Dana Hills hires ex-Mater Dei, Corona del Mar player Trevor Gladych as boys water polo coach

Dana Hills High’s new boys water polo coach will be drawing from an array of experience in and outside of the pool.

The South Coast League contender has hired former Mater Dei and Corona del Mar player Trevor Gladych as its coach, replacing veteran Matt Rosa.

Gladych, 31, played collegiate club water polo and earned a law degree from Georgetown and a screenwriting degree from Loyola Marymount.

He played club water polo at Villanova for coach Dan Sharadin, his top coaching mentor and a key figure in the rise of the College Water Polo Association in the eastern U.S.

Gladych red-shirted for Loyola Marymount’s men’s water polo team.

He has coached and taught the past five years at Saint Francis in Mountain View.

Gladych inherits a team that has been chasing San Clemente the past few seasons in the South Coast League but remained among the top programs in Orange County.

Rosa resigned after 17 seasons in November to spend more time with his family. The Dolphins qualified for the playoffs the past 13 seasons under Rosa, highlighted by a CIF-SS Division 2 runner-up finish to Foothill in 2015.

Gladych praised Rosa for his coaching and the character he instilled in players. He views water polo as the vehicle to achieve character goals.

“The boys at Dana Hills are phenomenal,” Gladych said. “I could not be more excited.”

Gladych will serve as a walk-on coach and be assisted by Kenny Yamamoto.

Gladych also works as a paralegal and a counselor with “Admissions Buddy”, a service for college-bound students. He said he aspires to start a club water polo program.

His brother, Ryan, was a standout center at Mater Dei and played at Brown.

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Swimming official Kieth Pike remembered for deck excellence during 56-year career


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Kieth Pike, one of Southern California’s most experienced, respected and colorful swimming officials, died July 19 after a sudden bout with ketoacidosis, an acidic blood condition, his wife, Jo Ann, said Monday.

Pike, 84, started officiating high school meets in Southern California in 1962 and continued until 2017, the year he received the Ed Ruth Excellence in Officiating Award from Southern California Swimming.

“I respected him every time I had him deck,” veteran swimming official Richard Davis said. “I knew the deck was covered.”

Pike officiated the CIF-Southern Section swimming championships and was a fixture at Long Beach Wilson-hosted Klaus Barth Invitational.

The Westminster resident also officiated USA Swimming meets and high school water polo matches. He was past president of the Southern California Aquatics Federation.

“Kieth was one our best officials,” veteran referee John Montrella said.

Pike indeed spelled his first name Kieth, a unique flair picked by his mother.

Pike swam and played water polo at Long Beach Jordan High before serving in the Air Force from 1956-1962.

After the Air Force, he began working as the pool attendant/lifeguard at Long Beach Millikan High’s indoor pool. He balanced the position with his referee assignments.

“He enjoyed (officiating) because he was there for the students and the athletes,” Jo Ann said.

Pike met Jo Ann, his wife of nearly 35 years, while at the Long Beach Millikan pool.

He is survived by children, Keith, Kevin, Michael, Randy, Bryan and Wendi, ex-wife Suzanne and several grandchildren.

A funeral service is being planned for Riverside National Cemetery in August.

“His zest for life and laughter were contagious and irresistible,” the Pike family wrote in a tribute. “He was silly and loud, dedicated and strong, dynamic and deep. … Kieth’s voice will always be with us, cracking jokes, brightening our days and urging us to be be better.”

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High school swimming could encounter boosts, challenges in comeback from cancellation


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California’s high school swimming season ended abruptly in the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s scheduled comeback in 2021 offers intrigue and challenges.

In other words, it could feel a lot like just another swimming season in Southern California.

And considering the health crisis that has raged since March, that normalcy would be a welcomed vibe.

“We’re just hopeful we can have something this year,” Santa Margarita co-coach Rich Blanc said this week.

The revised sports calendar by the CIF-Southern Section pushes the swimming season back about three weeks to a start on March 13, 2021. The season will then operate in nearly its regular spring window.

The Southern Section championships are scheduled for the week of May 24, the last week before Memorial Day. The state championships remain and slotted for June 4-5.

Part of the intrigue and benefit for swimming in the new calendar is that many boys will enter the season directly from water polo. The water polo season will end for most teams in early March.

Traditionally, the boys play water polo in the fall and have an extended break before swimming. But with essentially no break between seasons this school year, the boys could be excellence shape early in the swimming campaign.

“I bet in the first two weeks of the season, you’ll see their best times until league,” Villa Park consultant John Kulisich said.

