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Flintridge Prep water polo's rise comes with league honors

Prep League recognizes four Flintridge Prep Rebels for water polo.

December 05, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Ethan Vandeventer tallied 64 goals, 37 assists and 58 steals for Flintridge Prep this season.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Ethan Vandeventer tallied 64 goals, 37… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

After fighting their way to second place in the Prep League, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team had a nice surprise awaiting them at the conclusion of their CIF Southern Section Division V playoff run — all-league accolades for four of their own.

First-teamers Brian Kihn and Ethan Vandeventer and second-team recipients Diego Delgado and Carlo Sivilotti gave the Rebels (17-9, 7-3 in league) a significant presence on the all-league honor roll and further underscored a season of progress in which Prep finished two spots higher in league than the previous year.

Vandeventer, a three-time all-league player, became even more of a central figure for the Rebels in his junior season, tallying 64 goals, 37 assists and 58 steals from his position as an attacker/utility.

Hare said Vandeventer has scored more goals in previous years out of necessity, but expanded his role to include facilitator and defensive stopper this season.

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“With Ethan, the true benefit of having him on the team is his incredible water polo IQ,” Hare said. “When you need someone to get a kickout or work to be the catalyst of the offense, he can. Every goal he scores is at a crucial point in the game, which I think speaks volumes.

“He understands the game and what is best for our team. ...We have built everything around him and will continue to do so.”

A co-captain along with Vandeventer, Kihn, a senior goalkeeper, anchored the Rebels defense with 151 saves, while also notching 35 steals and dishing out 11 assists.

“He has been our go-to guy, he’s played virtually every minute that we’ve needed from him as a junior and a senior,” Hare said. “He is not your conventional goalie with regards to size, but he compensates with incredible quickness, incredible instincts and he’s a very unassuming, reserved polite young man, but in crucial moments of the game, his is the loudest voice in the water.”

Delgado, a sophomore driver, earned his second straight all-league selection after posting totals of 54 goals, 30 assists and 47 steals, second on the team in scoring and takeaways.

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