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PREP WATER POLO

Whitney boys upend Antelope in water polo

End season on high note
By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Whitney High school boys water polo ended the season with its first Capital Athletic League win in two seasons against Antelope, 15-10.

“We have created a family that kids on the team would do anything for their brother. To be honest, we won four games this year but that wasn't the goal,” said Whitney head coach Mike Chavez, who added that the team created an environment that will lead to future success.

Chavez said plays from Nolan Eger, Michael Parsons, Jesse Ellner, Garrett Butts and Hunter Pietrzak made it an all around great game.

In the rematch against Roseville High last Monday, the Wildcats narrowed the Tigers’ five-point lead in the fourth quarter down to two within two and a half minutes.

Roseville, Chavez said, capitalized on Whitney’s ejections to win15-10.

Oct. 24, the Wildcats had a rough outing against El Camino losing 23-3. Dane Sherman, Eger, Butts and Ellner helped rally the ‘Cats in the second half.

Chavez said he could not be prouder of the upperclassmen being founding fathers and paving a good route for underclassmen to follow.

 “It has been a pleasure working with these kids, and it is not the destination, it is the journey we took to get where we are at. We accomplished something Whitney has never had – brotherhood,” said Chavez.