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All-County Boys Water Polo

American Canyon High boys water polo player Nathan Banks, right, is guarded by Napa High’s Ryan McCall on Sept. 6.

Max Alfaro, Napa sophomore

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Max Alfaro

Max Alfaro

In his second season as a captain, Alfaro led the team in forcing ball unders and is a solid all-around player, head coach Kevin Raab said, adding “Max’s pressing at the point was a key to our defense and then counter attack on offense.”

Duncan Applegarth, American Canyon junior

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Duncan Applegarth

Duncan Applegarth

Head coach Astin Sparks said the goalkeeper had a “tremendous” game while making 10 saves in a 15-10 loss to St. Patrick-St. Vincent early in the season.

Nathan Banks, American Canyon junior

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Nathan Banks

Nathan Banks

In only his second season of water polo, Banks led the Solano County Athletic Conference with 24 goals. He scored seven against Dixon, three against Benicia, four against Bethel and 10 against Fairfield. He also amassed 19 assists and was voted Most Valuable Player of the SCAC. “Just about every goal we had went through Nathan one way or another,” head coach Astin Sparks said.

Luke Barrett, Napa junior

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Luke Barrett

Luke Barrett

Now a two-time All-Monticello Empire League First Team honoree, he led the Indians in scoring this season. “He was a strong player in center and also had a dominant outside shot,” head coach Kevin Raab said.

Andrew Baskerville, Justin-Siena sophomore

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Andrew Baskerville

Andrew Baskerville

A lefty, Baskerville was the Braves’ starting center and played in all but one game as they finished fourth in the 10-team Marin County Athletic League and made the CIF North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs.

Jack Diakon, Vintage junior

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Jack Diakon

Jack Diakon

The captain and second-time All-County selection was voted by teammates as the Crushers’ Defensive Player of the Year. He made the All-Monticello Empire League First Team, the All-Section Division I First Team, and is a USA Water Polo ODP National Champion and Academic All-American. He led Vintage with 75 goals and an “unheard of” 72-percent shooting average, head coach Mackenzie Heys said. He also contributed 37 assists, 46 steals and 20 drawn ejections. “For a player who is, by nature and through training, a defensive specialist, to be the highest scorer on the team just speaks to Jack’s athleticism and versatility. His technical skill and finesse are second to none, and his growth as a leader will bridge the continuity of expectations for next year’s team,” Heys said.

Kevin Galvin, Justin-Siena junior

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Kevin Galvin

Kevin Galvin

One of the Braves’ top defensive players, he makes his second straight appearance on the All-County Team. He’s currently playing for the Justin-Siena boys basketball team.

Joe Hallinan, Napa senior

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Joe Hallinan

Joe Hallinan

The second-time All-County honoree also received All-Monticello Empire League Honorable Mention. He started in goal for the third straight season and was a captain for the second year in a row, notching 181 saves this season. “His stellar passing helped lead the counter attacks,” head coach Kevin Raab added.

Jake Jeramaz, Justin-Siena junior

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Jake Jeramaz

Jake Jeramaz

Jeramaz was a center defender and wing player for the Braves, scoring five goals against Terra Linda as they finished fourth in the 10-team Marin County Athletic League and made the CIF North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs.

Brix Kowalski, Justin-Siena junior

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Brix Kowalski

Brix Kowalski

An All-Marin County Athletic League Second Team selection, he also plays for 680, one of the top club teams in the country. He helped lead the Braves to a fourth-place finish in the 10-team Marin County Athletic League and into the CIF North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs.

Mason Lemieux, Justin-Siena junior

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Mason Lemieux

Mason Lemieux

Lemieux, who usually played on the perimeter, scored three goals against San Marin. He helped the Braves finish fourth in the 10-team Marin County Athletic League and make the CIF North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs.

Kyle Magee, Vintage senior

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Kyle Magee

Kyle Magee

The three-time All-County selection was voted the Crushers’ Most Inspirational Player by teammates and received All-Monticello Empire League Honorable Mention. He finished with 54 goals, 41 assists, 41 steals and a 55-percent shooting average. “Kyle is fearless,” head coach Mackenzie Heys said. “He never backs down from a challenge, and you can always count on him to create opportunities. He is absolutely relentless, and has been a huge catalyst for our team these past two years, as well as integral to our success.”

Ryan McCall, Napa senior

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Ryan McCall

Ryan McCall

A three-year starter for the Indians and a co-captain the last two years, he was named to the All-Monticello Empire League First Team. “Ryan had a strong season at both ends of the pool, leading the team in steals, field blocks and assists,” head coach Kevin Raab said.

Josh Pratt, Vintage senior

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Josh Pratt

Josh Pratt

The second-year captain and third-time All-County selection was voted by teammates as the Crushers Most Valuable Player. He was also named the Monticello Empire League MVP, to the All-Section Division I First Team, and is a USA Water Polo Academic All American. He led Vintage in assists with 55, had 65 steals and contributed 45 goals and had a 61-percent shooting average. In three varsity seasons, he accumulated 181 goals, 121 assists and 188 steals. “Josh’s talent is such that he can dominate from any position in the water,” head coach Mackenzie Heys said. “This year he chose to take a more active leadership role and focus on encouraging the development of the team. His goal, which he successfully accomplished, was to set the record for the most assists. Josh is not only a uniquely talented athlete, but a selfless leader who truly sees the bigger picture.”

Al Simpkins, Vintage senior

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Al Simpkins

Al Simpkins

The second-year captain and third-time All-County selection was voted by teammates as the Crushers Offensive Most Valuable Player. He was also named to the Monticello Empire League First Team, received All-Section Division I Honorable Mention, and is a USA Water Polo Academic All American. Vintage’s primary 2-meter man, he contributed 61 goals, 22 assists and 41 steals with a 52-percent shooting average. He drew three 5-meter penalty shots in Vintage’s first-round playoff win over Lincoln-Stockton. For his varsity career, he accumulated 146 goals, 75 assists and 128 steals. “Al has been a vital leader and central to this team’s achievements,” head coach Mackenzie Heys said. “He consistently makes sacrifices for his teammates and pushes himself to the limit so they can all achieve their goals. Watching him play is sheer heart and grit personified.”

Theo Skille, Vintage senior

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Theo Skille

Theo Skille

He notched 20 goals, 16 assists and 29 steals this fall, helping the Monticello Empire League champions notch their first-ever CIF Sac-Joaquin Section playoff victory, 8-4, over Lincoln-Stockton in a Division I opener at home. “Quick and often underestimated due to his size, Theo is a serious threat,” head coach Mackenzie Heys said. “His aggression, drive, and dedication set him apart, and his hustle never stops. I am so proud of Theo for his achievements and the contributions he made to his team in his senior season.”

Bill Tamburelli, Napa senior

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Bill Tamburelli

Bill Tamburelli

A three-year starter for the Indians, he finished his senior season second on the team in both goals and steals. “Bill was great on the counter attack, scoring from the wing,” head coach Kevin Raab said. “His speed and shooting also helped the team.”

Tyler Youngborg, Justin-Siena senior

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Tyler Youngborg

Tyler Youngborg

Youngborg received All-MCAL Honorable Mention and an All-County nod for the second year in a row after helping the Braves finish fourth in the 10-team Marin County Athletic League and make the CIF North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs.

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