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The future is red and black for Ava LoBue.

On Monday, the Monache High School senior signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s water polo with Biola University in the Eagles’ inaugural 2021-22 season.

LoBue marked the occasion with a signing day at the Marauders’ pool with family and coaches Kyla Conway of Monache and Jack Amaral of Exeter Water Polo Club. 

“It really just means that all my hard work has paid off, and it all just seems so worth it,” LoBue said about signing. “I’m just really excited for this journey. I’m really excited for this new chapter of my life.”

No gyms, no weight rooms.

Less than a week after area teams were given the go-ahead to begin summer workouts, Porterville Unified School District put a stop to indoor workouts for the next two weeks starting today because of a rise in positive COVID case numbers in Tulare County.

“The word we got today is starting tomorrow, for two weeks, we are not allowing anything indoors,” PUSD athletic director Richard Rankin said Monday. “So no gym, no weight room. Our outdoor practices will continue but everything indoors has been shut down.” 

PUSD began allowing high school teams to start summer workouts last Wednesday with strict return-to-play rules. A decision by the CIF on the upcoming fall season is expected by Monday, July 20.

Captain Claire: Monache senior was a remarkable scorer who led her team to Valley

In the pool, Claire Schrein is captivating.

As proven over her four years playing for Monache High School’s varsity girls water polo team, from the cage to the field — Schrein could do it all.

This season she led the Marauders (22-6, 6-2 EYL) back to the Valley championships while scoring over 150 goals. An All-East Yosemite League first-team selection, Schrein is also The Recorder’s 2019 Orange Belt Girls Water Polo Player of the Year.

There’s no missing Schrein in the water. The senior captain barely cracked a smile during games but she constantly demanded the full attention of all her opponents.

Fifth-seeded Monache High School's girls water polo lost 13-12 to fourth-seed El Capitan High School in the first round of the CIF Northern California Division III Championships Tuesday in Merced.

Claire Schrein led the team with five goals while Tracy McCoy and Ava LoBue had two apiece. Regan Azevedo, Kalina Weaver, Nevaeh Castillo had one goal each. Goalkeeper Infinity Dignam had 10 blocks.

Kalina Weaver played incredible guarding their hole set who was really, (really) good,” MHS head coach Kyla Conway said.

She added, “They really played well. I think the best they have played all season. ... Back and forth all game. It was a really good game to go out on.”

The Marauders (22-6, 6-2 EYL) finished the season as the Central Section Div. II runner-ups and second in the East Yosemite League.

No. 2 Monache holds off No. 7 Kingsburg 7-5, semis up next

Monache High School's girls water polo teams is good.

Going by just their 21-4 overall record and second seed for the CIF Central Section Division II Championship tournament, there's no denying that.

But like any good team it is what they do under pressure that bolsters that claim.

The Marauders showed their resilience with a 7-5 win over the seventh-seed Kingsburg Vikings (14-5) in Saturday's quarterfinal game at home. It was the team's closest win of the season since a 12-10 win against Div. II Reedley on Aug. 22.

Monache High School girls water polo picked up their first win of the season with a 12-10 victory over Reedley in Thursday's non-league game at home.

Claire Schrein totaled a game-high six goals followed by Ava Lobue with three, Nevaeh Moncibaiz had two and Kalina Weaver scored one to round out the Marauders scoring.