The hard work the Yosemite High water polo teams have put in under first year Coach Vince Roeber paid off Oct. 22, as both teams defeated Chowchilla at home.
After losing to Chowchilla 16-14 a month earlier, Yosemite’s boys team came back from a 9-5 deficit at half, to outscore the Redskins 10-2 in the second half, winning 15-11.
The win left Yosemite (5-8, 3-5 North Sequoia League), and Chowchilla (6-7, 3-5 NSL) tied for third in North Sequoia League play with three games left in the season. Exeter sits atop the NSL standings with a perfect 8-0 record, followed by Kingsburg (12-9, 7-1).
The game was tied 11-11 with five minutes left in the game, when Yosemite junior Owen Basset scored the first of four unanswered Badger points to end the game. Basset scored three of the four goals down the stretch, with junior Jayden Malcolm adding one.
“The boys we able to keep focused on the end result of the game, and did not get caught up in the score when they were down,” Coach Vince Roeber said. “They made adjustments and worked together as a team. It’s exciting to see this team play when they believe in themselves.”
The team’s leading scorer on the season, junior Peter McLean, lead all scores in the game with six goals, with Basset adding four. Junior Ron Luther and sophomore Burke Stewart had two goals each, with Malcolm adding one.
Yosemite’s goalie, Dylan Thacker, shut down Chowchilla during the crucial last five minutes of the game.
Girls win 17-7
In the girls game, Yosemite (6-4, 4-4 NSL) jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead over Chowchilla (3-10, 1-7 NSL) in the first two minutes of the game, and led at half 9-3.
Two juniors, Kaily Neal and Laura Pearson, led the Badger scoring with six goals each. Freshman Anna Luther scored three goals, while freshman Michella Cunnings and sophomore Nikki Johnson added one each.
“The girls did a great job at getting a jump in the beginning, and maintaining control throughout the game, with everyone on the team contributing,” Roeber said. “This was an exciting game for me to see some of the concepts they have worked on in practice come to fruition in a game.”
Roeber said he is proud of both his young teams (no seniors on boys team - two seniors on the girls team) who are improving with each game.
“It’s very encouraging to have several of the boys and girls ask me what they can do to improve their game,” Roeber said.
On Oct. 20, the boys team lost to Kingsburg 21-7, and the girls team was upended 19-4.
Yosemite plays its last league game of the season at Sierra Oct. 29 (boys 4 p.m. - girls 5 p.m.).