Northwood Boys Water Polo finishes strong
After a successful 19-15 record this past season, Northwood’s Boys Water Polo team smashed last year’s winning records, making it all the way to the semifinals of CIF.
“After a disappointing 8-12 record last year, we knew we wanted to improve,” junior Leon Shi said. “It’s really awesome to see that all our hard work had really paid off.”
The team accredits most of their success to Coach Kyle Kim-E who came up with specific and unique practice plans. At every single practice, players follow Coach Kim-E’s drills utilizing training aids such as medicine balls and weighted belts that allowed them to become faster and stronger.
“Before CIF, Coach helped us hone our fundamentals through drills that we would repeat every day. We focused a lot on good ball movement and strong team play in practice which helped us a lot,” junior Justin Pyne said. “Coach Kim-E would also come up with unique offensive and defensive plays to run during practice based on the other team’s specific play style.”
Another reason the team performed so well this season was because the team members worked very well with each other during matches and practices. This was due to the large amount of team bonding they had outside of the pool. The water polo team held a team breakfast every time there was morning practice, and one player was selected after each game to host a team dinner where both players and coaches could eat dinner and bond with each other.
“Going into this season we didn’t really know each other and couldn’t really trust each other in the pool, but after all the breakfasts and dinners, we were able to bond which really helped us with our success,” junior Collin Press said.
Unfortunately, Northwood did lose their semifinal game to Yucaipa by one point. It was an extremely close game and Northwood was able to force the match into two overtime segments, but eventually Yucaipa came out on top by one point.
As of now, while the season may be over, all team members are already looking into the future. Boys Water Polo is hoping to have a strong season next fall.