Northside VS Lane Tech: An Intense Water Polo Match
By Anahi Anaya
The smell of chlorine wafted into the crowd’s noses; the yells of the water polo players resonated in the room; and the tension in the air caused uneasiness. Lane Tech and Northside were finally going head-to-head in an energy-driven water polo game. On Mar. 14, after hours of practice, the mighty Mustangs of Northside’s Men’s Water Polo team were ready to take on the Lane Tech Indians, a worthy opponent. Both the players and the crowd were on edge, nervously waiting for the outcome of what would be an energetic match.
The event started with simple warm-ups for the players. Splashes could be heard as each player tried their hand at scoring. The players talked strategy as their coaches watched and the audience sat in anticipation. Finally, it was time for the teams to circle up and receive a pep talk, the Lane Tech Indians went first, expressing their school pride in the form of yells. Next, the Northside Mustangs gathered their fists in a circle, displaying their readiness to fight for victory.
Unfortunately, Lane Tech was more prepared and had a strong start. The Indians scored not once, but twice before Taber Skiba, Adv. 902, scored the first point. The first quarter ended with 1 point for Northside and 3 for Lane. It was time to switch to the next set of players. The second quarter was even more exciting, but Northside had not caught up yet, as it ended with 2 points for Northside and 5 for Lane Tech. As the game continued, it seemed that there was no hope left for Northside, with Lane’s points going up to 8 and Northside’s staying at 2 in the second quarter.
In the third quarter, there was a shift and Max Repetyuk, Adv. 901, scored both the third and fourth points for Northside. The defense got stronger and Lane Tech was feeling the heat. Northside scored a fifth point just before the end, leaving it at only three points away from tying up the match. Finally, it was time for the fourth and final quarter of the game. Northside was catching up, but would it catch up quick enough?
With both teams riled up and with little time left to catch up, Northside pushed harder than before, and scored a sixth point. Lane Tech’s coach was clearly worried and started yelling at the players. Lukas Hoffman, Adv. 906, scored the seventh point and did a great job defending the ball. With only a couple minutes left on the clock, the crowd was on the edge of their seats.
However, just when things were looking up for Northside, the game ended. Northside lost to Lane Tech, with only 7 points to Lane’s 8. Although the team worked hard and did a great job, it was sadly not enough to claim a victory. The two teams left the water to line up and give each other high fives, displaying the sportsmanship that is key to every sport. After the game, the crowd dispersed and people discussed their feelings about what happened. Andrea Reyes, Adv. 909, says “This was really exciting, the energy was high and both teams were equally competitive. I don’t really understand some things [regarding the rules of water polo], but I had a great time.”
Water polo is a fast-paced competitive game that asks for great throwing, swimming, defense, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Northside’s Men’s Water Polo team has been training hard. Although Northside did not win this game, there are many games coming up where the team can and likely will redeem itself.