Nov 16, 2012 9:20 PM by Andrew Masuda
The Righetti High boys water polo team is one win away from its first CIF Division title since 2002. The Warriors, the #1 seed in Division 4, battles #2 Los Osos for the championship at 12:45 pm Saturday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine.
Righetti defeated Los Osos 10-5 earlier this season. The 26-6 Warriors are playing in the finals for the first time since 2006.
The Warriors pulled out a thrilling 19-18 win in sudden death overtime over Cerritos in the semifinals on Wednesday. Keanu Martinez hit a penalty shot in the sudden death period for the win, only after he scored with 1 second left in overtime to keep Righetti's title hopes alive. Martinez led the Warriors with 7 goals, while Travis Knight and Devon Tomooka each had 4 goals. Nathan Oh had 10 saves in goal for Righetti.
Los Osos overcame a 4-3 deficit in the third quarter with ten consecutive goals to beat Arroyo Grande 13-5 in the semifinals on Wednesday. Los Osos is 22-8 and in its third CIF final in five years. Senior Nick Bell led the Grizzlies with 6 goals against AG. Los Osos has outscored its opponents in the postseason 52-17 overall in search of its first CIF title since 2008.
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