Back in action at the pool this week, the Orange Lutheran boys water polo team is comprised of a solid core of varsity players and is poised to make an impact. The varsity Lancers head up the coast this week for the 2019 Santa Barbara Boys Invitational.
Coming off of a third-place league finish last season, all-League seniors Riley Catino, Mason Killion, Miles Wilson, and Cameron Burns will be looked to for both their skill and leadership.
“We feel like the seniors on our team have a good grasp as to what OLu is all about, and they’ve been able to communicate what the expectations are all the way down to the freshmen,” says OLu boys water polo head coach, Steve Carerra. “We feel good about where we are with our leadership.”
The Lancers also have a number of younger players who are looking for big seasons, including All-Trinity League sophomore Donnie Robertson and sophomore Reed Pantaleon, who is a member of the USA Water Polo Men’s Cadet National Team and traveled with the squad over the summer to play in Italy.
Carerra is excited about this mix of talent and depth, and combined with a new assistant coaching staff, is hopeful that the end result will keep them in that top category in the league and the county.
“First and foremost, we want to represent Orange Lutheran well and be a model on campus for programs,” says Carerra. “The second thing is we want to win the Trinity League. That’s a big deal for us. And our goal is the same every year. We want to win CIF.”