Our Torrey Pines Falcons finished their 2016 water polo season Thursday evening, Nov. 8, with a narrow loss to Scripps Ranch High at the CIF San Diego Section Championships. Although CIF Power Rankings had placed TPHS in 8th place overall and thereby 8th seed in the Open Division playoff bracket, CIF redistributed brackets this year according to 2016 individual team results. Torrey Pines was repositioned to 2nd seed, Division 1, and received a bye in first round play. Scripps Ranch had to defeat Granite Hills in order to play Torrey in quarterfinals.
The Division 1 quarterfinal match, played at La Jolla High, opened with a 3-1 TPHS first-quarter lead. Scripps Ranch, beaten by our Falcons earlier in the season, managed to tie the game up by halftime with a score of 3-3. The game continued very competitively, going a tied score (5-5) at the start of the fourth quarter. In a well played counter attack, Scripps Ranch Falcons scored their winning goal in the last minutes of the game. Torrey took one more possession of the ball but could not produce a countering goal. Scripps Ranch held the ball to run out the clock with the score at 6-7. They advance to play Westview HS in the semifinals.
Torrey has had a respectable 2016 season, with a 4-1 record in league play (Avocado West North County League), a third place finish in the Sultan Highlander Tournament, and an overall 2016 game record of 14 wins and 9 losses. Four seniors will graduate away from the team this spring. Thanks, boys, for the great season. We've enjoyed watching your games and cheering for you! Be sure to check out the CIF game photos and tons of photos from our other 2016 games, JUST UPLOADED, on our Shutterfly Share Site.
Torrey Pines Falcons JV and Varsity both enjoyed decisive victories over San Dieguito Academy Tuesdat evening, October 18th. JV got off to a shaky start, trailing SDA 1-3 at the end of the first half. Coach JP refocused strategies well during the side switch, and soon into the second half Torrey had taken control of the match, ending with a 7-5 win.
Varsity trailed SDA at the end of the first quarter, but quickly turned up the heat to bring on a 14-5 win, bringing the league play stats to 4 wins, 1 loss. There are two more league games to play this season.
TPHS Falcons defeated Westview High School once again, taking the Varsity, JV, and the Novice match. Torrey Varsity beat Westview readily last season to secure the Palomar League title, and took them 9-5 this Wednesday, September 28, in a non-league game. JV worked hard to secure their win Wednesday, finishing 7-6 in sudden death play after two overtimes.
Torrey Pines Varsity Falcons defeated San Marcos High School at UCSD Friday night, Sept. 23, with a 6-5 victory. JV Falcons also played well to take down San Marcos 5-3. After losing to Vista HS previously in the week, both teams are showing good development, and TPHS should preform well when they take on Westview HS this Wednesday, at Westview High.
Having graduated 13 senior water polo players last spring, the Falcons fielded a fresh lineup this weekend at the Rancho Bernardo Bronco Varsity Invitational Tournament. Falcons started strong, beating Ramona High School (7-2) and San Pasqual High school (10-5) in early rounds. Torrey took on Point Loma High in the quarter finals, narrowly losing the match with a score of 4-5. Saturday play opened with a win against Scripps Ranch (12-5), then a loss to Santana High (9-11). All in all, it was an impressive showing for the new 2016 Falcon squad.
ONE – YOUR TEAM
Your team relies on you, regardless of how you perform in the water. Simply by showing up, you’re showing your teammates that you are committed to improving your times for both your team and yourself.
TWO – SLEEP
You can really appreciate this when you don’t workout anymore, but not having a strenuous practice everyday can affect your sleep. A grueling workout alleviates stress, and eliminates many of those worries about school or that championship games you have coming up.
THREE – STAYING IN SHAPE
You take this for granted as athletes, but showing up to practice automatically puts you in a position to be better looking than most.
FOUR – DIET
You probably would not be okay with eating those glazed donuts if you skipped that Friday evening practice.
FIVE – FRIENDS
Practice, despite what some coaches may say, is a great time for you to socialize. Think of where you would be without having other friends going through the same challenging workouts that you go through everyday.
SIX – DEDICATION
Most non-athletes cannot relate to this: walking through the front doors of school every morning, knowing that you’ve exercised more than everyone else will in a week. It’s a unique feeling, and it starts your day off on the right foot.
SEVEN – GOALS
Goals do not achieve themselves. They require a good work ethic and patience. Do not be discouraged by a bad swim or a bad practice. In the end, the saying always applies: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always always got.
EIGHT – FOR YOURSELF
Practice can easily get repetitive at times, and it’s easy to get discouraged. By forcing yourself to go to practice, especially on a rainy day, you are telling yourself that you are committed to something. At the end of the day, regardless of how hard the practice is, there is no substitute to knowing that you gave your best effort.
(copied from torreypolo facebook post)
TPHS senior #19 Konstantin Karlov was recently listed by the San Diego Union Tribuneas one of San Diegos's top WP performers. Here is the link to view the full list of 2016 players:
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In a heart breaking loss to Grossmont High School Saturday afternoon, the TPHS 2015 Boys Waterpolo season has come to an end. Our 2015 "Dream Team" included 12 talented senior players who have spent years in the pool together under the fine coaching of Tim Reed. In the past three years Coach Reed has continued to improve upon TPHS’s superior waterpolo program. His ability to develop winning teams was made quite evident this season, as demonstrated by Torrey’s 23-3 overall record, and further, by the impressive teamwork skills, discipline and and genuine camaraderie of our players.
After a tremendous run of victories and achievements by our Dream Team, Torrey faced Grossmont High in the quarter finals of CIF Open Division playoffs at La Jolla High. Torrey played hard and strong, trading goals with Grossmont and pulling away to a three point lead by the end of the third quarter. Stunningly, luck took a sudden turn in favor of Grossmont, as three key Falcon players each took arguable third- foul exclusions and were ejected from the game. Grossmont’s adrenaline surged, and they fired off several well placed shots to tie the match. With less than two minutes left in the game, Grossmont scored again. Our opportunity for counter score was deflected, and Grossmont held the ball to run out the clock. The final score was 13-14.