Monday, December 21, 2009

DEC 29 NHS Alumni Game

Alumni game on Facebook Events

Girls will play at 9am

Boys will play at 10:30am

FS/ JV will run the clocks.

Current NHS players will arrive at 8:15 am for covers and course set up. The game will be on Tuesday, December 29, 2009.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Off season boys high school

Boys high school off season is underway. For all times, dates, and info about off season please refer to

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Morning practice Friday/ Holiday Schedule

We will have morning practice instead of afternoon tomorrow 12/18/09. 6am to 7:30am.

Holiday practice starts next week from 9am-11:30am MTWTh.

We will not practice on Fridays.

Be prepared with athletic wear to every workout. No UGG boots or sandals, we will be doing a lot of dryland so be sure you have the proper shoes and clothes as well as swim gear.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Click Here for the OCVARSITY

Boys wear Navy team shirts for service

Boys please wear black pants and your Navy NHS POLO collared shirts to the service (tucked in) so we represent as the team. Again, the service is at 9:30am. See blog below for directions.

Michelles' Service on Wed.

In memory of Jeremy Vereds' mom Michelle.

For those who don't know she was killed in a car accident on Saturday morning. Jeremy is one of our players on the Boys Frosh Soph team and he can really use our support.

Here is the address for the service on Wednesday at 09:30am. I would like all players to be at the service. One of our Northwood water polo family members needs us so please show your support. The location is at:

Shir Ha-Ma'alot Temple
3652 Michelson Drive
Irvine, California " 92612

9:30am December 16, 2009 Wednesday.

Coach Ed

Monday, December 14, 2009

Congratulations to James Hartshorne

Click Here for the OCVARSITY

No morning practice for the rest of the week

It seems like we have had as many games as we have practices. I am very pleased with everyone's progress.

No morning for the rest of the week.

Holiday break I am expecting everyone there. This is a very important time of the season. We need to improve on those little mistakes that we are making.

Remember the team that commits the the least mistakes wins.

Great 1st half of the season, we are 8-5! A couple of simple changes, a few calls, and we can easily be 12-1 maybe 13-0!

Nice work.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

NHS GIRLS 4th @ El Nino Cup

Monday Schedule

GIRLS- Plan on leaving a little early from your last class tomorrow. We have a game at Dana Hills and it's a ways away.

BOYS- Off-season practice will be from 4-6pm tomorrow with coach Steve Carrera.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Roster for Saturday

Our semifinal game of the El Nino Cup (on Saturday) will be against Irvine @ 1pm. Arrive 45 minutes before game time. They beat Sonora 9-4.


@ Woollett by 12:15pm Saturday. No bus will be provided.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Girls this needs to be done asap!!!

Girls Waterpolo missing items



KIM, CONNIE-Transportation


***may not practice if marked

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Now this is the Law of the Jungle-
as old and as true as the sky;

And the Wolf that shall keep it may prosper,
but the Wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that gridles the tree trunk,
the Law runneth forward and back-

For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack.

-Rudyard Kipling

Girls Varsity places 2nd in Santa Ana Tournament

Congratulations ladies!!!

Banquet for boys tonight!

Sunday, December 6th
5:30 p.m.

El Torito Grill
1910 Main St.
(This is NOT the El Torito Restaurant across from the airport)

Our menu will be:
Yucatan Taco Buffet
Tri-color tortilla chips with salsa roja and salsa quemada
Romaine salad with creamy cilantro-pepita dressing
Mesquite grilled chicken and steak
Homemade tortillas
Refried black beans, cilantro rice, sweet corn cake
Shredded cabbage mix, pico de gallo
Monterey jack cheese and sour cream
Assorted pastries including mini cheesecakes, fruit tarts, cookies and flan
Chocolate fountain with marshmallows and bananas
Soft drinks, iced tea, hot tea and coffee

Seating will be available at 5:30. The buffet will begin at 6:00 and commence to approximately 7:30. At this time the awards program will start and finish around 8:30 or 9:00 p.m

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Everyone should set up a twitter account

If you don't have a twitter account, you should. It's free and simple to use. If your phone can recieve text messages than it will work with your phone. Follow for all updates.

Girls Varsity @ Santa Ana Valley HS

We will play at Santa Ana Valley HS. Arrive at 1pm game starts at 1:50pm.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

To specify

FS/JV girls are practicing with Coach Donnie at 2pm Dec 4, (Friday) @ Northwood.

Allie G

Coaches Notes

If you want to read some of my game notes please go to:

Coaches Notes

This is strictly notes, there will be no information relating to NHS Water polo on the notes page.

Varsity Tournament DEC 4, 5

We play at 3pm at Magnolia High School. We will leave Northwood at 1:30pm.

I want:


to join the varsity for the remainder of this tournament. We also have games on Saturday.

This is the link to the schedule

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Northwood Girls parents please read

Message from Mrs. Flath:

Hello Girls Water Polo Team,

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Just a reminder that we still have 11 spots to fill for the snack bar, including 2 for this coming Thursday. If you haven't done so already, just follow the link and it will take you to the page to sign up to work.

