point, putting the game on edge. Hogoboom comments, “The way our team held their composure even though we were down a point shows how much we have improved throughout the season.” By the fourth quarter, Santa Monica and El Segundo were neck in neck, Santa Monica only down one point, the score being 8-7. As the last minutes began ticking away, Santa Monica shot in another goal, bringing the score to a tie at 8-8. During the last 30 seconds Blacksten got in one last incredible shot, bringing the Eagles up by one, and winning the game. He added to the effect of the win, “I thought it was a great overall effort, and I feel good about the team. We are going to be a tough team to beat.”
In addition, Nagy adds to his overall experience in American water polo, “I really enjoy playing here, but I had to get used to the referees. In Europe, water polo is harder physically. Here there is much less body contact. The referees call fouls much more often.” Nagy thought the game against Santa Monica was difficult, but, “The team worked really well together and I want to thank the coaches.” The game was their hardest yet, but by persevering, they gave themselves a boost in league. With this victorious high, the Eagles went on to crush Beverly Hills on October 21, ending the game 14-9. It was not the greatest challenge for the Eagles and senior Max Reynolds concludes, “It was a good win for us, giving the team momentum for the rest of the season and hopefully leading to C.I.F.” Currently the Eagles are 5-0 in league and 18-6 overall. Support the boys at their next home game facing Torrance on Wednesday October 28!