Boys water polo: Woodside clinches spot in CCS tournament

Woodside edges Half Moon Bay in PAL Bay Division game

By Woodside Athletics

Woodside High School varsity boys water polo team is now 4-0 in the PAL Bay Division (6-5 overall) and has clinched a spot in the CCS tournament, the first time in over five years. The team, led by the new coach Peter Davis, moved up to the Bay Division this year after an undefeated season in the PAL Ocean Division in 2014-2015.

Woodside defeated Half Moon Bay on Oct. 7 in a close match with a final score of 12-11. The Cougars from Half Moon Bay started strong and took the lead; the score was 3-5 at the end of the first quarter and 6-7 at half time. Woodside came back in the third quarter that finished at 10-8.

At the beginning of the fourth quarter, Woodside increased this advantage but Half Moon Bay closed the gap and had a chance to tie the game with 17 seconds left.

For the Woodside Wildcats, sophomore Giorgio Fatica scored 4 goals, followed by junior Max Untrecht and senior Oliver Mancebo with 3 goals each. Seniors Ryan Toulouse and Ben Loewen scored one goal each. Goalie Eric Helseth had 6 saves.

Scoring leaders for the Cougars were Hunter Murison and Tanner Islander with 3 goals apiece. Malcolm Feix and Ian Goldbach scored 2 goals each and Tomas Castro-Santos added one. Goalie Mason Martuscelli had 10 saves.

In the 11 games of the season, the scoring leaders for Woodside are: Giorgio Fatica (43),Max Untrecht (39), Oliver Mancebo (22) and Leo Franco-Munoz (10).


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Posted by PV Resident!
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Oct 12, 2015 at 10:54 am

Bravo to the WHS water polo team!
And thanks to the Alamanac for giving them the spotlight.
It is great to see the postive press for WHS.
The school has been rapidly improving on so many fronts with strong leadership and more active parents involved.

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Posted by Water polo fan
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Hills
on Oct 12, 2015 at 12:48 pm

PV Resident -- I agree 100% -- Bravo to Woodside!
Unfortunately the Almanac/Palo Alto Weekly reporter did not write the article... looks like this kind of news article must get submitted by the teams themselves.

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Posted by Alumni Mom
a resident of Woodside High School
on Oct 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm

Great job Woodside!

Keep up the good work!

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Posted by WHS Alum
a resident of Portola Valley: Brookside Park
on Oct 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm

@Water polo fan

I am thrilled that the school has made it a priority to submit articles like this. Woodside HS has a lot to shout from the rooftops. I hope we hear them ROAR!

Unfortunately, the days of journalism have faded or simply changed in this age of social media and instant exposure.

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Posted by WHparent
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Oct 12, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Great to read about Woodside Athletes -- finally. These kids deserve the recognition. Keep it up Almanac!

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