Locals earn All-American honors in water polo

Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches have handed out All-American honors. Several local men have been saluted. They are:

NCAA Division III

Coach of the Year – Justin Pudwell, Whittier
Player of Year – Goran Mataic, Whittier

First team
Tanner Cullen, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Clint Freeman, Redlands

Matt Fraser, Johns Hopkins
Jarrod Gaut, Pomona-Pitzer
Marko Zuric, Whittier
Erik Henrikson, Johns Hopkins

Second team
John Holland, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

Craig Cheney, MIT
Brett Carter, Chapman
Wedge Molthen, Whittier
Max Zappas, Cal Lutheran
Quinn Curl, Redlands
Ryan Brunansky, Whittier

Honorable mention – Stephen Vint, Pomona-Pitzer; Kale Rogers, MIT; Filip Delic, Whittier; Rob Spencer, Connecticut College; Maarten Lefor, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Nick DeLeo, Connecticut College; Jack Stabenfeldt, Occidental; Ory Tasman, MIT; Johnny Beal, Johns Hopkins; James Kelly, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; Thomas deLyon, Johns Hopkins; Ryan Higgins, Pomona-Pitzer; Mikey Robinson, Redlands; Mike Magdic, Washington and Jefferson; Nick Willison, Washington and Jefferson; Ty Elder, Penn State-Behrend; Jesse Owen, Cal Lutheran; Ben Grabowski, Caltech; Mark Alvarado, Chapman; Nick Beavers, Whittier.

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Pomona-Pitzer athlete honored

Junior guard Kyle McAndrews of Pomona-Pitzer is the SCIAC Male Athlete of the Week (all sports).

He tallied the two highest scoring totals of his three-year career,  with 32 in a double-overtime 90-85 win over Chapman on Wednesday and 28 in an 83-74 road win over Whittier on Saturday.

His previous high of 25 was set earlier this season in a win against UC Santa Cruz.

The two wins helped Pomona-Pitzer extend its winning streak to four games and stay in second place in the SCIAC at 5-1, just behind Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 4-0. The Sagehens are now 9-5 overall on the season.

McAndrews earned the SCIAC honor for the second time in his career, after also winning it in November of 2012.

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Sagehens’ coach notches milestone 400th victory

Head Coach Charles Katsiaficas of Pomona-Pitzer notched his 400th career win as the Sagehens (6-5) upended host Trinity (Tex.) 68-63 Monday afternoon.

Katsiaficas, now in is 26th year heading the program, boasts a mark of 400-281. In a unique twist, he also picked up his milestone win in San Antonio (at the Trinity University Classic), where his old boss, former Pomona-Pitzer Head Coach Gregg Popovich, currently coaches the San Antonio Spurs.

Katsiaficas served as an assistant coach for Popovich at Pomona-Pitzer in the mid 1980′s, and served one year as an interim head coach for the Sagehens in 1986-87 while Popovich took a one-year sabbatical (to work with Larry Brown at Kansas). One year later, Popovich left Pomona-Pitzer to become Larry Brown’s assistant with the Spurs, and Katsiaficas took over the Sagehen helm permanently.

He has led the Sagehens to 10 SCIAC Championships and 11 berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Among the key players leading the team to the win were senior forward Jake Klewer with 11 points, 16 rebounds and five assists. Junior guard Kyle McAndrews had a team-high 14 points, while senior forward John Weiss and junior guard Michael Cohen each had 10 points.

 

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