Water Polo shoots off


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Sophomore Richard Nardi looks to score. Nardi is a junior varsity player this year looking to make an impact on the team. This is his first year playing.

The Boys Water Polo team lost many senior leaders last year. Less than half way through the season the team has been hanging in with the best teams in OH, losing only two games by more than two.

At Ohio Cup, the boys got seventh place, the year before they took third. They had a tough starting group including North Allegheny, Mason and Napoleon.

In the first game at Ohio Cup, the team played rivals Mason to a one point game, eventually losing. That was the third time the boys have come within two of beating Mason.

With seniors Mark Hancher and Adam Ioas as captains the team will look to turn it around in the second half of the season, the addition of coaches Jessen Link and Mike Sprawl have also helped.

“We have had a great rivalry with Mason this year, I think everyone is excited to see what happens,” said Ioas.

The boys have a very young team in terms of experience, in the starting lineup, they have a first year player and a second year player.

“We are trying to get some of the younger players to step up and take more responsibility since our team is not very deep,” said seniors Allan Zou.

The state title is most definitely up for grabs as there has yet to be a team who dominates everyone.

“This year I think we have a great shot at state it will be an extremely good competition,” said Hancher.

With the changes to state, everyone will have a chance at the title including the boys team.