Water Polo Team At States

Knowing her high school eligibility clock is ticking, nothing less than a great state tournament run will suffice for Kapolei water polo mainstay Doran Bosque.

In a career that already includes a number of memorable moments, she’s hoping the best is yet to come.

“I feel like we really have a good chance this year,” said Bosque, whose 24 goals placed her sixth overall among OIA schools during the league season. “We were there last year (at states), and we know how the game works and how the other teams play.”

Pairings for the May 8-11 girls state water polo tournament held at the UH aquatic complex will be revealed late Sunday. Last year, Bosque and Kapolei were the OIA runner-up to Kahuku and advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament before losing to eventual champion Punahou. The Hurricanes finished fourth there. Last Thursday, Kapolei was to meet Mililani in the OIA semifinals. Regardless of that outcome, the team (11-1 at press time) already had earned a state berth. Bosque recently took some time away from practice and her studies to visit with MidWeek‘s West Oahu Islander.

What is your earliest sports-related memory? Playing indoor soccer in about the fifth grade. My dad (Jeffrey) wanted us to get some exercise – he had been a football and soccer player. For me, it was a little hard at first. I wasn’t that coordinated, and I wasn’t a very good runner.

Who has had the biggest impact on your life? My dad. He taught me a lot about prioritizing, and he knows how things work in the real world.

What area of your game did you work on the most during the off-season? In my swim season (for Kapolei), I worked more on my endurance, stamina and strength.

Who is the best practice player – the teammate who always gives 110 percent? We all work evenly to carry our team, but one girl who is among our hardest workers is Tiana Wendt. She transitioned from being a field player last year to our goalkeeper.

What film could you watch over and over? The Disney movie Mulan.

What item couldn’t you live without? My cell phone. I like to stay in communication with everyone. I send out mass text messages to my teammates.

What website do you go to the most? Google or Facebook.

Do you have any pre-game rituals? How do you prepare yourself mentally and physically on game day? I think about what we did in practice that week and how I can try to put what I learned into the game.

What is your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the bathtub.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Go to the beach.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I hope to be going to school to become a forensic pathologist.

You’re stuck on Kahoolawe and can have an endless supply of just one food. What would it be? My grandpa’s pork adobo.