Fall proved to be a great start the 2017-18 school year for Poly athletics. Looking at the record of all of the Varsity teams, Poly had an overall record of 71-24-1, a winning percentage of 74 percent. Three teams finished third in league, girls volleyball was a runner-up, and football and girls golf each won the Prep League title. Each Panther team advanced to the post-season, with girls tennis and girls volleyball going the furthest, making it to the quarterfinals. Poly’s cross country team not only extended their season into the divisional playoffs, they are sending two runners to Fresno to compete in the state playoffs at Woodward Park this Saturday, Nov. 25. Congratulations to all of Poly’s fall teams on a successful season!
Last week, Poly hosted Prep League rivals the Kares from Rio Hondo Prep in the last game of the regular season. There was a lot riding on this game. The Panthers first celebrated and honored their 16 seniors before the game. Not only was it the last game of the regular season, but perhaps the last game for the seniors and a fight for league title. Both teams entered the game undefeated in league play. The Kares took an early lead in the first quarter, scoring first with a 6-0 lead over the Panthers. Poly answered back in the second, finishing the first half with a slight 7-6 lead. In the third, the Panthers were scoreless, and the Kares jumped ahead with a 13-7 lead. It came down to the last few minutes of the fourth. Poly was down for most of the quarter, but they were not going to give up. With a few minutes left on the clock, the Panthers rallied back and scored a touchdown. They finished the game with a pick-six, defeating the Kares 20-13 and claiming the title of 2017 Prep League champions. This gives them an automatic bid into the CIF-SS Division 10 playoffs. Check the Athletic Calendar for playoff details.
Last year, the girls golf team made program history by winning the Prep League, sending girls to the individual playoffs for the first time. This year was an example of their continued strength, talent, and new depth. The Panthers sent their top players to compete in the individual regional tournament last Monday. The girls played exceptional rounds with freshman Madeleine Kwei finishing first with a winning score of 126 after two rounds. She was named MVP and received All-Prep League honor. Senior Lauren Park took second falling short by one stroke, also receiving All-Prep League honor. The team earned the title of co-league champions with Mayfield Senior. However, because Poly’s five best scores were better than Mayfield’s, Poly represented the Prep League in the CIF-SS Eastern Team Championship Tournament. They traveled to Jurupa Hills Golf Course on Monday, Oct. 30. They played a tough course well. Although they did not qualify to advance to the CIF-SS/SCGA team qualifier, the Panthers wrapped up their season knowing they have a lot of young talent for future seasons to come.