An improbable run by a young Redlands East Valley squad ended in triumph on Saturday. Led by two freshmen the Wildcats boys water polo team knocked off three top seeds, including defending champions Claremont in the title match, to bring home their first CIF Southern Section Division 5 trophy with a 7-5 win.
Game story and exciting highlights package by the Press Enterprise.
Redlands East Valley was supposed to be the team of the future. With four freshmen in its starting lineup, the Wildcats’ best years were thought to be ahead of them.
The young ’Cats didn’t follow that plan. Against all conventional wisdom, they became the team of the present.
Freshman Chad Gornay scored two goals, freshman goalkeeper Harrison Land made 14 saves, and REV completed its playoff run with 7-5 win over top-seeded Claremont in the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game.