Titans Win Silver Division of Ayala Tournament

an Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo team won the Silver Division title of the Chino Hills Ayala Tournament
Photo courtesy Hal Suetsugu
The San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo team won the Silver Division title of the Chino Hills Ayala Tournament last weekend. The winning squad includes (from left) Katelyn Salim, Jazz dePiero, Jeff Wang, Gerard Ketelaar, Elijah Carlton, Taylor Shen, Idris Elgabalawy, Matthew An, Taylor Suetsugu, Sebastian Moggio, Haroon Elgabalawy, Andrew Cronk, Cole Campagnolo, Jonathan Hernandez, Madison Hansa and head coach Robert Zirovich.

For head coach Robert Zirovich, it was difficult to gauge the potential of this year’s varsity boys’ water polo team with a young roster and two losses to open the regular season.
The Titans fell to Alta Loma High School of Rancho Cucamonga, 13-11, and followed that with a 10-8 defeat against Glendale Hoover, which is ranked No. 5 in CIF Southern Section Division 5. Continue reading “Titans Win Silver Division of Ayala Tournament”

San Marino Ready to Surprise League Opponents

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Taylor Suetsugu is one of the more experienced players on the roster, which includes two freshmen and two sophomores.

The San Marino High School program graduated 10 of its 12 players from last year’s roster, making this season a difficult one to predict for everyone, even head coach Robert Zirovich.
Despite not knowing what to expect, Zirovich is enjoying a group that includes two freshmen and two sophomores.
“The exciting thing is I don’t know what this group’s potential is yet,” said Zirovich, who is in his fourth season with the Titans. “I know it’s big, but the question is how fast are we going to learn and improve? We lost 10 of 12 players from last year. That’s a big deal, but we’re completely reworking things and I’m very excited.”
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San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League

San Marino High School water polo assistant coach Bilal Elgabalawy and head coach Robert Zirovich

San Marino High School varsity boys’ water polo coach Robert Zirovich lost key players to transfer and graduation, including Rio Hondo League MVP Alessio Brunochelli, but the third-year coach is starting the season with more optimism than ever.
“We lost Aaron Wilson, who transferred to [La Verne] Damien, and Alessio to graduation,” Zirovich said. “On paper, we have less talent, but in terms of what we’re doing in the pool, we’re just playing more of a team game than we were last year. Our defense in particular has taken a step forward in the right direction.”
Returning players such as Charles Wong, Jacob Yee, Blake Castleman and Dillon Goldsmith showed a dedication to the program during the offseason, and now the Titans are off to a 5-1 start to the season. Continue reading “San Marino’s Chemistry Key to Winning League”