H2O polo dives into playoffs


Courtesy of James Jativa

by Ryan Hsu

Boys varsity water polo will be advancing to CIF with a league record of 3-1, while JV finishes season with an undefeated league record of 4-0.

The Spartans played at home against Montebello for the league title Oct. 25. Varsity lost,14-7, and JV won 7-5.

“I think that we will go pretty far in the playoffs because of our performances against some of the ranked teams in our division,” said Eric Villalpando, varsity senior.

Varsity played Keppel at home Oct. 18, winning 11-0. They also played away against Long Beach Millikan Oct. 17, losing 16-11. Additional league games included Bell Gardens Oct. 10, winning 12-1; Cal High Oct. 5, losing 11-10 and against Alhambra Oct. 3, winning 14-0.

“Coach Argumosa has influenced all of us by making us work hard every day and pushing us to our limits. This is why on game days, we play hard and don’t give up,” said Issaac Bello, varsity sophomore.

The JV boys played against Keppel, winning 7-5, and Long Beach Millikan, losing 16-8. They played Bell Gardens, winning 11-3; Cal High, losing 9-7 and Alhambra, winning 14-2;

“I feel that we have all individually gotten better, and also together as a team, compared to the beginning of the season. All of us have gotten faster, stronger and smarter as a team. We can also predict what each of us are going to do in the games because we understand each  other and have a special connection,” said Joel Estrada, JV junior.

The frosh-soph Spartans finished the season with an overall record of 1-5. They played Long Beach Millikan, losing 10-0; Cal High, losing 9-3 and Birmingham, winning 11-2.

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