Panthers pool awards

Water Polo: Poly claims six of seven total local boys' water polo awards.

December 14, 2011|By Andrew J. Campa,

It’s no surprise that when Monday’s All CIF Southern Section boys’ water polo team lists were announced, Pasadena Poly garnered nearly every one of the local seven selections.

Six Panthers were tabbed to the Division V honor roll, including senior driver Henry Pray and senior goalie Colin Woolway, who were chosen for first-team honors. Pasadena’s Will Klein was a second-team honoree.

“They were both co-team MVPs, so they’re both more than deserving,” Panthers Coach Ryan Katsuyama said. “It’s hard to say we’d even come close to the success we had this season without the duo.”

The Panthers finished 26-3 this season, were champions of the Prep League and advanced to a second consecutive CIF-SS Division V title match, where they fell to top-ranked Bonita, 5-2.

Pray played in all 29 games for the Panthers, scoring a team-high 166 goals and tallying 91 steals, 50 assists and 33 drawn ejections.

Pray’s career total of 453 goals would currently put him ninth all-time in the CIF Southern Section all-time list and second in school history to Tommy Gilfillan (500 goals).

As for Woolway, the team co-captain notched a rare shutout in Poly’s 15-0 win over Millikan in the Los Altos Tournament on Sept. 16.

For the season, Woolway finished with 284 saves and 141 allowed goals while he played in 112 of the team’s total 118 quarters.

“The defense was great all-around,” Woolway said. “My teammates were preventing several shots from even reaching me. I was just one part of the defense.”

Two additional Panthers are located on both the second and third teams.

Sophomore Spencer Rogers was the team’s second-leading scorer, finishing with 76 goals, 53 steals, a team-leading 39 drawn ejections and 21 assists.

Rogers is on the second team as is senior Robert Lantry, who led the Panthers with 61 assists while also contributing 30 goals and 28 steals.

Teammates Brock Hudnut and Chris McWilliams were named to the third team, as Hudnut tallied 61 assists, 30 goals and 28 steals.

McWilliams totaled 33 goals, 35 steals and 30 assists.

The only other local to qualify for a Division V honor was Pasadena senior driver Klein, who led the Bulldogs (13-7) with 94 goals this season.

Klein tallied seven goals and six steals in Pasadena’s 11-6 win over host El Rancho in the wild-card round of the CIF-SS Division V playoffs as Pasadena won its first postseason game in at least 17 years.

There were no selections for La Salle, San Marino and South Pasadena.

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