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Girls water polo falls short to Oak Park River Forest

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The varsity girls water polo team played against the top-seeded Oak Park River Forest High School on April 24.

The varsity girls water polo team played against the top-seeded Oak Park River Forest High School on April 24.

Courtesy of Dan Jones

Courtesy of Dan Jones

The varsity girls water polo team played against the top-seeded Oak Park River Forest High School on April 24.

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On Tuesday, April 24, the Red Devil girls varsity water polo team hosted Oak Park River Forest (OPRF) at 6 p.m. in the pool. The Red Devils lost by three goals, with the final score 10-7. 

This season the girls’ record is 12 wins and 13 losses which includes all games they have played so far this season.

“[Senior] Maddie Fowler played really well and kept playing even though the other team was pretty scrappy,” said Aman Natt, junior and varsity water polo member.

The season began in late winter, and the girls have been practicing every day to try and prepare themselves for conference.

“We started our season kind of rough,” said Tara Tekkey, junior and varsity water polo member. “We have grown closer as a team and we have had a great last couple of games, especially our win against Morton, who we will also play in conference.”

Courtesy of Melissa Li
The girls varsity water polo team is working hard as their season comes to an end.

OPRF is seeded 25th in all of Illinois, and so the girls were glad to finish the game without a big gap in the score.

“We switch off to early or late practices with the boys team. Sometimes we practice right after school, and sometimes our practices start at 5 p.m.,” Fowler said. “Before a game, we first have to check our nails to make sure they are short enough to play, then we do a warmup which consists of a few sprints to get our bodies moving. We then practice our shooting until the game starts.”

The next varsity girls water polo game is away on Thursday, April 26 at Metea High School at 6 p.m.

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