Also, if you haven't sent in your $25 for the snack bar donation, please turn it in to Allie or Nicole at practice/games/school this week. I will be doing the shopping for the snack bar on Tuesday and hopefully we can be fully stocked for Thursday's game. If it would be easier, you could also mail it to me at 1 Tiempo, Irvine, 92620.

Good luck to our girls in tomorrow's Tournament!!! GO Northwood!
Thanks so much,
Shelly Flath

Northwood Water Polo Club High School Boys

Will begin off season training, Monday December 7, 2009.



FS/JV: 6pm-7:30pm w/ Coach Drew Vyn

VARSITY: 7:30PM-9PM w/ Coach Steve Carrera

WEIGHTS WILL BE ON TUESDAY/THURSDAY FROM 7PM-8PM (We will be getting in the water after weights until 9pm)

We will be implementing a weight training program with Juggernaut Training Systems. Their personal trainers will be coming to our Northwood facilities.

The cost will be

$275 for 12 weeks with an additional cost of $75 a month for weight training.

Weights will be mandatory for Varsity and open to F/S JV.

Make Checks Payable to North Irvine Water Polo

Monday NO Morning practice 11/30/09

No morning workout for the girls team Monday 11/30/09.

Varsity girls will have 2 games Monday afternoon/evening @ Magnolia HS

F/S JV will have afternoon workout @ Northwood

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday Games

Varsity will play at 3:50pm for our 1st game.

If we win we play at 5:30pm

If we lose we play at 7:10pm

The roster for Monday will be:

Erin Skelly
Kathryn Kissinger
Allie Flath
Connie Kim
Isabelle Comtois
Emma Verdecia
Nicole Flath
Lauren Pritts
Sierra Dillard

All other players will practice with Coach Donnie at Northwood.

Wednesday Morning Practice

Wednesday November 25, 2009 we will practice at 6am-7:30am. No afternoon workout.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Girls Snack Bar Sign Ups

A message from Mrs. Flath:

Hello Water Polo Girls and Parents,

Can you believe we are already in season?! Our first game will soon be here!

Please find attached a schedule of Home games and Snack Bar sign-up times. For Season and League games we will need two parents for each shift, and for the JV Tournament we will need at least one parent for each shift and Ed will assign the girls times to work as well. I will need a JV parent to help me out with snack bar for home games held at the same time as away Varsity games. Please let me know if you are available :-)

Also, we will continue the tradition of a Pasta Party the Tuesday before Wednesday League games, immediately following practice. There is a schedule attached for that as well if you would like to host one. They are a lot of fun, and the girls really enjoy getting together like this.

Lastly, please send in your $25 snack bar donation this week, no later than Wednesday. The girls can give the money to Allie or Nicole at practice.

Thanks so much! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Shelly Flath

ps... My email list is incomplete, if you notice that I have left anyone out please forward to them.

Snack Bar Sign Up Sheet

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Boys Varsity Water Polo

Boys team will practice MTW 11/23-11/25 this week from 2pm-3:30pm. Please spread the word. We may be in a state tournament so we want to be prepared. This goes for seniors as well.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Girls Parent Meeting

We will have a parent meeting at the Northwood pool on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 6pm.

Parents please bring a snack bar donation of $25 dollars to the meeting.

Mrs. Flath is organizing the snack bar and Mrs. Dillard is organizing the apparel.

Girls Practice as of Monday Nov 16

Starting this Monday, November 16, 2009.

Practice will be from:

6am-7:30am Weights/Pool MTTh

2pm to 4:30pm Pool M-F

Practice is mandatory.

Missing practice will result in 50x100yd freestyle. No exceptions.

Girls Apparel

For those of you who have not turned in your apparel please have it in by Monday November 16, 2009. The apparel form link is on a previous blog and under "Important forms" on the right hand side of the blog page. Please print and fill out.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Boys Northwood CIF 1st Round

The boys Varsity and players (frosh soph/JV) will leave the school at 11:30am from Northwood High School to Buena High School. The game is against Ventura at 3:15pm.

Buena High
5670 Telegraph Rd.
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 289-1826

Please come out and show your support! Let's flood the stands with Navy/Silver/White!!!

Girls Apparel Form

Girls Apparel form is due THIS FRIDAY November 13, 2009. Click on the link below, print out and bring in Friday.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Caught Red Handed lol

Caught red handed


Ryan Freerks (Concordia Water Polo) will be coming by the pool today to sell tickets for the UCI vs CONCORDIA game on Sunday Nov 8, 2009@ UCI. If you buy from him it's $5, at the door it will be $8. I suggest everyone going it will be a great to watch the game played at a very high level.

Boys Water Polo for FS/JV

We will continue to meet at 2pm everyday and get in the water until CIF is over with. All players will travel with the team on away games and all players will attend home games.

Varsity-The brackets come out Sunday Morning.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

FHS VS NHS Assignment

Varsity please write 5 things we did wrong and 5 things we did right from the footage below. Due Monday at practice.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Semi Finals Rome 2009

Rome 2009
Disregard the advertisements.

