The USA Water Polo Men's Senior National Team, which includes Bret Bonanni of Huntington Beach, finished in fourth place at the FINA World Cup at Almaty, Kazakhstan. Team USA placed fourth after falling, 8-6, in the bronze medal game Sunday to Croatia.
Bonanni (Mater Dei High/Stanford) was the top scorer for the tournament with 13 goals. Bonanni scored twice during an 11-9 shootout win against Australia Aug. 22 that sent Team USA on to the semifinal round. In the semis, the U.S. dropped a 7-5 decision to Hungary.
Bonanni previously scored a game-high five goals in an 11-9 loss Aug. 21 to Serbia.
Team USA went 3-3 at the World Cup, scoring wins over South Africa (19-1), Montenegro (11-7) and Australia (11-9).
2014 USA Men's FINA World Cup roster (hometown/school): Bret Bonanni (attacker, Huntington Beach, Stanford); Nolan McConnell (attacker, Laguna Beach/Long Beach St.); McQuin Baron (goalie, North Tustin/Mater Dei High); Merrill Moses (goalie, Palos Verdes/Pepperdine); Conner Cleary (defender, Goleta/Stanford); Alex Obert (center, Stockton/Pacific); Alex Bowen (attacker Santee/Stanford); Josh Samuels (attacker, Villa Park/UCLA); Michael Rosenthal (attacker, Miami, FL./USC); John Mann (center Newport Beach/California); Luca Cupido (attacker, Newport Beach/Newport Harbor High); Jesse Smith (utility, Coronado/Pepperdine); Ryder Roberts (attacker, Vista/UCLA); Head Coach: Dejan Udovicic.
DeFalco, partner at Youth Games
TJ DeFalco of Huntington Beach High and teammate Louis Richard of Redondo Beach (Redondo Union High) completed preliminary Group F play last weekend at the second Youth Olympic Games at Nanjing, China.
DeFalco and Richard have played five matches in preliminary competition and posted a 1-4 record. In the pair's final preliminary match Aug. 22, DeFalco and Richard were defeated by Johannes Kratz/Moritz Pristauz-Telsnigg of Austria, 24-21, 21-17.
Nearly 4,000 athletes between the ages of 15 and 18 from more than 200 nations competed in 28 sports and 30 disciplines. The Games come to a close Thursday.
Youth swimming tryouts in H.B.
Riptide Aquatics, a competitive age-group swimming and water polo club based out of Ocean View High School pool in Huntington Beach, will hold an open tryout session Sept. 13 for competitive swimmers looking to join the club team.
For registration information, visit http://www.ocriptideaquatics.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NJB offers online registration
Huntington Beach National Junior Basketball currently is accepting online registration through Sept. 30.
The cost is $200 per player and online registration can be found at https://huntingtonbeach-njb.rsportz.com.
Huntington Beach NJB, a tradition since 1985, fields teams in grades K through eighth.
League playoffs games will be held at the end of the regular season, and the chapter will put together all-star teams that will compete during the all-star season.
— From staff reports