Bainbridge Water Polo Recap Another chance at first place
Bainbridge’s water polo team started their season like every other, in a freezing cold lake, swimming for most yardage possible. The only new addition this year was a jamboree scheduled for the middle of their retreat. The Spartan boys have crushed most of the teams in their division, except for two. Roosevelt High School and Curtis High School have each proven to stand their own against the team. The Spartans are optimistic that they will win out this year.
Excitement for their 2019 season began last year, when the water polo team placed second at state, losing to the Curtis Vikings. Bainbridge lost one varsity player while Curtis lost a handful. Now Bainbridge is hopeful that this is their time to shine and take down the Vikings in the state final game this year.
Captain, Marshall Whittlesey, says that, “We have been anticipating this for a long time. Our younger players are really starting to shine and step up into new roles on the team. Our more experienced players are just getting better, and we can’t wait to play this year.”
Unfortunately the Spartans have gotten off to a bad start this year. They played last year’s state champions, Curtis, and lost by a hefty amount, but tied with Roosevelt the same weekend. Learning from their defeats is going to be critical for the Spartans this year, especially since the competition is now so close.
In their own home game a week later the water polo team again lost to Curtis. This time the game was very intense, a back and forth battle, with the Vikings going home with the victory at the end of the night. The Bainbridge Spartans initially led the Vikings at half time by a few goals. The Vikings gave up a good fight and scored 7 goals, winning the game by 3.
Star player, Gabe Nathan, commented “It was a tough loss but it makes everyone here better. We had a lead point scorer sick for this game and when he is feeling better we will make sure to capitalize with a few more goals. It just sucks a lot when you’re up and end up not being able to hold onto the lead. The team is definitely upset about this loss and we are ready to take it to them next time”
Overall, the Spartan boys are leading this season with an enthusiastic view for the end of the season. They are working hard in and out of the pool, and can sometimes be seen running in speedos on the highschool track. The entire team is looking forward to their state finals in a few months time, and they are excited for another winning season.