Flintridge Prep, Poly, St. Francis Are Victorious

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(Photos by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) - St. Francis senior Jozef Gutierrez scored 11 goals in four games to help the Golden Knights finish third at the Western Tournament last weekend.

First published in the Sept. 22 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The St. Francis High School varsity boys’ water polo team placed third out of 22 teams in the two-day Western Tournament last weekend, finishing with a 3-1 record after routing Trabuco Hills High of Mission Viejo, 14-7, in its final tournament game on Saturday.
Senior Jason Alietti amassed seven goals, while senior Jozef Gutierrez collected three goals. Senior Josh Li scored twice, while sophomores Nick Karamarian and Cooper Klosterman each had one goal.
SFHS was edged earlier on Saturday by Elsinore High of Wildomar, 10-9. Alietti scored a team-high four goals, Jozef Gutierrez tallied three goals, and senior Noel Gutierrez and Karamarian each had one goal.
St. Francis picked up its second tournament win on Friday after narrowly beating Chino Hills, 14-12, as Alietti amassed nine goals. Jozef Gutierrez and Karamarian each recorded two goals, while Noel Gutierrez scored once.
The Golden Knights opened the tournament by dominating Royal High of Simi Valley, 14-4, on Friday, as Noel Gutierrez collected four goals. Alietti and Jozef Gutierrez each scored three goals, while Karamarian, Li and sophomore Esai Somilleda each tallied one goal.
SFHS previously lost a nonleague game against Crescenta Valley, 11-7, last Thursday, after dominating Burroughs High in Burbank, 18-5, last Tuesday.
St. Francis (7-8 overall, 0-2 in league) will continue Mission League action at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m.

FLINTRIDGE PREP

Flintridge Prep senior goalie John Bennett amassed 54 saves in the cage to help the Wolves finish fifth overall in the Malibu Tournament.

The Wolves have been idle since competing in the two-day Malibu Tournament on Sept. 9-10, where they finished fifth overall with a 3-1 record.
Flintridge Prep concluded tournament play with a pair of victories on Sept. 10, ending with a 13-10 victory over Rio Mesa High of Oxnard. Senior Noah Corral collected a team-high seven goals, while senior Mike Gamboa had three goals. Sophomore Charlie Simonian tallied two goals while sophomore Elliot Oakes scored once. Senior John Bennett had another terrific game in the cage with 15 saves.
The Wolves opened the second day of tournament play by defeating Brentwood School of Los Angeles, 11-6. Corral led with four goals, senior Ty Young and Simonian each registered three goals, and Carter Morrell scored one goal. Meanwhile, Bennett posted 12 saves in the cage.
Flintridge Prep lost its first tournament game to last year’s defending CIF-SS Division V champion Carpinteria, 11-8, on Friday. Despite the loss, Bennett registered 16 saves while Corral had three goals.
The Wolves opened the tournament with a dominant 19-7 victory over Oxnard. Bennett collected 11 saves while Oakes and sophomore Ridley Tolleson each produced four goals. Corral and Gamboa each notched three goals, Young and Simonian each recorded a pair of goals, and senior Aidan Grimm had one goal.
Flintridge Prep previously lost their first game of the season in a nonleague matchup at Temple City, 16-13, on Sept. 6.
The Wolves (10-2 overall) will host La Salle College Preparatory on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

POLYTECHNIC

Poly’s Nathan Tu produced tallied four goals and three steals to help the Panthers defeat San Marino in double overtime.

The Panthers lost a nonleague game at Crespi High in Encino, 16-4, last Friday, as
Theodore Kratter scored a pair of goals, while Roy Otamura and Jesse Benitez each registered one goal. August Tonthat finished with one steal.
Poly lost a Prep League matchup at Palos Verdes Chadwick, 14-3, last Wednesday after defeating host San Marino in double overtime, 19-15, in a nonleague game last Tuesday.
The Panthers were led by Kratter in the San Marino matchup, as he posted a game-high 10 goals with four steals and three assists. Nathan Tu tallied four goals and three steals, Peter Ryan had three goals, three steals and one assist, and Patrick Seo posted two goals and one assist.
Polytechnic picked up its first league victory over visiting La Salle College Preparatory, 20-9, on Sept. 10, as Tu led with seven goals, three steals and one assist. Kratter finished with four goals, five steals and two assists, while Otamura collected three goals and one steal. Teddy Rountree-Shtulman tallied two goals, five steals and two assists, Ryan recorded two goals and six steals, David Lara and Bobby Hall each scored one goal, and William Kim had one steal.
The Panthers previously lost to visiting Temple City, 20-12, after edging host Glendale, 7-6, the day before. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
Polytechnic (6-5 overall, 1-1 in league) will visit Long Beach Poly for a nonleague game Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m.

LA SALLE

La Salle senior Isaac “Zacky” Culver scored 18 goals in his last four games, including a pair of seven-goal performances.

After opening the season with four consecutive victories, the Lancers suffered their fourth straight loss by narrowly falling in a nonleague game at Milken High in Los Angeles, 22-20, in double overtime last Wednesday.
Senior Isaac “Zacky” Culver collected seven goals, six steals, four assists and two blocks, while freshman Tanner Borowitz tallied seven goals, four assists, two steals and one block. Junior Ryan Rivard had two goals, six steals and two assists, junior Sam Zhang posted two goals and one assist, and senior Dustin Goei and sophomore Brady Goei recorded eight and six saves, respectively. Senior Gus Gladstein registered one goal, two steals and one assist, senior Quinn Nevell produced one goal, two assists and one block, and senior Noah Sheikh finished with one assist.
La Salle was defeated at Rowland High in Rowland Heights, 16-13, in a nonleague game last Monday, as Zhang tallied four goals and three steals. Rivard recorded three goals, six steals and four assists, Culver produced three goals and two steals, and Borowitz posted two goals, three assists, three steals and one block. Dustin Goei finished with eight saves, while Brady Goei had two saves. Nevell collected one goal and one steal, senior Lucas Tiet recorded one assist and one steal, Gladstein posted one assist, and senior Luca Yurchak and Sheikh each notched one steal.
The Lancers lost their Prep League opener at Polytechnic, 20-9, on Sept. 10 as Borowitz collected three goals, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Nevell finished with three goals, Culver posted one goal, one assist and one steal, and Zhang and Gladstein each scored one goal. Brady Goei and Dustin Goei collected seven and four saves, respectively, Rivard registered three steals and one assist, and Sheikh had one assist.
La Salle previously had its four-game win streak snapped after losing at Charter Oak High in Covina, 24-14, as Culver recorded seven goals and two assists. Nevell registered four goals and one assist, Borowitz posted two goals, two assists and one steal and Zhang collected one goal, five assists and three steals. Dustin Goei and Brady Goei posted eight and two saves, respectively, Gladstein tallied one steal and one block, and Rivard produced three assists and two steals.
The Lancers (4-4 overall, 0-1 in league) will visit Palos Verdes Chadwick for a league game on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 3:30 p.m.