Fri12192014

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St. Francis boys and girls rule the pool, top Titans in CCS DI water polo finals


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St. Francis High junior Andrew Goodenough scored four goals to lead the Lancers in Saturday’s CCS Division I final win over Gunn at Independence.

St. Francis High’s boys and girls water polo coaches were all wet after their respective Central Coast Section Division I championship games against Gunn – and that was just fine with them.

Boys coach Terry O’Donnell and girls coach Brendon Reutebuch each took the traditional celebratory plunge into the pool after leading their teams to titles Saturday at Independence High.

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Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


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St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when Mountain View High visited St. Francis; it was a non-league game between two boys water polo teams headed for the playoffs regardless of the result.

Yet that didn’t stop the Lancers from playing like there was a championship at stake. They swamped the Spartans 9-3 with a balanced offense and dominant defense.

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Despite record, coach considers Eagles a playoff contender

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Los Altos senior Romy Aboudarham makes a save against Mountain View. She averages 13 saves per game.

Don’t be deceived by the Eagles’ losing record. The Los Altos High girls water polo team – 2-4 in league and 6-8 overall – is a playoff contender, according to new coach Katie Buzzetta.

“The team has potential to be one of the top teams in this area,” she said. “We have played some very close games against some tough competition.”

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Making a splash


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Stanford Water Polo Club’s under-14 boys team earned the bronze medal at the Junior Olympics. Front row, from left: Corey Tanis, Larsen Weigle, Nathan Puentes, Walker Seymour, Alan Viollier and Jayden Kunwar. Back: Nik Caryotakis, Andrew Penner, Alexander Nemeth, Luke Rohlen, Chris Rowland, Andrew Churukian, Nico Bhatia, Alex Tsotadze, Miller Geschke and coach Clarke Weatherspoon. Bhatia, Geschke, Nemeth and Puentes are Los Altos residents.

Five club water polo teams with local players made a sizable splash at the National Junior Olympics, finishing among the top five in their respective divisions. The Bay Area hosted last month’s tournament.

Stanford Water Polo Club’s 14-and-under boys team – featuring four Los Altos residents – bagged a bronze medal. Los Altos-based NorCal Aquatics’ under-16 girls squad finished third in its division, while the club’s 18 boys and girls placed fourth and fifth, respectively, and Stanford’s 16 boys took fifth.

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Buzzetta hired as LA girls varsity water polo coach

The Los Altos High girls water polo team expects smooth water ahead with its new coach.

Katie Buzzetta has been promoted to varsity head coach after one year guiding the girls junior-varsity team. She replaces Seth Tasman, who takes over the boys team after two seasons as girls coach.

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