SET's 18-and-under boys water polo team -- loaded with Orange County products and high school players to watch in 2012 -- claimed the silver medal at the recent Junior Olympics at Stanford.
The squad based at El Toro High fell in the final to Northern California's Lamorinda, 9-4.
Coach Justin Johnson said his team was led on offense by left-hander Joey Fuentes (El Toro, headed to UCLA) and Samer Alkateb (Laguna Beach, headed to UC Santa Barbara), on defense by goalie Erik Henrikson (Laguna Beach, headed to Johns Hopkins) and James Rude (El Toro, headed to Santa Clara) and by the two-way play of Joey Colton, a senior at El Toro.
Here's the rest of the SET roster from JOs:
Stephen Riggins (senior at Santa Margarita)
Zach Nelson (El Toro, headed to UC Santa Barbara)
Michael Franco (Troy, headed to Santa Clara)
Andrew Papilion (junior at JSerra)
Jon Beck (senior at Capo Valley)
Logan Chappell (El Toro, headed to UCLA)
Josh Mundell (senior at El Toro)
Riley Thomas (senior at Laguna Beach)
Riley Smith (senior at Santa Margarita)
Kyle Furniss (Villa Park, headed to USC)
Derek Cousineau (Team manager, senior at San Clemente
Newport Beach placed third in the tournament, defeating Foothill Red, 8-4, in the bronze-medal match. Newport Beach fell to Lamorinda, 9-7, in the semifinals.
Photo courtesy of Justin Johnson
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