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Mar Vista Water Polo Team Plays Against Clairemont High School

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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 12:05 pm

Last Monday, the boys water polo team for Mar Vista High School played against Clairemont High School, in a scrimmage. In said match, Clairemont may have tried, but the local high school definitely showed their physical and intellectual prowess, when it comes to the sport, in the pool, as the final score was 18 to 6, with Mar Vista winning. This game gave some play time for freshmen on the team, and also gave everyone a good amount of play time.

The first quarter kicked off well for the Mariners, as sophomore TC Spaulding won the sprint (the race for the ball at the beginning of every quarter in a game to determine which team possesses it,) who was then able to give it to sophomore Carlos Ibarra, who assisted team captain and sophomore, Ethan Hastings, by passing it to him, allowing him to score the first point of the game. Later in the quarter, Spaulding was able to outswim the other team to the goal and score with almost no defense blocking his shot. Spaulding was able to make another shot when the other team was a player down due to violation of rules, which called for an ejection by the referee. Team captain and senior David Speer, was able to score thanks to a pass from Hastings. When Clairemont had the ball, Levi Lord, a senior and goalie for the Mariners, was able to block most of their shots; the other team only scored three times in the first quarter.

Spaulding once again won the sprint, giving Mar Vista the advantage. The team was able to score many times this quarter, including a play in which freshman Bradford Dickson stole the ball from the other team, and assisted Ibarra who was able to score for the team once again. Unfortunately, Dickson was temporarily ejected from the game, giving Clairemont a chance to score. Afterwards however, Clairemont was held at four points for the rest of the quarter. This quarter gave the chance for Mar Vista to gain an even higher lead against the opposing team, as well.

For the third quarter, team captain and sophomore Fletcher Field sprinted for the ball, and won it. In the first minute of the quarter, Lord was able to block two goals. After the second block, Hastings swam up the pool, passing up the team, got the ball thrown to him by Lord, and threw it to Field who scored. The other team was penalized as well, giving Hastings a free shot, which he scored. Sophomore Luke Wilson was able to steal the ball, and Ibarra managed to block a shot into the goal. Dickson also made another score assist to Hastings.

In the fourth and final quarter, Field sprinted and won possession of the ball. For the last part of the game, the Mariners did not disappoint, as they raised their score and kept their lead. Two freshmen on the team, Bradford Dickson and Trevor Billings were able to make a good play; Dickson assisted Billings who scored. Dickson himself also made a daring skip-shot (a shot toward the goal that skips on the water), to the team’s benefit, as it scored.

Overall, Mar Vista did great, scoring three times as much as Clairemont. Hastings believes this is due to the agility of the team in the water. “We have a lot of movement,” he said, “A lot of movement compensates for our size.”

One concept that head coach Chad Kavanagh believed that the team could do better is ‘offensive movement”. He said, “We need to clear out the middle of the pool, but we’re good with moving the ball around.”

The team’s next home game is on Friday September 13, against Eastlake High School. Both schools have had a long feud when it comes to water polo, even to the point of sharing the championship banner last season.

The Mariners hope to see some fans cheering them on when the time comes!

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