Varsity Boys Water Polo

Menlo School 11, Sacred Heart Prep 5

Date of competition: Saturday, November 20, 2010

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Menlo School earned its sixth Central Coast Section Division II boys' water polo title, all since winning its first one 11 years ago, with an 11-5 dunking of three-time defending champion Sacred Heart Prep on Saturday at Independence High in San Jose. It was the seventh time the teams had faced each other in the finals. Menlo now leads the series, 4-3, while ruining the Gators' bid to become the first Division II boys' team to win four consecutive titles.

Junior Nick Hale had five goals while senior John Holland-McCowan added three as the No. 2-seeded Knights (18-9) avenged two earlier season overtime losses to the top-seeded Gators (19-10). Hale and junior Jack Finch each had five steals while Finch added five assists. The Menlo defense shut down Sacred Heart's high-scoring tandem of seniors Philip Bamberg and Robert Dunlevie, limiting each to a single goal.

CCS Division II Championship
At Independence High
Sacred Heart Prep 1 2 0 2 -- 5
Menlo School 4 4 2 1 -- 11
SHP -- Savage 2, Bamberg, Dunlevie, Buncke
Menlo -- Hale 5, Holland-McCowan 3, Finch, Avery, Bowman
Goalie saves: Williams 15 (MS); Runkel 10 (SHP)
Records: Menlo 18-9; Sacred Heart Prep 19-10

posted by Palo Alto Online on Nov 20, 2010 at 5:29 pm

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posted by Keith Peters on Nov 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Menlo junior Jack Finch gives head coach Jack Bowen a hug before the Knights wrapped up the CCS Division II title on Saturday with an 11-5 win over Sacred Heart Prep. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo senior Kyle Bowman scored a goal to help the No. 2 Knights toppled No. 1 Sacred Heart Prep, 11-5, in the CCS Division II finals on Saturday. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

Menlo juniors Jack Finch (left) and Wade Avery congratulate each on Saturday's 11-5 victory over Sacred Heart Prep in the CCS Division II finals. Photo by Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online.

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