The boys, of course, will make the same transition that the girls have made for years from water polo to swimming. The girls usually play water polo in the winter and move right into swimming.

The swimming season also might experience a rehearsal of sorts in November. USA Swimming’s TYR Pro Swim Series is scheduled to make a stop in Irvine at Woollett Aquatics Center, Nov. 12-15, 2020.

Coach Ken LaMont of the host Irvine Novaquatics said his club will work with health officials leading up the meet but knows the pandemic makes the future uncertain.

“We’re excited about the possibility of the meet,” LaMont said Friday.

The high school season will face hurdles with scheduling.

The calendar’s stretch into late May and early June could conflict with high school graduations.

And there’s the typical, Olympic-year consideration. The early June conclusion of the season will be close to the start of the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, June 13-20, in Omaha, Neb.

In past Olympic years, some elite high school swimmers alter their schedule and training in preparation of Trials.

“We will deal with it successfully,” Mission Viejo Nadadores coach Mark Schubert said the balance act. “I don’t think there is a negative.”

Yes, any type of comeback from a canceled season would certainly be a positive.

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JSerra boys water polo among the O.C. contenders climbing divisions in new playoff groupings


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Division 1/2 in CIF-SS boys water polo will have a few intriguing newcomers from Orange County when the next season arrives.

JSerra, which captured the Division 4 title in the fall with a young squad, climbed all the way to Division 1/2 in the groupings recently released by the Southern Section.

The Lions improved dramatically in Coach Brett Orsmby’s second season, winning the section crown without a senior in the fall.

But instead of defending its title or moving up to Division 3, JSerra will jump at least two divisions for the postseason and perhaps even three. The top-eight teams in Division 1/2 grouping at the end of the regular season head to Division 1.

JSerra last competed in Division 2 in 2009.

Beckman also received a promotion to Division 1/2. The Pacific Coast League contender reached the Division 3 semifinals last season, falling 7-5 to Schurr.

“Part of me was hoping to stay in Division 3 to try and go all the way this year,” Beckman coach Duje Grubisic said. “But after talking to the team … we are really excited to compete at this level against all the other teams. We have a great team this year with a lot of returning, seasoned seniors hungry for water polo.”

Beckman returned to workouts this week under modified guidelines because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Northwood, another semifinalist in Division 3 last season, also moved to Division 1/2.

Another notable move involves San Juan Hills, the Division 4 runner-up to JSerra last season. The Stallions will climb to Division 3 this coming season.

“We are super-excited to keep improving and going up divisions year to year and competing,” San Juan Hills coach Ivan Buich said.

Division 1/2 teams for 2020-21:

Beckman

Corona del Mar

Damien

Dana Hills

Dos Pueblos

Foothill

Harvard-Westlake

Huntington Beach

JSerra

Laguna Beach

Los Alamitos

Los Osos

Loyola

Orange Lutheran

Mater Dei

Mira Costa

Newport Harbor

Northwood

Oaks Christian

Palos Verdes

Riverside Poly

Redondo

San Clemente

Santa Barbara

Santa Margarita

Servite

Long Beach Wilson

Woodbridge

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USA Water Polo, CIF-SS discussing conflict with rescheduled Junior Olympics in December

USA Water Polo and the CIF-Southern Section have discussed the revised schedule for the Junior Olympics, which for girls in the older age divisions in Southern California will conflict with their high school season in December.

The U.S. federation moved its Junior Olympics to November and December from its regular summer spot because of the coronavirus crisis.

The 16 and 18-and-under divisions for the boys and girls have been re-booked for Dec. 27-30 in Irvine and throughout Orange County. The date conflicts with the girls high school season in the Southern, San Diego and Los Angeles sections, where girls play from about mid-November through most of February.

“We’ve begun discussions (with the CIF-SS),” USA Water Polo CEO Chris Ramsey said this week. “It was very cordial. It was a great appreciation of how we have traditionally worked together and been great partners and we were going to approach this challenge in the same light.

“There’s been fair and frank discussions but it’s not resolved yet. I think part of that is we just need to see a little bit more, and they to see a little bit more, about what’s going to happen in the fall.”

The start of the fall sports season — which includes boys water polo — remains a hot topic in high school sports. The spring sports season was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic and schools physically closed for the remainder of the academic year to focus on on-line or distance learning.

The boys water polo season ends in late November.

But the schedule conflict for the girls also appears to bring CIF State bylaw 600 into play. The rule prohibits athletes from playing for an outside team in the same sport during their current high school season.

