SHP, Menlo boys post impressive efforts in water polo


Getting six goals from senior Nelson Perla-Ward and a solid defensive effort, the Sacred Heart Prep boys held off Foothill, 11-10, and captured third place in the S & R Sport Invitational on Saturday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine.

Grant Harvey field blocked a hard shot out of bounds, sparking a counter-attack goal by Michael Swart with 2:19 left in the fourth that gave the Gators (12-1) an 11-9 lead and the eventual game-winning goal for the top team in Northern California.

Swart finished with three goals while goalie JC Marco had 11 saves. SHP dropped its semifinal match, 21-9, to eventual defending champ Harvard-Westlake (15-0), which routed Corona del Mar in the finals, 22-7. CDM is ranked No. 2 in Orange County. Swart had five goals against Harvard-Westlake and finished with 18 for the tourney.

"Very good weekend," said SHP coach Brian Kreutzkamp. "Harvard-Westlake is without question the top team in the nation right now and we learned a lot from playing them.

"I was proud the way our kids bounced back and played in the third-place match. We were down two goals at halftime and they just kept on fighting and clawing back even when things were not going our way."

Also Saturday, Menlo School left no doubt that its one-goal victory over San Ramon Valley at the Scott Roche Invitational was legit after the Knights posted a 10-8 nonleague triumph over the Wolves in Atherton.

Menlo (13-1) came out strong in the rematch of last month's tourney, grabbing a 9-4 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Led by goalie Spencer Witte (12 saves) and Weston Avery (five steals), Menlo's team defense and counter attack proved too much for SRV.

Andreas Katsis, meanwhile, continued to establish himself as one of the top shooters in Northern California by scoring four goals from the outside. Fellow seniors Nick Bisconti and Chris Xi both scored twice for Menlo.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 13, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Two great programs with a long tradition of great coaching and water polo excellence.

Sometimes it is hard to gage Menlo's success since their home pool is too short and too narrow (not 25m x 20m)...a definite home pool advantage. But they seem to adapt well to regulation sized courses when the league and section championships come around each year. Should be another SHP/Menlo showdown for the D2 championship in November!

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Posted by EX Polo Dad
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 14, 2014 at 9:23 am

As a father of a player who graduated a few years back, I always had great respect for both of these programs. We did play a tournament at Menlo and I was told their pool is actually 25 meters long which is actually longer than the official length of 25 yards. With floating goals this apparently makes it exactly legal. Regardless, we were told that it's completely regulation. Plus, Menlo and SHP both seem to play a lot of away games and at outside tournaments so they're not just playing in their own pools.

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Posted by Oldpoloplyr
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 14, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Great programs with fantastic coaches. It would be fun to see both schools field club teams rather than both schools playing at Stanford. SHP has the better facilities, but I hear that Menlo has a new pool on the way.

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Posted by EX Polo Dad
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 15, 2014 at 10:29 am

To the club team comment, it was always my understand that they do each have club teams. I know our team played in a summer tournament at Menlo that was hosted by Menlo's club (South Peninsula). Some of the players from Menlo and SHP play on both their high school club and also for Stanford Club. always seemed like good balance to me

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

Menlo pool is 25yd before floating cages - the course is short when the cages are dropped in. However, floating goals are much more preferable over wall cages! Regardless of length, the pool is not 20m is too narrow.

But the good news is that Menlo will be building a new 50m facility. Last I heard is that it will be sited over on the El Camino tennis courts near the football and baseball fields.

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Posted by Correction
a resident of Atherton
on Oct 16, 2014 at 8:55 pm

The Menlo pool is 25 METERS (not yards). As a swim coach, I know this to be true. "Crecent Park Dad" seems to be making things up, unfortunately.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 17, 2014 at 6:49 am

I was told differently. I don't mind being wrong on that. But the pool is still too narrow.

Moot when new pool is built.

Menlo plays Bellarmine today. M should win...B lost to SI recently...albeit in the mother of sub-standard pools (shallow-deep).

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Posted by Sea REDDY
a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 17, 2014 at 7:16 am

Way to go!

Congratulations to Students + moms and dads!

It takes a lot to achieve to the top of the league!

Keep it up!

Next goal - Olympics!!

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I am pretty sure the menlo pool is 25 yards. As far clubs go all these players play for Stanford in Jo 's which is most of summer play.

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Posted by Correction
a resident of Atherton
on Oct 20, 2014 at 9:14 am

Bob, we already have an exact measurement recorded of 25 meters. Something that we're certain of (not just "pretty sure" of as you mentioned). So you can rest easy now that we have this information. Also, pretty much any top high school program now has their own club along with Stanfords club. Lots o' options now in the area.

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a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 20, 2014 at 8:56 pm

This should clear everything up for everyone. An article about a swim record set at Menlo last year:

"The meet was swum at Menlo High School, which is a fixed-wall 25 meter pool."

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