Behind its potent 1-2-3 punch in the pool, MV looks to make another deep run in CCS

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Senior Gabi Matafora-Adams’ 56 goals leads Mountain View High this season.

If there’s a girls water polo team in the Central Coast Section with a better trio than Mountain View High’s Gabi Matafora-Adams, Maddy Menard and Malena Nguyen, Spartans coach Drew Enlow hasn’t seen it.

“They are as good as any three players on any team in CCS,” he said. “They can all take over games. They can score, pass and play defense.”

LA water polo team making waves in league

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Los Altos High senior Kyle Sandell, above at left with ball, leads his team in scoring.

The Los Altos High boys water polo team is scoring goals at a furious pace this season, averaging nearly 14 per game. However, coach Seth Tasman takes more pride in how the Eagles are playing on the other end of the pool.

“The best thing is our defense,” he said. “Our goal is to hold teams to no more than five goals, and most games we’re doing that.”

Los Altos grad Bakos among 200 invited to career in sports forum

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Ally Bakos, a 2013 Los Altos High graduate, attends the NCAA Career in Sports Forum last month in Indianapolis.

Although Ally Bakos recently completed her senior season of water polo at George Washington University, she isn’t necessarily done with sports.

The Los Altos native wants to pursue a career in athletics – outside the pool – and being invited to the recent NCAA Career in Sports Forum exposed her to an array of opportunities in the field.

LA-based club water polo team dominates WinterFest tourney

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The under-18 boys team from Los Altos-based NorCal Aquatics won its division of the recent WinterFest Water Polo Tournament in Orange County. Pictured, from left: Scott Cairns, Eric Warmoth, Yoel Feinberg, Kyle Sandell, Ryan Fisse, Noah Johnson, Jack Gregov, Nick Rodriguez, Jake Lee and coach Seth Tasman.

The under-18 boys team from Los Altos-based NorCal Aquatics swam circles around the competition at last month’s WinterFest Water Polo Tournament in Orange County.

The squad dominated its division – posting a 5-0 record – and routed Redondo Beach 17-6 in the championship game. NorCal, which trains at Los Altos High, outscored its opponents 73-27 over the three-day event.

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