Northwood’s boys water polo team had quite a season last year, advancing to the semifinal round of the CIF Division 4 semifinals.
But the Timberwolves weren’t quite able to accomplish their goal of getting to the finals.
This season, the team has been moved up to the CIF Division 3 level and Coach Kyle Kim-E is looking for another big year.
Northwood has started out with two wins.
“Last year, it was very difficult losing in the Division 4 CIF semi-finals,” Kim said this week. “After that game, I told all of the boys ‘remember this feeling. Use this pain and disappointment as fuel for the off-season. We need to get stronger, faster, and play even more as a team in order to be successful next year.’
“And I truly feel like that was when our off-season started. I think a lot of teams know that we graduated Joe Shaw (150 goals last year) but are not expecting us to become so much more well-balanced this year. The boys have been putting in an enormous amount of hard work and I’m proud of them. This is some of the most unselfish, team-oriented play of water polo that I’ve seen from us in a while. I think it’s going to be an exciting season for Northwood water polo.
“Our team goal is to make it to CIF (playoffs). The Pacific Coast League is incredibly competitive with a number of great teams and it honestly makes qualifying with an automatic bid to (the playoffs) a lot harder than in other leagues. Therefore, for our team, every single game counts. We need to stay disciplined and consistent throughout the season. If our team can manage that, I feel confident that we will continue to improve our team chemistry along the way and be a team to watch in Division 3.”
Northwood improved its record to 2-0 with a 21-13 victory over Segerstrom on Thursday, Sept. 14.
Senior captains Collin Press (five goals) and Brian May (four goals) led the Timberwolves offensively.
Underclassmen also contributed to the win.
Sophomore Max Abravanel, sophomore Chris Pukstza and freshman Cameron An, each had…