St. Francis stifled in CCS finals

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St. Francis High’s Isabella Mandema looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS final against Sacred Heart Prep. She scored two goals.

The St. Francis High boys and girls water polo teams have been among the best in the Central Coast Section for several seasons and last year both won CCS championships. This year, however, the Lancers faced foes in the finals that have been even more dominant in the sport.

In the CCS Division II girls final Saturday morning at Independence High, top seed Sacred Heart Prep cruised to an 11-6 win over No. 2 St. Francis for its ninth consecutive championship. A few hours later in the CCS Division I boys final, top seed Bellarmine knocked off No. 3 St. Francis 11-7 to claim its 15th crown.


Eagles get defensive to beat Spartans

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Los Altos High’s Julia Santos looks to shoot in Saturday’s CCS quarterfinal game against Mountain View. The Eagles won 13-9.

Don’t be deceived by all those goals the Los Altos High girls water polo team scored in Saturday’s 13-9 win over Mountain View in the Central Coast Section Division I quarterfinals. The Eagles dominated this game with defense.

Third-seeded Los Altos – utilizing a hard press – registered 22 steals against the No. 6 Spartans and scored off several of them.


Eagles eke past host Spartans in boys water polo

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Jim Hollingworth scored six goals in Los Altos High’s water polo win over Mountain View.

Jim Hollingworth’s 5-meter penalty shot lifted Los Altos High to an 8-7 road win over Mountain View in boys water polo Thursday.

The senior’s fourth-quarter goal was his sixth of the game. Eric Warmoth and Nick Rodriguez scored the Eagles’ other goals.


Eagles soar to top of league standings in girls water polo

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Los Altos High’s Kayleigh Peterson looks to shoot in last week’s game against Palo Alto. The junior scored a game-high four goals in the Eagles’ 10-4 home victory.

Undaunted by its slow start to the season, the Los Altos High girls water polo team has been cool in the pool since opening league.

Just past the midpoint, the Eagles are perched atop the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division with a 7-0 record.


Los Altos jumps on Mtn. View early, prevails 8-4 in boys water polo game

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Los Altos High’s Jim Hollingworth looks to pass the ball as Mountain View High’s Jack Kenyon defends him Thursday.

After a pair of lopsided losses to its rival last season, the Los Altos High boys water polo team got partial payback Thursday with a decisive 8-4 home victory over Mountain View.

“They kind of embarrassed us both times we played them last year,” Los Altos coach Seth Tasman said. “They’re our crosstown rival, and we’ve kind of been getting pumped up for this game all year long.”


Local club water polo teams finish among top five at JOs

Courtesy of Katie Roper
NorCal Aquatics’ 18U boys took fifth at the Junior Olympics. Front, from left: Scott Cairns, Ryan Fisse, Kyle Sandell, Nick Rodriguez and Patrick Fong. Back: Eric Reitmeir, Logan Whalen, Kevin Bowers, Bryan Kim, Graham Schmelzer, Doug Kurtz and coach Seth Tasman.

An up-and-coming water polo club based in Los Altos faced some of the best teams in the country at the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics this summer, and two of its three teams placed in the top five of their respective divisions.

In only its second year, NorCal Aquatics qualified three teams for the Junior Olympics tournament: the 18-and-under boys, 18-and-under girls and 16-and-under girls. The 16U girls and 18U boys finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in their divisions.


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