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,
  • 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.


“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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