The Long Beach Poly boys’ water polo team was playing in the second round of the CIF Southern Section playoffs for the first time since 1979, and the Jackrabbits had a tall test: traveling to face Mission Viejo, the No. 1 seed in the Division 5 bracket. Poly battled but came up short in a 15-9 defeat.
“I’m so proud of these boys,” said Jackrabbits coach Ish Pluton. “They played like the third line in our cheer, ‘We are family.’ This team never once gave up and never stopped trying. I’m so lucky to call myself the coach of this family.”