Sacred Heart Prep senior Harrison Enright has verbally committed to the Stanford class of 2018 and will play water polo for the Cardinal next fall.
"I am honored to attend Stanford University," Enright said in a statement. "It has been my dream since I was 12 years old to attend Stanford and play water polo for the Cardinal. Stanford athletics offers the very best academic and athletic environment in the nation and I am fortunate to be a part of it."
Enright was the Central Coast Section Player of The Year in 2012 and an All-CCS Division II first-team selection in 2011. He was also a first-team selection for the West Catholic Athletic League in in 2011 and 2012.
Enright is a four-year starter and will try to lead the Gators to a third consecutive CCS Division title this fall.
"Harrsion has a unique blend of strength and speed," said SHP head coach Brian Kreutzkamp. "He is one of the top 2-meter offensive players in the nation and I think Stanford is a perfect fit for him. I am extremely proud that he has taken the time to work hard in the pool and in the classroom to make his dream of attending Stanford University a reality."
Enright will join two former Gators on the Stanford roster, Paul Rudolph (2009) and Michael Holloway ('13).
Enright and the Gators will be competing in the Santa Barbara Invitational this weekend at Dos Pueblos High.
Closer to home, Menlo School will co-host with Palo Alto High the 16th annual Scott Roche Invitational on Friday and Saturday. The tournament is named after Scott Roche, who played water polo at Menlo School (class of 1990) and then at Princeton.
This weekend's tournament features another very strong group of teams, including some of the top squads from San Diego as well as others from Sacramento, the East Bay, and locally. San Ramon Valley High looks to defend last year's championship title.
Menlo (4-0) opens against Leland at noon. At Palo Alto, the Vikings will face St. Mary's at 1 p.m., with Menlo-Atherton taking on Vista (San Diego) at 2:50 p.m.
Semifinals will be Saturday at Menlo at 11:05 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., with the third-place match set for 3:30 p.m., followed by the championship match at 4:35 p.m.
In water polo action Thursday:
The Gunn boys came up with their second straight big-time win, a 10-9 victory over visiting Los Altos. The Titans improved to 2-0 in SCVAL De Anza Division (3-3 overall) as sophomore Christian Znidarsic tallied four goals. Brothers Ari and Coby Wayne added two goals each for Gunn, which toppled rival Palo Alto on Tuesday.
In San Jose, Paly bounced back from its loss to Gunn with a 16-11 triumph over host Lynbrook. Sam Kelley led the Vikings (1-1, 4-2) with five goals while Andrew Jozefov, Winston Rosati and Omri Newman all tallied twice.
Girls water polo
Gunn improved to 2-0 in league following a 14-2 romp over the Eagles. Senior Caroline Anderson tallied a season-high nine goals and Bianca Batista added three for the Titans (6-3 overall).
In Sunnyvale, Palo Alto earned its first win of the season with 6-5 triumph over host Homestead in SCVAL De Anza Division action. Tess van Hulsen and Emma Wolfe each scored three goals for the Vikings (1-1, 1-5).
In the PAL Ocean Division, nine players scored in Menlo School's 16-1 trump over visiting San Mateo. The Knights improved to 4-1 in league as freshman Chloe Ebrahimian and junior Audrey Flower each had hat tricks.
Menlo bounced back from a season-opening loss to top Mercy-Burlingame, 236-283, in a West Bay Athletic League match Thursday at Crystal Springs Golf Course in Hillsborough.
The difficult par-36 front-nine presents many problems, but medalist Jessie Rong shot a 38 with two birdies and an unfortunate triple-bogey. Menlo freshman Lauren Yang fired a 4-over 40 and Christina Schwab posted a 46.
In Peninsula Athletic League action, Naomi Lee shot 39 to pace Menlo-Atherton to a split in a tri-meet with San Mateo and Sequoia at the par-34 Palo Alto Muni layout. The Bears shot 228 while San Mateo won with a 211. Sequoia finished with a 327. Ashley Utz and Abbey Pederson each shot 45 for the Bears.
The 2013 Chris Chandler Volleyball Invitational, hosted by Menlo School, will be held Saturday starting with pool play at 8:30 a.m.
The tournament has grown to 16 teams and brings together a strong field of CCS teams, including 2012 CCS playoff contenders from Division I through V.
The event is named in honor of longtime Menlo School volleyball supporter Chris Chandler, the husband of Menlo School dance teacher, Jan Chandler. Chris, along with Jan, supported Menlo volleyball, and he even flew down to Southern California to watch the Knights play Loyola Marymount in the 2000 state championship. Chris died in a bicycle accident in 2010.
Menlo tuned up for the tourney with a tough 16-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-14 loss to host Presentation on Thursday night. The Knights dropped to 6-4 overall.
In Belmont, Sacred Heart Prep saw its record drop to 4-4 in following a 25-19, 25-11, 26-24 setback to host Carlmont. Victoria Garrick produced 15 kills and Ara Peterson had 11 for the Gators while Natalie Marshall had 23 assists and Mamie Caruso added 14 digs.
In San Mateo, Pinewood opened is West Bay Athletic League (Skyline Division) season with a 2-11, 29-27, 25-21 setback to host Mercy-Burlingame. The Panthers (0-1, 3-2) were led by Mehra den Braven with 22 kills while teammate Tehmi den Braven had 24 assists.