Monday, December 20, 2010

Revised off-season boys schedule

Please see the revised off season schedule. CLICK HERE

DEC 23 arrive @ 11am.

Current NHS Boys Water Polo Team will arrive at 11am on December 23, to set up. The alumni game will begin @ noon. I am excpecting everyone to be there Varsity/JV/Frosh-Soph.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NHS Boys Alumni game DEC 23 @ Noon

The Boys Alumni game will be December 23, 2010 @ Noon. We will set up the course and play 8 min quarters. I will need some help setting up. I would like to make it a BBQ with burgers, drinks etc...

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Valley Tournament

Friday the Varsity Girls play at 3:50pm @ Orange High School. If we win we play again at 6:20pm if we lose we play at 7:10pm that Friday.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Santa Ana Tournament and practice

The girls Varsity will play at 4:40pm at Orange High School. Varsity will meet at 2pm at the NHS pool, bus will leave at 2:40pm. Frosh Soph JV will havw normal practice @ NHS.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Friday, November 19, 2010

Boys Off Season Training 11/29/10

Hi All,

Beginning 11/29/10 we will begin off season boys high school. We will workout from 2pm-4pm on the DATES ATTACHED.

We will lift for 45 minutes and we will get in the water and work on speed, leg strength, and shooting for 1 hour 15 min.

We will enter 1 tournament as a high school team (Winter Fest 2011). 18 and under. Only the top 15 players will go.

We will also have scrimmages bi-weekly leading up to Winter Fest.

Participation fee: $135 it will include the tournament fee.
Make checks payable to : NHS BOYS WATER POLO.

After the Winter Fest Tournament, you all come back and begin NHS Swim Team. No Exceptions. If you don't swim, you will NOT play Varsity.

Club water polo will not be a valid reason to not swim. You may continue to do club but your priority will be swimming.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Ed Carrera
Head Coach
Northwood High School
Boys and Girls Water Polo

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Girls Vacation Schedule

Next Week:
11/22/10 Monday 2pm-4:30pm
11/23/10 Tuesday 2pm-4:30pm
11/24/10 Off
11/25/10 Off
11/26/10 Off

Vacation Schedule:
December 18, 2010 through January 2, 2011/ Off

Girls Snack Bar Information

Welcome to the start of our Girls Water Polo Season!

Here is the link to the sign up page for snack bar, pasta parties and the
banquet/slide show/raffle. You can also go to and enter my
email address- in the space below where is asks if you are
looking for a sign up. Then it will take you to a couple choices, we are NHS
Girls Water Polo Snack Bar.

We ask that each family take at least one shift for our snack bar. It's a fun
job and you get a great view of the game. The money we make from the snack bar
helps offset the cost of our banquet and any other miscellaneous
items/activities during the season.

To start off our snack bar, we're asking for $25 from each player. The girls
can give it to either Allie or Nicole Flath at practice.

Each Tuesday before League games, families host a pasta party. These are fun to
do, it's neat to get to know the girls and they have a great time. You can do
it alone or share with someone.

Also, we will have a Holiday Pasta Party/Gift Exchange. Each girl should bring
a $10 gift to exchange. It will be held at Allie and Nicole Flath's house, more
information will follow.

Let me know if you have any questions or 949-400-6741.

Shelly Flath

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Banquet Money is due tomorrow, Wednesday 11/16/10, and to make the check out to:

NHS Boys Water Polo in the amount of $24. They can turn it in to Coach Ed 2 2pm when they check in.

Very urgent, that we get this done tomorow.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Please see game schedule revision

Updated 11/15/10 Schedule for Girls

Boys Banquet Info

Banquet Date: Sunday Dec. 5
Time: 5-7:30PM
Place: BUCA di PEPPO in Irvine/ 13390 Jamboree Road

Menu: Caesar Salad and Apple Gorgonzola Salad
Penne Basilica and Cheese Manicotti
Chicken Parmigiana (Eggplant Parmigiana available if ordered prior to event.
Please request selection with check)
Chocolate Cake
Unlimited Soft Drinks, Coffee and Tea

Cost: $24.00/ Includes Tax and Gratuity

Lisa Mayers will be at the pool on Wed. Nov. 17th and Friday Nov. 19th between 2-3PM
It is important that checks be collected prior to Thanksgiving week. Please forward questions to Lisa Mayers @

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Apparel message from Mrs. Dillard

Hi Ladies,

I'm Mrs. Dillard (Sierra's Mom). I will be taking care of all the apparel ordering for this season. I need you to please email me what your cap # is going to be and which level you are on (JV or Varsity, or a 3rd I don't know about). Final review and approval of your cap # will be through Ed & Jure prior to ordering.

