Poly hosted the seasonal Prep League Tournament for girls soccer yesterday. The Panthers faced Mayfield Junior at Caltech for the semifinal game. Last Friday, the girls faced Mayfield Junior in their last game of the regular season and tied 1-1. Poly was ready for the rematch. It was a tough game, but the Panthers came out victorious, beating Mayfield 3-2 and advancing to the tournament finals, where they faced league rivals Chandler School. Chandler beat Flintridge Prep in the semifinals, advancing them to the final round. The two faced off immediately following their semifinal matches. They took to Babcock Field in a back-and-forth game, with the Panthers claiming the title of Prep League tournament champions, beating Chandler 2-1.
Last week, the boys basketball team also made it to the finals in their Prep League Tournament. They also faced Mayfield Junior in their semifinal match and beat them by 14 points with a final score of 54-40. The Panthers faced Chandler in their home gym. It was a very close and exciting game. At the end of regulation, the score was tied, forcing the game to go to overtime. After the first overtime period, the game was still tied forcing the teams into double-overtime, with the Panthers losing 42-46 to Chandler in a tight game.
Congratulations to both teams on a very exciting and successful season!
Last weekend, the fencing team competed in their last match of the season, finishing on top. Varsity took second in the Gryphon High School Foil Team Challenge #2, going 1-1 in the final round and defeating the Gryphon team 5-3 to defend the perpetual team trophy they earned in the fall season. The all-sophomore team of A. Lee, Y. Siegel, and I. Kim pulled off a tremendous upset, capped with a come-from-behind win in overtime in the key of the Gryphon-Poly final match.
On the JV side, the frosh team of T. Fernandez, D. Mayo, and S. Johnson-Lacoss went undefeated on the day (4-0), capturing the gold in the event and defending the other perpetual team trophy in an eerily familiar final round. Mayo, down 4-1, battled back to win his bout 5-4 in overtime, giving Poly the match-winning fifth victory.
Last night, the boys Varsity basketball team hosted the Dolphins from Chadwick. This was not only the last home game, but also the last game of the regular season. It was a tough-fought game, but in the end, the Panthers defeated the Dolphins 46-37. Before the game, the team celebrated their two seniors. By the time the buzzer sounded, they were celebrating their title of Prep League champions. With this title, the Panthers earn an automatic berth into the CIF-SS Division 4A playoffs. Playoff brackets will be available Sunday, Feb. 12, at 1 p.m.
Other Poly teams who have made it to the post-season include girls basketball and girls water polo. The girls soccer team face Westridge tonight at South Pasadena High School at 6 p.m. The winner of this game earns an automatic berth into the playoffs. For more bracket information, visit the CIF website.