Whitney boys water polo upbeat in spite of slow start

By: Amanda Calzada/Placer Herald Correspondent
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Whitney High varsity boys water polo got off to what appeared a good start with a 7-6 victory over cross-town rival Rocklin Aug. 29, but things slowed down after that. Following the win, Whitney lost to Nevada Union (19-9), Bear River (13-2), Roseville (10-7), Benicia (6-4), and Justin-Siena (7-4). However, Whitney head coach Mike Chavez was optimistic since the Roseville, Benicia, and Justin-Siena games could have gone either way. Despite the losses, he said, the team maintained a positive attitude. “We are very young and we do not have experienced depth coming off our bench, so we need to be humble and patient and the hard work will pay off,” Chavez said. He added that the underclassmen are getting playing time so that the young team can develop. Chavez said each game gives the team feedback that helps the team. Seniors Nolan Eger, Dane Sherman, Garrett Butts and Jesse Ellner bring to the team insight and leadership, while sophomore Michael Parson is progressing fast. Chavez said Hayden Marshall’s potential in the goal has been evident. “As of right now, the effort and dedication to the team is there,” Chavez said. “We will start from there.”