Regarding sizes I suggest you befriend a returning player that has some of the items and check out how the sizes run before you order what you need or want. Parkas STRONGLY recommended since it will be COLD some days in January & February and it will be your best friend.

Those of you that are new this season WELCOME to the TEAM glad you joined. Those of you returning WELCOME BACK. Each of you has a strength you bring to the team so take the challenge of being a mentor and choose a new team member and share your skills and help them find what their strength is. It's going to be a super year and hope we can all come together and have a few team bonding gatherings. I'm not the Mom in charge of that area but I know the coaches always encourage those activities. I did hear no practice over Christmas break... someone plan a social before break.

I look forward to the upcoming season & continuing my practice of taking action shots & candids to share with the team throughout the season. Who would of known waterpolo is one of the most challenging sports to photograph. Thust lies the fun for me.

My email address is -
It's extremely important that in the subject line you have your name and incl Girls NHS waterpolo ROCKS!
Otherwise your message will go to my junk mail.

Thank you.
Mrs. Dillard

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tyler's Band Info

Army of Sun in NAMM's SchoolJam USA Semi-Finals!

Hey everyone. Army of Sun is excited to have been selected as a semi-finalist for Schooljam USA sponsored by NAMM. Over 150 bands submitted, and we are one of 48 that made the semi-finals. We are one of 12 bands competing in the West region, and 2 bands from the West will advance to the Finals based on the number of votes received. If we make it to the Finals, we will play with 9 other bands from around the country at Downtown Disney in January as part of the huge NAMM Convention. Also, all finalists receive money donated to their school’s music program (Northwood High School).

We need your help! Please vote for us every day between November 1 and November 30 at:

(one vote per day per e-mail address)

We’d appreciate you passing this on to family and friends, posting on FB, or anywhere you can to get the word out. Thanks so much for your support.

Tyler Abravanal and Army of Sun

Monday, November 1, 2010


Tomorrow, November 2nd is our final La Sirena Tuesday!

6 – 9 pm Orchard Hills - Eat in or Take-Out
If you haven't joined in yet, please take the time to go tomorrow night to support your team!!

La Sirena has been a great community partner with the boys water polo team all season and this is our chance to say THANK YOU to them.


Vicki Thomas

Water Polo Video (R)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Sat OCT 30

Game for varsity tomorrow @ 10am Mira Costa High School. Please arrive an hour before game time.

F/S and JV please make sure you know your work schedules for tomorrow @ nhs.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Revised NOC 2 Hank Vallekamp Tournament

Revised Tournament Schedule



Friday, October 22, 2010

NOC 2 Tournament Schedule

Hank Vallekamp NOC 2 Tournament Schedule


To ensure your player appears in our end of year video we need your pictures, videos & news clippings.

The deadline for submission is November 5th.

Please submit all clearly labeled media to Dave Abravanel.

Please submit all material on a CD or compact flash drive or portable hard drive.

Editors note: if you have hundreds of photos or hours of video please select your top 20 favorite photos and describe with timing the footage in the video you want used.

Thank you

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Friday's game cancelled

Game: Friday October 22, 2010 vs Mission Viejo Cancelled.

They had to reschedule a league game as well.

Uni vs NHS TBA

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

6:30am workout tomorrow

Varsity will have practice at 6:30am Wednesday 10/20/10.

UNI vs NHS Cancelled

I just recieved a call that Uni is cancelling the game today. We will have normal practice unless there is lightning.

Pictures Oct 27

Picture day has been rescheduled for October 27, 2010.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Reminder Pics Monday

Pictures are on Monday October 18, 2010 @ 2:15pm. Pics will be in taken in jeans and polo shirts. If you dont have your team shirt please where a plain black polo shirt.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday OCT 15

Our game is at 6:40pm @ Northwood.

Please be at the pool at 5:40pm.

Varsity only,

Frosh/Soph arrive @ 1:45pm

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Parents please read

I just want to remind all parents that we need to be calm in the stands. Emotions run high in high pressure games, so please don't be confrontational and behave.

Not yelling at referee's or confronting parents from the opposing team.


Sunday, October 10, 2010

We will meet at 1:45pm

With the early out schedule this upcoming week. We will meet at 1:45pm next week.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Parents please read, urgent

PARENTS – Please find the attached snack bar roster with slots / times that still need to be filled in.
We have had an additional tournament that we are hosting next week, in addition to the already scheduled snack bars.
This is a big money maker for the team and we NEED YOUR HELP!
Please review the attached schedule and let Terri Vernon know via email when you can work. Please send Terri an email to:
Please note that there are 3 shifts for League games and several for the Tournaments.
Thank you for your support!
Terri Vernon
(714) 788-4001

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Picture Day for the Boys

Pictures for the boys will be on Monday, October 18, 2010. Wear Black Polo Twolves shirt and Jeans. Pics will be at 2:30pm, I will have envelopes for you as soon as they are delivered to the school.

