A state quarterfinalist a year ago, Lake Oswego should be better in 2022.
The Lake Oswego girls water polo team is ready to step up in 2022.
The Lakers battled their way into the Oregon High School Water Polo state playoffs last year, and advanced to the state quarterfinals in one of their best seasons in recent years
Now, Lake Oswego wants even more.
“We will be a strong team in our league and (at state) … stronger than some teams might believe,” said first-year coach Scott Raegan.
The 2022 Lakers will be led by its two returning all-Three Rivers League players, senior Karmen Karsonovich (she was a first-team pick in 2021, and later, an honorable mention all-state tourney selection) and sophomore Noa Ziv (a second-teamer last year), along with speedy newcomer Cassidy Schneider.
Karsonovich and Ziv are both club players who have been selected as the Lakers team captains, while Schneider, Raegan said, is a fast lefthander.
Other players ready for prominent varsity roles this year will be freshman Delaney Carroll, sophomore Olivia Schaffer and junior Ailey Johnson.
Also due for varsity time in the coming season are junior Ashleigh Yob, senior Cindy Huang, sophomore Cassidy Schneider, sophomore Morgan Hoover, junior Diana Lamb, sophomore Una O’Hare, senior Alana Penoyer, sophomore Millie Prager, sophomore Dana Kraschel, sophomore Alessia Liard and senior Kirsten Lee.
As to the coming Three Rivers League race, Raegan said that Lakeridge and Newberg should be in the running for the 2022 TRL title.
Lakeridge believes they are running away with (the title) but time will tell,” he said. “Their kicker is having the best goalie (reigning TRL MVP Evelyn Miller) in the state. Newberg should be fairly decent this year, too.”
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