Cougars Face Clovis North Tonight in Waterpolo Semi-Finals

Josiah Majors, Reporter

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The boys water polo team travels to Clovis North for a Central Section semifinal game tonight.

The boys defeated third-seeded Porterville in the quarterfinals 10-7 on Saturday November 4 in an upset that shocked the playoff pool.

This is the second time these two teams have clashed and the results went in Clovis High’s favor this time.

In their first match up at the Fresno High Tournament on September 2, Porterville left a sour taste in Clovis High’s mouth, beating them 12-3.

Now given a second chance, the boys, seeded sixth, made it count and redeemed themselves to keep their dream of a Valley title alive.

“As a team we were ready for that game since day one,” junior Tanner Fisher said. “The whole van ride up we were listening to anything from Eminem to ACDC so that helped set the mood and we knew going in that if we played our game right from the beginning we were going to wreck as long as we played for each other, not as individuals.”

Porterville only had a 2-goal lead at the beginning of the game, but Clovis High quickly made a statement, going on a 5-point run and holding on to the lead.

Porterville scored points here and there but was always three points behind for the remainder of the game, ending their chance at a Valley title.

“The game against Porterville was the best the team has played altogether,” Cougar coach Evan Baird said. “The boys played as a team, communicating and playing with a drive to win.”

Clovis North will be a tough match up for Clovis High since the Cougars have lost twice to them already in the regular season.

The first game was close with Clovis North narrowly winning 12-9 but the second game was a blowout with Clovis North winning 19-5.

Once again the boys are searching for redemption and now Clovis North stands in their way on the path to a Valley championship.

The team is not worried about their past experiences though, as they are focused on the present and are ready to get the job done.

“Portville was the third seed and we were the sixth seed,” senior Christian Lucas said. “We play North next who is the second seed and most people don’t think we can beat them but it is to our advantage. They’re going to go in thinking they got this game in the bag but it is time to prove them wrong.”

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Cougars Face Clovis North Tonight in Waterpolo Semi-Finals