Chris Oeding, a former star at Corona del Mar High, was named Coach of the Year on the men's water polo All-Southern California selections released recently.
Oeding, a two-time Olympian who was CIF Southern Section Player of the Year and a three-time All-American for the Sea Kings, guided Long Beach City College to the state championship with an 11-9 title-game triumph over two-time-defending state champion Golden West.
Oeding, in his 14th season at the Vikings' helm, has now won three state titles.
Orange Coast College freshman Tony Morelli was named to the first team, while OCC freshman Scott Brush and Blake Grove, a Newport Harbor High product who was a freshman at Long Beach City in 2013, earned second-team recognition.
Morelli and Brush were first-team All-Orange Empire Conference honorees.
Grove, a defender, helped LBCC win its final 20 games to finish 27-2. He was named to the all-tournament team at the state championships.
— From staff reports
Two locals shine
UC Irvine senior Mitch Wise and Newport Harbor High product Chris Whitelegge, a sophomore goalie at UC Santa Barbara, have received honorable mention in All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation voting in men's water polo.
Wise led the Anteaters with 80 goals this season and finished his career with 242. He was a third-team All-American as a sophomore and a junior.
UCI was 13-15, 1-7 in conference and finished eighth in the eight-team MPSF Tournament.
Whitelegge collected averaged 13.9 saves a game on his way to amassing 296 for the Gauchos, who finished 17-11, 3-5, and were seventh in the conference tournament.
— From staff reports
Orange Coast College sophomore Gavin Wright, a repeat first-team honoree, leads six Pirates recognized in the men's water polo coaches' All-Orange Empire Conference honors.
Wright was joined on the first team by freshmen Colby Watson, a Corona del Mar High product, as well as Tony Morelli and Scott Brush.
Josiah Vander Kooy, a sophomore, and freshman Dillon Avila, represent OCC on the second team.
Ari Marks, a Golden West College sophomore out of Corona del Mar High, was a first-team performer for the conference champion Rustlers, who finished second in the state.