Bishop’s, La Jolla face off in CIF semis

Senior goalie Larry Andrews waits to defend a shot against Santana on Saturday at Coggen Pool in La Jolla. Photos by Phil Dailey

By Phil Dailey
Staff Writer

The Bishop’s School and La Jolla High will face off Wednesday for shot at the water polo CIF finals. Both teams won their respective matches last Saturday with relative ease. For the Knights (20-8 overall, 5-1 Western League) they made easy work of La Jolla Country Day with a 21-0 win. As for the Vikings (22-9, 1-5), they topped Santana, 16-9.

In the win over the Torreys, Drew Hoffenberg led the way with seven goals while teammate Matt Michalko added six.

The win for the Knights proved just how much better the Western League is than the Central League. The Torreys came into the contest with a 24-4 record and a perfect 8-0 in Central League play.

Bishop’s coach Jim Fales said the league they play in (Western League) is one of the toughest in California and it showed in the win.

“It prepares us, the battles we have with Cathedral, with Coronado, with La Jolla,” Fales said of their league schedule. “I don’t want to take anything away from Country Day, but their league (Central League) is a building league, there are some young teams.”

As the score suggests, the match was a one-sided affair despite the Knights pulling their starting players and letting several junior varsity players get some extensive  playing time.

The motivation this season for the Knights is clear, especially after suffering a CIF semifinal loss last season to Coronado.

Junior Travis Webster takes aim on La Jolla Country Day goalie Josh Richmond on Saturday at Coggen Pool in La Jolla.

“We have a lot of seniors on our team and we are all focused on winning,” Hoffenberg said. “We lost last year — we didn’t make the finals for the first time in something like 16 years.”

“This whole year we have been really motivated to get back and make sure we are not overlooking anyone. We just have to work hard.”

Up next for the Knights is a game against La Jolla. The Vikings and the Knights split the season series, each winning at each others’ pool.

The Bishop’s School will take on La Jolla High at 5:45 on Wednesday at Coggan Pool.

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla water polo falls short at Coronado
  2. Torreys edge out La Jolla for CIF tennis title
  3. La Jolla’s week in sports: Torreys win tournament in Phoenix
  4. La Jolla’s three football teams notch wins
  5. Week in Sports: Fall seasons getting under way for La Jolla high schools

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Posted by Phil Dailey on Nov 15, 2010. Filed under Featured Story, Prep Sports, Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Bishop’s, La Jolla face off in CIF semis”

  1. Deanna Andrews

    The image at the top of the page is of the La Jolla Vs Santana quaterfinal cif game. The goalie is Senior Larry Andrews

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