It takes a lot to impress Brent Bohlender, the dean of Stanislaus District water polo coaches and one of the top instructors in the nation. So when he named Steve Giahos the starting goalie as a sophomore, the expectations were clearly high.
Giahos hasn't disappointed his coach or teammates, posting a 78-14 record in three seasons, becoming a three-time all-Modesto Metro Conference goalie and being named to The Bee's all-Stanislaus District team last year as a junior. The Vikings are 40-0 in MMC play with Giahos in the goal.
"He is an excellent passer and this leads right into our counterattack offense, which is what has led to our success the past two years," Bohlender said. "He is a big kid (6 feet 3 inches, 200 pounds this season), so he has a physical presence in the cage."
Giahos has led Johansen into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals each of the last two seasons.
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