Unlike some teams in the Central Valley, Strathmore High School's boys water polo team is not made up of a bunch club polo players, so when the Spartans fell 20-6 to the Miners of El Diamante High School, SHS head coach Tim Stadtherr was able to take it in stride.
“This was really our first time with that unit together playing in a game-like experience really,” Stadtherr said. “Even in practice schedules, were doing a lot of one-on-one stuff and a lot of strength and conditioning. So that was really our first really foray into a game-type speed. So yeah, they took it too us.”
Strathmore hosted the Central Section Division II finalists Tuesday and were trailing 5-0 by the end of the first period. The Spartans' Lucas Wilkinson scored twice in the second period but the team was still down 11-2 by the end of the first half.
In the second half, El Diamante outscored Strathmore 5-2 in the third period and then 4-2 in the fourth for the win. Wilkinson and the Miners' Robert Perez were the game's high scorers with four goals apiece. Ben Watson and Owen Patterson both scored a goal for the Spartans (0-1) as well.
“My leaders that I knew I was going to be able to count on, senior Lucas Wilkinson and junior Owen Patterson, they were the guys everyone else was looking too, 'What are we supposed to do? Where are we supposed to go?' They were looking at them to score and that's really going to help in replacing Moses Bower, which is not an impossible thing,” Stadtherr said in reference to last year's senior who finished as the program's all-time scorer.
Strathmore went all the way to the Div. III playoffs last season before a 22-16 loss to eventual Valley champions, Hanford, ended their season. Stadtherr said the team could repeat that experience and a trip to the Valley finals isn't out of the question. But first he'd like to get an East Sequoia League championship out the way.
“Right now I think we'll be fighting for first place,” Stadtherr said. “If we don't get first place I will be disappointed because I think that we have the guys and the capability to be, if not undefeated, only one loss in league.”
Strathmore's next game is Thursday at Sunnyside in Fresno.
Cesar Chavez 0
Monache High School volleyball defeated Cesar Chavez 3-0 in Tuesday's non-league road game.
The Marauders won the sets 25-12, 25-12 and 25-17, respectively.
Gabriella Cox finished with 21 assists, nine digs, three kills and two aces. Kristen Watson had 11 serving points, eight digs and three aces. Tia Jules had eight kills, five blocks and two digs. Hally Flynn had six kills, three aces, four digs and three blocks. Morgan Hunter had three kills, two aces and two blocks.
GIRLS WATER POLO
El Diamante 7
Strathmore High School girls water polo tied 7-all with El Diamante in a non-league game Tuesday at home. AnnMarie Patterson had seven saves in the cage and three goals from the field. Paulina Cemo had two goals while Kylee Blackwell and Citali Romero had a goal apiece.
Mission Oak 5
Strathmore High School girls tennis lost 5-4 to Mission Oak in Tuesday's non-league road match.
In singles, No. 1 Neha Reddy won 8-4 and No. 4 Abby Miller won 8-3. The two teamed up for an 8-4 win in the No. 1 doubles and Hennasey Mendoza and Taylor Simonich won the No. 2 doubles 8-6.