Mater Dei girls water polo coach Chris Segesman said he won't coach the Monarchs on Saturday at Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions so he can attend the memorial service for his late standout and USC freshman, Jon Walters.
Segesman said assistant coach OJ Vazquez will guide the Lady Monarchs, who take on Santa Barbara in a fifth-place semifinal at 10:20 a.m. at Santa Barbara.
The memorial for Walters, 19, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Mariners Church in Irvine and is expected to draw many current and former Mater Dei water polo players. Jon's brother, James, is a senior at Mater Dei and USC commit.
"The girls are sad that they have to be up here (in Santa Barbara) -- they want to be at the memorial," Segesman said Friday night at Dos Pueblos. "But Jon wouldn't want it any different. That's an old saying but Jon loved water polo and he wouldn't have wanted the girls not to be competing."
Segesman said James Walters told him that Jon was buried Friday and that Saturday's goal is to celebrate his brother.Read the rest of this entry »