Spain Vs USA Semi Final #2

Serbia vs Croatia Semi Final #1

Revised NOC Tournament Schedule

Jim Sprague just sent me an updated version of the tournament. It looks like we will be playing Montebello instead of Esperanza at 3pm at Esperanza. Then back to Northwood for a 7:35pm game.

NOC #2 Revised Schedule

Work Schedule for NOC 2

We are hosting the 2nd North Orange County Tournament AKA Hank V tournament, this Monday (26), Friday (30), and Saturday (31).

Please see the work schedule link to check your times.

Work Schedule

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Good win

Notrthwood victory over HB article

Picture day Oct 22

Tomorrow is picture day. Please wear Navy Collared Game Day Shirts and Blue Jeans. We will meet at 2pm at the pool.

NOC #2 Varsity

Hank V Tournament aka North Orange County Tournament Game Schedule is this Monday, Friday and Saturday

F/S JV will be expected to work again.

Game Brackets

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Monday Practice Oct 19

Practice will be at normal time 2pm-4:30pm, on October 19, 2009. This is for all levels.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Schedule for Friday Oct 16

Varsity will meet at Northwood at 6pm to watch game film before warmup. Game time is 7:35pm on Friday.

Frosh/Soph JV will meet at at 1:50pm to set up. Please see work schedule.

Check out Water Polo Planet Interview

Water Polo Planet recently interviewed Steve Carrera (Concordia University Irvine Head Water Polo Coach)


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Boys Picture day Oct 22

Picture day will be on October 22, 2009 during normal practice time.

Girls Winter Schedule Change

The scrimmage that is on the GIRLS schedule is being changed from November 24, 2009 to November 10, 2009. Please make a note. The B team will play at 6pm and the Varsity will play at 7pm.

Everyone will be there from 6-8pm to help work the clocks set up and clean up.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Schedule week 10/12

Monday: 2pm (everyone meeting), Varsity plays at 3pm and 5:45pm or 6:40pm (depending on win or loss)

Tuesday: 2pm practice all levels.

Wednesday: vs El Toro @ El Toro High School, All levels. 2pm departure from school

Thursday: vs Newport Harbor @ Newport Harbor High School, All levels. 2pm departure from school

Friday: 2pm Varsity tournament @ Northwood (f/s and jv check work schedule on previous blog)

Saturday: 8am Varsity tournament @ Northwood (f/s and jv check work schedule on previous blog)

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Work Schedule for NOC tournament

We are hosting the Varsity North Orange County Tournament at our pool. For those that are new to the program this is a tournament that is run by our players. Here is the list of who will be working when.
Work Schedule

Game times Girls Sunday 10/11/09

A team plays at 9am and 2pm

B team plays at 1pm and 2:40pm

Arrive 30 minutes before game time

Friday, October 9, 2009

Merrill Moses visits Northwood Water Polo

Merrill Moses was the USA Olympic Goalie in the 2008 Bejing Olympics and won a silver medal. Thank you Merril for coming to our neck of the woods, and inspiring, motivating all of us!

Head and Heart

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Concordia 1-3

Morning Practice Cancelled for Varsity 10/9

No morning practice Oct 9.

Game vs Dana Hills 10/9/09 @ Northwood! Please come out and support.

2:30 Novice
3pm F/S
4pm Varsity
5pm JV

Revised Boys N.O.C. Tournament Varsity

Revised Schedule for the North Orange County Tournament, Please see new schedule.

Revised Girls Schedule for Oct 10-Oct 11

Revised Schedule for the girls tournament October 10th and 11th. Please see new game times.


Allie G.

Friday, October 2, 2009

PSAT Testing

The PSAT is on Saturday OCT 17 (NOC tournament). Please see Mr. Venable in the counseling office to schedule a WED PSAT so you don't miss any games on the weekend.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

North Orange County Varsity Tournament Schedule

N.O.C. Tournament Schedule

Varsity will compete in this tournament.

Northwood is hosting so we are all going to do our part to help.

All freshmen and sophmores (except varsity) will assist and run table, score books, and snack bar. 3 at the scorers table and 2 at the snack bar.

Mon 10/12/09
Fri 10/16
Sat 10/17

I will have sign ups next week for shifts and I will keep it posted on my office window.

Morning Practice Friday Morning

All levels will have morning practice at 6am on Oct 2. There will be no practice Friday afternoon.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Schedule week of 9/28 and Varsity Group

Mon 6am-7:30am and 2pm-4:30pm
Tues 6am-7:30am and 2pm-4:30pm
Wed 2pm-4:30pm
Thurs 6am-7:30am and game vs University at home
Fri 6am-7:30am and 2pm-4:30pm
Varsity Workout Group for this week
D. Hayashi
RJ Simmons
M-F 2pm-4:30
Thurs game vs University @ home

Friday, September 25, 2009

Games tomorrow Saturday 9/26/09

Varsity game at 11:45 @ Sant Margarita HS and then 3 or 4 depending if we win or lose.

Frosh/Soph play at 9am and 11:15am @ Mission Viejo HS.

