Lady Bearcats dominate on final night in Municipal Pool


PASO ROBLES — The Paso Robles Bearcats hosted their final home boys and girls water polo games of the regular season on Tuesday and honored nine senior girls and three senior boys for their contributions to the program and simultaneously said goodbye to the Municipal Pool while also wishing the aquatic complex could have been built just one year sooner.

“It was super exciting but it was also kind of sad,” senior Mackenzie Raymond said. “Because I grew up in this pool and it’s the last time I will ever play in it, it’s kind of depressing at the same time. I feel like we ended it really well so that’s exciting we went out on a good note.”

The girl's team ran away with their game against the San Luis Tigers winning 20-3 and expressed how bittersweet it was to close out the Municipal Pool.

“It’s sad that we’re leaving this pool,” senior Aubrey Pasky said. “And I’m also really salty that we won’t be playing in the other pool.”

Her comment was met by a barrage of exaggerated, “Yes’” by all the senior girls standing within earshot.

The Lady Bearcats playing in their final home game were Raymond, Pasky, Finley Burns, Jaymie Throop, Roxy Hancock, Torri Pugh, Flaminia Di Chello, Emily Christian and Yalina Curry and for the boys Ethan Moore, Carson Weide, and Cameron Armstrong.

The senior-heavy girls team has climbed all the way up to the No. 7 spot in Division 1 of the Central Section rankings according to Maxpreps.com. The PRHS girls are currently in second place in the Mountain League at 5-2 and 18-8 overall.

Nearly all of the Lady Bearcat’s losses this season, except for Righetti who is No. 13 and Porterville who is No.1 in Division 2, have been to teams ranked in the top 10 of Division 1. Paso Robles has scored the most points of any team this year in Division 1 by a wide margin. The Bearcats have scored 291 goals and are 58 goals ahead of the next closest team which is No. 10 Buchanan.

The Bearcats also have the largest goal differential at plus-147. The Arroyo Grande Eagles are second on the list at plus-91 and are currently the No. 2 ranked team in the Division according to MaxPreps.

The girls unleashed the lethal offense on San Luis Tuesday night with seven different girls scoring, including five seniors. Raymond recorded five goals, Pugh tallied three, Pasky scored three, and Curry and Burns each added a goal in the Bearcats 20 point explosion.

“Being able to have all of our girls get in the water and score goals and work as a team just shows how versatile we are,” Burns said after the game. “We had so many girls scoring goals today and everyone really put in a great effort as a team and I think it shows all the work we have put in the whole year

The boys senior boys were unable to close out the pool with a victory, losing 12-6, but two of the three seniors scored goals with Weide and Armstrong each scoring one. Sophomore Tre Eade led the team with four goals on the afternoon. The boys have a very young team with six sophomores on varsity this year. They are currently 9-13 on the season and 0-7 in the Mountain League.

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