Wed, Sep 19 2012 04:01 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The Bonita Vista High School boys water polo team opened the 2012 season in winning form by claiming a 9-6 non-league decision against the Clairemont Chieftains in a game played Sept. 12 at the Southwestern College pool.
“Good defense,” BVHS coach Betty Alexander said in stamping her seal of approval n the season-opening victory.
The Barons are no longer the monsters of the Metro Conference and haven’t been for a couple years. But things go in cycles and there could be more glory to be had at some point in the future.
In the meantime, Alexander is helping solidify a platform on which to help launch a new generation of Barons into the pool.
James Cevallos and Adaam Ostrowski each had two goals in the win over Clairemont while Riley Mangubat recorded seven saves. Robert Rabago led BVHS in scoring with three goals.
“We have a lot of year-round players who are returning, which is a positive,” Alexander said. “We have a lot of skill but are still working on our team dynamic.”
Defending Mesa League champion Eastlake’s team dynamic looked more in mid-season form after the Titans captured Tuesday’s league opener against the Barons by a score of 17-6.
Eastlake led 6-0 late in the first quarter and was on top 9-2 at halftime.
This isn’t the same Titan team that last year turned heads right and left around the section but this group of EHS water warriors appears ready to write its own history.
Daniel Lord led the victors with seven goals while Josue Alvarez scored six times. Johnny Velazquez had two goals while Kyle De Alva and Kyle Schauer each scored once.
Ricky Gonzalez finished the game with 12 saves.
Alvarez was a playmaker both on offense and defense, leading Eastlake with 10 steals and two assists; Lord had two steals and one assist.
For Bonita Vista, Cevallos and Jan Garay each were credited with two goals.
The Titans (6-3) were playing in their ninth game this season compared to just the second for Bonita Vista.
Eastlake defeated Rancho Bernardo, 18-7, in a key Division I match-up on Sept. 13. Three Titans scored four goals: Jian Miclat, Lord and Jian Laxina. Two players each had three goals: Velazquez and Alvarez.
Eastlake will next compete in this weekend’s America’s Finest City tournament. The field encompasses many high level out-of-section programs.
“We have a real test this Friday in the AFC tournament with our first game against Cerritos,” Titan coach Chris Barrick said. “We’re the No. 6 seed in our bracket out of eight and they’re the No. 3 seed. We’ll get a real good idea of where we’re at this weekend. We’re still a work in progress and trying desperately to develop our sophomores to help balance out our team.”
More Mesa League
The Barons will continue Mesa League play with a game Thursday at Southwestern against the Otay Ranch Mustangs. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The Mater Dei Crusaders defeated Otay Ranch, 11-5, on Tuesday to build on an 11-10 overtime win against visiting Monte Vista in a non-league encounter on Sept. 13.
Alec Figy had three goals for the Crusaders in Tuesday’s win and scored four times in the victory against Monte Vista.
“This will be a very young Mater Dei team with only three seniors in the starting line-up,” Crusaders coach Guy Souza said. “Alec Figy and Aldo Avila are team captains and will lead this team in some exciting games …”
Exciting might be an understatement. Mater Dei Catholic dropped a 12-10 decision to Mar Vista just prior to the Monte Vista contest.
Lancers sink Cougars, 25-7, run perfect start to 3-0
The Hilltop Lancers perfect start to the 2012 season continued last Friday with a 25-7 non-league victory against the San Ysidro Cougars at the Parkway pool.
Nick Howard led Hilltop with 17 goals and eight steals while Julio Del Real scored three times and Emilio Maldonado had two goals. Anthony Carrillo, Elias Munoz and Nick North each scored once.
Connor Kober made four saves in completing his third complete game in the cage.
The Lancers led 17-2 at halftime. Howard had 12 goals and six steals midway through the game.
Mariners edge Crusaders in non-league match-up
The Mar Vista Mariners remained unbeaten against Metro Conference competition after defeating host Mater Dei, 12-10, on Sept. 10. Dominic Rodriguez and Shane Landry each led Mar Vista with four goals and three assists while Josh Johnson tacked on three goals and three assists.
Rodriguez and Landry also each had three steals.
Duncan Hastings scored twice for the Mariners while Zach Mahan had a goal and two assists, Raymond Medrano contributed a goal and assist and Van Brannon collected three assists. Dane Bottomley was credited with one assist and five goalie saves.
Mar Vista had previously defeated Otay Ranch, 21-3, in a non-league game on Aug. 29 and topped San Ysidro, 23-13, in the teams’ South Bay League opener on Sept. 7.
The Mariners are 3-6 overall, with all six losses to teams outside the South Bay.
Mar Vista finished 0-4 in the 28-team Poway Invitational with setbacks to Granite Hills, Ramona, La Jolla Country Day and Rancho Bernardo. Most recently, the Mariners dropped a 13-7 non-league match-up to visiting Valley Center on Sept. 11 and lost, 7-3, at Del Norte on Sept. 13.
Rodriguez has scored 31 goals and 16 assists in nine games to lead Mar Vista in team scoring while Landry has 14 goals and 12 assists, Hastings has 17 goals and five assists, Johnson has 13 goals and seven assists and Mahan had 13 goals and six assists.
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