Boys’ water polo wins Pinole Valley tournament

Matthew Friend

Boys’ varsity water polo won their second and final tournament of the regular season last weekend.

After coming home with gold from the Pinole Valley Water Polo Tournament, the team has improved their record to 18-3 overall.

The team played four games at the tournament, winning the championship game 9-4 over James Logan High School.

Tom Cavanaugh, a senior team captain, attributed the team’s success to a few factors.  He said that there are a few players coming up from last year’s JV squad who have been playing year round and are now major contributors.

Cavanaugh also said the team has been attempting to come out fast at the start, putting up quick points in the first few minutes.  The few times Redwood has failed to do so, they have not fared so well, according to Cavanaugh.

“If we look at our more challenging games, we kind of made some mistakes and didn’t have the intensity coming out in the first quarter,” Cavanaugh said.  “They take an inch, and go a mile.”

The team’s top scorers so far this season are junior Giorgio Cico, senior Tom Cavanaugh, and junior Brandon West.

Cavanaugh, once a goalie himself, also said he felt junior Grayson Noyes, the team’s current goalie, has performed exceptionally.

“I’d say Grayson is the best goalie in the league, by far,” Cavanaugh said.

The team is in their second to last week of the season, before beginning their quest for MCAL and NCS placement.

Cavanaugh said the team expects a strong seeding in both tournaments because of their performance earlier in the season as well.