High School Boys Water Polo: La Serna locks up another Del Rio League title

La Serna High School’s Mitchel Embrey, left, is defended by Carlos Flores of Whittier during Tuesday afternoon’s Del Rio League water polo match, The Lancers won 13-5 to capture the league championship. (Walt Mancini / Staff Photographer)

By John Sherrard, Correspondent

WHITTIER – The Whittier and La Serna boys water polo teams squared off in the Del Rio League season finale Tuesday with a championship at stake.

La Serna, ranked second in CIF-Southern Section Division 5, easily defeated host Whittier, 13-5, to take home its seventh consecutive league title. Leading the way for the Lancers was senior 2-meter driver Mitchel Embrey with a game-high four goals.

“I knew that (Whittier coach Rilesh Desai) would have these guys ready for this game for awhile,” La Serna first-year coach Jim Armstrong said. “We knew they were going to come out breathing fire especially in front of their crowd. They did and we were ready for it.”

Whittier (12-14, 4-1) and La Serna (21-6, 5-0) traded shots early as both goalies, junior Ben Gorncharenko of the Lancers and junior Levi Meza of the Cardinals, stopped point-blank shots and the Whittier defense kept the game close.

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