Palisades gana otro título de waterpolo masculino de la Sección de la Ciudad

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Palisades ⁣High Water Polo Team Wins 11th Consecutive City Championship

In ‌a‍ thrilling match on Wednesday night at ‌LA Valley ‍College⁢ pool, Palisades‍ High School’s men’s water polo team ⁢extended their playoff winning streak to an impressive 42​ games by defeating Granada Hills 23-10. This victory secured their 11th consecutive City Championship, a record-breaking achievement ⁣in the City ‌Section.

Owen Grant Shines with 12 Goals

Senior pilot Owen Grant⁣ was the star of the game, scoring an impressive​ 12 goals for the ⁢Dolphins. Charlie Speiser ⁢contributed three goals, while Sean Ellis, Jordan Zaman, and ⁢Charlie Shortt each added two goals to⁣ secure‍ the ​victory⁣ for the ​number one⁤ seed team, ⁢Palisades High School. With this win, Palisades High School’s water polo team now holds the second-longest active championship streak in the City Section, trailing only the men’s​ tennis team, which has won 14⁢ consecutive titles.

Grant, who scored seven times in ⁣the first half, ⁣humbly⁣ stated, “I wasn’t paying attention at all to how many goals I had. I was⁢ planning to focus on‍ assisting my teammates in the second half, but I got a little greedy.”

Highlanders Put Up a Fight

Jared Espinoza‌ of Granada Hills put‍ up a valiant effort, scoring six goals‍ for his team. The Highlanders, the second seed‍ in the tournament, took⁣ an early​ 3-0 lead ⁢within⁢ the first two​ minutes of the game and managed to tie the ⁣score ⁣4-4 at the ​end of the first quarter.

“As seniors, ‌we discussed at the beginning of ⁢the season ⁤the importance of maintaining our dynasty,” Grant explained. His brother Avery also contributed to the team’s victory, scoring a goal ‍with 1:11 left in the final quarter.

A Record-Breaking Legacy

This latest championship win marks ⁤Palisades High ⁣School’s 17th title in‌ water polo. The Dolphins previously ⁤won six consecutive championships between 1973 and 1978 before the sport was discontinued for nearly three‍ decades. Water ⁢polo was reinstated in 2008, and since then, ‌Palisades ⁤High School has dominated the ⁢City Section playoffs.‌ Prior to their ⁢current streak, Birmingham‌ won four⁤ titles in five seasons. All of Palisades’ championships have‍ been achieved under the guidance of ⁣coach Adam⁣ Blakis.

Since their quarterfinal loss to⁣ Cleveland ‌in⁤ 2011, Palisades High School’s water polo team has not suffered⁢ a defeat in ​the City Section‌ playoffs.

Looking Ahead: ​SoCal Regional Championship

The Dolphins’‍ next challenge will be to secure their third⁣ consecutive SoCal Regional Championship and their fourth overall.⁣ They have⁤ previously clinched back-to-back Division III titles, defeating Carpintería in the 2021 final and Rancho Bernardo in 2022.

This year,​ the City Section had enough participating schools⁤ to form two playoff⁤ groups. The top four teams competed⁢ in the ⁣Open Division, while the next ⁢15 teams competed in Division I.

Prior to Palisades’ victory⁢ in the Open Division, the ⁢West Valley League rivals, Cleveland and El Camino Real, battled for the Division I crown. In an⁣ intense match that went ‌into overtime, the number one seed Cavaliers emerged ⁤victorious with a 9-7 win, claiming their first title since 2010.

Valentino Sánchez of Cleveland scored the equalizer with four seconds left in regulation time and then scored again in overtime to secure the win for the⁢ Cavaliers. Rohan ‍Toc contributed four goals, and goalkeeper Gabe ⁣Shostak​ made 15 saves ‌and scored two goals for El Camino Real.

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