JV will play at 8am and 2pm @ Irvine High School (Woollett).

F/S and JV arrive 30 minutes before game time.

Varsity arrive 45 minutes before game time.


Bus schedule for Friday

Varsity bus will leave at 1:45pm to Santa Margarita HS. Game time 3pm

F/S bus will leave at 3:30 to Mission Viejo HS. Game time 4:45

JV will meet at Woollett at 3:15pm no bus will be provided. Game time 4pm

Bus will behind the school (by the portables), if you have homework bring it with you and do it on the bus.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Varsity Updates for SC Tournament

Our game tomorrow is at 3pm @ Santa Margarita HS. We will leave school at 1:45 so we will get an early out. This is for the Varsity players that are competing at the South Coast Tournament.

Buzz about this weekends SC Tournament

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Charger Cup F/S Tournament 9/24-9/26

This group will compete in the Charger Cup being held at El Toro and Mission Viejo High School. Our 1st game will be at Mission Viejo on Thursday at 5:30pm.

The bus will leave Northwood at 4pm. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure on Thursday.

If we lose we will play that same night, Thursday at Mission Viejo HS 7:45pm.

If we win the 5:30pm game on Thursday, we will play Friday at 3:15pm at El Toro HS.

Saturday there will be no transportation provided. Parents will need to drive the kids.

I will have hard copies of the tournament schedule tomorrow.


Irvine Tournament Varsity B 9/24-9/26

These players will be at Woollett Aquatic Center for the Irvine Varsity Tournament, click here for the tournament schedule and game times

1st game is Thursday at 3pm, bus will leave from NHS @ 2:15pm, then Friday 1 game (see schedule)


South Coast Tournament Varsity 9/24-9/26

The Varsity Boys are in the South Coast tournament this weekend. Please click here for the tournament schedule.



Thursday and Friday quarters will be 6 minute stop time
with one full time out and one 20 second time out per game.
Any overtime, because of ties will be sudden victory.
Saturday will be regulation time, 2 full time outs/game and
one 20 second time out and sudden victory. Championship
game will be a regulation game. All teams will provide their
own balls and hats. The top team listed on the bracket will
be the home team and wear dark hats. Dark team sits to the
right of the scoring table to start the game. Since you might
be playing 2 games the same day, bring both sets of hats. We
cannot provide individual lockers, so please be responsible
for your own valuables. All teams will play 5 games. It is the
responsibility of each team to provide their own scorekeeper.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Practice Friday Morning for all levels

All levels will practice Friday 9/18/09 from 6am to 7:30am, there will be NO AFTERNOON PRACTICE. As some of you may know Coach Drew and myself are coaches at Concordia University Irvine and Coach Donny is a player, we are traveling tomorrow afternoon.

Girls Northwood Fall Classic Oct 10, 11

Girls will be in the Northwood Fall Classic, Oct 10 and 11. SAT's are on that Saturday so the tournament is starting later. We will have schedules and times as we get closer to the tournament date.

Good Luck this weekend CONCORDIA

Concordia University Irvine is in the prestiges Norcal Tournament this weekend, there 1st round games are against UCLA and UCSD on Saturday. Many Northwood Alumni will be playing in this tournament including:

Travis Noll (Stanford University), Derek Wiebe-Bailey (Long Beach State), Caleb Hamilton (Concordia University Irvine) Jon Colton (Loyola Maramount University).

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Girls Off Season Training

The off season training for the girls is not a high school related program. It is club water polo. The fee is not going to the high school it is going directly to the club.

You can find more info at

Practice will continue to be from 6pm-7:30pm TWTh

Again, this is not mandatory but highly recommended. All top high school programs are doing off season training. Please make your checks out to North Irvine Water Polo and give it to Coach Duje

Monday, September 14, 2009

Order Forms due WED 9/16 this week

If anyone else wants apparel Wed is the last day to order. Please print and fill out the form. Click under the important forms link.

Varsity Morning Workouts

Varsity morning practice will be held MTTh from 6am-7:30am.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A few new rule changes in HS Water Polo

Water polo rule changes can be found at:

Look for the following links to the PDF files:

NFHS Rules Changes
NFHS Points of Emphasis
NFHS-NCAA Rules Differences
NFHS Case Studies

Varsity Practice 6am Monday

9/14/09 Monday morning workout for Varsity @ 6am.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Girls Practice time change and shifts

High School Girls will practice from 6pm-7:30pm TWTh, The cost is $200, made out to Northwood Water Polo. Coach Duje is the off season coach, he is a current Concordia University Irvine water polo player with a great understanding of the game.

Please disregard the old schedule that was previously posted.

The new schedule again:

Tues, Wed, Thurs. 6pm-7:30pm @ Northwood

P.S. ALL GIRLS will be asked to run the clocks, tables, stats sheets, etc for all boys home games on a rotation. So please check to see when your shift is ( I will post a schedule up this weekend)

Please come out to support the boys and show some NHS spirtit!!!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Girls Water Polo

All girls water polo players will meet at the pool at 2pm. This will begin on the first day of school.

