Varsity boys water polo team opens season with 21-9 victory over Skyline


Brandon Zau

Senior Indigo Lee hypes up his teammates before the start of the fourth quarter. The varsity boys water polo team secured a 21-9 home game win over Skyline on Sept. 2.

by Brandon Zau and Kevin Zhang

The varsity boys water polo team secured a 21-9 home game win over Skyline last Friday.

Harker gained momentum early on in the game, establishing a 4-point lead before Skyline scored a goal, and the Eagles found themselves up 6-1 at the end of the first quarter. Continuing throughout the second and third quarters, the Eagles added five and six goals respectively, putting the score at 17-7 to end the third quarter. 

Harker ended the game 21-9, with top shooters Thomas Wisdom (12) scoring 6 goals, Lachlan Rossi (11) with 4 goals and Andrew Reed (12) with 3 goals. Head varsity water polo coach Lee McBride credits the strong start of the season to the boys’ mindset going into the game.

“It was a great way to start off the season,” Coach Lee said. “We came out with the right composure and intensity, and we set the tone right away.”

Junior Sasha Ivkov views the new season with optimism, hoping to qualify for the Central Coast Section (CCS) finals. The varsity boys water polo team had just come off a successful 2021-22 season in which they earned the program’s first ever NorCal appearance, finishing second in CCS Division III.

“We’ve got a lot of new freshmen coming in, so the future looks bright,” Sasha said. “Our current squad brings back three seniors, a couple of sophomores and a couple of juniors so we are looking strong. We’re looking to make a push in Open this year, and possibly get to the finals.”