Boys Water Polo Preview

Lukas Novak ('15) prepares for a shot.

Lukas Novak ('15) prepares for a shot.

Daniel Douty, Staff Writer

The Fall sports season is almost upon us, which means boys’ water polo is starting up soon.

Last year the Vikings impressed when they made a deep run, as only Bellarmine could stop them from reaching the CCS finals. The team has changed drastically since then, as eleven seniors have graduated and a new wave of talent has joined the team.

“We lost a lot of seniors last year, our team consists mostly of young players and the missing spots are going to be being replaced by whoever steps up this season, young or old,” team member Kevin Bowers (‘16) said.“Any of us have a chance to step up to a big role. It just depends what we put in before the season starts”.

The team also retains some of its star players, such as Andrew Jozefov (‘17), Lucas Novak (’15) and Winston Rosati (‘16). The players have a lot of faith in third-year coach Brandon Johnson.

“With his experience, he knows what we have to do and the work and strategy we have to put in to come out on top. We’ll definitely be able to face any challenge we come across this season,” Bryant Field (’16) said of his coach.

Still, there is still some uncertainty regarding the upcoming season.

“We don’t know for sure how we’ll do this year. It all depends on the effort the younger guys put in, and we haven’t played enough together to tell for sure. Generally though, its looking good for us this year,” Bowers said.

Paly will face some fierce competition this year.

“Gunn, Monta Vista and Los Altos are going to be tough. Those games were all close and dirty last year,” Field said.

The Vikings will play their first game is at Homestead, on September 16 at 3:30 p.m.. Their first game at home is on September 18 at 6:45 p.m. against Monta Vista.