Belden Division I Player of the Year

Barry Faulkner

Newport Harbor High senior Peter Belden, who led the Sailors to

their first CIF Southern Section boys water polo championship since 1984,

is the Division I Player of the Year, as selected by section coaches.

Belden, a first-team All-CIF selection as a junior and the Sea View

League Player of the Year this fall, amassed 96 goals, a team-leading 80

steals, as well as 75 assists for the Sailors, who topped Foothill, 15-9,

in the Nov. 22 CIF championship game to finish 26-5.

Newport Harbor seniors Ryan Cook and Steven Jendrusina are also

first-team honorees, while teammates Brandon McLain is recognized on the

second team and Joey Snelgrove on the third team.

Brian Kreutzkamp and Bill Barnett, who share coaching duties for the

Sailors, are the Division's Co-Coaches of the Year.

Cook, a second-team All-CIF choice as a junior, had a team-leading 101

goals and also collected a team-best 90 assists. A two-time first-team

all-league selection, Cook added 35 steals for a Harbor squad that

avenged a disappointing semifinal exit from the 1999 CIF playoffs, which

ended a 26-3 campaign.

Jendrusina, another first-team all-league honoree, posted 52 goals, 47

steals and 39 assists.

McLain, a senior goalie who had one of his best performances in the

title game (eight saves), finished with 181 saves for the season. He also

contributed 23 assists and made seven steals.

Snelgrove, a senior, had 47 steals, 38 goals and 35 assists to help

Harbor earn its 11th section title in its first championship-game

appearance since 1987.

The Sailors, who won the Sea View League crown for the fourth straight

season, rely on the legendary Barnett, a former U.S. men's Olympic team

coach, to formulate the game plan and break down videotape of opponents.

Kreutzkamp, who played and coached on CIF championship teams at Costa

Mesa High, guides the squad from the bench and runs workouts. They

reverse roles as co-coaches of the girls program, which they guided to a

CIF Division I crown in 1999.

All-CIF Division I boys water polo

Player of the Year

Peter Belden, Newport Harbor Sr.

Co-Coaches of the Year

Brian Kreutzkamp, Newport Harbor

Bill Barnett, Newport Harbor

First team

Ryan Cook, Newport Harbor Sr.

Steven Jendrusina, Newport Harbor Sr.

Ian Elliott, Foothill Jr.

James Shin, Long Beach Wilson Sr.

Jared Jones, Villa Park Sr.

Brett McCleave, El Toro Sr.

Josh Hewko, San Clemente Sr.

Nick Andrejich, Loyola Sr.

Ted Zepfel, Harvard-Westlake Sr.

Brian Alexander, Foothill Sr.

Charlie Fisher, Villa Park Sr.

Zack Walter, Long Beach Wilson Sr.

Rick Offsay, Harvard-Westlake Sr.

Second team

Brandon McLain, Newport Harbor Sr.

Matt Fortney, El Toro Sr.

Logan Powell, San Clemente Jr.

T.J. Matijevich, Villa Park Sr.

Chris Meyer, Canyon Sr.

Wes Fox, Foothill Sr.

Thomas Hale, Long Beach Wilson So.

Will Noll, Harvard-Westlake Sr.

Peter Moore, Loyola Sr.

Pat McCann, San Clemente Sr.

Danny Pierson, El Toro Jr.

Ian Wenger, Long Beach Wilson Sr.

Herman Golbert, Crespi Sr.

Third team

Joey Snelgrove, Newport Harbor Sr.

Ross Pulver, Villa Park Jr.

Blake Benjamin, Foothill Sr.

Ian Christensen, Long Beach Wilson Sr.

Jeremy Randall, El Toro Jr.

Kenny Yamamoto, San Clemente So.

Steve Ward, Long Beach Poly Jr.

Sascha Bryan-Zwick, Long Beach Wilson Jr.

Travis Warner, Harvard-Westlake So.

Matt Herrera, Villa Park Sr.

Miguel Franco, Santa Ana Valley Sr.

Nicholas Burger, Loyola Sr.

Ryan McNab, Irvine Sr.

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