Boys’ water polo season preview

Boys water polo season preview

Max Jung-Goldberg, Staff Writer

The Palo Alto boys water polo season is nearing, and the team is hard at work in preparation for the new season.  

Last year the team fell just short after a tough loss to Saint Francis in the Central Coast Section playoffs. That has not stopped them from getting off to a great start to the 2016 season.

“We have been swimming more than 10,000 yards a week,” Jared Stanley (‘17) said. “We have been scrimmaging teams in and out of our league to get us ready for our first [regular season] game.”

This year’s team has many returning players. Although, this season they are going to be without the presence of Winston Rosati (16’), Justyn Cheung (16’), and Kevin Bowers (16’) who were all key contributors to last years group. The team will still have plenty of leadership though, having eight seniors leading the varsity team. Along with the veteran presence, there are many players that have the desire to exceed last years achievements.

“We have a good team this year with a lot of experience,” Jake Varner (‘18) said. “We have a lot of guys who really want to C.C.S.”

The team knows that in order to compete for a Central Coast Section championship, they have to be a selfless team and put in a lot of effort.  

“This year we are going to run on teamwork to win the big games,” Jack Andersen (18’) said. “We have been putting in a lot more yards into our workout to get into really good shape for this season, as last year we were a bit slow.”

Even though the team lost three key senior contributors from last year, they are still an older group that has the desire to go beyond their achievements from last year.

The boys water polo team starts regular season play against Davis on Saturday, September 3.