Revised NOC 1 Schedule


GIRLS 10/16/10

October 16, 2010
Northwood Girls vs Jserra @ Jserra
Please arrive 45 minutes before game time.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Varsity Lunch

The varsity guys will be having lunch with the wolfpack in room 1206 on Wednesday.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fund Raising for NHS Water Polo

From Vicki Thomas:

The boys water polo has a strong community supporter this year, a local business who wants to help us in managing our team's tournament fees. La Sirena Grill, located in the Orchard Hills shopping center, has graciously agreed to help our team raise funds to pay for our tournaments!!

Here's how it works:
1. Players and their families and friends eat at La Sirena on Tuesday evenings beginning this week through November 2nd, from 6 pm to 9 pm.
2. La Sirena will provide a percentage of all their business on Tuesday evenings to the NHS boys water polo team.

It's as simple as that!

So, please plan to spend a little time at La Sirena Grill on Tuesdays - bring your friends, your family, or order food to take out. It's all good, and it's all good for the team, but it takes your support to earn La Sirena's support.

See you Tuesday!!

Sunday, September 26, 2010


Only the Varsity at 6am tomorrow.

If you played in the SOUTH COAST TOURNEY that's you.


Caleb Hamilton

Jon Jon Colton

Travis Noll

Dustin Hayashi

James Hartshorne

Kyle Kim-E

Cody Skelly

Parker Simmons

Jason Lantgen

Clark Condict

Derek Weibe Bailey

Jason Peck

Adam Rollins

2007 CIF Semi- Finals vs Los AL

2009 Sea View League Stirs Up


October 04, 2006|Eric Sondheimer

Caleb Hamilton, a water polo standout at Irvine Northwood, signed his first autograph last year when some kids sought his signature during a junior tournament in Argentina.

"It was definitely a little weird but a cool feeling," he said.

Those kids knew what they were doing because Hamilton, 17, is one of America's best prospects.

He was the second-leading scorer and the youngest player on the U.S. team that won gold at the Junior Pan American Water Polo Championships in August in Montreal.

His coach at Northwood, Steve Carrera, doesn't hesitate to compare him to two of the greatest players in Southland history, the late Jim Toring and current U.S. national team member Tony Azevedo.

"Those are the people I always looked up to," Hamilton said. "And to be mentioned with them is awesome."

He is considered the No. 1 college prospect in the nation and a potential scoring machine for any program that lands him. At the high school level, he isn't just being double-teamed. Try triple-teamed.

He finds a way to provide instant offense. Last season, he scored 108 goals. He had eight goals in a game this season against Laguna Hills.

Today, he'll try to lead host Northwood, ranked No. 2 in the Southern Section Division I coaches' poll, against top-ranked Lake Forest El Toro. They met in the South Coast tournament final, with El Toro winning, 11-9. Hamilton scored 21 goals in five games of the tournament.

The opportunity to have played against 20-year-olds during international competition in the summer and train with U.S. national team members gives Hamilton invaluable experience and helps separate him from peers at the high school level.

Just from a physical standpoint, at 6 feet 3 and 200 pounds, he's bigger and stronger than many, but he was pushed around by older Hungarians and Russians during the summer, letting him know what awaits him at the college and international levels.

"I have the size and strength, and I have to try to find a way to get around them," he said.

There are two distinct qualities that define Hamilton: Athleticism and work ethic.

"If he'd be playing any other sport, he'd be a Division I athlete," Carrera said.

Blame it on his mother, Anastasia, for football losing out to water polo. She's a former swimmer who introduced him to the sport as a 7-year-old.

"I find it a lot of fun," he said. "I like the fact you can be down five goals and two minutes later, it can be tied. I love physical sports."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Games for Saturday

Varsity plays at 10:40am @ Tustin HS

F/S Plays at 10:15am @ Santa Margarita HS

Please arrive 40 minutes before game time.

Last Chance for Apparel

If you want to order apparel your last chance is today! Please email Mrs. Thomas @

Thank you!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

F/S plays at 6:45pm for opening game of Charger Cup

Sept 23 F/S plays at 6:45pm for opening game of Charger Cup. Bus will leave from school at 5:45pm. We will meet at 2pm at the NHS pool as usual.

October 14 and November 2 Changes

The Pacific Coast League has made some changes. Please see the new game schedule.

October 14 will be HOME
November 2 will be AWAY

Saturday, September 18, 2010

No Morning Workout Monday

Schedule for the week:

game vs JSerra (all levels)

6am-7:30am weights/pool (varsity)
2pm-4:30pm (all levels)

6am-8:30am weights/pool (varsity)
2pm-4:30pm (all levels)

South Coast Tournament (varsity)

South Coast Tournament (varsity)

Please note: F/S Charger Cup info has not been posted yet, awaiting schedule.

