First published in the Feb. 23 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.
The Polytechnic varsity girls’ water polo team won its first CIF-Southern Section Division V title since 2017 after edging Rosary Academy of Fullerton, 10-9, on Saturday as senior Liz Fogassa scored a team-high six goals.
Sophomore Ani Hovsepyan registered three goals while junior Natalie Vincent had one goal.
The Panthers defeated visiting Lakewood, 11-4, in a CIF semifinal game last Wednesday as Fogassa recorded five goals. Senior Tonanxochitl Ortega tallied three goals, Vincent finished with two goals and junior Kaylin Yagura had one goal.
Poly recently beat host Upland in a quarterfinal matchup, 9-7. Freshman Sophie Ankeles and Fogassa each recorded three goals, Vincent produced two goals and junior Willa Bortz tallied one goal.
The Panthers previously crushed visiting Charter Oak High of Covina in a second-round matchup, 16-8, after receiving a first-round bye. Fogassa racked up six goals, Vincent and Yagura each scored four goals, and Ortega had two goals.
No. 1-seeded Polytechnic (22-6 overall) recently hosted No. 8 San Pedro (8-9 overall) in the first round of the CIF SoCal Division III regional tournament; the game ended after the Pasadena Outlook’s press deadline. If victorious, the Panthers would advance to the regional semifinals against No. 4 Torrey Pines of San Diego (21-9 overall) or No. 5 Palisades High of Pacific Palisades (14-5 overall) today at 5 p.m.
The Wolves lost at Rosary Academy in Fullerton, 7-5, in their CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinal game on Saturday. Flintridge Prep previously edged host Whittier, 6-5, in a second-round matchup. Individual statistics were not reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
The Wolves finished the campaign as Prep League runners-up with a 10-2 record (17-10 overall).
(Photo by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) -The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ water polo team includes Vittoria Montagna (front, from left), Sarah Iturbe, Katelin Kinne, Naomi Cohen, Sam Bonk, Lily Huang and Dahlia Kamins. Back: Victoria Barry, Alex Scoggins, Alex Thein and Nico Seaver.
(Photo by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) -The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy varsity girls’ water polo team includes Skye Price (front, from left), Lily Waggoner, Kate Dolan, Guinevere Andrews, Maddie DeRobertis, Marisol Cowles and Gianna Sabatella. Back: Kaitlyn Beltz, Audrey Lawlor, Natalia DeKansky, Reese Artura, Bella Valdivia and Lauren Larson. Not pictured: Sabrina Lauron and Sophia Islas.
(Photo by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) -The La Salle College Preparatory varsity girls’ water polo team includes River Lee (front, from left), Madailein Gregg, Charlotte Kushnieruk, Ava Crespo and Andrea Velandia. Second row: Maya Magluyan, Grace Kachmarsky, Zoe Thomas, Monica Villasenor and Sophia Culver. Third row: Matea Cepielik, Fernanda Martinez, Raquel Sanchez, Audrey Turner and Lola Waters. Back: Mia O’Campo, Cameron Turner and Caroline Miller. Not pictured: Chloe Gao and Emily Bu.
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The Tologs recently lost at Portola High in Irvine, 12-11, in their CIF-Southern Section Division IV quarterfinal game. Individual statistics were not reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
FSHA defeated host Buena High in Ventura, 14-8, in a CIF second-round matchup as Marisol Cowles racked up 10 goals. Natalia DeKansky registered six saves, Lily Waggoner tallied three goals and Kaitlyn Beltz had one goal.
The Tologs previously beat host La Salle College Preparatory, 16-7, in their CIF first-round game. Cowles and Waggoner each finished with five goals while DeKansky recorded six saves. Kate Dolan produced three goals, Lauren Larson made two saves, and Reese Artura, Guinevere Andrews and Sophia Islas each scored once.
Flintridge Sacred Heart finished the campaign as Mission League runners-up with a 4-1 record (22-6 overall) and will look to return to the postseason next year.
The Lancers recently lost at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy of La Cañada Flintridge, 16-7, in their CIF-Southern Section Division IV first-round matchup.
Sophomore Grace Kachmarsky registered two goals, three steals and one assist while senior Audrey Turner finished with two goals and two steals. Senior Maya Magluyan recorded one goal, two assists and six steals, sophomore River Lee tallied one goal and five steals, and sophomore Lola Waters scored one goal. Senior Monica Villasenor posted 11 saves with two steals and one assist while sophomore Matea Cepielik made four saves. Junior Raquel Sanchez produced two steals and one assist while junior Cameron Turner had one assist and one steal.
La Salle finished the campaign third in the Prep League standings with an 8-4 record (13-10 overall).