By Fred J. Robledo, Staff Writer
Nogales High School’s Nick Estevez was so caught up in making sure the Nobles advanced to Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division 7 water polo final, he had no idea he was inching closer to inking his hame in the history books. Estevez’s fifth and final goal late in the fourth quarter, a no-look, back-handed whip off the side netting, gave him 229 goals — matching the CIF-SS single-season record set by Hoover’s Hakop Kaplanyan in 2009. (To continue click thread).
Damien advances: It wasn’t beating Palos Verdes 10-8 in Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Division III boys water polo semifinals that was the most impressive part of Damien’s afternoon at the William Woollett Aquatics Center. It was how the Spartans did it.
Bonita’s dramatic overtime victory: Keaton Renta scored four goals, including the eventual game-winner, and Matt Zachary had a steal with three seconds left in overtime as Bonita reached the CIF-Southern Section Division 5 championship game with a 10-9 win over defending champion La Serna in Wednesday’s semifinals.
Below: Nogales’ Nick Estevez after tying the CIF-SS record with 229 goals.
Wednesday’s CIF-Southern Section Boys Water Polo Semifinals
Laguna Beach 14, La Canada 5
Damien 10, Palos Verdes 8
Laguna Beach vs. Damien, 11:45 a.m., Irvine
Nogales 8, Santa Ynez 6
Don Lugo 9, Nipomo 8
Nogales vs. Don Lugo, 9:15, Irvine.
Pasadena Poly 13, Hoover 6
Bonita 10, La Serna 9, 2 OTs
Pasadena Poly vs. Bonita, 5:30 p.m.