Stanford WPC 14U boys win national JO championship


Clarke Weatherspoon coached the Stanford Water Polo Club boys' 14U A team to a bronze medal last year at the National Junior Olympics. On Tuesday, Weatherspoon and his players were even better.

The Stanford 14s completed a perfect 7-0 finish over the four-day tournament in Orange County with a 10-6 victory over NorCal rival 680 Red A in the Platinum Division championship match at the William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

The title was the first for the Stanford program since 2011, when the 18U A team won in the same pool under coach Brian Kreutzkamp. He coached the 18A team this summer.

Stanford 14U A reached the finals with a 7-4 victory over Trojan WP Cardinal in the same pool earlier in the day.

"Clarke and his team were phenomenal all weekend," said Jon Barnea, program director for the club.

The 14U team includes Kyle Ballack, Gabriel Discipulo, Jake Graessle, Jason Hiremath, Domick Kirk, James Kujawa, Jayden Kunwar, Alika Naone, Maxwell Patterson, Benjamin Rapperport, Will Riley, Noah Smith, Sam Untrecht, Eric Warmoth and Larsen Weigle.

The Stanford 18U A team finished fourth for the second straight summer after dropping a 13-10 decision to Regency in the third-place match in the Platinum Division at the William Woollett Aquatic Center. Regency consists of players from Mater Dei High.

Stanford fell into the third-place match after falling to Los Angeles Premier, 19-11, in the semifinals Tuesday. LA Premier is made up of standouts from Harvard-Westlake.

The Stanford 18U A squad features Kevin Asplund, Nick Bisconti, Will Conner, Andrew Goodenough, Grant Harvey, Patrick Kirk, JC Marco, Nelson Perla-Ward, Jack Pickard, Max Somple, Michael Swart, Benoit Viollier, Ari Wayne, Chris Xi and Christian Znidarsic.

Also in the 18U bracket, the Stanford B team finished with a 2-5 mark -- and without a placing -- after defeating Thunder Water Polo, 9-3, at Capistrano Valley High.

Elsewhere on the final day of the boys' competition in the world's largest water polo tournament:

In the 16U Championship bracket, Stanford A defeated Trojan WP Cardinal, 13-5, at Newport Harbor High and finished 6-3 and in 11th place in the Platinum Division for coach Jamie Frank.

Team members included Niko Bhatia, Jack Bignell, Nikolas Caryotakis, Andrew Churukian, Jackson Enright, Miller Geschke, Quinn Hamilton, Andrew Jozefov, Jacob Landrum, Alexander Nemeth, Anthony Rethans, Luke Rohlen, Chris Rowland, Kyle Rumptz and Alex Tsotadze.

Stanford B (4-4) downed Wolverine, 10-3, at Cal State Fullerton and finished seventh in the Gold Division.

In the 16U Classic bracket, Stanford C (4-3) dropped a 13-10 decision to Vanguard Silver at San Clemente High and finished eighth in the Silver Division. Stanford D (2-5) dropped a 12-11 decision to Rose Bowl Black for 19th place in the Silver Division.

In the 14U Championship bracket, Stanford B dropped a 17-10 decision to CA Republic SC at Mater Dei High and finished with a 3-4 mark and in sixth place in the Gold Division.

Stanford C, competing in the Classic bracket, defeated Poway Valley, 11-9, at Brea-Olinda High and finished with a 3-4 mark and in 19th place in the Silver Division.

In the 12U Championship bracket, Stanford A posted an 8-6 victory over United at El Toro High and finished with a 6-2 mark and in 13th place in the Platinum Division.

Stanford B (3-5) wound up 12th in the Gold Division following an 8-4 loss to Poway Valley WP Red at Woodbridge High in Irvine.

The girls' competition will begin Thursday and run through Sunday. The Stanford Water Polo Club will have six teams entered.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by John Barman
a resident of Portola Valley
on Jul 29, 2015 at 11:48 am

Just to clarify, there is no "Agate" division. They mean "Silver" division...below which there is a "Bronze" division.

Stanford Water Polo teams performed admirably (from a biased Stanford parent)

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm

I feel like the title of this article was not well thought out.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2015 at 8:45 am

Hilarious. No other local paper has even one word on this event and the only comments are negative.

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