Cabrillo Water Polo

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Cabrillo has been working hard all summer to stay sharp for the start of the season this month. The Jaguars need to perform well at the annual lower division tournament in Corona this weekend, where they’ll get a first look at the other top Division 6 teams. Cabrillo and Lakewood are both on the CIF Watch List in that division.

“We’re so hungry and we can’t wait to represent Long Beach,” Cabrillo coach Lawrence Durand said. “These guys are hard workers and reserved and that’s what makes them so dangerous. They’re not show boaters. They look unassuming. We’re kind of like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

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With a thin lineup Durand will rely heavily on returners Rodney Reese, Gabriel Castaneda, Chris Caracoza, Tlaloc Morales and Mateo Jimenez. Reese will be the goalkeeper with team captain Caracoza leading the defense in front of him.

With Jimenez holding down the 2-meter, Castaneda and Morales will use their speed in the pool to press teams on the counterattack. Durand also said they can rotate to the middle to confuse teams.

Cabrillo is only two years removed from reaching the CIF Southern Section Division 7 semifinals.

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JJ Fiddler
JJ Fiddler is an award-winning sportswriter and videographer who has been covering Southern California sports for multiple newspapers and websites since 2004. After attending Long Beach State and creating the first full sports page at the Union Weekly Newspaper, he has been exclusively covering Long Beach prep sports since 2007.