LBWC wins in San Diego

June 04, 2010

Once again, the Laguna Beach kids won a gold medal in club water polo.

On May 1 and 2, Laguna's 10-and-under club water polo team went to San Diego to compete against some of the best water polo teams in the state. Laguna played five difficult games May 1 and the final May 2. Laguna played against club teams from Chino Hills, San Diego Shores, Commerce and SET. According to the players, the most challenging teams were Commerce, San Diego Shores and SET.

After Laguna won the gold medal game, 5-4, over San Diego Shores, Coach Chad Beeler was pushed into the pool along with all the players that had played in the tournament.


Congratulations to Beeler and the 11 champions, who competed in this tournament: Joseph Colladay, Aidan Polizois, Sean Decker, Colton Gregory, Sophia Lucas, Patrick Saunders, Sebastian Jacobs, Johnny Mitchell, Marccon Salib, Adam Mitchell and Peter Weiland.

For Weiland, whose birthday was May 1, the tournament was one to remember: he was named the tournament's most valuable player.

"I feel proud of myself, because when Neil Sanderson won MVP of the San Diego Cup last year, I hoped that maybe the next year I would win it," Weiland said.

Colladay received all-tournament honors for being one of the most diligent goalies in the tournament. Colladay hardly let any goals get past him.

"It is really good getting first-place because we really worked hard on it," Colladay said. "It felt really good getting an all-tournament team trophy. I was amazed that I got it. I didn't think that I would get it, but I sort of did at the same time."

Jacobs also got recognized for his wonderful efforts and made the all-tourney team.

"I think it was not just me who won it, I think it was the whole team," he said. "I think when we were winning, everybody thought we were going to win and then when they caught up, we thought we were going to lose and then when we got our courage back, we won the game."

Said Beeler: "I am very proud of how the team performed. They played as one team with one goal in mind and went home with the cup. All the hard work, extra practice and swimming, had paid off. It was a tough and close game."

— Marccon Salib, Community Correspondent

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