Boys water polo: R.J. Moore, St. Thomas Aquinas

Year: Junior<br><br>

Season highlights: Back-to-back Sun Sentinel Player of the Year, led team to state final as team captain, scoring 60 goals, setting up 22 others and always defending the opposing team's best player in the process. His outstanding play for the Raiders guided them to the state title game, a nail-biting 11-9 loss to Miami-rival Gulliver<br><br>.

Comment: Moore learned to play during his freshman year - he only started playing club water polo the year after that. He's still learning the game, he admits, but what he's done has been spectacular. Moore's game is far more polished than he gives it credit for being. He has the most difficult position in the pool - central defender. In front of his own goal, Moore was a fearless enforcer, clearing the hole set position and getting in front of everything heading toward the net. On the other end, he was the quarterback of the Raiders' offensive set, finding the right passes from the point of the formation. Moore is being scouted by some of the best college teams in the country, and with still another year to dominate, it's no surprise.<br><br>

Athlete's quote: "It was a great honor receiving the Player of the Year again. I absolutely look forward to winning it again next year, and winning a state title to go along with it. I'm going to do everything I need to do to make it happen."<br><br>

( Robert Duyos / May 31, 2012 )

Year: Junior

Season highlights: Back-to-back Sun Sentinel Player of the Year, led team to state final as team captain, scoring 60 goals, setting up 22 others and always defending the opposing team's best player in the process. His outstanding play for the Raiders guided them to the state title game, a nail-biting 11-9 loss to Miami-rival Gulliver

. Comment: Moore learned to play during his freshman year - he only started playing club water polo the year after that. He's still learning the game, he admits, but what he's done has been spectacular. Moore's game is far more polished than he gives it credit for being. He has the most difficult position in the pool - central defender. In front of his own goal, Moore was a fearless enforcer, clearing the hole set position and getting in front of everything heading toward the net. On the other end, he was the quarterback of the Raiders' offensive set, finding the right passes from the point of the formation. Moore is being scouted by some of the best college teams in the country, and with still another year to dominate, it's no surprise.

Athlete's quote: "It was a great honor receiving the Player of the Year again. I absolutely look forward to winning it again next year, and winning a state title to go along with it. I'm going to do everything I need to do to make it happen."

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