High school water polo: “This is all a new experience for us”


In high school water polo, the goal is always to reach the last Saturday of the season.

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That used to mean the Central Coast Section championships, but this year there’s an added twist — the inaugural NorCal Regionals.

“I had no idea what to expect today,” said Sacred Heart Prep coach Brian Kreutzkamp, whose team claimed the first-ever CCS Open Division boys title over the weekend. “Totally uncharted waters for me, for sure, to be coaching this week and the Tuesday after winning a championship. So I didn’t know to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. The guys came out very focused and they were really fast tonight.”

The second-seeded Gators took care of business in the NorCal Division I quarterfinals with a 12-4 victory at home over No. 7 Jesuit of Carmichael.

Hat tricks by Alex Tsotadze and Walker Seymour paved the way as SHP (25-4) built a 8-1 lead by halftime and was comfortably ahead 12-2 entering the fourth period.

Next up is a trip to Whitney High in Rocklin, where both the semifinals and finals will be held on Saturday.

“Having 10 seniors and this officially being their last week of water polo for Sacred Heart, now they want to win this as well,” Kreutzkamp said. “I know they’re happy to be in the Final Four and playing …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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