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It was a tall task for the Islanders Men’s Water Polo team this past week. As one of the 8 teams selected to be in the CIF Open Division Water Polo Playoffs, the Islanders drew the No.2 overall seed in the Dons of Cathedral Catholic.  A team the Islanders were very familiar with, as they played them three times previously this season, all losses.

However, all losses had been close with the Dons just edging the Islanders out in each contest. So there was reason to believe that the Islanders could go in and pull off the upset.

Unfortunately for the Islanders that theme of

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Sure, Friday night lights are great. But Saturday nights at the BBMAC pool complex were perhaps even better, and those who were in attendance to Saturday night’s game between the Islanders Boys Water Polo and Vista High School were treated to an absolute thriller.

The Boys Water polo team, who came into Saturday night’s match-up hot having won

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It was a nail biter at the BBMAC pool this past Thursday, Aug. 26, for the Islanders. Coming off just a one goal loss to Poway last week, Coronado looked to pick up its first win this season as they battled the Norsemen of Valhalla High School.

The first quarter in many ways was a strong indicator of how Thursday afternoon’s game would go. Both teams would remain dead locked at 2-2 for much of the first half thanks to excellent play from the Islander defense, namely that of goalie Sebastian Palomera who turned away many shots on goal, along with Thatcher Lytel, and Hunter Bosworth, both of whom consistently blanked their opponents and blocked shooting and passing lanes.

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The Coronado Islanders Boys’ Water Polo Team recently held its end of season awards banquet following the conclusion of its COVID delayed season. In Head Coach Laszlo “Laci” Gyori’s first year at the helm, the Islanders finished the regular season with a 7-8 record and returned to the CIF Open Division Playoffs before falling to La Jolla High School in the quarter finals. The season was highlighted by a thrilling come from behind, 14-13 overtime win over Westview High School. In a testament to the continuing strength of the program, it should be noted that the Islanders losses all came at the hands of fellow Open Division foes.