All-CCS water polo, college honors, coaches corner

Larsen Weigle. Photo by Keith Petersw.

Sacred Heart Prep senior Larsen Weigle, who is headed to Stanford in the fall, was named the Central Coast Section Player of the Year by a panel of water polo coaches it was announced Tuesday.

Weigle led the Gators (26-2) to one of their finest years in program history. The season was shortened because of air quality issues from the Camp Fire in Butte County. The Central Coast Section Open Division contest was never played and the Northern California tournament was canceled.

Eric Hegmann/Menlo Athletics
Weigle, along with first-team picks Andrew Churukian, also headed to Stanford, Walker Seymour, on his way to Harvard, and freshman goalie Griffin Price, did help SH Prep win the West Catholic Athletic League title and beat second-place Bellarmine three times on the season.

The Gators also won the S&R Invitational in Irvine and then won the North vs. South Challenge, hosted by Sacred Heart Prep, for the first time.

Menlo School senior Sam Untrecht, who will play at California in the fall, was also named to the first team. Untrecht was named the Peninsula Athletic League Player of the Year and helped the Knights reach the semifinal;s of the CCS Open Division tournament.

St. Francis senior Frank Lozinski, who attended the Challenger School in Palo Alto, and Lancers junior Berk Aksoy, who plays with the Stanford Foundation Club, were also named to the first team along with Bellarmine's Gabe Discipulo, who will join Untrecht at Cal, and Dominick Kirk, Valley Christian's Logan Sutter and St. Ignatius' Alex Peterson.

Sacred Heart Prep's Will Riley was joined by Menlo's Connor Enright and Maxwell Patterson on the second team, while SHP's Kyle Ballack and Menlo's Noah Housenbold were third team honorees.

Honorable mention went to Menlo-Atherton's Cooper Gran and Zach de Haaff, Menlo's Connor MacMitchell and Josh Poulos and Palo Alto's Ben Rapperport.

Women's basketball

Undefeated Menlo College is ranked 14th in the NAIA Coaches Poll released Tuesday, the highest ranking in program history.

The Oaks (7-0) are one of seven unbeaten teams in the NAIA and lead the nation in assists per game (20.6), blocks per game (7.1) and field goal percentage (49.6).

Vanguard, the nation's top-ranked team, and No. 11 Westmont are also in the Golden State Athletic Conference with Menlo, which hosts William Jessup at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Men's soccer

Menlo's Eric Hegmann earned honorable mention All-American honors from the NAIA, the first Oak to make the list in six years.

Coaches corner

Sacred Heart Prep has the following coaching opportunities for the upcoming spring season (Feb. 1st - May 15th):

Baseball (varsity assistant coach and JV assistant coach)

Boys Golf (varsity assistant and JV head coach)

Coed Swimming (varsity assistant and JV assistant coach)

Coed Track & Field (jumps coach and throws coach)

Please contact Frank Rodriguez ( or 650.473.4031) with questions or expressions of interest.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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