Northwood’s boys water polo team, ranked third in the CIF Division 3 poll this week, had a solid showing at last weekend’s South Coast Tournament against some highly-ranked CIF and Orange County squads.
“I’m very proud of this team,” said Coach Kyle Kim-E. “We went into South Coast as an un-ranked Division 3 team with a lot of teams overlooking us. Not only did we come up with two big upset wins over Ventura and San Clemente, but we finished 14th overall. The only other Division 3 team to finish better was Division 3 No. 1 Riverside Poly.
“What I’m most impressed with, however, is that we finished 25th in South Coast last year. This year, we moved 11 places to finish 14th. That’s a significant improvement from last year and that’s proof of all of these guys’ hard work in the off-season.”
Northwood opened with a 9-7 upset win over Ventura. Seniors Andrew Wraith (four goals) and Collin Press (three goals) led the offensive attack. Sophomore Max Abravanel added another two goals.
“We knew that this was going to be a tough first round game, but definitely a winnable one,” Kim-Em said. “We had Max Abravanel match up with Ventura’s USC commit, Peyton Collins, and he did a remarkable job of keeping him contained. It was a great way to start off the tournament.”
In the second game, the Timberwolves lost to Orange Lutheran, the defending CIF Division 1 champion, 18-9.
Wraith and Max Abravanel both scored two goals. Seniors Collin Press, Ethan Abravanel, and Justin Pyne each added one goal. Freshman Cameron An also scored one goal, while junior Charlie Shobe scored his first Varsity goal of his career.
“After an exhausting and exciting game vs. Ventura, we knew playing OLU was going to be a rough second game. Last year, however, we played OLU in the first round and lost, 22-5 with graduate Joe Shaw…