By Andrea Camarena

The Casey LeAnne Goodwin Memorial Water Polo Tournament took place on Sept. 10-11 and its host, Exeter Union High School, took second place in a 3-1 showing against seven participating schools.

Facing Tulare Union in the final game on Saturday, Sept. 11, Exeter fell 14-2 in a 30 minute match. The consolation match awarded third and fourth place to Reedley High School and Mt. Whitney respectively with a 9-2 final score.

Exeter opened the first day of the tournament with a big win over Hanford, 13-9, followed by another victory. The Monarchs drowned Dinuba's second shot at a win with a 13-6 lead. EUHS came out on top again on Saturday when they walked away from their final round robin match with 11 goals to Granite Hills' four.

"Everybody did really well. Everybody is really tired. They all did a super job. They were more offensive," said Exeter Head Coach Cathy Glasgow as she praised the teamwork displayed by the Monarchs. "They are a young team but they work well together. It will be an interesting season."

Exeter junior Daniel Wood surfaced as the team's top scorer for the weekend with eight goals. "She's one I can depend on," Glasgow said of Wood's contribution to the team's performance. "She contributed a lot both offensively and defensively. She's a very hard worker. She's strong and she's fast."

Glasgow also recognized senior Janea Ferreira as an asset to this year's squad, "She did a phenomenal job. She's a great team leader. She just shows great leadership in the pool."

The tournament, in its second year, began in memory of Exeter alumnus Casey Goodwin. Goodwin, a former member of the varsity water polo team, was killed in a car accident on March 12, 2003 involving a drunk driver.

The Goodwin family suffered another tragic loss this year when Casey's brother Kyle, 16, died in a car accident in January. Kyle, also an Exeter water polo player was remembered through photographs and a displayed jacket at the tournament as well.

As teams, coaches, and spectators entered Exeter Union's pool, the sidewalk at the gate read "Please don't drink and drive! Love, Case." The entrance lined with balloons and pictures of both Casey and Kyle Goodwin, also read "Be kind, live life with no regrets, don't take yourself too seriously

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