Boys water polo MVPs: Hughes and Correia

Bach Phan
December 14, 2009

Defensive MVP senior Chris Hughes and offensive MVP senior Jeremy Correia, both first team all-league, led the boys team to a strong season. Hughes started water polo sophomore year when his friends insisted that he play. Correia, who has been swimming since he was nine, was naturally talented at water polo. Hughes and Correia played for the Ohlone Renegades. They believe the outside experience gained at Ohlone was instrumental to their performance.

Hughes found a goalie coach who helped him perfect his technique, while Correia “stayed after practice everyday for an hour [of extra personal practice].”

Hughes’ most memorable moment was when the team beat California High School in the Contra Costa tournament, advancing them to the finals.

“It was one of my best games of the year…there wasn’t a shot I didn’t get my hands on,” Hughes said.

Correia’s secret to success was to stay calm and be focused before every game, while Hughes’ secret to success was to merely stick to the fundamentals.

Both plan to continue water polo after high school. Correia plans on playing for Ohlone College, while Hughes is being recruited by Fresno Pacific University and Occidental College.

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