- Published on Tuesday, 01 August 2000 20:31
- Written by Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos High's new pool hosted its first water polo tournament July 22. Host West Bay, a summer club composed mainly of players from Cupertino and Los Altos highs, won two games and tied another in the under-18 division of the round-robin tournament.
West Bay started off with a 9-8 victory over the Silicon Valley Splash.
West Bay jumped out to a 2-0 lead on goals by Los Altos seniors Mike Murray and Jay Danforth. But the Splash grabbed a 5-3 lead by taking advantage of an inconsistent half-court defense that has plagued West Bay all summer.
West Bay refocused and tied the score on goals from Cupertino's Sean O'Keefe and Bret Demuth. When most of the starters came out at the end of the fourth quarter with the score tied at 8, West Bay seemed to be in trouble. But a man-up goal from O'Keefe, the one remaining starter, won the game in the last minute.
In Game 2, West Bay fought to an 8-8 tie with Stanford B, which has players from perennial powers St. Francis High, Palo Alto High and Menlo School. Murray and Demuth each scored three times.
Although Murray had to sit out the final game, West Bay still cruised to a 9-4 win over De Anza.
For the tourney, Murray and Demuth led West Bay with six goals each, followed by Danforth (5) Andy Wiener (4), Tim Watkins (3) and O'Keefe (2). Defensively, the team was sparked by Cupertino goalie Dave Lindhann, whose solid play has allowed teammates like Danforth and Wiener to play more aggressively.
Now in its second year, West Bay is flourishing, according to assistant coach Jon Wiener.