Rio beats Jesuit, gets ready for Sections

Photo By Wallace Harmon

Connor Jang, Staff Writer

Water polo is looking to make this year the third year in a row that they win sections, or as the players call it a “threepeat,” something Rio has never done.
After a strong performance in regular season’s play and tournament wins with a final record of 18-8, the boys hope to repeat their success as Sac-Joaquin section champs.
The boys team has not lost a game to a team in Sacramento this season and beat rival Jesuit 16-6 in the Marauder’s home pool.
Senior captains Jack DuBois and John Price led the team on the left side of the pool, as two of the three leading goal scorers for the season they are a major threat on that side of the pool.
Price had this to say about the Jesuit game “We were clearly the better team in pool and the scoreboard reflected that.
Everyone was on there game and that made it such blowout”
Senior Wally Harmon, the team’s goalie, had ten blocks in the jesuit game.
Harmon has 180 saves as a goalie so far this year.
He’s gunning for the record of 206 saves for the season.
He’s looking to get the rest of his blocks in the upcoming section playoffs.
“This has been a great season so far, our team is small but we have a lot fight in us and we are never afraid to make those tough decisions and thats why I think we’re going to get that blue banner” said Harmon, referring to the banner that a team wins for winning the section championship.
Coach Tyson Frenn expects nothing less but another title victory.
Their first game of section championship is on Thursday against El Dorado Hills at whitney high school a 10 in the morning.
The coaches have even moved up a couple underclassman for the section tournament including freshmen Matt Shelby and Sam Hastie, brother of varsity teammate, junior Luke Hastie.
With both the girls and boys water polo teams working back-to-back seasons with coaches Tyson Frenn, Eric Johnson and Joey Frantz. The coaches have been focusing primarily on the water polo playoffs. They’ve been eating, sleeping and breathing water polo. With so much focus and commitment by both the players and the coaches the playoffs look promising.

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