The alarm blares at 6:00 am. And then by 6:30, the players are in the water, practicing up until only a few minutes before the morning bell rings.
This is the grueling routine that the BHS Boys Water Polo Team has been following this season. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the team practices from 6:30-7:30am before school starts, and then from 3:30-5:30pm after school. The team typically plays their games on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
This year’s team has a unique set of talents that they believe will take them far in the competitive Peninsula Athletic League.
“Our roster is filled with shooters and this will be a big advantage for us because our whole lineup is offensive threats who can also swim very quickly. We will be able to outshoot and outswim the other teams and this will be what brings us back up to the bay division,” senior captain Ian Wong said.
The team does recognize that the PAL is filled with other strong teams, but it is something that the team embraces.
“After beating Aragon 11-3, one of the better teams in the league, I feel we will be very successful this season. However, I know almost nothing about Woodside Priory--they might pose a challenge to us. If they do, we will simply swim faster, shoot better, and talk more. At this point, we’re just taking it one game at a time. Regardless, we respect each and every team we play,” junior Jacob Chudovsky said.
So far, the team has a league record of 2-0. They won their first game against Sequoia High School by a score of 13-0. Their second game was against Aragon High School, and the Panthers showed their dominance, winning by a score of 11-3.
“I think that it’s really hard to point out a single player that is important. When these guys are playing together, trusting each other, that’s when they are at their best,” coach Steve Pratt said.
As the season moves on, the seniors realize that this may be their last chance to accomplish their ultimate goals: winning the PAL title and getting a shot at the elusive CCS championship.
“Entering my final season is a very bittersweet experience. I realize that this is the last time I will get to represent the school and make my team proud but since this is my last chance, I really think this will be my best season yet. I have been playing harder than ever and the intensity of our practices are really preparing us for our games,” Wong said.
Come support the water polo team in their next home game against Terra Nova on October 11 at 6 p.m.