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VC boys water polo team takes seventh place in San Diego Open Tournament


Jaguars end ten-game winning streak, suffer first loss since Sept. 7


October 31, 2013
Autumn usually brings cooler temperatures, but the Valley Center varsity boys water polo team has been heating up since the season began in September.


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The Jaguars will finish up the season at San Pasqual on Nov. 8. Photo courtesy of Caroline Daugherty
The Jaguars finished in 11th place in the Poway Invitational Tournament that concluded on Sept. 7 after suffering a loss to Patrick Henry that Saturday.

Since then, the Jags rattled off ten consecutive victories, including a sweep through the Fall Classic Tournament to win the championship.

Behind the strong play and depth of its offense, Valley Center rolled into the San Diego Open Tournament on a nine-game winning streak, and despite suffering their first loss in nearly two months, the Jags brought home a seventh–place finish out of 40 teams.

The Jaguars began play in the San Diego Open tournament last Monday with two games at Santana High School.

The first game was against Poway, and Valley Center played a strong second half to take a 10–8 win.

The Jags had a bit of a slow start, earning two goals while allowing three. The Jags were able to turn it around in the second earning three goals, allowing one to lead 5–4 at half. VC was able to earn two goals in the third allowing one to lead 7–5 heading into the fourth. Both teams earned three goals in the fourth giving the Jags the win.

"This was a big win for the guys as it was a four-quarter battle," said head coach Kyle Kline.

David Trok had a huge game with four goals, one assist, four steals, and one block. Paul Schaner had three goals, one assist, four steals, one exclusion, and two penalty shots. Luke Marshall had two goals, one assist, three steals. Jared Schaner had one goal. Brock Daugherty had three assists, and one exclusion. Jared Trok had one assist, one steal, and two exclusions. Tim Sheehy had one assist and one steal. Will Russell had one block. Gavin Marcon had a big game with 12 goal saves and three steals.

Valley Center's second game was against Santana and the Jaguars couldn't bounce back late in the game to suffer a 17–7 loss.

The Jags had a slow start allowing Santana to take a 6–0 lead in the first. The Jags bounced back a bit earning three goals in the second allowing two to trail 8–3 at half. Santana earned five more goals in the third allowing two for the Jags giving Santana a 13–5 lead heading into the fourth. The Jags put away two more goals allowing four to give Santana the win.

"This was a tough game for the guys as they put everything into the previous game with Poway and struggled defensively," Coach Kline said. "We learned from this game and will be able to put it to use when we face Santana again one week from Tuesday."

Luke Marshall had three goals, seven steals. Paul Schaner had two goals, one assist, four steals, and one exclusion. David Trok had two goals, two assists, two steals, two blocks, and two exclusions Gavin Marcon had four goal saves, and one steal.

The Jaguars continued play in the San Diego Open Tournament last Friday with a game against Grossmont and held on in the fourth quarter to take a 12–11 win.

Grossmont had a solid start scoring three unanswered goals early in the quarter but the Jags were able to put away three of their own ultimately allowing four to trail 4–3 after the first. The Jags outscored Grossmont 3–2 in the second to tie the game at six at half. The Jags had another solid quarter earning three goals allowing one to lead 9–7 heading into the fourth. The Jags earned three more goals in the fourth allowing four to take the win.

"This was a huge game for the guys as it secured a spot in the top eight in the tournament," said Coach Kline. "Plus it was another big win against a solid division one team. The guys put away some solid shots when we needed them and Gavin came up huge in the cage for us."

Paul Schaner had three goals, two assists, one steal, and one exclusion. Luke Marshall had three goals, two steals, and one block. David Trok had three goals, three assists, two steals and one block. Brock Daugherty had two goals, two assists, one steal, and two exclusions. Will Russell had one goal, two assists, one steal. Gavin Marcon had 14 goal saves, one steal, and one assist.

On Saturday, the Jags faced Bellvue (Washington) at Granite Hills and suffered a 13–11 loss.

Bellvue had a solid start earning five goals allowing only two. The Jags had a better second quarter earning two goals allowing three to trail 8–4 at half. The Jags picked it up in the third earning three goals allowing two to trail 10–7 heading into the fourth. The Jags put in a charge in the fourth earning four goals but allowed three to seal the loss.

"We were missing two starters in Paul Schaner and Will Russell due to ACT testing so I think it affected the team's outlook heading into the game," said Coach Kline. "But they settled in and put forth a solid effort in the second half and came up just a bit short."

David Trok had a big game with four goals, one assist, one block, one exclusion, and one penalty shot. Luke Marshall had three goals, one assist, and one exclusion. Brock Daugherty had one goal, four assists, two steals, and one penalty shot. Tim Sheehy had one goal, one assist, and one steal. Jared Trok had one goal and one steal. Ryan Semon had one goal. Gavin Marcon had another huge game with 15 goal saves.

The second game of the day and the final game of the tournament was against Southridge (Washington), and the Jaguars just couldn't hang on down the stretch in a 16–15 loss.

A high-scoring first quarter gave Southridge a 6–5 advantage heading into the second. The Jags earned two goals allowing three to trail 9–7 at half. The Jags had a solid third quarter earning six goals allowing three to lead 13–12 heading into the fourth. Southridge was able to earn four goals in the fourth with the Jags only able to put away two goals to complete the loss.

"This was a very physical game and the guys gave it their best effort all four quarters," Coach Kline said. "A few defensive mistakes early in the game proved costly."

Luke Marshall had a big game with five goals, two assists and three steals. David Trok had another big game with four goals, three assists, and four steals. Paul Schaner had a great game with three goals, two assists, two steals, four exclusions, and one penalty shot. Jared Trok had a great game with two goals, one assist, and one steal. Tim Sheehy had one goal. Brock Daugherty had three assists, and two exclusions. Gavin Marcon had nine goal saves and two assists.

"Overall, this was a great tournament for the team earning two solid wins against Poway and Grossmont, putting us in the top eight in the tournament," Coach Kline added. "We had an opportunity to play Santana who we face Tuesday and our other two losses were very close games. I am extremely pleased with the effort the guys put forth playing six games in a week. And I think we learned from every game which will help us as we head into the final two weeks of regular season play."

The Jaguars played two tough games this week and will wrap up the season with a game against Torrey Pines at UCSD on Tuesday, followed by the regular season finale at San Pasqual next Friday, Nov. 8.


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