Olympian and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame member Craig Wilson Participates in Medal Ceremony
|San Diego Shores Victory Pose Photo By Mike Stockman|
By Mike Stockman
Copyright 2014 Phoenix Area Sports
Mesa, Arizona – (Sunday, Oct. 26) The Championship game of the 2014 Rock-tober PCA 12 and Under USA Water Polo Classic left no doubt as to who was “Number 1” at Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa, AZ on Sunday Oct. 26. The San Diego Shores team, led by coaches Charlie Equels and Nicole Maichrowicz, won 8 – 4 against Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, coached by Chase Mccoll, to finish the tournament undefeated. San Diego Shores finished the tournament with an impressive 52 goals while only allowing their competition to score 18 goals.
Players on the Champion San Diego Shores team included: James Derrod, Garrett Johnson, Trevor Fritts, John Cassidy, Christopher Ball, Tanner Collins, David Brown, Marco Zagarra, Samuel De La Cruz, Max Stone, Evan Wilson, Jason Lynn, Benjamin Budic, Joshua Corvi, Gavin Rosser, and Peter Joseph Marmanillo.
The Second Place team, Long Beach Shore Aquatics Red, only lost two games over the weekend – both against SD Shores. In the first loss of 7.4 – 7.3, the game ended in a sudden death shoot-out after four hard fought periods with the lead changing often.
Third Place was awarded to Mid Valley Water Polo, coached by Davit Gharagyozyan after winning 9 – 6 against Vanguard Blue, coached by Nemanja Jokanovic.
Other teams that participated in the first “Rock-tober” tournament hosted by Mesa Water Polo Academy included LA Premier, Greenwich, SOCAL Boys, Commerce, Pacific Polo, Chelsea Piers, Colorado, SOCAL Girls, Viper Pigeons, Mesa Water Polo “A”, Mesa Water Polo “B”, and Albuquerque.
As a special treat, the trophy ceremony included water polo Olympian and USA Water Polo Hall of Fame member Craig Wilson who passed out the medals and shook the hand of each young player and their coaches.