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High School Roundup: Ocean View proves strong

Seahawks reach CIF Southern Section Division semifinals in boys' water polo.

November 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The Ocean View High boys' water polo team reached the semifinal round of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 boys' water polo playoffs by winning its first three postseason games in the past week.

The Seahawks, the No. 2 team from the Golden West League and No. 5 seed in the tournament, advanced to Wednesday's semifinal round by defeating host Brentwood (Freelance), 13-8, in a quarterfinal match Saturday.

Ocean View (21-10) met No. 2-seeded Yorba Linda (Empire League No. 1) in one of two division semifinal matches Wednesday. The score wasn't available at press time.

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The winner of the Ocean View-Yorba Linda game advances to the Division 7 title game at 10 a.m. Saturday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine. The winner will face the winner of the other Wednesday semifinal game between top-seeded Segerstrom (Golden West League No. 1) and Placentia Valencia (Empire League No. 2).

In Saturday's win over Brentwood, Jordan Salgado and Evan Bunin both scored four goals and Brian Smith had 16 saves for the Seahawks.

Brentwood finished runner-up to the Division 7 title last year.

Ocean View started the playoffs Nov. 12 and defeated Cypress (Empire League No. 4), 20-5, in a wild-card game. The Seahawks went on to upend San Gorgonio (San Andreas League No. 1), 19-4, in a first-round game Nov. 14.

In other boys' water polo playoff action:

•Huntington Beach, runner-up to the Sunset League title, fell, 10-5, in a first-round game Division 1 game Nov. 13. The Oilers fell, 10-5, to host Corona del Mar (Pacific Coast League No. 2), 10-5.

Matt Robert and Matt Cook both scored twice, Skyler Munatones scored on a penalty shot, and Alex Wolf had 10 saves for Huntington, which concluded a 20-10 season.

"Our team needed to adjust to the way the game was being played, and we could not play catch-up with our slow start," Huntington Coach Brian Anderson said. "Our offense, was stagnant, but our guys never let up in their efforts.

"This year was banner for our program. We lost more than 50% of our offense from the previous season, we were highly ranked for most if not all of the year in CIF and in Orange County, I got my 100th [career] win, and the boys got the experience of playing for the league championship. We would have liked to move farther in the CIF playoffs, but it's Division 1, and an honor to be considered equal with top-level programs like CdM."

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