SPORTS – “Bear River water polo has their sights set on repeating state champs”



BEAR RIVER HIGH – By Tate Atkin, Headliner Sports Writer, April 12, 2022


Last year was an extremely successful season for Bear River High water polo. Last May, both the boys’ and the girls’ teams from Bear River High were crowned Division 3 Champions and with the 2022 season well under way, the Bears are looking to position themselves for another championship run and defend their crowns.


The 2022 Bear River High boys’ water polo team has faced some fierce competition so far this season and has a record of 6-6. That record has them ranked 11th in the state based on the current RPI rankings.


Below are the results from each game played so far this season:


Bear River 9 - Cyprus 8

Bear River 18 - Cache B 5

Bear River 15 - Ogden 4

Murray 14 - Bear River 4

Park City 18 - Bear River 2

South Davis 20 - Bear River 5

South Davis 21 - Bear River 3

Bear River 13 - Wasatch 3

Kearns B 8 - Bear River 6

Bear River 8 - Canyon View 4

Bear River 16 - Tooele 9

Canyon View 7 - Bear River 4

Cedar City 11 - Bear River 4


When asked about how the season has panned out so far, Coach Danny Esplin replied, “The boys have had a lot of sickness and that has slowed them down, but it has given some other kids good experience that will help our depth in the long run.”


Hopefully that much needed experience and a healthy squad can fuel the Bears through the rest of the season and set them up for a run at a repeat championship.


The Bear River High girls’ water polo team has battled their way through the season and currently have a record of 8-4, winning five of the last six games, which has them ranked 7th in the RPI standings.


Below are the results from their games to this point in the season:


Bear River 16 - South Davis 14

Bear River 18 - Park City 15

Bear River 23 - Ogden 5

Cache 13 - Bear River 2

Cyprus 12 - Bear River 6

Olympus 13 - Bear River 2

Bear River 21 - Wasatch 7

Bear River 10 - Kearns B 8

Skyline 19 - Bear River 8

Bear River 14 - Wasatch 12

Bear River 25 - Utah County 9

Bear River 14 - Cedar 10


The girls’ water polo team looks forward to getting back in the water and continuing their current win streak. According to Esplin, “The girls are on a good roll.”


“They have a very good chance at a championship,” Esplin added.


With a late season surge, the girls’ team hopes to power their way through the next few games and continue their success into the state playoffs, where they look to bring home another championship for Bear River High.


Here is a look at the remaining schedule:

April 14 - Bear River @ Kearns (Girls 6:45 p.m. and Boys 7:45 p.m.)

April 19th - Mountain Crest @ Bear River (Girls 5:15 p.m. and Boys 6:15 p.m.)

April 20th - Wasatch @ Bear River (Girls 5:30 p.m. and Boys 4:30 p.m.)

April 28th-30th - Jesse Kochel Cup (Tournament Times TBA)

May 19th-21st - State Playoffs