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Sports: Bosco Water Polo Preview

by Nick Hernandez

This season, the St. John Bosco High School Water Polo team has great expectations for a very competitive year in the Trinity League.

“We have hopes to make CIF and win it all, or at least go very far,” said Head Coach Jeff Powers.

Last season, the young and inexperienced Bosco water polo team held a record of 8-19. Aside from being extremely young, the team was plagued with constant injuries throughout the season.

“Last season could’ve gone better but injuries really hindered our chances of making a good playoff run,” said senior team captain Patrick Burke.

Through a year full of injuries and a roster full of young and inexperienced athletes, the team’s subpar and lackluster record last season didn’t come as a shock to many people. They were in many close matches last year that ultimately just did not go their way.

Though it may have been disappointing at the time, it will now serve as valuable experience that will be extremely crucial to the team this year. With the everyday squad looking almost identical to last years, wins and improvement is expected from this years team.

In efforts to improve on their mistakes from last year, the program plans to focus on cleaning up their act in the pool and having their unit work together as a whole. Last year prepared the team for what is to come and it has shed some light on the areas in which they need to improve and perfect. Their desire to dominate the Trinity League this year will prove to the team that they can make a name for themselves and that they will be a force to be reckoned with.

In spite of two star players having graduated last year, the team remains optimistic looking up and down its roster. This season, a number of starters will be returning now as seniors to the team with multiple years of experience and much gained knowledge through practice.

The team feels that this season has great promise, and has strong hopes for making and possibly even winning CIF. As the season gets underway, the Water Polo program will face tough competitors  as they have before. Some key match-ups to look forward to include games against rival powerhouses Mater Dei and Santa Margarita.

Throughout the years, the program has not had much luck facing very competitive and high-level teams. However, this season is looking much different than the years past.

“We have an easier schedule [which should grant] easy wins in the Trinity League and a couple easy tournaments as well,” says senior Jake Douglas.

With a tournament taking place recently, the varsity Water Polo team started off their season with a couple competitive matches.

Their official season starts with a home game on August 29th, and the team as a whole is looking to start off the year strong. They are all very optimistic about the near future due to playing solid opening matches in the beginning of their year.


Bosco Water Polo: 2017 Season Recap

by Caleb Wiley

The 2017 water polo season was a tough season to say the least. Finishing up with an overall record of 11-13 and going winless in league, along with a no-show in CIF, the season was somewhat disappointing. The team faced a lot of obstacles but nonetheless fought through and played with their best effort in every game. 

The 11-13 record along with no wins in league was not completely shocking: “Sure, the outcome is not what we hoped for, but there were many factors to having that record,” said Varsity head coach Jeff Powers. The team had injuries and a lack of experience that ultimately factored in the outcome of the team’s record.

“With only two returning seniors on the team, we really missed the leadership and experience out there late in the season,” said Coach Powers. Leadership is really a necessity in team sports such as water polo. Senior captain Gabe Chaine really helped the underclassmen learn and grow in the sport. Unfortunately, Gabe suffered an injury in the middle of the season: “We had our best defender Gabe Chaine out for a while and we really struggled during that time,” said junior captain Pat Burke. With only two seniors on the team, it was easy to observe that without Chaine, water polo did not have the benefit of more leadership and experience. Burke says, “We really came together despite all the obstacles and showed perseverance while Gabe was out.”

Senior Gabe Chaine says that he has no regrets and enjoyed the time he got to play during the season. “I had fun this season…a little sadness does come to me knowing that this is my last year (at Bosco) and we didn’t make a big CIF run.” His last year was not what he hoped for but he is satisfied with what he left at Bosco, especially knowing that the team next is due to have a solid season.

The 2018 season is looking more promising than this year, with everybody returning but two players. The team will have the needed experience that was sorely missed this year. Coach Powers explains, “This was definitely a learning season for next year for the returning players which is basically our whole team.” He goes on and adds, “The players next year will now know what is needed to compete in this league.” The Trinity league is one of the best leagues in the nation and Coach Powers feels confident about his player’s abilities to compete in this league.

This means that the current juniors and sophomores will have more important roles and make a bigger impact than they did this year. The 2017 season was not a complete disappointment, because this season really prepared the returning players. The team can now reflect and learn from the mistakes they made this year and correct them for the better. Therefore the team is optimistic about next year and there chances to win league and ultimately make a big CIF run in the 2018 season.