Athletics promotes Games of Trimester

Patrick Ryan

The varsity boys’ basketball team, boys’ soccer, and girls’ water polo teams will be competing in matches against Chaminade High School in the second installment of the Games of the Trimester on Wednesday Jan. 9.

The Games of the Trimester features several home sports games on a particular day in each trimester of the school year.

This will be the second event of the 2012-2013 sports season, following the Games that took place on Oct. 4.

“I thought the last one went really well. I thought there was enough variety for people to see with the aquatics event, the volleyball game, and the field hockey,” Assistant Athletic Director Vince Orlando said. “That’s what we kind of wanted to do, was give a perspective of being able to see different sports, at least two or three different sports in one particular day.”

The boys’ soccer team has a record of 3-5 under new Head Coach Lucas Bongarra, and is looking forward to showcasing its team to a larger crowd.

“When we play in front of a big crowd, the team gets pumped up,” varsity forward Matthew Gooden ’15 said. “We want to play well so people will come back to see us.”

The boys’ basketball team is 5-2 this season and will be looking for strong crowd support against Chaminade.

“I’m very excited to play in front of all of the fans. I always look forward to playing in front of fans. I hope all of the fans and the fanatics show up. We really like having their support; it helps us a lot on the court,” forward Bryan Polan ’14 said. “I think we’re looking very good. The team is sharing the ball, and the team chemistry is very high. I love battling with my teammates and going to war with them.”

The girls’ water polo team will also be seeking a victory to add a win to its 4-1 record and continue its mission to a third straight CIF title.

“From a variety standpoint and from a competitive standpoint, we thought it would be a good day to choose. Obviously, we want as many Harvard-Westlake students to get out and support them,” Orlando said.

The varsity field hockey team beat Glendale, and the freshman, junior varsity and varsity volleyball teams defeated Chaminade and boys water polo beat Damien last Games of the Trimester.