With seven returning players, Jaguars are look to defend 2012 Valley League water polo title
August 07, 2013The 2012 Valley Center varsity boys water polo team boasted a wealth of talent, a large group of senior leaders and, when all was said and done, a Valley League championship to show for it.
The Jaguars went 4–0 in league to win the league title and earned a spot in the CIF playoffs behind a balanced team that upset some solid teams, including Westview, La Costa Canyon and Santa Fe Christian early in the season.
This year's team may not have those same seniors — gone to graduation are Mitchell Rush, Phil Walswick, Connor Mcfarlane, Daniel Huk, Tyler French, Trevor Seabaugh, John Murphy, and Luke Sheehy — and they don't have that league title yet, either.
"That is a lot of seniors," head coach Kyle Kline remarks. "Especially including Phil and Mitch, who were big contributors to the team last year."
But the team still has a host of returning talent, including have senior goalie Gavin Marcon, who earned 303 goal saves last season, as well as Paul Schaner, who scored 60 goals with 44 assists and 50 steals. Luke Marshall is also back after cementing himself as a huge defensive asset and racking up 53 goals, 43 assists and 62 steals. David Trok returns after leading the team with nine field blocks last year and also chipping in with 26 goals and 41 assists.
The team is also glad to see Will Russell, Brock Daugherty
After finishing in the top ten in CIF last season, both the boys and girls varsity cross-country teams have an even better finish in their sights this year.
The Jaguars lost a handful of seniors to graduation, including Kaylee Hudson and Alex Hall for the girls and Travis Robey, Genaro Rodriguez, Alex Sanchez and Trevor Ryback for the boys.
But the Lady Jaguars boast a stable of experienced runners returning for 2013, including sophomore Helen Lopez, who finished fourth in the Valley League last year and was 25th in the CIF meet. She will be joined by juniors Riley McCarrick and Hailie Santana, along with senior Julia Stone, as the top returning runners.
For the boys, Fernando Ramirez put together a very strong finish to 2012, taking seventh in the league meet, ninth in the CIF meet and 76th in the state competition. Now a senior, Ramirez is joined by fellow seniors Bannon Greer and Sam McCuskey, along with sophomore Rod Rodriguez, as and Tim Sheehy back as well, and Coach Kline expects to have some incoming freshman who will contribute to the team.
"Although we're losing a lot of seniors, the returning players have a lot of experience," Coach Kline adds. "They worked through a tough, but rewarding season last year, and they're looking to build on that this year. We of course are looking to defend our league championship, and advance as far as possible into the playoffs. This season I think will be a great mix of some senior leadership, mixed with younger, enthusiastic players working to earn a league title."