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Dec 10, 2012 8:25 PM by Andrew Masuda

Six area boys water polo players named All-CIF

Six Central Coast boys water polo players were named to the All-CIF-Southern Section First Team by the Southern California Water Polo Coaches' Association on Monday.

The Pac 7 League landed five players on the Division 4 team after league champion Righetti finished runner-up in CIF and Pac 7 runner-up Arroyo Grande advanced into the semifinals of CIF.

Righetti landed three players on the First Team. Keanu Martinez, Devon Tomooka and Jeremy Grden, all seniors, represented the Warriors on the squad. The three were dynamic scorers, who led the Warriors to their first CIF final appearance since 2006. The Pac 7 champion Warriors finished the season 26-7 overall. Martinez led Righetti with 96 goals, including 15 in CIF. Grden scored 69 times on the year and ranked second on the team with 62 assits. Tomooka finished third on the team with 67 goals, including 3 goals in the CIF title game and 14 in the postseason.

Arroyo Grande High junior Jack Empey and senior goalie Chandler Mankins were named All-CIF. It marks the first time since 2008 an AG player landed on the All-CIF First Team. The Eagles finished 23-9 for the season and advanced to the CIF semifinals for the first time since 2008. Empey led the Eagles with 83 goals on the season and was an All-League First Team pick. His season total for scores is tied for 9th in program history. Mankins earned a spot on the All-League Second Team and racked up 155 saves in goal for the Eagles. His save total is 6th most in program history for a single season.

Thomas Huddle, a Santa Ynez High senior, earned a spot on the Division 6 All-CIF First Team. Huddle led the Pirates to a Los Padres League title and CIF quarterfinal berth.

Seven area water polo players were named All-CIF last season.

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