Exeter boys and girls win final water polo games of season
The girls defeated Dinuba 10-5 and the boys won 25-7 in head coach Amanda Ogata’s final regular season game
By Jermaine Johnson II @Jerm_10
EXETER – Exeter boys head coach Amanda Ogata has been coaching for over 20 years and has been at Exeter for 11 years. She helped start Dinuba’s water polo program, and it all came full circle when she led the Monarchs to a 25-7 victory over the Emperors in her final regular season game as head coach.
During her time at Exeter, Ogata has coached many teams. But there was something about this current senior class when they came in as freshmen. They were so special that Ogata knew that they would be her last class.
“They have become family to me and so have their families,” Ogata said. “Its not only a good group of players but a good group parents as well. I can’t express how thankful I am to have been embraced by such a great group in this community.”
In her time as a coach, she has left a lasting impact on a countless number of players. This was on display at senior night during a recognition period for Ogata. Several former players decided to stop by to discuss their glowing relationship with the boys water polo and swimming coach.
“I’ve built relationships that will last a life time,” Ogata said.
The Monarchs dominated the Emperors in the pool. They came out aggressive very early with four goals in the first four minutes of the game. Their defense was aggressive which led to some easy points. After the first quarter, Exeter was up 9-3.
Ogata enjoys playing at or against Dinuba. Their head coach Eric Guzman is one of her former players. The teacher got the best of her former player as the Monarchs went on to win 25-7. They finished the regular season with a 13-10 record and will be competing in the post season.
After the water polo season, Ogata will coach the swimming team and finish out the school year before she is completely done coaching.
The girls team also defeated Dinuba 10-5. They are 17-10 and will also be competing in the playoffs. This has been a historic season for the team as it is the second most wins in program history. The senior class is graduating with the most wins in a four year period in school history. Goalkeeper Morgan Weldon holds the school record for most saves while Megan Nickell is near the career assist record.
“The seniors have done a good job building up the program,” girls head coach Patrick Hendricks said. He is confident that the seniors have laid a solid foundation that the young players will be able to take over next year.