PASADENA — As of late, the Flintridge Prep-Pasadena Poly boys' water polo rivalry has been dominated by the Panthers. Poly looked to extend that dominance when the two squads squared off Wednesday.
The Rebels were able to keep the game, which was played through the rain, a little closer this year, but it was still one-sided in Poly's favor, as the Panthers rolled to a 16-3 Prep League victory at home.
Flintridge Prep Coach Dan Hare was happy to at least see his team trim the deficit, after losing two matches to Poly on scores of 24-5 and 20-4 last year.
"Anything that brings [the score] closer to us is a moral victory," Hare said. "We know how talented they are. It doesn't help they are our league rival, but we respect them."
Poly (12-1, 3-0 in league) commands respect after advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division V finals last year and currently sitting at No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division V polls. Panthers Coach Ryan Katsuyama knows that puts a big target on his team, particularly against its league rival.