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Pointers in the Pool

Updated: Oct 30, 2018

By Ben Berry

The Point Loma High School Men’s Water Polo Team has seen tremendous growth in the past few years. Propelled by a strong commitment by this year’s senior class, the team has moved from a Division 3 to a Division 1 program in the last 4 years, a remarkable accomplishment. With novice, junior varsity, and varsity teams, the program continues to expand. Since their CIF Victory during the 2015-2016 school year, this year’s seniors hope to bring the title back to Point Loma High. As of October 17th the team is undefeated in league play. Standout Player Chris (Kai) Ball says that their biggest threats in the playoff run are Grossmont and Carlsbad High.

Without a pool on campus, the Pointers drive to Memorial Pool in Logan Heights every day for practice. Senior Nick LaRocco describes the drive as a commitment that shows the kind of passion the Water Polo Team has for the sport. The team has practiced since late summer however many players play on club teams as well. Chris Ball, Woods Rodi, and Chase Rodi even played on Junior Olympic Teams winning national titles.

Water polo is a physically demanding sport, and below the surface it gets quite vicious. Unable to rest by touching the bottom or grabbing the wall, players must swim for the entirety of the game. Senior Nolan Morwood says, “Some guys get pretty rough and like to throw fists, butt heads, and swing elbows. I think that’s one of the best parts of the game because it keeps it interesting.” Scoring anywhere from 24-35 times a game, water polo is packed with action. Despite the thrill of the sport, according to MaxPreps, men's water polo is currently only a high school sport in 4 states: California, Illinois, Oregon, and Florida.

Close friends, and team captains, Jack Loewer and Chris Ball are quintessential Water Polo players. Bronzed and chiseled with wingspans comparable to a manta ray’s, the duo is a threat that few dare to oppose. These two are hard to miss in the pool and plan to lead the Pointers down the playoff stretch. They are calling all Pointers to come out and see their playoff games as they request the 8th man to play a pivotal role outside of the pool. Be there for their playoff matchups (you can find dates @ I know I will!



JV Warming up while Varsity plays against Mission Bay High School.


Varsity Playing against Mission Bay High School. Won 11-4 on September 14


(Goalie, RJ Laracco)


(Captain, Chris Ball)


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