The varsity girls water polo team finalized their season this week with two away games against Santa Catalina and Santa Cruz High School. Against Santa Catalina, the girls suffered an unfortunate loss of 15-8 but went on to play a more successful match against Santa Cruz.
The game featured a guest appearance from freshman Sara, “Mini Schoepp”, Schoepp. Older sister, Marie, suffering from a cold that forced her to miss three days of school, watched from the sidelines. The game ended with a score of 10-5 in the favor of Santa Cruz.
After their game, the girls shared final thoughts with their teammates in a special team meeting. Every person spoke briefly about the season, but the focus remained on the three graduating girls, who offered words of wisdom to the team’s less experienced players. Captain and senior Haley Kammeier said in her oration that this season “wasn’t about winning…”, but about “being together”. A short speech from Coach Wally Brondstatter ended the meeting and after a few team pictures, the girls parted ways.
Meanwhile, a less emotional varsity boys team practiced for their last game (a day after the girls’), on November 7th. The boys’ last match ended in close game of 11-10 against Gilroy with three of SLV’s ten goals scored by junior, Ryland Denny.
Both JV teams, without the added weeks of league finals, were off enjoying themselves and awaiting the water polo banquet which is set to be held on the 14th of November.
The annual occasion is a time for all coaches, parents, and players to reflect on the past few months with the promise of good company and large amounts of food. Players will receive awards and coaches gifts, in appreciation of the hard work and dedication to their team.
Even after the banquet, players are encouraged to continue playing at off-season practices held Wednesdays and Saturdays on the SLV pool deck. Congratulations in all SLV water polo players on a well-played, meaningful season, see you all next year for more water-filled fun!