Boys water polo places second in CIF State Finals

Varsity boys water polo fell short in the final round of CIF, losing to Redondo Union 7-10 on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Walnut began by scoring two goals before Redondo Union pressured Walnut’s defensive line and scored four goals. In the second quarter, Walnut scored two goals and limited Redondo Union to one, ending the first half 5-5.

“It was pretty cool to be a part of the team that first made it to CIF in Walnut’s boys water polo history. Since I wasn’t playing much I was just trying to support my team. I was trying to just give my all even though I was benching. [When] Hassan, our goalie, got a block, [or] someone made a nice pass or nice score, I would just cheer them on,” utility senior Moises Alfaro said.

In the third quarter, Walnut scored two goals while Redondo Union took the lead with three. Redondo Union scored another two goals in the final quarter and maintained its defensive line against Walnut’s offensive pushes, ending the game 7-10.

“We played through everything and really gave our best effort the entire game. My mentality was to stay calm and keep looking for opportunities to get goals and keep the other team from shooting high-percentage shots. I knew by keeping this mentality, other people on my team would be influenced to do the same,” outside shooter junior Zach Moscoso said. “I really look forward to developing team bonds. We should be getting some new players, so I’m pretty excited to see what new skill sets will come next season.”

By Ethan Cheng, Staff writer
Photo by Kyle Lin