EDH Athlete of the Week: John Dutra

By: Matt Long of the Telegraph
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John Dutra is the leader of the Oak Ridge varsity boys’ water polo team.

Dutra, a senior, is the team’s leading scorer. He’s a take-charge player who is easy to spot when the Trojans are in the pool. Dutra helped the Trojans to a third-place finish in the Sierra Foothill League. The team opened the playoffs with a 14-9 win over Gregori before running into top-seeded Jesuit. Oak Ridge finished the season with a 13-13 record.

“John is the guy who wants the ball in his hand,” Oak Ridge coach Patrick Foster said. “He wants to finish the game. I can count on him to do what it takes to make it happen. We think he’s going to play well at the collegiate level.”


Folsom Telegraph: What are your hopes/plans for after finishing high school?

John Dutra: I hope to be attending a four-year university and playing

Division I water polo.


FT: How long have you been playing water polo and how did you get your

start in it?

JD: I’ve been playing since eighth grade. A close family friend suggested it.


FT: How do you feel you have played this season? Are you pleased with

your performance?

JD: I have played very well this season and have progressively playing better.


FT: What about the team? How do you feel the team has played this year?

JD: My team has played very well this year; we improve every game we play.


FT: Are you involved in other activities at Oak Ridge besides water polo?

JD: I do swim team in the spring.


FT: What’s your favorite class at school and why?

JD: Art because I have friends in it and its not as stressful as my

other classes.


FT: Favorite Food?

JD: Orange Chicken or a jumbo burrito with steak from the El Dorado

Hills Taqueria.


FT: Favorite music?

JD: Rap/Hip Hop. 


FT: Do you have any pets? Tell us about them?

JD: I have two dogs: Harv is a golden retriever/Chihuahua; Dory is a black

lab. They love walks.


FT: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you like to do in

your free time?

JD: I love cliff jumping, and hanging out with friends.


FT: What inspires you in sports?

JD: I love competing. I’m very competitive.


FT: What are your career goals? What job/profession are you interested in?

JD: I want to be a trainer for elite athletes.