LHHS BOYS WATER POLO 2000
LA HABRA WATER POLO FREEWAY LEAGUE CHAMPS!!
Roundup: La Habra's Victory in Pool Is a Steele
Times Staff Reports
Ryan Steele's goal in the last two minutes of regulation proved to be the winner for La Habra, which defeated Freeway League rival Buena Park, 11-10, in boys' water polo Wednesday at Buena Park.
Steele scored the winner with 1 minute 58 seconds left to give the Highlanders an 11-9 lead. Buena Park's Steve Lopez, who had five goals in the game, brought the Coyotes within one goal with 18 seconds left.
Steele had three goals, as did teammate Kevin Caine. Robert Hergenrother had 14 saves for La Habra (11-6, 1-0).
Although it was the first game of league play, La Habra may have won the game that is the key to the Freeway League title.
"We should win the remaining four league games left," La Habra Coach Eugene Char said. "But I'm not going to celebrate just yet."
Goals Steele 3, Caine 3, Pacheco 2, Peterson 1, Jewett 1
J/V Game La Habra 8 - Buena Park 7
Frosh/Soph Game La Habra 9 - Buena Park 1
Canyon slips past La Habra
October 10, 2000
The Orange County Register
Chris Meyer scored with less than 30 seconds left in the second overtime Monday to lead Canyon over La Habra, 13-12, in a second-round game of the North Orange County boys water polo tournament at Esperanza High.
The Highlanders were ahead by one with less than a minute to go when Canyon goalie Colby Capelouto scored on a length-of-the pool shot to tie the game.
Capelouto, who had not played goalie in two years, was substituting for Ian Robertson who was elbowed in the face while going after a loose ball during the Comanches (9-4) game against Trabuco Hills.
Gabe Pacheco, Josh Jewett and Ryan Steele scored three goals a piece in the effort for La Habra (13-7).
Peterson, Caine, and Belegardi all scored 1.
In other North Orange County Tournament games:
La Habra 9, Whittier 2: Robert Hergenrother made 13 saves to lead the Highlanders over the Cardinals.
Goals Jewett 3, Pacheco 2, Caine 2, Peterson & Steele 1.
Division II Week of 10/10 CIF POLLS
1. Corona del Mar; 2. Servite, Los Alamitos; 4. Laguna Beach; 5. La Habra; 6. Buena Park; 7. University; 8. Edison; 9. Esperanza; 10. Marina
In another Freeway League game:
La Habra 15, Troy 9--Josh Jewett had five goals and Gabe Pacheco had three to spark visiting La Habra (18-7, 3-0), which led, 10-3, at halftime.
Division II Week of 10/23
1. Corona del Mar; 2. Los Alamitos; 3. University; 4. Santa Margarita; 5. Laguna Beach; 6. Servite; 7. La Habra; 8. Buena Park; 9. Edison; 10. Esperanza
La Habra defense decisive
ROUNDUP: The Highlanders turn the tables on Esperanza and win the Division II water polo playoff game.
November 11, 2000
The Orange County Register
La Habra isn't the most well-known or highly touted boys water polo programs in the Division II playoffs. But that didn't stop the Highlanders from feeling at home Friday afternoon.
Playing with confidence and a solid knowledge of the opposition, La Habra used a strong defensive effort to edge Esperanza, 5-4, in a first-round match at Whittier College.
The Freeway League champion Highlanders (22-8) advance to play third-seeded University in the quarterfinals Wednesday. A coin-flip this morning will determine the home team.
Friday was the second time the Highlanders and Aztecs (15-11) met this season. Esperanza, the third-place finisher in the Sunset League, won the first meeting, which was the season-opener for each school. But on Friday, La Habra got the victory on a man-advantage goal by Ryan Steele with 1:51 left. La Habra's defense, which held Esperanza scoreless for the final 10:10 of the match, did the rest.
La Habra held Esperanza to a 1-for-4 effort on the man-advantage and only three shots in the fourth quarter.
"We don't get the recognition being from North Orange County," La Habra coach Eugene Char said. "If things go to plan we hope to meet Los Alamitos in the semifinals."
La Habra first needs to beat University, another team it has played.
University beat La Habra earlier in the season, but the Highlanders beat Los Alamitos, the second seed.
Esperanza coach Galen Diaz said La Habra's defense determined the outcome. The Aztecs didn't score until 1:49 left in the second and only had one lead, at 4-3 with 3:10 left in the third. Tyler Morales scored three goals for Esperanza.
Goals scored for La Habra: Steele 2, Pacheco 1, Jewett 1, and Belegardi 1.