PaliHi Boys Water Polo Clinches League Title

PaliHi played its final league match on Oct. 26 at Venice High School, winning 15-9 and clinching the league title.

The Dolphins and no losses, were followed by Venice, San Pedro, Banning and Laces. In a nonleague game on Oct. 18, the Dolphins beat Brentwood 15-8.

To keep his players competitive Coach Adam Blakis entered his team in three tough tournaments, the last was the South Bay Tournament at Mira Costa on Oct. 14-15.

Theo Trask looks for a pass. Photo: Ben Trask

Theo Trask looks for a pass.
Photo: Ben Trask

After dropping the first game to Palos Verdes, 14-3, the Dolphins kicked it into overdrive and beat San Luis Obispo (17-8) and Santa Monica (11-7). (Earlier in the season, PaliHi had played SaMo, losing 10-6.)

As tournament play continued, Palihi played against Mission Viejo, winning 12-11 in overtime. After a few hours rest, they returned to the pool to face Arroyo Grande. That match also went into overtime, but this time the score went against the Dolphins 12- 11. “I feel we would have beat them, but one of our starters had to go home and babysit his sister,” Blakis said, noting that isn’t the kind of absence that makes a coach happy.

Overall, Blakis felt the tournament was a successful outing. “We have a solid program and it shows we can play outside our section,” he said.

The seeding meeting was on Monday and Blakis said “We should be seeded number 1.” The teams’ first playoff game will be Nov. 4, with site to be determined. A three-day swim meet with more than 1,200 swimmers competing is scheduled for this weekend.

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