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The Register's All-County boys water polo team. Back row, from left: Dana Hills' Bennett Williams (Player of the Year), Huntington Beach's Ethan Wojciechowski, Capistrano Valley's Austin Sechrest and Mater Dei's Thomas Dunstan. Front row, from left: Foothill's Chas Hornecker, Foothill's Bobby Lee, Capistrano Valley's Steve Yancey (Coach of the Year), Mater Dei's Luke Wyatt and Dana Hills' Riley Zachary.

All-County boys water polo: First team

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Bennett Williams

Dana Hills, Sr., Attacker

The Register’s player of the year.

Thomas Dunstan

Mater Dei, Sr., Utility

The transfer from Connecticut and U.S. national team left-hander delivered a well-rounded campaign to help the Monarchs dethrone two-time defending CIF Division 1 champion Harvard-Westlake of Studio City. “Dunstan was the best player in the country at his position,” Mater Dei coach said Chris Segesman said of the Trinity League MVP. Dunstan led the Monarchs in goals (79) and assists (58) and finished second in steals (47).

Chas Hornecker

Foothill, Sr., Attacker

The sharpshooter helped power the Knights to a second consecutive CIF Division 2 title by leading the team in goals (90) and ranked fourth in assists (27) and steals (41). His scoring total marked a 17-goal improvement from his junior season and helped him finish with 217 career goals. “Great attacker,” Foothill coach Jim Brumm said. “Also did a great job of defense.”

Bobby Lee

Foothill, Sr., Defender

The rugged 2-meter man helped the Knights capture consecutive CIF titles for the first time and claim the Memorial Cup. The Crestview League MVP played strong defense and finished third on the team in goals (67), assists (33) and steals (44). “Bobby led our defense ... plus played two important roles on offense,” Foothill coach Jim Brumm said. Lee is going through the nomination process for the Navy.

Austin Sechrest

Capistrano Valley, Sr., Utility

The strong-armed Harvard commit netted 142 goals to help push the Cougars to their first appearance in a section final since 1991. The Sea View League MVP made a key steal late in the third period that contributed to a victory against Laguna Beach in the Division 3 semifinals. He finished the season with 32 assists, a team-leading 87 steals and a school-record 425 career goals. “Arguably the best player ever at (Capo Valley),” Cougars coach Steve Yancey said.

Ethan Wojciechowski

Huntington Beach, Jr., Utility

The swift utility produced a breakout season to help the Oilers defend their Sunset League title and reach a second consecutive CIF Division 1 semifinal. Though slowed early in the season by a concussion, he finished with a team-leading 66 goals and earned Sunset League MVP. One of the fastest swimmers in the county, he was valuable for sprints and delivered in the clutch in a CIF quarterfinal victory against Orange Lutheran. “That’s what leaders are supposed to do,” Oilers coach Sasa Branisavljevic said.

Luke Wyatt

Mater Dei, Sr., Attacker

The other half of the Monarchs’ left-handed duo, Wyatt scored game-winning goals against rival Harvard-Westlake of Studio City in the CIF Division 1 final and North-South Challenge. “Every huge game he elevated his game to a championship level,” Mater Dei coach Chris Segesman said of the first-team all-Trinity League pick, who finished as the Monarchs’ third-leading scorer (66 goals) and second-leading distributor (56 assists).

Riley Zachary

Dana Hills, Sr., Goalie

The defensive stopper racked up 389 saves and added a school-record 65.2 save percentage and 49 steals to help the Dolphins reach their first section final. He made 16 saves in a double sudden-death overtime loss in the CIF Division 2 final against Foothill, including a stop against a breakaway in the first sudden death. “The more pressure,” Dana Hills coach Matt Rosa said, “he would play his best.” Zachary finished with a school-record 840 saves in three seasons.

Contact the writer: dalbano@ocregister.com


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