CIF-SS assistant commissioner Thom Simmons said this week that the section is working with USA Water Polo and the CIF State office on the scheduling conflict, which he added will have an “extremely negative impact” on the high school water polo season.

“It is our hope that the decision made by USA Water Polo will be reconsidered in the best interests of student-athletes, coaches and our high school water polo programs,” Simmons said.

Ramsey said in rescheduling the Junior Olympics, USA Water Polo responded to the desire of its clubs that the Junior Olympics be played. Financial reasons weren’t the driving factor for the revised schedule, he said.

The younger age divisions for boys and girls — 10, 12 and 14-and-under — have been moved to Nov. 21-24 at Stanford.

Ramsey acknowledged that clubs and federations across the nation could face hurdles with the dates, travel and regulations.

“The overwhelming message we got was please try to have Junior Olympics,” he said. “We recognize that it may be a different participation matrix than we’re used to but we’re still hopeful that everyone who wants to participate will be able to participate.”

Ramsey added that the Junior Olympics will also feel different simply because of the coronavirus crisis, which could cancel the event if health conditions don’t improve in Southern California.

“I actually believe even if it’s significantly lower participation at these new dates (for Junior Olympics), this can fulfill very meaningful community purpose,” he said. “More of a festival purpose for us. A bringing the sport and everyone back together again to remind themselves the value of the sport in their lives.”

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Orange Lutheran hires Nestor Nunez as boys water polo coach to replace Steve Carrera

Orange Lutheran stayed in-house to fill one of the top coaching vacancies in Orange County boys water polo.

The Lancers hired Nestor Nunez, the experienced assistant of former Orange Lutheran coach Steve Carrera, to take the reins of the Trinity League program.

Nunez coached under Carrera for five seasons, including the team’s 2016 run to the CIF-SS Division 1 title.

Nunez also played at Concordia for Carrera, who left Orange Lutheran in December to start the women’s water polo coach at Marin College in Northern California.

Nunez teaches chemistry at Orange Lutheran. He played high school water polo at Santa Monica.

Last season, Orange Lutheran’s boys (16-10) won the Trinity League title and reached the Division 1 playoffs, losing to rival Huntington Beach 11-5 in the first round.

Ed Carrera, Carrera’s brother, will coach the Orange Lutheran girls water polo team.

Please send water polo news to Dan Albano at dalbano@scng.com or @ocvarsityguy on Twitter

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Coaches: Send OCVarsity your winter all-league teams

OCVarsity is asking the Orange County coaches and athletic directors to email their winter all-league teams to preps@ocregister.com.

Please email complete lists by Monday, March 23 and include the words ALL-LEAGUE TEAM in the email header. We’ll begin publishing the all-league teams on Tuesday, March 24.

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CIF-SS girls water polo: Wednesday’s semifinals scores, championship matchups


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Scores from Wednesday’s CIF-SS girls water polo playoff games and the matchups for the championship games.

CIF-SS GIRLS WATER POLO PLAYOFFS

DIVISION 1

Semifinals, Wednesday

Laguna Beach 9, Newport Harbor 7

Foothill 7, San Marcos 6

DIVISION 2

Semifinals, Wednesday

Harvard-Westlake 10, Mira Costa 8

San Clemente 11, Agoura 9

DIVISION 3

Semifinals, Wednesday

ML King 11, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 8

Rosary 12, Santa Monica 6

DIVISION 4

Semifinals, Wednesday

La Serna 5, Yucaipa 4

Glendora 8, Edison 7

DIVISION 5

Semifinals, Wednesday

Costa Mesa 8, Temecula Valley 4

California 5, Monrovia 4

DIVISION 6

Semifinals, Wednesday

Flintridge Prep 9, Keppel 6

Marina 8, El Modena 7

DIVISION 7

Semifinals, Wednesday

La Salle 14, El Rancho 8

Rancho Mirage 7, Norte Vista 3

Championship games

Saturday at Woollett Aquatics Center, Irvine

Division 1: Laguna Beach vs. Foothill, time TBD

Division 2: San Clemente vs. Harvard-Westlake, time TBD

Division 3: Rosary vs. ML King, time TBD

Division 4: Glendora vs. La Serna, time TBD

Division 5: Costa Mesa vs. California, time TBD

Division 6: Flintridge Prep vs. Marina, time TBD

Division 7: Rancho Mirage vs. La Salle, time TBD

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CIF-SS girls water polo polls, Jan. 21


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The CIF-SS girls water polo polls were released Tuesday, Jan. 21.

