September 1, 2016

Splashing Into a New Season

Photo By Jennie Magro

Our Bearcats are preparing for another water polo season, strapping on their caps and jumping into the deep end. The girls and boys water polo teams are back and are preparing for a season full of competition. Our Lady Bearcats Varsity team has changed a lot since last year. Many of the experienced players graduated,  leaving the team with five returning players for this year’s season. Girls WoPo continues to only have a varsity team because of the lack of participants. This year’s squad is made up of 16 under and upperclassmen. “We had a good first game, stayed strong,…

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Lady Bearcats Hit The Pool


Our Lady Bearcats are back in the deep end for another intense water polo season. In five years, the team has gone from nine to 20 players. They’re aggressive and physical, but they also define sportsmanship, camaraderie, and the principle that winning isn’t everything. The team is practicing twice as hard to reach the level they need to be at for the upcoming season. Why play water polo? “It’s a challenge. I always like challenges,” says Tara Nash, one of four veteran players. New player, Caroline Zhu just “wanted to try a new sport”. Most of the members have experience…

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Rising from the Depths: Lady Bearcats Take Over the Pool


It’s the fall of 2010, and the San Mateo High School water polo team is practicing vigorously. Except there’s one thing that’s obviously missing: girls. In fact, a girl’s water polo team ceases to exist. The few girls that are interested in playing water polo practice with the boys, but are unable to compete in games against other schools. Fast forward to the succeeding fall, when our current seniors were just entering SMHS as freshmen. A new wave of girls interested in water polo arises, and the girl’s water polo team is put back in action. “They’re a part of…

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8 Things To Know About Water Polo

Nails are checked before each game to prevent any unnecessary injuries. It is illegal to touch the floor of the pool. Players wear two speedos, a second in case the first one rips. The role of team captain is decided by the strongest player. It average player sweats up to a gallon of sweat over the course of a game. An average 7000 calories are consumed by polo players before any game. SM Polo has broken over 20 bones of its competitors over the years. Pulling down speedos slowers other players down.

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JV Water Polo look forward to have a great season

How does JV water polo goes at the beginning season?

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Water Polo Celebrates Spectacular Success

The SMHS boy’s varsity water polo team won its first game in two years recently against Woodside Priory. Dominating the opposing team with two dramatic overtime goals, the SMHS water polo team really showed how powerful it can be.
Coming into the game, the men knew they had a good chance, based on their extraordinary skill and indestructible bravery. By the first quarter however, they were losing to Woodside 0-3.

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Water Polo Wades In Looking for Victory

The boys of San Mateo High are hitting the water once again. A special group comprised of the school’s most alluring, confident, and brave young men, the boy’s varsity water polo team is sure that it will do well this season. “We are confident, but realistic,” said J.J Halet, junior captain.

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Girls’ Water Polo Can’t Play

Swimming, passing a ball, and being defended by other players is the game-play in one distressing game: water polo.  This heat wave might be the best time to play in the cool blue pool water, but unfortunately this year’s girls’ water polo team was not as good as some motivated individuals wanted to start off their school year. All fall sports teams are required to turn in a yellow athletic card, which registers you and your team to play by August 11. But the girl’s team, which consisted of only nine people, wasn’t able to turn in their athletic clearance…

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