Northwood vs Los Alamitos 7pm 9/15/09

Our Varsity game against Los Alamitos, 9/15/09 @ 7pm, will be held at:

Joint Forces Base Los Al
11200 Lexington Drive
Los Alamitos CA 90720

We will not have a bus for that game, parents will drive their players to the game. Please arrive 45 minutes before game time. Please excpect delays so give yourself plenty of time to arrive.

Apparel Order Forms

Apparel Form

The last day for orders will be September 16, 2009. If you would like a backpack please email me @

Backpacks are $40.00

All checks must be made out to NHS Boys Water Polo

Concordia University Irvine #14

Concordia is ranked #14 in the nation!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Wednesday Varsity Scrimmage

On Wed 9/9/09 NHS VARSITY will have an official scrimmage against FOUNTAIN VALLEY at NHS. F/S JV will attend, and learn to run shot clocks, keep statistics, and overall setup for home games. Everyone will arrive at 2pm. Scrimmage will begin at appox. 2:45pm

We will still have morning workout at 6am on Wed.

Tuesday Night Parent Meeting

We will have a parent meeting on Tuesday September 8, 2009 at 7:15pm. We will have an overview of the season, expectations, etc...

We will meet at the Northwood Pool.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Back Packs Available

Team Back Packs are available for those that want one. They are the big SPEEDO brand back pack, they are not mandatory. Please email me at, or in the comment section of this blog. Make checks payable to NHS Water Polo in the amount of $40.00.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Wed Practice Change for Varsity

This Wednesday Varsity will practice from 6am to 10pm. 1 hour in the weight room and 3 hours in the pool. No afternoon practice for Wed.

FS/JV will have normal practice from 6am to 9am.

Parnets Fall Sports Info Night 7pm Tuesday 9/1

The Athletic Department is having the FALL SPORTS INFORMATION NIGHT tomorrow evening (9/1/09) at 7pm in the gym. This is a parent meeting, I highly recommend going and meeting the Athletic Director, Mr. Dean Toohey.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Directions to Alamitos Bay

1. Merge onto I-405 N 19.2 mi
2. Take exit 23 to merge onto CA-22 W toward Long Beach/7th St - 1.1 mi
3. Take exit 1 for Studebaker Rd - 0.2 mi
4. Slight left at College Park Dr (signs for Studebaker Rd) - 0.2 mi
5. Turn left at N Studebaker Rd - 1.2 mi
6. Turn right at E 2nd St - 1.6 mi
7. Turn left at Bay Shore Ave - 0.3 mi
8. Slight left at 54th Pl Destination will be on the left - 226 ft


NORTHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL placed 1st in the High School division of the NAVY SEALS FITNESS CHALLENGE and ANDREW ARAKAKI won top freshmen in the highschool division!!!!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Beach Polo Tourney

BEACH WATER POLO has the rules, game times, directions, etc...

We will have a NAVY and SILVER team entered in the 16u and 19u.

Navy Team (19u)
SAT @8:40am and 4pm/SUN @ 8am and 1:20pm:
P. Simmons

Silver Team (16u)
SAT @ 10:40am and 1:20pm/ SUN 10:40am and TBD:
RJ Simmons

School Registration and more please read

School registration for athletes is on Monday August 31st (read below). All levels will practice at 2pm only.

Monday 8/31 @ 7:30 am- priority registration for athletes and marching band (all grade levels)

Wednesday 9/2 @ 7 am- priority hearing and vision screening for all sophomore athletes and marching band. Please have ALL SOPHOMORES go to the hearing and vision screening before practice. They will have their hand stamped upon return.

On Monday and Tuesday they will be resurfacing the blacktop in the parking lots. They will be doing one section at a time starting at the front of the school on Monday. The catch is that the gate and entrance to the front of the school will be closed. Have your athletes come in to school off of Wolf Trail. They may also park on Wolf Trail if need be.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Navy Seal Training Day

Navy Seals camp will be held on Friday at Woollett from 9am-12pm. Varsity will have normal workout from 6am to 8am and caravan over to Woollett.

F/S JV will meet at Woollett at 8:45am and be done at 12pm.

Click, print and fill out information below.

Waiver Form

Information Form

Northwood will compete in the 9am-12pm portion of the training. The 1:30pm to 4:30pm is optional (recommended).


Homework assignment for Varsity

In your notebooks write the workouts that we've had and your thoughts, opinions, on them. Also, write down and diagram the plays we went over today at practice. I will be collecting them tomorrow morning.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Varsity Practice for Tuesday/Thursday

Varsity will meet at Woollett at 6am-7am for dryland. Be there 5 min before. We will then drive back to Northwood and be in the water by 7:30am.

F/S JV will meet at Northwood at 6am-9am.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Coach is on Vacation

I will be back on Sunday the 23rd. I will see all of you on Monday morning the 24th.

All levels will be ready to get in at 6am. Don't be late.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Boys Hell Weeks

Boys will begin Fall Practice

August 24, 2009


Frosh/Soph JV


Sunday, August 2, 2009

Girls 09 Off Season Schedule

Girls Varsity and F/S-JV Practice will begin September 10, 2009 (1st day of school).

