H.B. boys' 12-U team qualifies for Jr. Olympics

June 03, 2010

Water Polo

The Huntington Beach Water Polo Club's boys' 12-and-under team has qualified for the upcoming Water Polo Jr. Olympics.

The Water Polo Junior Olympics will be held in Los Angeles July 31 to Aug. 3.

Huntington qualified for the tournament by capturing fifth place last weekend in tournament play at various high schools in the Inland Empire. Sixteen teams vied for the top spots.

Huntington began the qualifying tournament Saturday with wins over United Red (12-4), Laguna Beach (12-7) and Northwood (6-5) at Rancho Cucamonga High.


On Sunday, Huntington downed Irvine-Kahuna (13-10), lost its only game to Orange County Water Polo Club (10-7) and came back to beat United (7-5).

— Janet Duplantier, Community Correspondent


HB56 1, Region 517 1: It came down to the last game to decide who would be the Under-14 boys' champion in AYSO Area K and it was HB56 from Huntington Beach as it held on to finish its season as undefeated champions.

For most of the beginning of the game against Region 517, HB56 controlled the field thanks to midfielders Juan Pablo Murcia, midfielder Drew Young Matthew Malane.

Despite that, Region 517 still took a 1-0 lead.

As the game progressed, Christopher Horner made numerous blazing runs down the right wing, something HB56 came to expect from the winger.

Although HB56 maintained a strong advantage in field position, Region 517 never let up.

Going into the second half, HB56 stepped up its play and attacked relentlessly with Stopper Tommy Machiavello. As the attacks continued, HB56 pounded the goal with strikes from Parker Hauswald who has been producing goals all season, and Colin Douglass, who was relentless all game.

That aggressivenes led to Christopher Horner streaking down the wing again, setting a perfect ball across the top of the box where striker Christian Heffelman finished the job, burying the ball into the back of the net to tie the score at 1.

HB56 finished its season 7-0-1, the only undefeated team in its division. The team gave up the least amount of goals scored (three) in eight games.

— Dennis Taylor, Community Correspondent

Girls' Under-10 division

The So Cal Infinity Blue Girls' 99 team won its Spring Cup division championship by defeating Los Alamitos Fury and Corona Eagles in the Flight 1 semifinals and finals games Saturday at the San Bernardino Sports Complex.

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