The girls water polo team at Eagle Rock High School won the championship on Feb. 22, with a sensational 9-8 victory over the Dolphins of Palisades Charter High School in Division 1 of the California Interscholastic Federation Los Angeles City Section (CIFLACS).
Going into the fourth quarter, the Eagles had an 8-4 lead. But then, the Dolphins scored four goals in four minutes, tying the match at 8-8 with three minutes left. The tie-breaking, winning goal was scored by Kim Vo, a junior at ERHS, with little more than a minute left.
It was a dramatic end to a match that began as a comedy of errors. The team bus was late and almost did not make it on time to the venue at L.A. Valley College. When the team arrived, the swimmers found that an old batch of swim caps had been brought to the match, so last minute fixes had to be made to match the numbers assigned to each swimmer with their numbers on their caps. Then the lights went out, and the swimmers had to warm up in the dark.
The team dominated the match, however, but for those harrowing four minutes in the 4th quarter.
The excitement did not stop with the win. For the first time ever, the CIF has arranged for the top eight teams in the Southern Region to compete for a regional championship. The Eagles are scheduled to play the Royals from San Marcos High in Santa Barbara on Friday, Mar. 2 at 4 p.m. at Segerstrom High School in Santa Ana. Check the Boulevard Sentinel Facebook page for the results.