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By JUSTIN WORLAND
News editor

On December 1, Olympic silver medal winner Peter Hudnut and UCLA clinical instructor John K. Su addressed members of the Poly community in Gosney. Athletic Director Steve Beerman and the Athletic Department organized the event also sponsored by the Panther Club. (more…)

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After last year’s disappointing season, the varsity boys soccer team begin its season in mediocre fashion. The true test begins after winter break when the Panthers commence league play.

By JASON LEUNG
Assistant sports editor

Every winter, the invasion of orange tracksuits on Poly’s campus signals the arrival of soccer season. These “pumpkin suits” are worn as reminders to the rest of the students that on these specific days, Poly boys soccer team will be taking the pitch against an opponent. (more…)

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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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