The only returning varsity player from last year’s team, Stagg water polo player Ryan Petersen shouldered the pressure of leading a young team. The senior was a part of two conference championship teams, and earned All-Conference and All-Sectional honors this season. Petersen also broke the school record for goals in a season.
“[Petersen] would lead drills, take players aside and give advice,” head coach Wes Gonzalez said. “When players might be losing focus, he could straighten the team out and get everyone back on the same page. He was reliable, hard working, played through injuries and fatigue and never gave up on his teammates.”
Name: Ryan Petersen
Age/year in school: 18/Senior
Hometown: Palos Heights
Sport: Water Polo
Position: Right Driver
How long have you played water polo? Since I was 12.
What do you love most about water polo?
The intensity of the sport.
What was your biggest challenge this season? How did you overcome it?
Playing through my shoulder injury. I worked on healing it and trying not to use it as much.
What was your favorite moment of this season? Why?
Playing Brother Rice. Even though we lost, it was still one of the best games our team has played.
Who has inspired you most in your athletic endeavors?
My older brother.
If you didn’t play water polo, what would you be doing?
What hobbies or activities do you enjoy outside water polo?
Hanging out with friends.
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