The Battle of Homestead

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The Battle of Homestead

Carlmont's strong defense against Salinas

Carlmont's strong defense against Salinas

Carlmont's strong defense against Salinas

Carlmont's strong defense against Salinas


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The JV boys’ water polo team awoke bright and early on Oct.1 to complete their second and third games in the Homestead tournament.
Winning their first game the previous day had little effect on improving the boys’ attitudes towards jumping in the water at 8:00 a.m. for their game against Salinas.

Both teams had strong defensive strategies and goalies determined not to let a single ball pass. Carlmont’s goalie, Gene Schreck, blocked 7 goals with the rising sun blinding him head on.

Salinas was able to score almost once a quarter and won with a final score 3-0.

After a couple hours on the pool deck, eating lunch, playing guitar, and winding down the boys dove back in to warm up for their second game at 1:15p.m. against Palma.

Carlmont came out strong and dominated their second game of the day, scoring 11 goals, 6 of which were scored by Nikola Kapamadzin.

Coach Zach Wolfe, previous to the game, got the boys fired up with a loud chanting cheer and it paid off. “They were much more intense the second game and so much more focused. We had a clear game plan and were able to play to our strengths,” said Coach Andres Galves following the game.

Palma was rather physical with their playing. Simeon Giverts got caught in a drowning fight with two players from Palma, both of which were larger than Giverts.

The first time a Palma player decided to mess with Giverts the player dunked him under the water in a blatant foul and was ejected. When the player returned, Giverts decided to inflict some vengeance upon him and grabbing him by the neck, forced him under water.

“After taking two elbows and a palm to the face I tried to play nice, so I moved around in front of the player so he could see me drowning him,” Giverts said after the game.

Giverts then swam out of bounds happily taking his second ejection of the game. When the same player came after Giverts in the third quarter, Giverts once again viciously submerged the player and took his final ejection, forcing him to the bench for the remainder of the game.

Despite Palma’s rough play they were unable to capture a win. Carlmont won with a final score 11-2 to end there day. The boys shook hands, dried off, and went home, only slightly more bruised than the day before, for some well deserved rest.

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