Sports: Boys Water Polo Anticipates a Successful Season
The M-A boys water polo team looks to dominate in league and compete for a CCS title again this year. They are coming into the season with a young but prepared team, led by new head coach and assistant coach, Giovanni Napolitano and Ben Quittner, respectively.
Although the team lost several seniors last year, including Harrison Holland-McCowan, Michael Hohl, Connor Arrington, Zach Cogan, Jason Mouchawar, Zach Deal, and Morgan Olson Fabbro, they have many new players thirsty to compete.
Senior goalie, Peter Berquist mentioned, “our team has really come together more. We spent a lot of time together over the summer,” and because of this, Berquist believes they have “a really strong team this year.”
Along with the many changes in the lineup for the Bears, they are also welcoming the new head varsity coach, Giovanni Napolitano. Coach Napolitano lead the JV boys last year to win the league championships, and after the departure of Coach Dettamonti, he has taken over as head coach, excited and ready for the coming season. He has been coaching the sport for many years, starting in Italy in 1994, leading his team to several Italian National Championships, then came out to the US and coached at Woodside and Palo Alto High Schools before joining M-A.
Helping out Coach Giovanni, Coach Ben Quittner has rejoined the M-A coaching staff. Coach Quittner brings a lot of coaching experience and knowledge of water polo to the team, as he played on the Hungarian National team, coached the Hungarian National Development team, was head coach at the University of Michigan, and was head coach of the Stanford girls’ team for many years.
Last year the boys varsity team went undefeated in the PAL league, defeating their rival, Menlo School, who had held the title for many years prior. They then advanced to the CCS championships, where they lost in a close, hard fought battle against Bellarmine.
This season, Coach Napolitano states that the team’s goals are to: “win leagues first, then CCS after.”
Junior John Knox expressed how the team will “work to get there through these Menlo games.”
Coach Napolitano clearly stated, “if we play like a team instead of individuals, nobody can beat us.”
Their first game is at home against league rival, Menlo School, on September 5th.