Riding the momentum of a big victory over Crescenta Valley High earlier in the week, the Royal water polo team clinched a share of its 15th consecutive Marmonte League championship Friday by defeating Agoura, 19-10, at Rancho-Simi Community Pool.
Chris Richeson and Bill Bruininga each scored four goals to lead the Highlanders (20-4, 6-0 in league play). Richeson also made his first appearance of the season in goal. That came in the fourth quarter, with Royal ahead, 17-8, and Richeson in foul trouble.
"He's been bugging me all season to play there," Royal Coach Steve Snyder said about his leading scorer.
Richeson recorded four saves and allowed two goals.
The Chargers (7-13, 2-4), who are battling for third place in the league and a playoff spot, were led by Noah Bookman's six goals.
In other high school water polo matches:
Newbury Park 12, Westlake 9--Tim Rhodes scored five goals as the Panthers (15-6, 5-2) wrapped up second place in the Marmonte League at Westlake.
Bell Gardens 14, Burroughs 4--The Lancers (5-0 in league play) limited the Indians (16-5, 4-1) to five shots and clinched a share of the Almont League championship at Bell Gardens. Greg Paggi had two goals and goalie Mike Denny had 15 saves for the Indians.
Chatsworth d. Taft, 15-4, 15-3, 15-4--Jennifer Joseph had 15 kills to lead the first-place Chancellors in a Northwest Valley Conference match at Taft.
Pam George had 31 assists for Chatsworth (21-1, 9-0) in the three-game sweep as the Toreadors remained winless in nine conference matches.
Campbell Hall 10, Crossroads 8--The Vikings improved their chances for a wild-card playoff berth with their first Delphic League victory of the season at Marina Tennis in Marina del Rey.
Nordhoff 14, Villanova 4--The Rangers (11-7) swept their doubles sets and improved their chances for a playoff berth in a nonleague victory at Ojai.
The Rangers, competing as a free-lance team, have surpassed the Southern Section minimum requirement of 10 victories or a .500 record to qualify for the playoffs. Nordhoff was sparked by the tandems of Sarah Blaine/Shelby Smith, Brianna Blum/ Leah Kroener and Christie Hastie/Tiffany Potts. Stacey Roberts also won two of three singles sets to improve her record to 31-22.
Kim Ward had eight kills in 13 attempts with two errors for Pepperdine and finished with a hitting percentage of .462.
Sanderson hit .432, and Pepperdine had a team hitting percentage of .372. Portland (7-15, 2-6) hit only .035.
Cal Lutheran d. Whittier, 15-7, 15-10, 15-5--Tracy Little had 16 kills and 14 digs, and setter Liz Martinez contributed 38 assists for the Regals (20-2, 10-0), who clinched at least a share of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title at Whittier. Karen Kasper had 11 kills and four blocks for the Regals.
Moorpark d. Santa Barbara, 15-10, 15-11, 15-11--Lisa Church had 15 kills for the visiting Raiders in a Western State Conference match.