Boys Water Polo: Their hardest shot


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Junior Matt Schuetz winds up for shot during a home game. Schuetz is a starter on varsity. He has been playing since freshman year.

Sarah Abraham, Staff Writer

The 2015 boys water polo team has recently started up their 2015 season.. The team has big shoes to fill as they have just graduated their past starters after the 2014 season.

Their first tournament of the season was in Ann Arbor, Michigan in August where they were 1-3. The boys water polo team is ranked to come in 7th this year, the same as they were ranked last year. The 2014 men’s water polo team ended up with a 6th place ranking and a 20-16 record. The boys varsity team is 4-8 in their season right now and are being led by two senior captains Chris Seger and Lucas McCutcheon.

McCutcheon said, “I am really excited about our team right now. We have a ton of talent and over the course of the season, I expect us to become a real competitor for that state championship title.”

The boys junior varsity also has a promising season ahead with being 2-5. They have a strong team and good leaders to teach them how to play.

Freshman Jason Merkel said, “If we put our heads in the game and play hard like it’s the last game we will ever play, we can beat any team.”

The Aviators are also coached by Jake Westerkamp, a first year coach, as well as coach Nicholas Hellwig, who is starting his eighth year as the men’s head coach, and head of the program

Mr. Hellwig said, “The boys outlook is based on attitude this season. I have seen only one team that has truly been a stand out this year. If our boys go out into the game intense, believing they can win, the the scoreboard and win column will reflect that. We are a young team and it is easy to slip into a download spiral after a loss. We have lot of potential and room to grow where other teams will peak much sooner than our boys giving the advantage to our team as the season finishes at the state tournament.”