MARCH 9, 2012
Indoors or outdoors, in land or water, Titan athletes battled hard in winter season play-offs
Loss followed by enthusiasm Titans cannot climb Hills Girls’ water polo almost makes it to CIF DELANIE HARRINTON Staff Writer
After a long and hard game, girls’ water polo ﬁnished the season with an intense match against Rancho Bernardo High School on Feb. 9. The game went into two quarters of overtime and had three quarters of sudden death before losing 9-8. In January, the team played RB and lost 12-3, so players considered the second match against them a big improvement. “We worked and fought really hard to stay until the very end,” senior Cassi Vick said. The PHS girls had an advantage of the home pool, but that didn’t blow down the intensity coming their way. Even though Poway was ahead at the beginning of the
game, the lead constantly switched between the two teams throughout the match. “We had great team work, especially in the ﬁrst half. In the second half they switched up their style of play, which we weren’t ready for,” captain and lead goalie senior Natalie Averell stated. Despite the disappointing loss, morale remained high and was boosted by varsity coach Chad Aronen. “Coach was bummed that we lost but as we kept playing he reminded us how proud he was of us and how great it was to see us working hard,” Vick said. Many of the players seemed to agree that Coach Aronen was quick to share encouraging words that were very supportive. Because of the team’s loss they did not continue to CIF’s.
Sarah Shams-Kollar is expected to make a big impact on the girls’ varsity water polo team next year. After a year of experience on varsity this year, she will most likely see a signiﬁcant increase in her playing time next year. Kollar will inﬂuence the game with her
MAURA DUGGAN Staff Writer
After surpassing Carlsbad and Escondido in the CIF tournament, the Poway girls’ varsity basketball season came to an end with their 34-51 loss to Granite Hills in the semiﬁnals on Feb. 29. The Titans started out slowly and were down 12-1 within the ﬁrst few minutes. They continued to battle, and by halftime Poway was only losing by four. “At one point in the third quarter, we were only trailing by 2 points,” junior point guard Mandy Castro said. Senior captain Tiffany Tate contributed greatly to the game with her aggressive offensive. Tate gained 19 points for the Titans.
Poway had a very poor shooting game, which hindered their success. With two and a half minutes left, Coach Jay Trousdale advised his team to start fouling. Despite this loss, Trousdale feels that this year was an overall success. “We had a tough schedule, and I am very happy about the way the team dealt with it,” Trousdale said. Poway ended their season with a record of 22-8, and was knocked out of CIF just one game before the ﬁnals. “I am very happy about our year. Although we did not win CIF our team really improved together and a number of the younger players gained valuable experience,” Trousdale said.
Player prospect: MAURA DUGGAN Staff Writer
Girls’ basketball loses to Granite Hills
ball-handling skills and tenacity. “She is a great ball handler and a very strong defender,” coach Chad Aronen said. With many seniors graduating this year, the team will look to Kollar next year for leadership. “We will be expecting a lot from her,” Aronen added.
LUKE CASTOR Staff Writer
Johnson and Jose
Following on the heels of their dynamic 23-3 season, it appears that many of the JV Lady Titans may make the jump to varsity; however, it’s unclear which players. “It’s kinda early to tell, because that usually plays out in summer league,” said JV coach Jim Bennett, referring to the team’s
off-season training camp. However, Bennett said that many of the team’s top contributors have a chance to make their mark at a higher level next season, including big scorers Riley Johnson and Natalie Jose. He stresses that nothing is certain until everyone on the team gets an opportunity in practice.
WRESTLING TAKES THIRD ﬁve place in state championship BRENDA MARTINEZ-GONZALEZ Copy Editor
Ten Poway wrestling team members competed in the CIF State Wrestling Tournament in Bakersﬁeld on March 2 and 3. A total of ﬁve metalled for their weight classes in their last and toughest tournament. The tournament started with a few drawbacks for the team as seniors Jesse Taylor and Josh Miranda were injured in their ﬁrst round. The team was able to pull through in the tournament, however, leading to Poway placing third in the state. Individually, Miranda placed ﬁfth at 122 lbs, junior Victor Lopez placed fourth at 134 lbs, senior Stevie Cervantes placed seventh at 162 lbs, senior Connor King placed fourth at 172 lbs and senior Richard Durr placed sixth at 229 lbs weight class.
“I think we did really, really well. We wrestled our hearts out, and everyone wrestled to their full potential,” Miranda said. The Titans trained hard for their tournament, each one pushing one another to do their best. The team demonstrated the wrestling to be one of the most unique and challenging sports with their effort and determination. “You can’t say you play wrestling,” junior George Smirnoff said explaining why wrestling was different from the other sports. Poway wrestling experienced a great year winning in CIF, Masters and in the Reno tournament along with other accomplishments and ranking 18th in the Nation. “It was a great season,” coach Wayne Branstetter said. The team wrestled to their full potential allowing nothing to step into their way. Expectations will be set high next season.
Player prospect: Tim Chassen BRENDA MARTINEZ-GONZALEZ Copy Editor
DOWN TO THE GROUND: Victor Lopez takes a shot on his opponent. Lopez won this match, which helped him to come in 4th at state.
~Courtesy of Robin Simmons
Having already competed in a total of ﬁve varsity tournaments, junior Tim Chassen is a main prospective wrestler in the varsity level for next year. Chassen was in the varsity line-up, but due to an injury he was not able to stay on varsity. Chassen has placed in the Reno, Coronado and Temecula tournament highlighting his potential
for the Varsity team. “We expect great things from him,” coach Wayne Branstetter said. Having been in JV the year before, Chassen is already ahead of his game. Among other wrestlers, sophomore Cody Doyle and junior Ben Urbach are expected to join Chassen in prosperity in the varsity team. The team is also expecting the return of sophomore Richard Shea after his injury.