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Costa Mesa’s Caedmon Fisher repeats as Orange Coast League MVP in boys’ water polo

Costa Mesa High’s Caedmon Fisher scores against Estancia during the first half in an Orange Coast Le
Caedmon Fisher, shown shooting against Estancia High on Oct. 24, 2018, scored 154 goals as a senior for the Costa Mesa boys’ water polo team.
(Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Costa Mesa High senior Caedmon Fisher earned Orange Coast League MVP honors in boys’ water polo for the second straight year for helping the Mustangs to their first league title since 2004.

Fisher is joined on the first team by teammates Teak Zachary, Gavin Fisher and Joey Palmblade. Estancia’s Logan Richard, Noah Gniffke and Jake Blinn also made the first team.

Caedmon Fisher, a left-handed utility player, scored a team-best 154 goals for Costa Mesa (17-10, 4-0 in league). The single-season total is the third most in Costa Mesa’s history. He also was second on the Mustangs with 63 assists and 53 steals.

Fisher helped Costa Mesa advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, where they were edged 9-8 by Santa Barbara.


Zachary, a senior utility player, was second on Costa Mesa with 43 goals and added 22 assists and 31 steals. Gavin Fisher, a sophomore attacker, was third on the team with 39 goals and led the team in assists (77) and steals (55).

Palmblade, Costa Mesa’s junior goalkeeper, made 315 saves to rank second in Costa Mesa single-season annals.

Richard, a sophomore attacker, led Estancia (16-13, 3-1 in league) with 107 goals, 60 assists and 92 steals. He helped the Eagles finish second in league and advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division 6 playoffs, where they lost 11-7 at top-seeded Tustin.

Blinn, a senior center, was second on the Eagles with 61 goals and added 29 assists and 35 steals. Gniffke, a sophomore utility player, had 45 goals, 18 assists and 30 steals.


Costa Mesa’s Gabe Gerber and Nick Vargo, as well as Estancia goalkeeper Griffin Beth, earned second-team honors.

Estancia’s Jose Castaneda and Matthew Kehoe were honorable mentions.

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