South Coast Tournament 2010

The 2010 South Coast Tournament Schedule Varsity will be competing in this tournament.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Villa Park game is at home

Game vs Villa Park is @ Northwood for all levels

Message from mrs. Wong for parents

Hi parents,

Please let Ed know ASAP if you meant to get an apparel order in and didn't.
This is the final call!!!

Also, as part of our fundraising for the team, we host a snack bar at the
pool during home games.  We are asking each boy to bring in $20 to
contribute to buying all the food.  Please write your son's name on the
outside of the envelope and have them give it to Ed.

Thanks for all your support!

Evelyn Wong

Friday, September 10, 2010

Schedule for 9/13-9/17

6am-7:30am Weights/Pool
2pm-4:30pm Pool

6am-7:30am Weights/Pool
2pm-4:30pm Chalk Talk/
Game at 7pm at Los Alamitos Army Base (arrive at 6pm)

2pm-4:30pm Pool

6am-7:30am Weights/Pool
2pm meeting
4pm vs Villa Park @ Northwood

6am-7:30am Weights/Pool



Bus leaves from Northwood @2pm vs Los Al at Los Alamitos High School


2pm vs Villa Park @ Villa Park


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Clarification for this week

No Morning Practice on Wednesday.

Scrimmage will be Wednesday at 2:15(ish)

We will have morning workout on Thursday.

This schedule will be for this week only.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Boys Schedule 9/7-9/10

Everyone will have workout from 2pm-4:30pm Tuesday-Friday

Varsity will practice T-TH 6am-7:30am THIS WEEK.

Wednesday all levels will scrimmage Fountain Valley at our pool beginning at 2:30pm. We will try and run 2 courses simultaneously.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Girls 11th and 10th Grade ODP Tryouts

Girls below is the link for ODP Tryouts (Olympic Developmental Program). This is obviously NOT Mandatory but I think it would be a great oppurtunity for some of you.

Please click on the link below for more details:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Weights at 8am for Varsity

Varsity group will workout with weights at 8am at Northwood HS. Monday, Tuesday, Wed. as well as 2pm-4:30pm

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Please make sure you sign up for Northwood HS Boosters. It's very important that we do that. If we get 50% of the families to sign up, money goes back to the program.

Being this year that we have to pay for tournaments we can really use the support!

Week of 8/30

We will practice at 2pm-4:30pm. Starting Monday 8/30/10.

I will select some of you to also practice at 8am (weights)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hell Week

We will start hell week practice on Monday August 23, 2010.

We will practice from 6am-10:30am.

goggles, old shoes, old tshirt (you will use in the water)

As well as gear to lift and run in.

Missing practice will result in 100x100, being late will result in 10x100 every minute you are late.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dennys for the girls

the girls will meet at Dennys on culver and walnut at 10:30am for Bfast. Bring money for what you want to eat.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Games Thursday

Coach Ryan's group does have a game on Thursday Night. I will confirm times tomorrow.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wednesday water polo party

We will meet up at the pool for ice cream sundaes. It is for the boys and their parents to get to "meet the Coach" and "meet the
team". This is a mandatory meeting for players and parents.

what: Meet the Coach
where: NHS pool
when: Wednesday, July 28
time: 7:00pm

Saturday, July 24, 2010

JO Athletes

If your team made JO's and you are attending, you will have the week off from practice.

I would still like the Varsity players to attend Tuesday night at JSerra

As of now, I believe these players are attending JOs:


No game for coach Ryan's group

Games cancelled for Sunday July 25. Please make a note. See you Monday morning at 6am

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Varsity Boys Beach Practice

Varsity boys will have a beach practice on Friday July 23, 2010. We will meet at NHS at 5:50am and caravan to Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach.

Boys 7/25 Tournament

Click Here for Schedule


Brandon L.
Kevin Ding
James Ding
Jimmy Parker
Ahmed (A-Train)
Chris (Speedy)
Henry Lee
Daniel (Smiley)

Girls 7/24 Tournament

Girls Frosh/Soph play Saturday. Coach Jure will choose who is playing.

Click here for schedule

Monday, July 19, 2010

Games Tuesday Night Boys Varsity

The Varsity Boys play Tuesday night at 5pm and 7:30pm at JSerra High School. Please arrive 30min before game time.

Next Tuesday we play at 7:25pm also at JSerra HS.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Boys Practice cancelled

All boys practice is cancelled Monday morning 7/19/10.

Boys Novice still has games Monday evening game time at 6:40pm please arrive 30 minutes before.

