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Boys’ Water Polo Team looks forward to another successful season

Sport: Boys’ water polo

Coach: Courtney Crase

Last season's record: 25-3

 

After a victory against Homestead High School last year, the boys’ water polo team finished as champions of the El Camino league. The Falcons went on to CCS for the first time in five years, but lost against Menlo in the quarterfinals.

This year, the team is depending  on key players such as juniors Mason Lee and Graham Schmelzer.

“[Lee and Schmelzer] are two of many key players on the team, who play year-round water polo and bring a wealth of knowledge,” said Coach Courtney Crase. “They are dedicated to leading the team in and out of the water and work incredibly hard.”

The team’s performance will be affected by the absence of star player Stephen Cho, who graduated last year and is now attending Harvard. Crase hopes that Lee and Schmelzer will step up.

“They have big shoes to fill,  but I know they are up for the challenge,” Crase said.

Key additions to the varsity team are sophomores Chris Metz and Micah Lee and junior Davis Robertson.

The team looks forward to playing teams such as Los Altos, Gunn, Mountain View and Palo Alto. To be successful in these games, Crase believes the team will have to focus on “quick transitions” from offense to defense and vice versa.

“[We must also improve our] driving, holding position and strength,” Crase said.  “If we can get our heads in the game, focus on the fundamentals, speed, defense and quick transitions, we will be in good shape to match up against these tough teams.”

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