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HSGameTime high school girls water polo teams to watch

By in Press Enterprise on December 6, 2017

By Eric-Paul Johnson

King: Alvaro Moreno inherits a program that has advanced to the CIF Southern Section semifinals three straight years. The Wolves will have to replace Hannah McCarley, a four-year starting goalkeeper who was the HSGameTime Player of the Year last season. King will remain strong in the field, led by Madison Stamen, the Stanford-bound attacker who has scored 369 goals over the past three years. Jamie Hutton (Cal Baptist), Kyndall Burrell (Cal Baptist) and Hannah Falls-Hand (Indiana) also return.

Murrieta Valley: The Nighthawks were the Inland area’s top team last season, but this might be a rebuilding year for the program. Coach Jason Shumway has to replace four players who signed with Division I colleges, including three-year starting goalkeeper Morgan Jones. Maryn Dempsey was the area’s top freshman last season, and she was a member of the USA Cadet national team during the summer. Other key returners for the Nighthawks this season will be Taylor Hensley and Isabelle Ritter.

Riverside Poly: Coach Mike Cardey has guided the program to five consecutive trips to the section finals, and the Bears might make another deep run in Division 2 this season. Grace Halliday begins her fourth season in the cage, and the San Diego State-bound senior should be the top goalkeeper in the Inland area. The program graduated four field players who combined to score more than 200 goals, but the Bears do return juniors Airian Grisham and Rachel McCarty, who are top-notch defensive players.

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