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Girls water polo season takes a bow with senior all-star game Phillip Brents | Fri, Mar 09 2012 01:59 PM

Five Metro Conference student-athletes took part in this year’s San Diego County Senior All-Star girls water polo game, including three from Mesa League champion Otay Ranch.

The game’s format featured a roster representing the section’s larger schools against a roster comprised of players from the section’s smaller schools. The Large Schools team defeated the Small Schools team, 6-4, in spirited action last Saturday at the Coronado municipal pool.

Kelsey Eaton, Mariela Rodriguez and Kerry Lindsay represented Otay Ranch, which competed for the victorious Large Schools team. Rodriguez collected a goal and assist in the game while Lindsay scored one goal while also making one defensive steal. Eaton contributed one assist.

Olympian’s Amanda Martin scored one goal for the Small Schools team while Mar Vista’s Natasha McCaskill had two steals.

Other schools represented on the Large Schools team included Carlsbad, Rancho Bernardo, Patrick Henry, Torrey Pines, Grossmont, Granite Hills, Escondido and Westview.

Other schools represented on the Small Schools team included Bishop’s, Cathedral Catholic, Coronado, Ramona, La Jolla, University City, Valley Center, El Capitan, Valhalla, Serra and Point Loma.

CIF playoffs
Otay Ranch was included among three Metro qualifiers for this year’s section playoffs. The Mustangs competed in the Division I field while Bonita Vista (Division II) and Mar Vista (Division III) also competed.

Otay Ranch (Mesa League) and Mar Vista (South Bay League) qualified as league champions.

The Mustangs, seeded seventh, advanced to the division quarterfinals following a first round victory against 10th-seeded Escondido.

Otay Ranch ended its season 21-5 following a 12-6 loss to second-seeded Granite Hills.

The 21 victories are a school record.

“The girls were very excited to be in the playoffs and worked well together in both games,” ORHS coach Ernie Medina said. “The difference in the Granite Hills loss was the depth and talent of their bench. Otay Ranch led Granite in the first period 2-1 and was tied 3-3 at halftime.

“Granite was very strong in swimming in the meter course pool and swam past us in the last two periods. In both games, the girls played their best. The girls set a high standard for next year’s team and the league.”

Bonita Vista ended its season 16-13-1 following a 13-6 first round loss to sixth-seeded University City while Mar Vista ended its season 14-13 after falling to sixth-seeded El Capitan, 15-5, also in first round action.

Division champions included top-seeded Carlsbad (Division I), second-seeded Mt. Carmel (Division II) and top-seeded Bishop’s (Division III).

Finals took place Feb. 25 at La Jolla High School.

Carlsbad (22-8) defeated third-seeded Torrey Pines, 15-10, while Mt. Carmel (16-14) upset top-seeded Valhalla, 8-6, and Bishop’s (26-4) edged second-seeded La Jolla 9-6.

Torrey Pines (21-11) eliminated Granite Hills (30-3) in upset fashion via a 6-5 overtime decision in the semifinals.

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