Vanguard Water Polo Club of Huntington Beach turned in a strong showing Oct. 19-20 at the Evan Cousineau Memorial Cup held at local pool locations in Orange County.
Several of the top clubs from California participated in the tournament. Vanguard won gold medals in the highest flights for the 10-and-under, 12U, and 14U boys' divisions.
The 10U team beat Foothill, 16-5, Newport, 16-3, Laguna, 17-1, and in the finals, Northwood, 16-6. James Rozolis-Hill played stellar defense and offense for the Vanguard team coached by Djoko Radunovic.
The 12U team won three games to reach the final, where it took on Socal. The title game ended in a tie score through regulation and then went to 17 penalty shots with Coach Sasa Branisavlevic's team winning, 17-16.
The 14U team defeated Saddleback/El Toro (SET), 19-3, Chino Hills Area Water Polo (CHAWP), 20-4, SoCal, 12-7, Northwood 17-8, and in the final, beat Newport, 16-13. Coach Uros Dzelebdzic said a balanced attack led by Jacob Cavano and Ash Molthen paced a potent offense that was aggressive early in games.
In addition to the gold medal-winning teams, Vanguard's 10U Silver, 12U Silver, and 14U Silver teams, all turned in strong results at the tournament.
The 10U Silver team, comprised mainly of female players and coached by Huntington Beach High graduate and current member of Golden West College's top-ranked women's water polo team, Ellen Hayami, showed improvement over the course of the tournament.
The 12U Silver team lost a heartbreaker in the finals of the Gold Flight of the tournament, losing in a shootout to OC Water Polo Club. Ethan Crooks dominated in the field and Brennis Lidecis worked the goal for Vanguard which is coached former local players Ryan Camps (Huntington Beach High) and Kaleigh Esson (Fountain Valley High, Arizona St.).
The 14U Silver team, coached by Nemenja Jokovic, took third-place in its division by winning a shootout from OC Water Polo Club. Nick Wong turned in a strong performance at the tournament.
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Gold Chargers on to Orange Bowl
The Huntington Beach Gold Chargers have secured a spot in Saturday's division Orange Bowl game. The Gold Chargers advanced to play the South Coast Red Tritons at 10 a.m. at Estancia High after defeating the Tustin Black Cobras, 14-6, in Hawaiian Gardens.
The Gold Chargers are: Tyler Moses, Nick Daniel, Jackson Walters, Braeden Boyles, Cameron Moradian, Evan Haithcock, Dillon Blake, Joe Valenta, Mike Welsh, PJ Campbell, Jack Kosick, Tanner Ciok, Jeremy Alcorn, Jackson Schnoor, Jake Brown, Jerian Operana, John Chandler, Riley O'Dell, Shane Dzwilewski, and Ivan Soto.
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Los Alamitos 14, Huntington Beach 6: After turning in an undefeated run through league play, the Green Chargers dropped their second-straight game in a close loss to the host Griffins Saturday.
Dow, 6-0, in the first quarter, Huntington (5-3) tied the score when Caden Kendle scored on a 40-yard run. Los Alamitos regained the lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Green Chargers threatened late when a 20-yard pass play between quarterback Ryan Rivituso and Blake Anderson put the ball at the Griffins' two yard line. The Green Chargers, however, turned the ball over at the eight, and the Griffins held on for the win.