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Coronado Islander Boys Water Polo Team Off To A Strong Start

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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2015 5:23 pm

Saturday the Islander Boys Water Polo Team journeyed to Orange County to face Newport Harbor and came away with an 11-8 win. Head Coach Randy Burgess said of the contest, “It was a nice win against a quality water polo program. My takeaway from the game is the team appears to be very balanced. We did the right things and the things we needed to do. But, we didn’t perform at a high level; overall I would give it an average rating. We have many areas of improvement to make, which should be expected from the first game of a 29 or 30-game season. Anytime you travel up the coast and get a win, that’s good.”

Burgess went on to highlight two of his players, goalie Riad Hallal and freshman field player Andy Rodgers. “Riad missed a little bit of practice last week with an injury. He had a couple of really nice blocks and did a nice job of keeping us in the game with 11 saves. The other player that did not surprise me, but who rose to the occasion rather quickly, was Rodgers. He led the team with four assists, two goals, two steals and a field block. He stepped right in and really did not show his youth in the game. Andy contributed at a higher level than I thought he would.”

The team’s core group of four seniors all contributed according to Burgess. “Bill Kusters had three goals, two assists and gave us a couple of power plays by earning ejections. Riley Ferguson had a goal, Daniel Dedina and Nick Sedberry had two goals each, plus Mason Farley scored a goal. Junior Ryan Armes had the best game I have seen him play as a water polo player with an assist, a steal, two nice shooting opportunities and he earned an exclusion. Dedina is our most natural leader and he was really steady. He also earned a couple of ejections.”

The team’s off-season play and training seems to be paying dividends. “I think we did wear them down a bit,” Burgess said of Newport Harbor. “Our team is well-conditioned, but both Newport and Coronado will be a lot better as the season progresses.”

This Friday Coronado will travel to face Los Alamitos High School at the Joint Forces Training Base, with the Varsity game to be played starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, Coronado will be back on the road to play at Huntington Beach High School.

The Islanders’ first home game will be played Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Coronado Community Center at 5 p.m. against Fountain Valley. The America’s Finest City/KAP 7 Tournament that Coronado hosts annually and runs for two consecutive days, will be held Sept. 25-26. You might want to circle those home game dates on your calendar.

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