Girls will have normal practice.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Girls Beach Practice

The girls will practice tomorrow at 9am at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach, CA. Bring plenty of water, if someone can bring a frisbee and a soccer ball that would be great!

Don't forget your sunscreen=)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

July 5 Novice Boys League

Boys novice has a game Monday night at Northwood HS please arrive by 6:45pm. This is for the new players only.

July 11 Boys Sunday Tournament

Boys Sunday League Tournament is at Northwood. Please click to see game times:


Roster will be:

Tim Shaw
Matt Farrell
Colin Vernon
James Ding
Chris Park
Brandon L.
Uday Sood
Conner McCombs
Henry Lee

July 10 Girls Saturday Tournament

Girls Saturday League Tournament is at Northwood High School. Please click here for the tournament schedule:


Coach Jure will have a roster next week.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thursday League Roster

Tim Shaw
Matt Farrell
Colin Vernon
James Ding
Chris Park
Brandon L.
Uday Sood
Conner McCombs
Henry Lee

Please arrive 30 minutes before game time. Game is at Santa Ana Valley HS. Game time is 4pm

Monday, June 28, 2010

Novice Boys Game

The novice game is at Northwood tonight at 7:20pm and you need to be there 30 minutes before game time. Please don't be late.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Important Forms before Practice

Please make sure all your physical info, emergency cards, and due's are paid.

Boys make checks payable to:

Boys NHS Water Polo
$175 per Athlete
$5 Athletic Trainer Fee
$50 Tournament Fee (seperate check)

Girls make checks payable to:

Girls NHS Water Polo
$175 per Athlete
$5 Athletic Trainer Fee
$50 Tournament Fee (seperate check)

Summer Tournament Dates

As I recieve the schedules I will be posting them. Please keep these dates open. Please note June 26 and June 27 teams are already done. You know who you are=)

Boys Summer Novice League (Monday) for New Players
1 game per date
June 28th
July 5th
July 12th
July 21st

Girls Summer Novice League (Wednesday) Cancelled

Girls Summer Tournament Series (Saturday) Frosh/Soph
3-4 games per day
June 26th, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th.

Boys Summer Tournament Series (Sunday) Frosh/Soph/JV
3-4 games per day
June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, July 25th

18U Boys and 18U Girls Summer Classic (Varsity)
4 games guaranteed
July 17th and 18th

Please arrive early

Please arrive 45 minutes before game time for all league nights.

Thursday Night League BOYS FROSH/SOPH/JV

Boys Frosh Soph will be playing Thursday nights at Santa Ana Valley HS. Click on the schedule for dates, times.


Tuesday Night League BOYS VARSITY

The Varsity Boys are in the El Toro Tuesday Night League PLEASE NOTE GAMES WILL BE HELD AT LAGUNA HILLS HS. Click on the schedule for dates, times, and locations.


Monday Night League GIRLS VARSITY

The girls are in the very competitive El Toro League, games will be at Laguna Hills HS and Santa Margarita HS. PLEASE NOTE WE ARE PLAYING AT SANTA MARGARITA HS AND WE ARE TAKING JSERRA'S SPOT AS THE #2. THE UPDATED SCHEDULE WILL COME OUT SHORTLY. Please click on the schedule for game times and locations


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Girls Water Polo

Hi girls,

As some of you may have heard, Coach Jure Belamaric will be taking over as the primary coach, with my college position/schedule I am going to have conflicts.

I am working on the Winter Schedule 2010/2011 and I have the Varsity Team signed up for the El Toro League every Monday night starting this MONDAY 6/28/10. Coach Jure will select who the Varsity team will be.

I am doing all the administrative work, so please make sure you have your physicals, emergency cards, and due's turned in the 1st day of practice.

Make all checks payable to: NHS Girls Water Polo

$175 per Athlete
$5 Athletic Trainer Fee
$50 Tournament Fee (seperate check)


Ed Carrera
NHS Water Polo

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Practice Confusion

Practice this summer is at Northwood High School NOT at University High School.

Summer School classes are at University High School, Water Polo Practice will be at Northwood High School.

Boys 6am-9am

Girls 10:30am-12:30pm

It starts June 28, make sure all your physical, emergency card, and payments are in. If not you can pay the 1st day of practice.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Summer Workouts

Here are a couple of tips for the summer.

1. Drink tons of water, you need to be hydrated
2. Eat light before workout, fruit, wheat bread with jam, breakfast bar.
3. Bring a snack to workout and a drink. Some kind of power bar and sports drink/water.
4. Be on time
5. Missed workout will resut in punishment swim set's.
6. Be respectful at all times towards teammates, coaches, parents, officials
7. Come mentally prepared to give it your best
8. Bring sunscreen
9. Have proper paperwork done. Emergency card, physicals etc..
10. Apparel form will be collected 1st 2 weeks of camp. You can print it out on the top right hand side of the blog.

