Foothills Sentry - February 2024

Page 15 Foothills Sentry February 2024 COMMUNITY SPORTS BY CLIFF ROBBINS AND CHAD CLINE Meet the Coach Foothill hands Laguna Beach second straight loss in girls water polo Athletes named to All- CIF winter sports teams After 18 years, girls basketball coach at Foothill High School Vince Namba has stepped down. Foothill has now hired seasoned high school basketball coach Matt Tietz, left. Tietz comes from Laguna Beach High School, and was an assistant at Northview High School in Irvine. The new Foot- hill coach is working toward get- ting the team back on a winning track. Foothill High School started the year out right, handing sixth- ranked Laguna Beach a 15-13 loss in girls water polo. Foothill is ranked number 2 behind Orange Lutheran in Divi- sion 1. Orange Lutheran High School girls volleyball players Westley Matavao (9) and Marley Robin- son (9) were named to the Divi- sion 2 All-CIF team. Chloe Nguyen (12) and Sydney Valentine (12) from Canyon High School were named to the Divi- sion 3 All-CIF team. In boys water polo, Foothill High School athlete William Griswold (12) was named to the Division 1 All-CIF team. Aiden Demkiw (12) from Can- yon High School and teammate Jacob Winsberg (11) were named to the Division 3 All-CIF team. Ethan Bonnell gets an uncontested shot off in the game against Foot- hill. Mackenzie Brehm, 24, drives the lane against Foothill, as Foothill’s Kaitlyn Wert goes up to block the shot. Foothill won the game, 2-23. Troy Parker from El Modena blocks Foothill player Rocco Gaffoglio's (2) baseline shot, as Aaron Stock (14) from El Modena moves in. Blake Pearson (left) and Danny Kennard (right) from Foothill go up to take away the rebound from El Modena’s Ethan Bonnell. Foothill goalkeeper Emma Perrigo reaches out to block a Laguna Beach shot on goal. Gabbie Graniello (12) from Foothill swims around the Laguna defender. Foothill won the non-league match, 15-13. Damien Parker, former Villa Park athlete, scored 8 points on 8 rebounds against Saddleback College for Santiago Canyon College. Parker is av- eraging 3.7 assists per game. In the Crestview League, Can- yon High School (19-4) holds a one game lead over Foothill (2-0, 8-2). Canyon is ranked number 4 in Division 2; in Division 6, El Modena (0-2, 10-9) is ranked at number 4.