The Tigers are ready to pounce.
Tokay proved that its two varsity water polo teams are ready to take on the San Joaquin Athletic Association with two convincing wins over Stagg on Thursday.
The boys team shut down the Delta Kings, taking an 18-1 lead into the second half and eventually winning the game 19-1.
The Lady Tigers also proved they are title contenders with a 12-0 shutout over Stagg.
"Our guys put in a lot of time over the summer and it really showed today," Tokay boys coach Eric Sharar said.
The boys came out on fire, scoring on nearly every possession en route to a 9-1 lead after a first period in which Sean Dryden scored four goals and Brett Hickinbotham scored three.
They continued their dominance in the second period, abusing the Stagg defense for nine more goals, three coming from Cameron Heberle.
"We executed really well on offense today," Sharar said.
The Tigers tried not to run up the score in the second half, taking just one shot as they cruised to the easy victory.
"I'm excited about the rest of the season," Sharar said. "I think we have a great team and I know we can compete for the league title."
The girls also got off to a fast start, scoring eight points in the opening half while shutting down Stagg.
|Lacy Nance of the Tokay Tigers gets ready to fire a
shot during the Tigers' 12-0 win over Stagg at the Tokay High
School pool Thursday. (Mary Min
"We played really well on defense today," girls coach Kipp Hummel said. "We were able to stop them and counter for easy scores."
The Tigers' goalie, Kristen Woltkamp, played an outstanding game, making six saves for the shutout.
The second half for Tokay saw four shots find the back of the net as the Tigers extended their margin of victory to 12. Sarah Watt played a key role in the offense, scoring six points for the Tigers.
"I thought our offense played well today but there are still a lot of things we can work on for the rest of the season," Hummel said. "Obviously Lodi will be the favorite to win the league this year but I think we have a lot of talent on this team and we can give them a run for their money."
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