Rockford Repeats in MI, Golden Coast Conference Announced, UoP’s New Recruits, Cutino Award Winners

The 2012-2013 scholastic year is nearly over, but plenty of water polo news still coming out of high schools and colleges.

Rockford (MI) High School Rams

Rockford (MI) High School Rams

ROCKFORD, MI – Rockford lived up to its top seeding to win the MWPA girls high school championship last Saturday. Ann Arbor Huron took a 2-0 lead to surprise the Rams, who adjusted defensively and responded to score three in the first and second quarters to regain the lead. The River Rats’ comeback fell short and time expired with Rockford on top 8-6. The Rams’ victory earned them a fifth state championship.

LOS ANGELES, CA – Conference realignment continues among collegiate women with the introduction on Monday of the Golden Coast Conference. An early afternoon tweet from Fresno Pacific’s program led the PR push. Four squads are defecting from championship-level conferences to form the foundation of the new league: San Diego State and Pacific from the Big West, LMU and Santa Clara from the Western Water Polo Association. Fresno Pacific, Azusa Pacific and Cal Baptist round out the additions. The conference is applying for an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Cal Baptist moves up to NCAA Div. II this summer and is eligible for championship competition in the fall. Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific will be eligible the following year after completing their transitions to Division II.

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – More Orange County high school coaching changes as reported by @OCVarsityguy, Dan Albano. Jeff Gorman, who led the Yorba Linda girls to a CIF-SS D-6 title in February is leaving the team. And Northwood coach Chris Murin is departing after only one season.

HARRISBURG, PA; SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Two girls’ teams were recently photographed receiving honors for their excellence. North Penn High School, Pennsylvania State Champions in 2012, were received at the State Capitol by Rep. Matt Bradford. CIF North Coast Section Champions Campolindo were honored by the Olympic Club at the Cutino Awards.

STOCKTON, CA – University of the Pacific head coach James Graham announced his men’s and women’s recruiting classes for 2013-2014 on the Talking Water Polo at the Planet podcast on Monday. Of particular interest is the addition of Reno’s Ben Stevenson, a USA Junior National player and rare recruit from the steadily growing water polo scene in the state of Nevada.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Pacific is now also home to the best men’s collegiate water polo player in Hungarian import Balazs Erdelyi who was awarded the Cutino Award on June 1st by San Francisco’s Olympic Club. Stanford’s Melissa Seidemann earned the women’s award after a season in which she both shined for the Cardinal and the gold medal-winning US National Team.