A battle between two powerhouses

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Courtesy of Jesuit Communications

Zack Schade, Staff Writer / Copy Editor

Tuesday Oct. 28 at 8 p.m., Jesuit High School and Davis High School will face-off again at UC Davis. Jesuit and Davis have had a long history of athletic competition, with water polo being no exception. Last year’s Sac-Joaquin section final game was a battle between the two water polo powerhouses, Jesuit and Davis.

Last year’s match was an hard played game with Davis coming out on top, stealing the section title from the Marauder’s grasp. This year, Jesuit is coming back, keeping in mind what was stolen from them the previous season.

“We’re going to take them in their hometown,” said senior Stetson Wheeler, “We’re going to make up for last years loss. Last year was a building year.”

This season has been a strong one for Jesuit, as they are 15-6 in overall games after the Jesuit Invitational. Having faced tough opponents such as St. Mary’s High School, Campolindo High School, and Orange Lutheran High School, the team has had opportunities to fix performance errors against such hard opponents.

With top scorers like senior Ed Smet with 60 goals, and senior Will Peterson with 53 goals, the team is looking strong offensively. With senior goalie Max Merchant’s 157 saves, and Will Peterson’s 31 steals, the team seems capable of holding Davis defensively.

“Jesuit or Davis has made the finals for sections every year except for one,” said Chris Fahey, Athletic Director, “The top four teams, in no particular order, is Jesuit, Davis, Lodi, and St. Mary’s.”

With Jesuit at 15-6, and Davis at 13-3, both teams have a lot to face in the pool. The game will be a tough match on both sides, but the end will be a foresight to the Sac-Joaquin Sections.