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Newport Beach players help Monarchs' historic run

High School Notebook

November 17, 2012|By Matt Szabo

Fans witnessed history Saturday night at Woollett Aquatics Center in Irvine.

That history continues for the Mater Dei High boys' water polo team, which won its third straight CIF Southern Section Division 1 title with a 13-6 victory over Long Beach Wilson in front of an overflowing crowd.

It was the Monarchs' fifth straight CIF title overall, the first two coming in Division 2. They have now won 79 straight matches, which is a Southern Section record.

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And Newport Beach residents were at the core of the team, making it happen.

Senior captain Jon Walters, who scored three goals and drew four exclusions in Saturday's match, was one of them. The USC-bound center, who plays on the U.S. youth national team, upped his total for the season to a team-high 126 goals.

Walters, who played for Newport Harbor as a freshman before transferring to Mater Dei, had to sit out his sophomore year of 2010-11. He was ruled ineligible because the transfer was ruled to be athletically motivated. But in the last two years, he went 62-0 in his career with the Monarchs.

Mater Dei (31-0) has rarely been tested this season, but Saturday's match was tied, 5-5, at halftime. Walters helped the Monarchs keep their composure, outscoring the Bruins, 8-1, in the second half.

"In the second half, we just buckled down on the defense and we calmed down," Walters said. "We all had a little bit of jitters in the first half, but we locked it in and we got it done."

Walters' younger brother, James, a junior on Mater Dei, was also a standout with one goal and a match-high six steals. He's also on the junior national team.

"James is like the quarterback on our team," Mater Dei Coach Chris Segesman said. "Defensively, on the counterattack, setting up passes, that's what James is. The great thing about James is that James could be the offensive guy. But James knows what his role was on this team, and he played it perfectly ... James was amazing tonight, under the radar."

Another Newport Beach resident, sophomore attacker Nick Silvers, also had a goal and three steals. Silvers, on the cadet national team, is the younger brother of Newport Harbor senior Andrew Silvers.

Newport resident Carter Yonkers, a senior backup goalie, made a save in the fourth quarter.

Mater Dei junior center Jeff O'Brien, junior defender Neil LeVecke and sophomore attacker Connor Talleur also live in Newport Beach. Senior attacker Stig Terrebonne lives in Costa Mesa.

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