All-Area Boys Water Polo: Daniel Arellano led Montebello water polo to CIF-SS title game


Daniel Arellano
Montebello, senior

The best feeling in the high school water polo world, Daniel Arellano said, is scoring a goal in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 finals.
“You would score a goal, look over at the stands and your teammates and hundreds of people are cheering for you,” the Montebello High School senior said. “It is a really good feeling.”
The sad part for the Oilers’ point man was suffering a 12-8 loss to Laguna Beach in that game.
“It was the first time we had been to the finals in my four years,” he said.
It could have almost been labeled a homecoming of sorts. The Oilers had not been to the finals in five years; but they had made regular appearances in the finals for the previous six seasons. On this team, nearly every starter had played together since all were 6-year olds competing in the City of Commerce water polo program.
“These were guys I grew up with,” Arellano said. “They were my guys. When we came in as freshmen we wanted to win a CIF title. At the end, it did not happen, but we had not been (in the finals) in awhile. It as a great experience.”

— Keith Lair
Luis Flores

First team
Ian Hernandez, Montebello, senior
George Mooney, La Serna, junior
Geovanni Morales, Schurr, sophomore
Mario Moran, Montebello, junior
Nicolas Murillo, El Rancho, senior
Mark Naranjo, Montebello, senior
Tim Overbeck, La Serna, sophomore
Second team
Frank Cope, La Habra, senior
James Galindo, El Rancho, senior
John Paul Genie, Whittier, senior
Zach Jenkins, La Serna, freshman
Darin Moore, La Habra, senior
Anthony Najar, El Rancho, senior
Ryan Walty, La Serna, junior

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