Mira Costa begins quest for boys water polo title with home game
By Randy Angel
Despite winning the Bay League title, Mira Costa boys water polo coach Jon Reichardt continues to focus on his team’s improvement each time it enters the pool.
Ranked No. 6 in CIF-Southern Section Division 2, Mira Costa (20-7) will host Channel League co-champion Ventura (16-4) in the first round of the playoffs Thursday at 5 p.m.
The victor will play the winner between No. 3 Agoura and Hoover in the quarterfinals on Saturday.
“The playoffs will be fun, but winning Bay League is just a step on our way into CIF,” Reichardt said. “We are taking it one game at time. There is no championship on our minds right now. Ventura will be tough as will all the CIF games in Division 1 and 2. Ventura is a good team so we need to be focused.”
Bay League runner-up Palos Verdes (20-9) is ranked No. 10 in Division 2 and opens the postseason on the road playing Citrus Belt champion and fifth-ranked Redlands East Valley (24-4) on Thursday.
Peninsula (19-9) and Redondo (18-11) are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in Division 4 and Sea Hawks would like nothing better than to have an opportunity to avenge their close 9-8 and 7-5 league losses to the Panthers by defeating then in the finals,
Peninsula hosts Long Beach Poly (8-18) in the first round, Tuesday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m with the winner advancing to play the Schurr-Sunny Hills winner in the second round on Thursday.
Despite being seeded second, Redondo (18-11) will begin its playoff run on the road against San Dimas (18-11). The winner will play the Cerritos-JSerra winner on Thursday.
“I believe our team has the most talent in the division,” Redondo head coach Chris Murin said. “If the team decides to play as a unit and not as individuals it has the best chance to win the title. We are not disappointed about playing on the road I would rather start on the road and be at home for second-round game. The boys have yet to play their best and we hope that starts in the playoffs.”
In Division 3, Ocean League co-champion El Segundo (20-7) will host Edison (14-14) in a game to be played Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Mira Costa High School.
In Division 5, Chadwick (12-7) will host Villanova Prep (5-15), Tuesday.
Second round matches for Division 3-6 are Thursday. The semifinals for all divisions are scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 8, with the finals for all divisions taking place Saturday, Nov. 11 at William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.
Brackets and results are available at cifss.org.