Yosemite water polo team seeks league title

All-League Jarrod Wood will lead Badgers in North Sequoia League

editor@sierrastar.comSeptember 3, 2013 

Yosemite High School's two-time NSL first team All League water polo player Jarrod Wood will do all he can to help his team win the league title this year, after finishing second last year to Kingsburg.

Wood, who was All-League second team as a freshman, was the team's leading scorer last year with more than 70 goals to his credit.

"Jarrod is a four-year varsity player who is dominant on offense and defense," said head coach Brandon Brokaw. "He is a quality player and should have the opportunity to play in college next year."

"I plan on putting in the necessary work, helping my team win league, and play well enough to be considered for the league MVP," Wood said.

One senior, goalie Bret Stanfield, is playing water polo for the first time but is showing a lot of promise in practice. "Jarrod should have a good year along with other team leaders Ben Hartesveldt, Jeff Foster and Alex Mears," Brokaw said.

Wood, Hartesveldt and Foster are the team's co-captains.

Looking ahead, Brokaw has a group of six freshman playing the sport for the first time, and said they are all learning the game fast and are playing well.

"Overall this is a very strong team with hard working players and great leadership," Brokaw said.

Volunteering as an assistant coach for Brokaw this season is 2012 YHS graduate Ian Whalley. Whalley was first team All League for three years and was the league's MVP his senior year.

The team plays at 6:45 p.m., Sept. 19 in Kingsburg. The team's first home game is at 6:45 p.m., Sept. 24 against Selma.

Girls team

Almost the opposite of the boy's team, the girl's team has only three players returning from last year's varsity team, and only one, Nicole Tapia, was a starter. Six of the seven starters from last season were lost to graduation.

The other players returning from last year's team are Mallory Meis and goalie Tiala Manning.

"This is a young and inexperienced team," said head coach Brenna Neely.

Neely served seven years between the boys and girls JV coach before taking over the varsity team this year.

The team will participate in the Central Valley Showdown Sept. 6 and 7 at Clovis West. The team's first home game will be at 5:45 p.m., Sept. 24 against Selma.

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