The cost will be $275 to Northwood Water Polo.

We will also be in tournaments that will be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Varsity Boys Games 7/19/09

The boys varsity team plays at:

9:50am vs Palos Verdes
@ El Dorado

Arrive 45 min before game time.


Friday, July 17, 2009


Varsity Boys Tuesday Night 7/21

This will be our final Tuesday night games of the summer series at El Toro.




Varsity Boys Games 7/18 and 7/19

The game against Beckman at 3:45pm will actually be against Dana Hills. All other games will be the same. See you Saturday (7/18) at El Dorado 3pm.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pics by Bob Litchfield 7/11/09

Girls Saturday Games 7/18/09

Girls Saturday games 7/18/09 @ Northwood

2pm vs Mater Dei
2:45pm vs NCSD
4:15pm vs Corona Del Mar
5pm vs Laguna Beach

Allie G
Katie (if cleared by DR.)


Arrive 45 min before game time. We will be blue caps for all games, 1 time out per game


Boys JV/ FS game Sunday 7/19/09

Games on Sunday for the JV, FS 7/19/09

Jimmy Parker


Varsity Boys Games Sat and Sun 7/18 and 7/19

Boys Varsity play Saturday and Sunday at El Dorado High School.

Saturday 7/18/09

3:45pm vs Beckman
5:35pm vs El Dorado
7:25pm vs Troy

Sunday 7/19/09


Arrive 45 min before game time.
1 regular time out
1 30 sec time out

1. James Hartshorne
2. Jack Mayers
3. Kyle Kim-E
4. Dustin Hayashi
5. Bryce Wong
6. Tyler Abravanel
7. RJ Simmons
8. Cody Skelly
9. Jake Campbell
10. Nick McFadden
11. Tory Hayashi
12. Brian Chung
13. Gavin Konstanzar


Monday, July 13, 2009

Boys Varsity Tues 7/14/09

Game at El Toro
7:25pm game time

Arrive 30 min before

Beach Day

Dustin getting crushed or pulling out of the barrell, either way it was a fun surf session!  


Friday, July 10, 2009

Girls Roster Saturday


Boys Roster for Sunday games



Thursday, July 9, 2009

Boys Beach Workout 6am

Boys Varsity will meet at Northwood HS at 6am Friday morning.  We will caravan to Newport Beach (river jetties).  Dryland, swim, and surf.  


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Alumni Game Thursday Morning

Plan on workout going until 10am for the Varsity Boys on Thursday 7/9/09.   The Northwood Alumni will come in and scrimmage from 9am-10am against our Varsity.  Please try to adjust your schedule.


Monday, July 6, 2009

novice boys 10 things you learned at the game tonight. Due tomorrow.

Boys novice F/S game tonight

As a reminder the boys novice team has a game tonight at 7:20pm @ Northwood. Arrive 45 min before game time.

Girls homework assignment

5 things you learned from the "Chalk Talk" today. I prefer if you have it in your notebook but a sheet of paper will do and you can transfer it to your notebook later. Due tomorow (Tuesday) at the start of practice.


Notebooks by Wed 7/8/09

BOYS VARSITY and ALL GIRLS need to have a notebook by Wed. 7/08/09 workout. Any notebook will do, make sure it is one that is for water polo use only. You will be excpected to bring it to workout everyday. This will be used through the end of summer and the regular season.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Friday Practice 7/3/09

Coach Alex Donavon's group will be off on Friday.

Boys/Girls Varsity will have a beach practice beginning at 6:30am at Crystal Cove.  We will meet at Northwood High School at 6am and caravan there.  Parent volunteers are welcome.  We will need some parents to drive.   Who knows maybe you can do the workout with us=)

This will be optional but I will need a head count tomorrow (Thursday).  


10 things you learned from game film

Varsity Boys bring 10 things you learned from the game film we watched. Due tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Boys Novice Tonight 7:20pm

Boys Novice tonight at 7:20pm, be there 45 minutes before game time.  See you there!  

Practice 6/30/09


Bring a T-SHIRT and Old PAIR of SHOES, to practice on Tuesday 6/30/09.  You will be getting in the water with them so make sure that it's something you don't use much.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sick Days/missing practice

If you are sick, you are still expected to be at practice, even if it is just to watch.  

As I stated in an earlier blog entry, missing practice will result in:

20 x 100's on the coaches desired interval.  This is for every practice missed.

This rule will be strongly enforced now that we have a week under our belt.  



Friday, June 26, 2009

June 27th Saturday tournament

Girls VarsityJune 27, 2009 SaturdayNorthwood High School.
2:00pm Northwood vs. Mater Dei
3:30pm Northwood vs. El Toro
5:45pm Norhtwood vs TBD


If the rest of you would like to watch and cheer your teammates that would be great!

Please arrive 45 minutes before game time.1st team listed wears blue
1-20second time out per game
Sudden Death overtime

Coach Paige S. will be in charge.