These are just a few things that will help the summer be successful.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

VP Tourney Sunday 6/6/10

10:30am and 3:30pm at Ayala High School. Please arrive 45 minutes before game time. Good job today! Let's keep controlling the tempo of the game and continue the high energy defense.

VP Tourney Saturday

Looks like our game is at Canyon High School at 3:50pm. Please arrive 45min before game time.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Fall Practice Times

Practice times for the Fall will be 2pm-4:30pm for everyone

Varsity will also practice in the morning schedule is TBA

Friday, May 14, 2010

South American Games March 2010

So it's been about a couple months since I got back from Medellin Colombia. What a great tournament! I was finally on a national team...I play it off as if it's no big deal, but you know what, it is. It was like the realization of a childhood dream, and to do it with my little bro was even that much better. I worked so hard when I was a kid. I never missed practice...I was a club swimmer and a pretty good one, but polo was my release. I had so much fun doing it, and to be part of a national team is the highest level I can ever hope to obtain.
The first night of the tournament we played Argentina, I tell you it was a blood bath. They scored 6 goals a quarter. Finally in the 4th quarter I was so pissed, embarrassed, that I got the ball on a 6 on 5 from the 1 spot and DONUTED the goalie. The place erupted!!! I mean there must of been no joke 2500 people there. The cheers went on for what seemed like an eternity. I had never been one to celebrate goals, but I did on this one. We ended up losing 24-1 or something crazy like that.
The highlight for me was scoring against Brasil. I'm not gonna lie, I heard stories before I left about them grabbing balls, tearing your eyes out and all that kind of stuff. I was a little scared. I remember in the water after I scored my 1st goal, Steve was like "Dude, watch out, keep your head up!" After the 2nd goal I felt like the man! Instant respect from everyone at the tournament. Sure, our team wasn't very good, but everyone knew who the Carrera brothers were.
As the tournament went on I started gaining more and more confidence. I was the guy...I'm not bragging, I'm shocked that I can still be "that guy"! I'm OLD, I'm not supposed to be the leading scorer!!!
I really started to feel cocky in our last 2 games, we played Peru and we tied them the 1st time we played them. I scored 4 goals and got majored in the 4th quarter with about 2min left.
The next day we lost by 1 and it hurt. I scored 3 goals but I was in emotional pain. In the locker room, once everyone was out, I broke down and started crying..... I was going through so many emotions, I was thankful for the oppurtunity, I was thankful to all my coaches,I was thankful to my parents, I thanked the Lord for watching over me, and I was pissed we lost. It was a moment I will never forget.
I wish I would have written a blog everyday I was there because there is so much stuff that happened but this is what I remember the most. I never considered myself an Ecuadorian, I've been there once in my life (when I was 7), but now I do, and I am proud that I got to represent the country of my origin. Yes, my parents are proud=)

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Varsity Boys Villa Park Tournament June 4-6

Hi guys,

We will be playing our 1st tournament on June 4-6. We have been on the waiting list for this tournament for a long time.

The roster will be:

Gavin Konstanzer
Brent Chico
Jack Mayers
Bryce Wong
Tyler Abravanal
RJ Simmons
Tucker Vejsicky
Austin Arca
Johnny Hartshorne
Jason Lee
James Ding
Nick McFadden
Warren Laufer

I may add more to the list but that's the roster for now. All game times and locations are TBA.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Boys Fall Game Schedule

Hi boys,

Here is the game schedule for the boys this year. We are now in Division II, and we are playing double round games for league.

Boys Fall 2010 Game Schedule

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Change to boys summer camp

Because Summer school will be at UNI HS this year. The boys will practice from 6AM-9AM so that those students having summer school will be able to make it to class on time.

Please make a note PRACTICE WILL BE AT 6:00AM-9:00AM for SUMMER CAMP.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Changes for boys summer practice

I have been informed that summer school this year is at University High School and the second session starts at 10am. Boys will have practice from 6:30am to 9:30am and should take second session classes. Girls should take first session classes of summer school, if needed.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Summer Tournament Dates

Boys Summer Novice League (Monday)
1 game per date
June 28th
July 5th
July 12th
July 21st

Girls Summer Novice League (Wednesday)
1 game per date
June 30th
July 7th
July 14th
July 21st

16U/14U/12U/10U (mixed) Girls Summer Tournament Series
3-4 games per day
June 19th, June 26th, July 10th, July 17th, July 24th.

16U/14U/12U Boys Summer Tournament Series
3-4 games per day
June 20th, June 27th, July 11th, July 18th, July 25th

18U Boys and 18U Girls Summer Classic
4 games guaranteed
July 17th and 18th

Northwood Summer Camp

Summer Camp will begin June 28, 2010 to July 30, 2010 for both boys and girls.

