AWHS boys varsity water polo takes down Redwood


Jackson Oliver-Roa

AWHS Sawyer Davis taking a shot on goal

The AWHS boys varsity water polo game against Redwood High School on Wednesday, Oct. 13 ended with a victorious final score of 12-9, AWHS. Although the AWHS boys were triumphant, Redwood was one of the team’s toughest opponents this year. With their win, AWHS put themselves at the top of all other MCAL teams, adding to their undefeated record of 7-0 and an overall record of 15-0.

“I thought we did a very good job of controlling the pace of the game. We played our game and we did not want to compete in a swim meet. We had very good ball control and passing overall. Offensively we played a great game,” said AWHS varsity coach Matt Swanson.

With an alternating first quarter, AWHS had a one-goal lead of 3-2. However,  Redwood wasn’t letting up; they were able to quickly tie the game at 5-5 to end the first half. AWHS then broke through the tie, outscoring Redwood in the second half 7-4 and taking the victory 12-9.

“Redwood has had the longest pit of all our opponents so far to adapt to our offense. They did a really good job in preventing our major play from working. Luckily we were able to put goals away from the outside,” said AWHS senior Dominic Haggard.

Coming into the game, AWHS knew that in order to obtain the number one seed in MCAL, they needed to beat Redwood. 

AWHS junior Mac Berry goes in for a goal against Redwood. (Jackson )

AWHS senior varsity player Nick LaFave believes that the team’s timing needs to improve in order to be more successful against teams (like Redwood) and to continue their perfect record through MCAL playoffs. 

“The boys are focused on ending our high school careers on a high note. Most of the starters are seniors and we want to do as well as possible in NCS this year before we graduate,” Nick said. 

The response stays consistent between Nick and Dominic as they both look forward to ending their senior careers on a high note.

“The team spirit is high this season and our toughest games are yet to come. From here on out it’s a matter of keeping our heads on straight and just sticking to what we know,” Dominic said.

With their upcoming games, the AWHS varsity boys water polo team hopes to remain undefeated and improve their overall record. With most of the starters being seniors this year, AWHS is determined to end their high school careers with an MCAL championship and a great run at NCS.