2013 All-Valley water polo team: Los Osos’ dominance keeps growing

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kristen Jensen, Los Osos, Senior
After five consecutive trips to the CIF finals, it’s safe to say Los Osos has a good girls water polo program. Though the school has only been around for eight seasons, in that short period there have obviously been some accomplished girls water polo players to come through the program. Besides leading the team to its second ever CIF championship, Kristen Jensen’s senior season is best defined by breaking the school’s single-season scoring record by a mind-blowing 58 goals. Jensen (pictured above) scored 174 goals this season and helped the Grizzlies end a three-year losing streak in the CIF finals. “We’ve never had a player this dominant come through our program,” Los Osos coach Dave Merryman said.

COACHES OF THE YEAR: Eric Cypher and Dave Merryman, Los Osos
The co-head coaches have led Los Osos to five consecutive appearances in the CIF finals. After losing the last three, they helped the Grizzlies capture CIF-SS Division 3 championship, the program’s first title since 2009. Los Osos finished the regular season by claiming its eighth straight Baseline League title.

FIRST TEAM
Hilary Adkins, St. Lucy’s, Sophomore
The attacker was the leading scorer for the Regents, who finished with
a 15-12 overall record, placed second in the Sierra League and reached
the second round of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs.

Alison Ford, Upland, Senior
The all-CIF utility player had 105 goals, 27 assists and 60 steals for
an Upland team that finished with a 21-8 overall record, finished
second in the Baseline League and reached the second round of the
CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs.

Shannon Golden, Los Osos, Senior
The first team all-CIF selection scored 67 goals, the second highest
total on the team, and had 55 steals, 50 assists and 33 ejections
drawn for the CIF-SS Division 3 champion Grizzlies, who won the
Baseline League for the eighth straight time.

Natalie Rivas, Bonita, Junior
The junior played a big part in Bonita being ranked No. 1 in Division
4 most of the season before winning the Hacienda League title and
advancing to the divisional semifinals. She was first team
All-Hacienda League and first team All-CIF-SS Division 4.

Samantha Snow, Bonita, Junior
Snow was half of the Bearcats’ dynamic duo that also featured Natalie
Rivas. She helped Bonita to a 24-8 record and the Hacienda League
title. She was first team All-CIF-SS Division 4 and first team
All-Hacienda League.

Vanessa Solano, Los Osos, Senior
The goalie for the CIF-SS Division 3 champions made 236 saves and
added 42 assists and 21 steals for a Los Osos team that finished with
a 19-10 overall record. She was first team all-CIF and first team
all-Baseline League.

Jessica Ybarra, Ayala, Junior
The Sierra League MVP and Division 3 first team all-CIF selection
helped Ayala win the Sierra League championship with an 8-0 mark in
league play, post an overall record of 25-4 and reach the CIF-SS
Division 3 quarterfinals.

SECOND TEAM
Celine Cadle, Chino, Senior
Kim Covert, Ayala, Senior
Erin Gonzalez, Bonita, Sophomore
Ashley Paz, Upland, Junior
Bridget Reynolds, Los Osos, Junior
Rachel Stock, St. Lucy’s, Senior

HONORABLE MENTION
Meredith Arnett, Ayala, Freshman
Jessica Carmody, Claremont, Sophomore
Danielle Cervantes, Chino, Senior
Amanda Jarvis, Upland, Sophomore
Erin McCarthy, St. Lucy’s, Senior
Delaney Parks, Los Osos, Freshman
Camille Seariac, Don Lugo, Senior

TOP 10 RANKINGS
1. Los Osos
2. Bonita
3. Upland
4. Ayala
5. St. Lucy’s
6. Rancho Cucamonga
7. Chino
8. Claremont
9. Etiwanda
10. Fontana

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS
Baseline: Los Osos
Citrus Belt: Redlands East Valley
Hacienda: Bonita
Mt. Baldy: Chino
Prep: Pasadena Poly
San Andreas: Citrus Valley
Sierra: Ayala
Valle Vista: Hacienda Heights Wilson

MATCH OF THE YEAR
Los Osos vs. Palos Verdes, CIF-SS Division 3 Final
After three consecutive trips to the CIF-SS finals without a championship, the Grizzlies came through with a 7-6 win over No. 4 seed Palos Verdes. It was the program’s second CIF title and first since 2009.