Boys practice 6:30am-9:30am

Girls practice 10:30am-12:30pm

We will have games at night. Schedules will be up soon.

The cost is $175 per player. There is also a $5 Athletic Trainer Fee, per player. $50 tournament fee.

Apparel forms will be collected the 1st week of summer camp for the boys. Apparel forms can be printed on the right hand side of this web page under IMPORTANT FORMS.

After July 30 we will have a break.

HELL WEEK will be August 23, 2010 until school starts.

Girls will begin offseason club practice. September 13, 2010.

All athletes will need to have physical forms, emergency cards, player conduct forms. You will not be allowed to participate unless all is done.

Summer Camp is MANDATORY for all players that plan on playing varsity during the regular season.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at

Saturday, February 27, 2010

R.I.P. Stephen Pal

For those who don't know, Stephen Pal passed away on Wednesday night. He was one of the best referee's around. He did age group games as well as international. He was also a dear friend to our program, especially Steve Simmons (they played against each other in college).
Tonight at the CIF Girls Finals they will have a memorial to honor him. Please make it out and show your support. Our prayers are with his family through this rough time.

Steve Simmons in action!

While Steve Simmons was looking for Stephen Pal photos he came accross some of his own photos,articles, etc..I thought it was so cool I wanted to share them with all of you. Hope you don't mind Steve=)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Irvine World News All City Team Northwood


Hartshorne saves the day for Timberwolves


James Hartshorne was an immediate hit at Northwood. A star goalkeeper, Hartshorne helped the Timberwolves reach the CIF finals as a freshman.
It was the beginning of a stellar fouryear career for Hartshorne, the most valuable player of the Irvine World News all-city boys water polo team.
“I think I hit all sides of the table, starting with such a high going to back to back Division I (championship games) and then just stepping up as a teammate and really developing the players around me,” said Hartshorne, who has already signed a national letter of intent to attend UCLA.
“The junior year was more like learning how to be a coach in the water and a good example to the guys coming up below me.”
Hartshorne’s Northwood team came up short two years in a row in the CIF finals, losing to El Toro in 2006 and Newport Harbor in 2007.
But he said he still benefited from the experiences and was able to cap his career with two more solid seasons.
“I had people tell me a freshman has never done it (get to the finals),” Hartshorne said. “It was tough, but looking back it was the best for me, because I’m so hungry to play in college right now, I can’t wait to get started at UCLA. I’m so hungry after just tasting it and not getting there.”
Hartshorne helped the Timberwolves into the CIF playoffs all four years along with two league titles. This past year, he was first team all-Sea View League, first team all-county, second team all-CIF and most valuable goalie in the league.
The 6-1 Hartshorne had 1,126 saves in his four years as a starter. This year, he had 301 saves and 67 steals.
“He was the backbone of our program,” said Coach Ed Carrera. “He is one of those players who don’t come around very often.
“It’s really like having another coach in the water. He can pretty much run the offense and run the defenses to a T, without me saying a word.”
Hartshorne started playing goalie in the fifth grade.
“I was at this tournament and our goalie was gone, so we were just rotating through and it came to be my turn and they said, ‘James, you played pretty well, you’re going to play the next game too,’” he recalled. As it turned out, Hartshorne felt right at home in the goal. “I love being goalkeeper because I’ve always liked being a defensive player,” he said. “A great block feels so good.” So did the feeling that Hartshorne had after some memorable games with the Timberwolves.
“In the (CIF) quarterfinals my freshman year, we played Los Alamitos and it was just so tight,” he said. “I can still remember the last pass I made to win the game. I saw Caleb (Hamilton) up on his guy, so I made the full-court pass and he made the lob shot and that sent us to the semifinals.”
Hartshorne also had memories of the team’s victory over Los Alamitos in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs in his sophomore year.
And he remembered Northwood’s Sea View League victory over El Toro also when he was a sophomore.
“We came out and took it to them hard early and pulled off the win. It was good to see Jon Jon Colton and Travis Noll get a league championship their senior year,” Hartshorne said.
Hartshorne said many people have helped him in his career, including Haz Ortega, who was his first goalie coach. Dave Mikesell and Jeff Wherry also provided support along with his two coaches at Northwood, Steve and Ed Carrera.
The Carreras “watched over me here and developed me here in my high school years and gave me that opportunity my freshman year to prove myself,” he said.
Wins and losses were significant, but so were the friendships he made, Hartshorne said.
“The last two were just as much fun as the first two because I was playing with my best friends,” he said. “Everyone wants to win, but just being with them was something special.”

