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Nov 16, 2012 9:20 PM by Andrew Masuda

Righetti water polo goes for CIF title Saturday

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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