OVAC kids break even in Newbury
by Misty Volaski
The OVAC kids' water polo teams had two completely different
results with two Gold Coast Water Polo squads this last Friday
in Newbury Park's pool. OVAC's B Team, led by Matt Hartmann's
four goals, kept at the Gold Coast B's for four quarters and
won, 10-5. Gold Coast's scoring was led by Jake Karouk's four
goals and George Papapa's ace.
Ojai's effort wasn't all Hartmann; Danielle Junod had a three-for-five
shooting performance to go with her two assists, sprint and three
steals. Allyson DeBallets was one for one in shooting with two
steals and a defensive stuff, while Molly Katz was one for four
in shooting with two assists and two steals.
Leading the Ojai defense with four steals was Caitlin Mahon,
while Scottie Roberts had a defensive stuff and two steals.
Elise Santangelo was one for two in shooting and had an assist
to go with her two steals. A trio of steals and two defensive
stuffs were contributed by Ernie Smith.
The Ojai end of the pool was anchored by Seth Scarminach in the
goal with three saves, an assist and two steals.
The A game between both clubs was far different than the B game,
with Gold Coast bringing in a completely fresh squad and Ojai
just adding their older players and pulling a couple of their
Both teams looked a little stiff the first quarter and hobbled
to a scoreless tie at the end of the first quarter. Both defenses
looked formidable but neither squad could put anything together
offensively; there wasn't a pair of shots by either squad in
Gold Coast decided to up the ante the second period and this
time, it was Ojai who couldn't answer. Gold Coast's Scott Clark,
Chris Schenkel and Joey Hernandez scored before the half, dropping
Ojai spirits and chances for the win. They were joined by teammates
Nick Rockenfinger and Ian Brock in the second half. Ojai was
still sitting at zero.
Danielle Junod put Ojai on the board with the team's only goal
in the fourth quarter to go with her two steals and a defensive
stuff. She was joined by Mahon who had three steals, Molly Katz
who had pair of steals and Allyson DeBallets who had one steal.
Smith did Ojai proud in the cage with two blocked shots and three
steals from the goal-tender position. Ben Foley won a sprint,
had a pair of steals and had two shots go awry. Gold Coast, however,
prevailed 7-1. Ojai will face both Camarillo squads this Friday
in Newbury Park.
For information about Kids' Water Polo and the Tuesday and Thursday,
8 p.m. drop-in water polo for adults and high-schoolers, call
Geoff Foley at 646-2218.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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