WoPo hosts Mercy B for Fan Fest


The Catalyst / Photo Courtesy of Kate Mahoney

Abbey Earnshaw (left) gets up to pass, hoping to score against Mercy B.

NDB’s Fan Fest, an annual water polo event, began on Friday, October 7 at the Serra HS pool. This game is a competition between NDB and Mercy B’s girls water polo teams for the Tri-School Trident Cup. The Trident Cup has been in NDB’s possession since 2017 and currently sits in the display case outside of the Moore Pavillion. Mercy B refers to this game as the “Sister Splash” and is a part of their “Pink Week,” a week full of events that support breast cancer awareness.

The evening began with the JV teams playing at 6, while NDB Boosters cooked hot dogs and hamburgers for the growing crowd. With only one substitute player, the NDB JV team triumphed over Mercy B, 6-5, with their final point coming in the last 60 seconds by sophomore Eve Cross.

With support from the NDB JV cheer team and crowds filled with fans, the varsity team began their game against the Crusaders at 7. For the first time in two weeks, the Tigers had their full team playing, giving them an edge that they had been lacking in their previous league games.

The Serra, Mercy B and NDB fans in the crowd cheering for both teams brought a sense of Tri-School spirit. The first half ended in a close score with NDB only leading 7-5. By the end of the fourth quarter, the team was able to rise above and finish the game with a final score of 9-6. The high-spirited fans and support from the Tri-School community led the Tigers to another win at this year’s NDB Fan Fest.