(Selected by the CIF-SS Girls Water Polo Advisory Committee)

GIRLS WATER POLO

DIVISION 1 & 2

1. Laguna Beach

2. Newport Harbor

3. Foothill

4. San Marcos

5. Santa Margarita

6. Orange Lutheran

7. Mater Dei

8. Los Alamitos

9. Agoura

10. Corona del Mar

11. Oaks Christian

12. Redondo

13. Santa Barbara

14T. Mira Costa

14T. Schurr

16. Long Beach Wilson

17. San Clemente

18. Murrieta Valley

19. Harvard-Westlake

DIVISION 3

1. ML King

2. Rosary

3. Santa Monica

4. Villa Park

5. Palos Verdes

6. Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks

7. Canyon/Anaheim

8. Segerstrom

9. Claremont

10. St. Lucy’s

DIVISION 4

1. Yucaipa

2. Edison

3. Glendora

4. La Serna

5. Downey

6. Pasadena Poly

7. Murrieta Mesa

8. San Juan Hills

9. Moorpark

10T. Millikan

10T. University

DIVISION 5

1. Costa Mesa

2. California

3. West Torrance

4. Trabuco Hills

5. Burroughs

6. San Dimas

7. Temecula Valley

8. Rio Mesa

9. Monrovia

10. Garden Grove

DIVISION 6

1. Marina

2. Chadwick

3. Flintridge Prep

4. Laguna Hills

5. El Modena

6. Loara

7. Mark Keppel

8. South Torrance

9. Chaffey

10. Estancia

DIVISION 7

1. La Salle

2. Rancho Mirage

3. Norte Vista

4. El Ranco

5. Ontario

6. Jordan

7. Rancho Alamitos

8. Santa Ana

9. Westminster

10. La Quinta/Westminster

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Girls water polo highlights: Mater Dei upsets Santa Margarita; Laguna Beach takes control of Surf League

<p>The current powering the CIF-SS Division 1 girls water polo season appeared steady yet volatile Tuesday night.</p><p>Top-ranked Laguna Beach defeated host No. 2 Newport Harbor for the 15th consecutive time overall but the Breakers’ 9-5 triumph in the Surf League was closer than the final score indicated.</p><p>Mater Dei, meanwhile, shook up the Trinity League by stunning Santa Margarita 9-4 at Saddleback College.</p><p>The Eagles, playing with standout Honnie Vandeweghe for the second consecutive league showdown, could have taken a major step toward the league crown with a victor. Instead, the Trinity now appears headed for another three-way tie for first between Santa Margarita, Mater Dei and Orange Lutheran.</p><p>Laguna Beach might be 18-1 overall but Division 1 still feels a bit tempest.</p><p>”We’ve been able to have a lot of success this year but I still think one through probably eight or nine right now, on any given day, anyone can beat anyone,” Laguna Beach coach Ethan Damato said.</p><p>”It’s been tight (for us) with Newport. The final scores haven’t always shown that but every game with them has been tough.”</p><p>Laguna Beach led 5-0 at halftime but the Sailors drew within 5-3 early in the fourth before junior attacker Rachael Carver fired in a skip-shot from the wing with 5:52 left.</p><p>Carver added a power-play strike coming out of a timeout and off a pass by Emma Lineback to provide more breathing room about a minute later.</p><p>Laguna Beach and Newport Harbor traded goals down the stretch in a match that will be remembered for the freshmen goalies. Laguna Beach’s Lauren Schneider made 11 saves to out-duel Anna Reid, who recorded 10 saves, including a penalty shot block against hard-throwing left-hander Lineback.</p><p>”I love her,” Schneider said of Reid. “We’ve done ODP a lot. We’ve been friends for a while. She’s really nice and super hard-working.”</p><p>In South County, Mater Dei received its own strong goalie play from Jada Ward, a sophomore who made 16 saves.</p><p>Mia Adsen scored three goals and Sasha Constandse and Janna Tauscher each netted two goals for the Monarchs, who led 2-0 after the first and held a lead after each period.</p><p>Caroline Christl scored three goals for the Eagles while the Monarchs blanked Vandeweghe, who has been slowed by injury.</p><p>Santa Margarita, Orange Lutheran and Mater Dei were ranked fifth, sixth and seventh in Division 1 on Tuesday.</p><p>The Division 1 currents will only grow stronger in the coming weeks as the playoffs approach. Newport Harbor is yet to play rival Corona del Mar in the Surf League and the Irvine So Cal Championships helps close the regular season for Division 1.</p><p></p>

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