It wasn't always pretty. But it was exciting. And in the end, El Toro's top-ranked boys water polo improved to 13-0 by edging surging Villa Park, 15-14, in the finals of the Villa Park Classic on Saturday night. Griffin White scored a match-high six goals, had a highlight steal against his U.S. junior teammate Josh Samuels, and earned the tournament MVP.
El Toro has now captured the Villa Park Classic and South Coast Tournament back-to-back. The Chargers' next tournament will be North-South Challenge in Northern California on Oct. 24-25. In NorCal, El Toro could be challenged by several teams, including Miramonte, Los Alamitos, Sacred Heart, Villa Park and Santa Barbara.
It's only October but El Toro is better than I thought they would be. Russell Renteria is one of the best sophomore center I have seen and Dalton Stokes gives the Chargers some added fire power.
It's going to take one heck of an effort to beat El Toro.