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Numbers encouraging for future of Warriors boys water polo

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

A 20-9 home loss Sept. 21 against Oceanside gave Fallbrook High School’s boys water polo team a 2-6 record for 2023, but the participation numbers in this year’s program make head coach Scott Wiessner and others associated with the program optimistic for the future.

“It’s a pretty strong base that we’ll be able to work on going forward,” Wiessner said.

Bill Richardson had been Fallbrook High School’s boys water coach from 2011 to 2022. Richardson, who remains on the Fallbrook High School faculty as an art teacher and currently plans to coach the Warriors’ boys swim team during the spring season, had planned to step down as the water polo head coach last year. “He had asked me, but by the time he asked me I had already committed to RBV,” Weissner said.

Wiessner was Rancho Buena Vista’s boys varsity coach for four years. He joined the Fallbrook High School faculty in 2022 and teaches special education. Weissner was able to coach Fallbrook’s junior varsity girls water polo team during the 2022‑23 season.

Weissner was part of the San Diego State University water polo club. “Back then it was all intramural,” he said.

Richardson’s 2022 club posted a 7-10 overall record, and the Warriors were 2-2 in Palomar League play. Wiessner did not have a commitment to coach the 2023 RBV team when he was once again asked about his interest in being the Fallbrook boys head coach.

“I’m excited to take over the Warrior water polo program,” he said. “I’m looking to build it. My goal would be to have a novice team.”

Twelve Fallbrook High School freshmen are on this year’s junior varsity team, which has a total of 18 players. “We have a pretty strong freshman class,” Wiessner said.

The varsity roster has 13 players including five seniors. The Warriors will participate in two regular-season tournaments this year: the Oct. 14 Spartan Invite which will be played at Granite Hills High School and the Oct. 20-21 San Diego Invitational. Coaches often utilize some junior varsity players for varsity tournaments. “There will be some that will make the move up during the season,” Wiessner said.

Fallbrook is in the Avocado League for 2023 along with Classical Academy, Rancho Bernardo, San Dieguito Academy, San Pasqual, and Westview. “We should be pretty productive and competitive in those upcoming games,” Wiessner said.

Pre-league games prepare a team for league competition and CIF playoffs (Fallbrook is in Division II for CIF playoff purposes). The Warriors began play with a 21-7 home victory Aug. 28 against Escondido. Fallbrook’s Aug. 31 home game was a 14-5 loss to Canyon Crest Academy. A Sept. 5 trip to Imperial Beach resulted in a 13-7 triumph against Mar Vista. The Warriors then lost 17-8 Sept. 7 at Del Norte, 12-8 Sept. 8 at University City, 22-3 Sept. 12 at Torrey Pines, and 16-9 Sept. 14 at home against Point Loma.

“We’ve been battling some D-I teams,” Wiessner said.

(Canyon Crest, Mar Vista, and Torrey Pines are all in Division I. Oceanside, Del Norte, University City, and Point Loma are Division II teams. Escondido is in Division III.)

“I’m looking forward to a pretty strong finish,” Wiessner said. “I’m excited about the future.”

 

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