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sunday Games Boys 6/28/09

All games are at Northwood High School

Game times:
10:00am Northwood vs Extreme Course #1
12:15pm Newport vs Northwood Course #1
4:00pm Northwood vs Palos Verde Course #1
4:45pm El Toro vs Northwood course #2


1st Team listed wears dark caps. 1 x 20 second time out

The team will consist of:

Tory Hayashi
Jimmy Parker
Brian Chung
Nick Ciuffitelli
Dennis Kim
Daniel Chang
Austin Arca


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

10 things you learned at practice.

Varsity- 10 things you learned from the video we watched.  

FS/JV- 5 things you learned from the watching the varsity during the counter attack drill.

You can bring it to practice or use the comment sections.  List them:

1.  Communication
2. Help defense

Girls FS/JV tonight

Games is at 7:40pm

Erin Condy
Ashley Eigle
Allie G
Kelsie Morton
Paige Charbonet
Lauren Pritts
Kat Edmonds
Paige Bautista

Be there at 7pm


What is mental toughness?

Read the link below.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Girls Water Polo Goals

Girls Water Polo list your water polo goals and how you plan on accomplishing them. Use the comment section.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dont Forget Goals

Don't forget your goals on the comment link of "My Goals" blog.

Physicals and other paper work

Please have all of your physicals and payments in.  You can bring them into me at the pool or at the Student Activity Center (SAC).  

Varsity Boys play El Toro, 9:05pm at El Toro High School tomorrow night(Tuesday 6/23).

Good 1st day!


Sunday, June 21, 2009


Drew Vyn


College Bio from last year.

THIS SEASON: Vyn enters his final season at USC as a dangerous lefty with speed and skill on the perimeter as well as strong defensive abilities.

2006: Vyn put up 22 goals in his first season at USC... Scored in 13 games with six multiple-goal efforts... Had three hat tricks (vs. Santa Clara, Pomona-Pitzer, UC Santa Cruz).

AT GOLDEN WEST: Vyn helped Golden West to conference and Southern California crowns in 2004 and 2005... Scored 132 goals and had 84 assists at Golden West... Earned all-conference first team honors both seasons.

HIGH SCHOOL: Vyn recorded 137 goals, 76 steals and 27 assists as a senior at Irvine High... Holds school's all-time scoring record with 265 goals... Named to All-CIF First Team as a senior and earned honorable mention as a junior... An all-league first-teamer as a senior and junior... Plays club for South Pacific Coast.

PERSONAL: Vyn is majoring in sociology... Parents are...Laurie and Jeff... Would like to become a firefighter... Lists Michael Jordan as his biggest sports hero... Birthdate is April 25, 1986. 

Alex Donavan


Alex is a current Concordia Student/Athlete.  Is a starter for the Concordia Water Polo Team, his accomplishments include:


Won 7 Australian national championships from Under 14 through Under 20


Australian youth National team 2002 and 2003


Australian Schoolboys National team 2002 and 2003


Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder 2002 and 2003


Australian junior National Team 2004 and 2005


Played 6 seasons in Australian National League 2002 - 2007


Paige Svehlak


Northwood Girls Water Polo Alumni.  Was the team captain

winter 2009.  She was named 1st team all Sea View League her

junior and senior years.  Paige was a 2 year NHS girls MVP and

was named to the All Irvine City Team 2009 by the Irvine World


Paige also led the timberwolves to the most successful season in NHS girls water polo history.


Player Conduct:

No player will miss practice.  

If practice is missed it will result in 20 x 100yd freestyle, on my desired interval.

If you are sick you will be excpected to be at practice and sit, assist the coach, and/or listen to instructions and game plans/strategies.

Player will NOT miss games.

Players will be respectful towards coaches, officials, parents, and opponents at all times.

There will be no foul language used at any time.

If players have issues, questions, problems, I want to hear the issues from them and not their parents.  I want an open line of communication from all players.

Parent Conduct:

Parents will act in a positive and encouraging manner.

Parents will be in the stands away from officials and will not address them.

There will be no coaching from the stands.

Parents will not approach the bench during games.

I will talk to parents after or before workouts, NOT DURING.  


My goals

To whom it may concern,

This summer we will focus on strength of mind, body, and commitment. We will undergo mental and physical challenges that will test each one of you.
I have 2 main goal, that we win league and to be CIF Champions.
I also have personal goals for each one of you.

All I can do is give you the oppurtunity.

Are you ready for the challenge?
I ask that everyone on the Boys Varsity Team post their goal in the comment section.



Summer camp starts tomorrow.

If you don't have your paper work in you will not workout.  As of right now many have not turned in physicals to the school.  I am assuming that you will have that in tomorrow.  


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

1st day of practice

All players need to have athletic wear at practice.  Athletic shoes and socks, shorts or sweats, and a t shirt.  We will be doing dryland workouts daily as well as getting in the pool.

Freshmen Boys
For your first day of practice, bring goggles, a speedo suit (any brand/color).  No Jammers or Board Shorts!!!

Freshmen Girls
Speedo suit (any brand/color), 1 piece suit and a swim cap.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Varsity Boys July 18th & 19th Northwood Summer Classic

Varsity Boys will be in the Northwood Summer Classic being held at El Dorado High School. This will be our full Varsity squad.

