Stanford Red 18U, 16U boys in position for JO titles


The Stanford Red 18U boys' water polo team dropped its first match after four victories, but still remains in position to claim the Platinum Division title at the 2011 Junior Olympics in Southern California. Stanford went 1-1 on Monday to improve to 5-1.

Stanford plays San Diego Shores on Tuesday morning, with a victory putting the local club into the championship match -- possibly against Regency.

It was Regency that handed Stanford its first loss, a 9-6 setback on Monday at Costa Mesa High. Stanford bounced back from that loss to beat Santa Barbara Water Polo Club, 9-7, in the same pool.

On Sunday, the Stanford Red 18s posted a 13-9 victory over the NSD Stars after defeating SET (Saddleback El Toro), 11-7.

Stanford, coach by Sacred Heart Prep's Brian Kreutzkamp, finished eighth in last year's Junior Olympics.

Stanford opened play on Saturday with a 16-0 romp over Raider before handing PAC NW United a 13-1 defeat.

Stanford White 18U took a 3-2-1 mark into Tuesday's final day after handing PAC NW United a 12-9 loss on Monday at Beckman High. The White 18s can need a victory on Tuesday morning to reach the Gold Division championship match later in the day.

The White 18s opened with a 13-4 loss to Sacramento Black, but bounced back with a 5-4 victory over TM Vegas Henderson at Beckman High. Playing its third match on Saturday, Stanford White fell to HBWPC, 11-9.

On Sunday, Stanford White got by Chicago Park District, 10-8 and edged NAVY AC, 8.4 to 8.3, in a shootout at J Serra High.

In the 16U division, Stanford Red is 5-1-1 while Stanford White is 1-5. Stanford Red needs a victory over Lamorinda on Tuesday morning to reach the Platinum Division title match.

On Monday, Stanford Red bounced back from its first loss to beat Carlsbad, 5-4. Stanford headed back to the pool at 7 p.m., and topped United Blue in a shootout after tying in regulation.

Stanford Red was rolling with a 3-0 mark until dropping a 4-3 decision to Los Angeles Water Polo Club on Sunday at Ocean View High. Earlier in the day, Stanford Red defeated Foothill Red, 4-3. On Saturday, Stanford Red opened with a 10-2 win over Regency before beating ORWP, 10-9.

In the 14U division, Stanford Red (4-1-1) will play for ninth place in the Platinum Division while Stanford White (3-4) will play for 13th place in the Gold Division on Tuesday.

On Monday, Stanford Red dropped a shootout against Shore Aquatics but bounced back to beat Laguna, 13-9, at University High in Irvine.

Stanford Red was on a roll until suffering an 8-7 loss to San Diego Shores A on Sunday at Mission Viejo High. Earlier in the day, Stanford Red dunked 680 Red, 12-7. On Saturday, Stanford Red won a pair of matches by the combined score of 43-2.

Stanford White was just 1-4 after Sunday but rallied for a 19-2 romp over Scots on Monday and followed that with an 11-9 victory over Team Vegas (Henderson, Nev.) later in the day at Capistrano Valley High.

In the 12U division, Stanford Red (4-2-1) will play for 17th place in the Platinum Division on Tuesday against Greenwich Aquatics at Valley High in Santa Ana. Stanford White (1-5) will play for spots 19-22 in the Gold Division against Clovis.

Stanford Red started out 3-1-1 while Stanford White was 0-4. Stanford Red dropped a 13-8 loss to Davis on Monday after losing a shootout to Newport Water Polo Foundation on Sunday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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