Boys Varsity Water Polo prepares for season ahead


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Senior Mark Hancher is a team captain. Many players look up to him because of his skill and leadership. This is his fourth year on the team.

The Boys Varsity Water Polo team just started up their 2013 season. In the off-season players had been working hard to prepare for this.

Coach Nick Hellwig had been hosting lifting sessions on Mon. and Fri. and also inter-mural water polo on Wed. This was an opportunity for players to stay in shape for the upcoming polo season.

“I think the lifting sessions were extremely beneficial to the players, especially those who were not swimming year around,” senior Kurt Heltman said.

Another opportunity that players had during the off-season was to play on the club water polo team, Moose Water Polo. Moose competed in tournaments and hosted practices two times a week for players from any school to come and play.

The season begins on Aug. 1 with the players having multiple weeks of conditioning before they were even able to put the balls and the goals in to start playing.

“Having that designated period of conditioning helps out a lot to get back into the toughness of the sport,” junior Joseph Moreno said.

The team has already had the Napoleon tournament. They will now focus on the upcoming season ahead.

Many players on the team think that the talent is still there to make it to another state championship despite losing nine seniors.

Many new players look to senior captain Mark Hancher for leadership and tips.

“I really believe that our team has the talent this year, all we need to do is put it together,” Hancher said.

It looks to be an interesting water polo season this year as the team seems to have the manpower necessary for winning a state title.