I will have game times soon.


June 28th and July 19th Boys Frosh Soph/JV

This tournament will be made up of NHS players, that I select the 1st week of practice. It will be made up of experienced non-varsity players. Players that will start FS or JV, or maybe make varsity.

The tournament is at NORTHWOOD

I will have game times soon.


June 27th Varsity Girls Tournament

Girls Varsity
June 27, 2009 Saturday
Northwood High School.

2:00pm Northwood vs. Mater Dei
3:30pm Northwood vs. El Toro
5:45pm Norhtwood vs Santa Margarita

Please arrive 45 minutes before game time.

1st team listed wears blue
1-20second time out per game
Sudden Death overtime


Monday, June 15, 2009

Girls Wed Night Novice League

The girls will begin playing in the Novice league at Northwood Highschool Wednesday June 24, 2009 to July 22, 2009. We will play at 7:40pm every Wed Night. This will be for incoming freshmen/novice girls. Please arrive 45 min before game time.

5 Min Quarters


Boys Monday Night Novice League

The boys Monday Night Novice League at Northwood High School begins 6/22/09. Game time is 7:20pm, arrive 45 minutes before game time. We will play every Monday night at the same time from June 22, 2009 to July 20, 2009.

This will be mostly for incoming freshmen and novice players.

5 Min Quarters


Boys Varsity Tuesday Night League

The Varsity Team will be competing in the Tuesday Night Varsity El Toro Night League. Our Schedule is as followed:

June 23
9:05pm El Toro vs Northwood

June 30
5:45pm La Canada vs Northwood
8:15pm Santa Margarita vs Northwood

July 7
6:35pm Northwood vs Woodbridge
8:15pm Northwood vs Foothill

July 14

July 21

1st team listed is dark hats, one time out per team, sudden death overtime, 6min quarters.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Summer Camp for NHS high school

Summer Camp will begin June 22, 2009:

Boys practice

Girls practice

Make sure your physicals, emergency cards, and payment to NHS boys polo for $175.  You can turn in your paper work to the Student Activity Center (SAC).  If you already have great!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

No Practice Friday for the Boys NHS

Friday we will not have practice, because it is senior day at NHS.  Last year it was very chaotic.  Also, reminder Thursday will be the last practice until summer camp starts (6/22/09 at 6am).


Monday, June 8, 2009

Northwood Water Polo Club week of 6/8/09

Practice times for this week:

10U/12U 4:30PM-6PM
14U Boys 6PM-7:30PM
16U Boys 7PM-8PM Weights, 8PM-9PM in the pool

10U/12U 4:30PM-6PM
14U Boys 4:30PM-6PM

12U Boys/14U Boys Scrimmage vs. Orange County at Jserra 6PM-8PM

10U/12U 4:30PM-6PM
14U Boys 4:30PM-6PM


Steve Carrera

North Irvine Water Polo

Practice for the boys high school

Boys Northwood High School Water Polo begins practice today at 2pm-3:30pm.  Practice will be held MTTHF, this week.  We will not have practice the week of finals.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Irvine World News Girls Water Polo All City Team

5 of Northwood Girls Water Polo players made the All City Team!!! 3 made the team, 2 as honorable mention! Click on the link for the full article!

16u Team JO Qualifiers

The 16u boys lost there 1st game to Newport Water Polo Foundation 7-5 at this weekends JO qualifiers. Coach Steve said that the team was in the game until about 2 min left. The team played Riverside this morning and won! They will play Socal B at 11:45am. For more info on the games times/location click here:

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Qualified Teams

Congratulations to the 10u coed, 12u boys and girls, 14u boys. They all qualified for the Junior Olympics in San Jose this year at the end of July.

Also, congratulations to all the coaches that have done an awesome job with the groups! Coach Jure Belamaric Sebastian Cordoba who coach the 12u boys. Coach Tyler Simmons who coaches the 10u coed team with me, and coach Caleb Hamilton who coaches the 14u boys, and took 4th in the regional event!

As well as Coach Steve Carrera (12u girls) and Coach Steve Simmons (12u girls), who did a great job beating some very strong opponents!!!

We are the ONLY CLUB in IRVINE that qualified.  Irvine Kahuna didn't qualify any teams, proving we are the premiere water polo club in Irvine.

Great Job everyone and parents thanks for your support, we could never have done this without you!!!

See you at the pool!

Junior Olympics Qualifiers 16u Boys start this weekend

The 16u Junior Olympic Team for Northwood will be playing under Los Alamitos B team because the Sopac Zone would't allow our team to enter as Northwood because of clerical issues. All the brackets have 4 teams except one bracket, but the Zone says there is no way they can plug one more team into the competition. So we are playing at :

Colony High School
3850 E. Riverside Dr.
Ontario CA 91761

AT 5:30PM Friday Night 6/5/09. For the 16 schedule click on:

Practice tonight Thursday 6/4/09 will start at 6pm-8pm with Coach Steve Carrera