Falcon water polo made an impressive showing at the Sultan Highlander Varsity Invitational, Sept 7,8 and 9, taking second place overall in the tournament. Last minute changes to this season's coaching staff have been challenging for the team, but the boys have kept their focus, as demonstrated by their drive and cohesiveness this weekend. New head coach Robin Bregman clearly has the boys' respect, and the boys executed his well called plays and instruction as if they had worked with him for weeks. Finishing first place in Thursday and Friday night pool play, Torrey advanced to the Saturday semifinal, defeating San Pasqual High School, 11-9. Torrey then took on the tournament's host, Santana High, in the championship match. Santana was able to prevail with a 10-8 win over TPHS. KUSI was on hand to film the game and posted game highlights on the evening news. To view their final game and commentary, click the KUSI link above (fast forward to 5:14).
The 2017 TP Falcon Water polo team kicked off the fall season at the Rancho Bernardo Bronco's Varsity Tournament, played August 24 through August 26. In Thursday evening pool play, Torrey handily defeated Valley Center HS and Rancho Buena Vista HS to finish first in their pool.
First round bracket play Friday against Ranch Bernardo High led to a disappointing loss. With just 21 seconds left in the game, RB stole the ball and scored to tie the match. Falcon lost to RBHS in sudden death overtime, 7-8.
A well played match Saturday morning with Grossmont left the Falcons with another loss, but our Falcons finished strong with a win over Del Norte High, 9-8. All in all, an excellent early season showing for TPHSWP.
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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