Oak Ridge varsity water polo teams fall to Bruins

By: Matt Long
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After defeating Rosemont on Oct. 7, Oak Ridge High’s varsity boys’ water polo team couldn’t find a way to beat Ponderosa on Thursday, losing a close match 13-10. Oak Ridge coach Patrick Foster was pleased with his team’s play, as they gave Ponderosa all they could handle. “We played great and both teams were relentless,” Foster said. “Andrew Janicki had a standout performance all-around, as did our goalie Brendan Willms. “We also received great energy from Eric Hadden and Evan Chicoine gave us momentum offensively.” Janicki led the team with four goals, while Hadden added three. Chicoine scored twice, while Kevin Olson scored the team’s lone goal in the second period. “Everyone played great and the boys never quit,” Foster said. “I’m proud of them.” The varsity girls also lost to Ponderosa, 10-6. Taylor Turville and Annie Randolph both scored two goals to lead the team, while Marion Sanborn and Caitlin Welsch added one each. At the junior varsity level, the Oak Ridge boys won 10-3 on three goals by Riley McNamara, two by Joshua Verner and one each by Dominic Cardinale, Andrew Shimizu, Joseph Fong, Conner Frace and Austin Dean. Oak Ridge goalie Ross Greer limited the Bruins to only three goals. The varsity boys’ had no problem with Rosemont on Tuesday, winning 19-4. Six players scored at least two goals for the Trojans with Hadden and Josh Pegadiotes leading the way with three goals apiece. Chicoine, Olson, Gunnar Zuber and Chad Cahill each scored two goals, while Nick Rohrer, Ian Austerman, Justin Chambliss, Bryan Witt and Willms added one. Oak Ridge scored 10 of its 19 goals in the third period to secure the win. “We played well, but still have to fine-tune some things,” Foster said. “The key to the match was our unselfishness. The varsity girls play in a tournament in Napa on Saturday, while both teams visit McClatchy on Tuesday.