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LBWPC teams gear up for Junior Olympics

Local club has five teams entered in prestigious tournament, led by 14U and 12U girls' squads.

July 28, 2011|From Staff Reports
  • The Laguna Beach girls' 12-and-under team is the No. 2 seed in its division at the Junior Olympics tournament, which starts Thursday.
The Laguna Beach girls' 12-and-under team is the…

Five teams from Laguna Beach Water Polo Club will begin vying for division championships Saturday when the 2011 USA Water Polo Junior Olympics get underway.

Laguna Beach teams qualifying for the national competition are the 10U mixed (coed), 12-and-Under boys, 14-U boys, 12U girls and 14U girls teams.

The tournament begins with Session 1 (boys) competition that runs Saturday through Tuesday. Session 2 (girls) starts Thursday and concludes Aug. 7.

The 42nd edition of Junior Olympics water polo includes added age group divisions and more games that will be played at more than 20 pool sites in Orange County. According to juniorolympics.com, pool play games that involve Laguna Beach teams will be played at the following sites:

10U Mixed: El Toro High; William Woollett Aquatic Center in Irvine.

14U Boys: High school pools at Aliso Niguel, Dana Hills, Mission Viejo, Santa Margarita and University, and the Woollett AC.

12U Boys: Golden West College, Huntington Beach; high school pools at San Clemente and Tesoro High; Woollett AC.

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14U Girls: High school pools at Dana Hills, Tesoro and University; Woollett AC.

12U Girls: Mission Viejo High; Woollett AC.

The National Junior Olympic championship medal games are scheduled for the Woollett Aquatic Center. Championship games will be played in Gold and Platinum divisions with the exception of the 21U Men's and Women's divisions.

Laguna Beach's 14U boys' team is the No. 22 seed in its division and is part of a four-team Pool B bracket.

Laguna Beach's 12U boys' squad enters the tourney seeded at No. 20.

Coach Chad Beeler said his team has had a rough season and hasn't played with a complete squad because injury, illness and vacation. The team also played in non age-group tournaments.

"We will now be at full-strength and I think we are ready," Beeler said. "I know they can do it."

Laguna Beach's 10U mixed coed team is the No. 18 seed in the division.

"I am very proud of the team," 10U Coach Albie Beeler said. "They came a long way from when they started in September. They are all very enthusiastic and I hope we bring the cup home."

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