Falcons Drop League Title, But Primed For Playoffs

By Mark Powers

The Christian Brothers men’s water polo team strolled into Carmichael on Thursday afternoon looking for a season defining win over the Rio Americano Raiders in the Capitol Athletic League Championship Game. However, the Falcons got off to a very slow start, as the Raiders netted 3 goals on counter attacks early in the first quarter. By the time the first quarter ended, the Raiders led 6-1, with the only CB goal coming on a chance rebound by center Nick Piper (’19). The Falcons continued to falter on offense in the second quarter as well. This combined with some unfavorable foul calls and the Falcons found themselves trailing 9-2 at halftime. During the second half, the Falcons began to show better effort, and some of the backups relieved the starters and showed great effort, highlighted by Thomas Piper’s (’21) bullet that found the back of the net from nine meters out and Michael Mohadess (’19) connecting with Jeremiah Thetford (’18), as Thetford scored from two meters out for the Falcons’ 7th goal of the contest in the 4th quarter. But it was too little to late for the Falcons, as they claimed the title of league runner ups for the second consecutive year.

The brackets for the section playoffs have been posted, and the Falcons have secured the number one seed, paving the road to back-to-back section titles. The Falcons will be facing eighth seeded Pacheco, who went undefeated in the Western Athletic Conference. The Falcons will take on the Panthers Friday at Jesuit High School at 7:15 PM. The Falcons will need better all around effort and better offensive execution going forward if they hope to repeat as section champions. Be sure to check back here for updates on the section playoff bracket and game times going forward in playoffs. 

By Olivia Busch

After beating Bear River in the semi-finals of league playoffs, the CB women’s water polo team took on the Rio Americano Raiders for the Capital Athletic League title. The girls were eager to win this game and redeem themselves after their first loss against them earlier in the season. The Lady Falcons went into the game ready to play. Unfortunately, they had a slow first half, letting the Raiders score nine goals. The team began to get frustrated at the half, but were able to get it together and were ready to keep working hard. With an improved offense and defense, the girls were able to score three goals in the third and only allowed their opponents to score twice. The Lady Falcons continued to play strong in the fourth, scoring three more goals. Despite losing the game 14-6, the team is looking to move past this loss and start preparing for their first section playoff game.

The team is seeded fourth going into playoffs. They are hoping to move past the first round after losing to Sonora for the past two years. Their first game will be at 7:15 on Thursday against Beyer at Jesuit High School.