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This girls water polo team has thus far seen more success than any squad from previous years. They now hope to continue their streak through league play and into CIF.

By JORDAN SMITH
Sports editor

Despite the disappointing conclusion of the varsity boys water polo season, the wait before Poly’s aquatic facility would once again resonate with the exultant cheers of Panther fans was short. For the first time in Poly athletic history, the girls varsity water polo team has opened their season with a 3-0 record. A solid group of senior leaders and other veteran players has contributed to the beginning of what so far looks to be a thrilling and hopefully successful run for the squad. Currently 4-0, the Lady Panthers have set a dominant pre-season tone as they ride the momentum of their victory against Westridge further into League competition. (more…)

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After losing a number of key starters, the Panthers look to its young players in what is a rebuilding season for the boys.

By BOBBY SAMUELS
Sports editor

Junior Justin Worland attempts to score against Trinity College. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

Junior Justin Worland attempts to score against Trinity College. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

As the winter season begins, the boys varsity basketball team looks to match and hopefully exceed last year’s performance. In their 2007-2008 campaign, the Panthers won the Prep League championship but lost in an upset to Viewpoint in the first round of the CIF playoffs.

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Senior Tommy Gilfilian prepares to shoot a goal in the CIF playoffs. The boys varsity water polo team has qualified for the semi-finals and is cur¬rently ranked third in the CIF-SS division VI. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

Senior Tommy Gilfilian prepares to shoot a goal in the CIF playoffs. The boys varsity water polo team has qualified for the semi-finals and is cur¬rently ranked third in the CIF-SS division VI. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

After a dominating Prep League performance in which the Panthers went undefeated, Poly won its first two CIF games.

By BOBBY SAMUELS
Sports editor

After earning the title of third best team in Division VI, the best result in Poly’s history, the var­sity boys water polo team looks to exceed last year’s performance. Ranked first in the division at one point, Poly has finished this year’s regular season with a solid record of 19-5, earning the third seed in the upcoming playoffs. In addition, Poly dominated the Prep League for the second year in a row.

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By JORDAN SMITH
Sports editor

Once reserved for royalty and the extremely wealthy, equestrianism as a sport has pervaded into high school athletics in the form of the Interscholastic Equestrian league. The league, a non-profit organiza­tion and the governing body in the world of high school riding, orga­nizes four shows a year in which 69 Southern Californian schools compete against each other in an array of equestrian styles, classes and divisions. The IEL describes its primary goals as being “to sup­port and develop athletes for regional and national com­petition in equestrian sports; to encourage a knowledge of horsemanship; to encourage teamwork in fair and friendly competition,” as well as sev­eral other aspirations of en­couraging the skills of young riders.

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Sophomore Blake Edwards, known for his Reggie Bushesque runs, dominates the Flintridge Prep Rebels. Poly soundly defeated Prep, 28-14. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

Sophomore Blake Edwards, known for his Reggie Bushesque runs, dominates the Flintridge Prep Rebels. Poly soundly defeated Prep, 28-14. Evan Robinson/The Paw Print

After strong start to their year, the Panthers faltered in Prep League play and were not able to reach the CIF playoffs.

By JASON LEUNG
Assistant sports editor

 

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The boys varsity cross country team narrowly lost the Prep League for the second year in a row while the girls have improved greaty since last year.

By DANIEL WOHL
Staff writer

Last Friday, the boys and girls cross country teams raced in the culminating Prep League event of the season: The League Finals. Entering the meet with a shot at the league title, the varsity boys intended to solidify their position as the best Prep League team after finishing the highest of all the league teams at last year’s state championships. With strong performances all around, including a great run from soph­omore Chris Marks, who fin­ished eleventh, the boys finished second, one point behind first place Flintridge Prep. Addition­ally, the JV boys won the league finals, a closing exclamation on a great season. Finally, the var­sity girls, who needed a fantastic race in order to make CIF play­offs, accomplished their goal to enter the postseason for the 18th time in the last 19 years, after last season’s hiatus.

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By TANNER JOHNSON
Student contributor 

As the girls varsity volleyball team’s long and moderately suc­cessful season comes to an un­fortunate end, a few key players stand out for their overall value to the team and their great contribu­tions to the success of the team. Among these noteworthy players is Freshman Alexis Genske, who has proven to be a major asset to this year’s girls varsity volleyball team. As a newcomer to Poly’s volleyball program, Genske ex­hibited great skill and consistency in her game and has proven to ev­erybody that she deserves her spot as starting middle blocker for the team.

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By BRIAN HOLMAN
Student contributor

While he may not get the at­tention that athletes in football or basketball do, junior Ricky Neal works just as hard. He spends two to three hours Wednesday through Sunday training for an equestrian event called show jumping, in which he and his horse must race to hurdle a course of several ob­stacles at a height of 1.4 meters (about 4.6 feet.)

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By BEN SAMUELS
Editor-in-chief

The Pasadena Marathon, an event introduced to the Poly community by the frequent morning meeting announcements of sophomore Ed­die Ryan, was cancelled Sunday morning, only hours before the in­augural event was set to take place. Organizers and sponsor Kaiser Per­manente cited unsafe air quality as the cause. The planners made the last-minute decision with the hopes that wildfires, which have devastat­ed parts of the Southern California countryside, would subside. Air quality worsened between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

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Girls lose in their first round of CIF playoffs, ending their year after winning an exciting three-way tiebreaker.

By BILLY OLSON
Sports editor

 

Varsity girls tennis ended its season with a tough loss to Cres­centa Valley in the Division II CIF playoffs on November 13. For a team that only lost three seniors to graduation, Poly’s early exit from post-season play was somewhat of a disappointment. However, the girls showed moments of greatness in what has been an exciting, and perhaps tumultuous, year, compil­ing a 7-9 overall record.

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