CHS water polo ends last home game on high note
For their last home game, the CHS water polo team was greeted with stands full of fans, most wearing pink cancer awareness shirts for a “Pink Out” theme. The boys played a strong game, with key plays throughout, beating Ayala 10-7.
The water polo team has been showing their support of Cancer Awareness Month by selling pink shirts with a cancer ribbon logo. For this particular game, however, the team asked everyone who had bought a shirt to wear it in order to create a “pink out” effect in the stands.
The first quarter began with a small advantage for Claremont when sprinter Bruno Snow was the first to gain control of the ball. It took a few attempts and turnovers before Claremont finally scored their first goal halfway through the quarter. After another point for Claremont and a few successful shots from Ayala, the first quarter finished up with the score locked 2-2.
By the second quarter, Claremont started pulling ahead with help from senior Johnathan Wong. After Ayala took a time-out for a pep talk, and later scored a goal, they only trailed by one, 4-3.
In the third quarter, the game picked up even more as Claremont scored three more points while Ayala made one. Thanks to goals made by Wong, Snow and Matt Turk, CHS had a clear lead by the end of the third quarter, 7-4.
The final quarter was intense, as each team scored three times, rapidly cramming in shoots as the clock ticked down. When the game finally wrapped up, the overall score was 10-7, a solid win for the Wolfpack.
Some noteworthy players include senior Johnathan Wong with five goals, junior Bruno Snow and senior Mat Turk with two points each, and another point from junior Luke Pulver. For the defense senior goalie Kellan Grant racked up eight saves throughout the game.
In addition to the important game play, CHS also had a fun celebration of Senior Night.
Seniors include Mat Turk, Johnathan Wong, Will DePrez, Josh Ucizono and Ivan Lamboo, as well as JV player Andrew Dehmer. While being recognized, each senior was treated a variety of mementos and a speech made by a younger teammate.
It was a very successful day in general, with an amazing game, a good cause being promoted and happy memories created celebrating the graduating seniors.
The Wolfpack played at Diamond Bar Thursday, and compete at Glendora Tuesday, November 3.
COURIER guest reporter Genny Sanders is a sophomore and assistant opinions editor on The Wolfpacket. She’s played on Claremont’s JV girls’ water polo team and swam. In her free time, Genny enjoys hanging out with friends, learning languages and Tweeting.
CHS WEEKLY ROUNDUP
The Claremont High School football team came back from their disappointing defeat to Ayala by trouncing Diamond Bar 42-13 last week in Diamond Bar. With the win, Claremont is now 2-1 in league, 7-1 overall.
The Pack had another big rushing game with a total of 353 yards, led by Duy Tran-Sampson who had 148 yards and one touchdown. Quarterback Raine Pohaku Kaheaku-Pavia also had a big running game with 112 yards and one touchdown, followed by Markelle Davis who had 85 yards and two touchdowns.
Kaheaku-Pavia’s passing game was solid as well, with four completions from seven attempts for 78 yards and one touchdown. Matt Banfield and Laquamie Bond each caught a touchdown pass.
Next up, Claremont faces top ranked Glendora on Friday at home in a matchup that will likely decide which team will be the Palomares League champion.
The Pack defeated Bonita 3-0 (25-21; 25-19; 25-21) on Tuesday at CHS. This win comes on the heels of another victory against South Hills last Thursday, 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-16.) The team did not enter any player stats for the game, however the girls’ record is now 4-4 in league and 13-11 overall.