YOUTH IS SERVED AT ROYAL; HIGHLANDERS CONQUER INEXPERIENCE TO BE MARMONTE LEAGUE FORCE.Byline: Heather Gripp Daily News Staff Writer
The cheering was almost drown out Verb 1. drown out - make imperceptible; "The noise from the ice machine drowned out the music"
make noise, noise, resound - emit a noise by the sound of hammering in the locker room at Rancho Simi Rancho San José de Nuestra Senora de Altagarcia y Simi is one of the land grants in California by the Spanish government. The name derives from Shimiji, the name of the Chumash village here before the Spanish. pool.
Minutes before Wednesday's locker room celebration, the Royal girls' water polo water polo, swimming game encompassing features of soccer, football, basketball, and hockey. The object of the game is to maneuver, by head, feet, or hand, a leather-covered ball 27 to 28 in. team hammered home an equally strong message: the Highlanders won't go down quietly in the Marmonte League The Marmonte League is a high school sports league primarily made up of schools from Ventura County. The Marmonte Leauge is part of the CIF Southern Section. Click here to view the league schedule. . They beat one of their toughest opponents, Newbury Park, 7-6 in triple overtime of the league opener.
``Nobody beats us at home,'' read the sign that was nailed over the door. The sign originated with the Royal boys' water polo team, but was removed during the fall when Agoura became the first team to beat Royal at home since 1986. The Royal girls, who improved to 7-6 overall and 1-0 in league with the win, haven't lost a league game at home in their two years of existence.
At the core of the Highlanders success is their underclassmen. There are nine freshmen and six sophomores on the team. Four of Royal's seven starters are sophomores.
``It's not how old you are, it's how you play,'' said sophomore Jennifer Nantroup, who was also a key contributor as a freshman.
Nantroup scored the tying goal against the Panthers with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter. After neither team scored again in regulation or the two three-minute overtime periods Noun 1. overtime period - a period of overtime play to resolve a tie; e.g. basketball
extra time, overtime - playing time beyond regulation, to break a tie , sophomore Carly Huffman scored her fourth goal of the game to give Royal the win in sudden-death overtime.
``It helps out some that they're the same age,'' Highlanders coach Rob Marten marten, name for carnivorous, largely arboreal mammals (genus Martes) of the weasel family, widely distributed in North America, Europe, and central Asia. Martens are larger, heavier-bodied animals than weasels, with thick fur and bushy tails. said. ``They all have a common drive.
``I really haven't seen a problem. They find out new tricks when they play against older players, but that's the only thing as far them being younger.''
Royal reached the playoffs its first season. The Highlanders finished second in the league and were the only Marmonte team to beat league champion Thousand Oaks Thousand Oaks, residential city (1990 pop. 104,352), Ventura co., S Calif., in a farm area; inc. 1964. Avocados, citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and nursery products are grown. . After playing together during the summer and facing some of the toughest teams they could find at preseason tournament, the Highlanders expect more this season.
``We've played a lot of games together,'' Nantroup said. ``You see people from last year and you see you much you've learned and it's exciting.''
Most of the Highlanders have a swimming background, which eased their transition. They said they aren't intimidated by the older players and welcome the responsibility of leading the team.
``Last year, the seniors treated us like we were the same age,'' sophomore Carrie Karamas said. ``There wasn't any problem. Now we're the ones The follow-up of ABC's Still the One slogan from 1977 was We're the One (In a Million).
It was also the premiere slogan for the United Kingdom's Sky Television (now British Sky Broadcasting) in 1989. . Now, we have to hold the team together.
``When we play together, no one can beat us.''
The upperclassmen, such as goalie Melissa Meister, still play an important role, but it's the youth that gives the Highlanders hope of dominance for years to come.
Karamas is one of the school's top swimmers and is putting her speed to use for a second year on varsity. Sophomore Jennifer Palmberg, whose younger sister Lindsey is also on the team, earned a spot in the starting lineup For the line of action figures, see .
A starting lineup in sports refers to the set of players actively participating in the event when the game begins. The players in the starting lineup are commonly referred to as starters, whereas the others are substitutes despite no prior experience with the sport. Huffman's background is in volleyball, but adapted to the water quick enough to become a starter as a freshman. She and Nantroup are among the team's leading scores.
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PHOTO (1--Color--Ran in Conejo Edition only) Sophomore Carrie Karamas, one of the team's best swimmers, knows she and other key underclassmen already are looked upon as leaders.
(2--Color in Conejo Edition only) Sophomore Carly Huffman scored the winning goal against Newbury Park in the Highlanders' Marmonte League opener.
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