In his four years as a starting goaltender for Northwood James Hartshorne made 1,1 26 saves for the Timberwolves. > MIGUEL VASCONCELLOS/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Northwood’s James Hartshorne signed a national letter of intent to play next season at UCLA.

Jack Mayers, Northwood
Mayers, a sophomore attacker, was a first team All-Sea View League player. He was ranked second among assist leaders in the county with 58.
“Jack is the youngest of the group and he’s a kid who we sort of watched progress through his age group (play),” said Northwood Coach Ed Carrera. “He has really elevated his game. Being a lefty, those lefties are so rare in our sport that it really opened up a lot for him.”
Mayers was critical in the counterattack.
“And Jack also scored some big game-winning goals for us,” Carrera said. “He hit the game-winner against Huntington Beach which put us in second place.”
Kyle Kim-E, Northwood
The Northwood senior was first team All-Sea View League and third team All-CIF, scoring 87 goals and recording 55 steals. He led the Timberwolves in scoring for the second year in a row.
“Kyle has been our big offensive threat the last two years,” said Northwood Coach Ed Carrera. “Everything has been centered around him at two meters. Interestingly enough, he was playing out of position a lot this year. Two meters isn’t his normal position, but he excelled.
“Against El Toro,the CIF champions, he scored six goals, which is no easy task. He’s a great all-around kid and very fast and a great defensive player.”
Dustin Hayashi and Bryce Wong were named Honorable Mention.

Saturday, February 20, 2010


James Hartshorne has been named Irvine World News All City Team MVP!

Kyle Kim-E and Jack Mayers have also been named to the All City Team.

Great Job guys!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Girls you are know under the supervision of Ken Lamont (swim coach). Good luck with your spring sports. Great season!


The CIF game is vs Edison at 3pm @ Golden West College. Warm-up will be at 2:15pm. The bus will be leaving early from class. Sorry for the late notice.

Aquatics Center is located across from the gymnasium

15744 Goldenwest Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92647-3197
(714) 892-7711

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Banquet Info from Mrs. Flath

Let's celebrate a great season!

BJ's in The Market Place
Sunday, February 21 from 4-6pm
We will be in the patio area.

$20 per person, our players are free.

We'll have pizza, salad, and everyone will get their own pizzookie!
Bring some cash for the 50/50 raffle:
1 ticket for $3
2 for $5
5 for $10

Please RSVP by this Thursday, 2/18 to
Dinner $$ can be given to either Allie or Nicole at school or you can drop it by our house at 1 Tiempo (gate code is 5315) by Thursday 2/18. Cash is fine or checks can be made out to Shelly Flath.

Thanks so much!

Friday, February 12, 2010


Here's how it works.

I am submitting a "At Large Petition" for us to go to CIF, if we get in we will probably play a "wild card game" on Tuesday.

The wild card game will officially qualify us for CIF if we win.

When we win, we will then play the next day against one of the division 1 league schools. Chances are we will play a team that got 1st in their league.

We can not see El Toro, Foothill, or HB because they are in the sea view league.

Sunday @ 11am the pairings will be posted on website.

I'll keep you posted.

More Pics

Thanks Mrs. Dillard!

Monday, February 8, 2010


Tuesday normal practice at 2pm

Wednesday away game vs Trabuco Hills

Thursday pictures at 42nd Street in Newport Beach. Drive yourself or with parents. We will leave at 2pm.

Friday game vs El Dorado @ Home

Friday, January 29, 2010

In the future

I am glad everything worked out for the most part.

In the future:

Vacations, Camps, Trips, Birthday parties, Finals, are not excuses to miss games and/or practices and should be planned after season or before.

Finals are important, but an hour and a half of workout will not get in the way of getting good grades. You need to improve your time management. Stay on top of your school work through out the semester so you don't have to cram.

I put a lot of time and effort into YOUR season, and I feel like it's been wasted with extra curricular activities. I know that the schedule was changed but the reschedule was a big headache because people made plans before season started.

Your time is my time during the season and if that doesn't work for you than you should re-evaluate if water polo @ Northwood is for you.

Updated Schedule

We will practice Monday and Tuesday this week at normal practice time.

Wednesday we play at home vs Foothill February 3, 2010.

Thursdays game vs El Dorado has been moved to Friday February 12, 2010. So NO game Thursday.

The game vs Huntington Beach has been moved to February 8, 2010.
So we will not be playing Tesoro on that day.

The Trabuco Hills game will still be on February 10, 2010.

*San Clemente and Tesoro games will not be played.

Monday, January 25, 2010


If you don't have a twitter account yet, I suggest getting one and following the updates will go to your phone in text form.

1/ sign up for twitter

2/ go to "settings" and then click on "mobile"

3/ enter your cell phone #, follow directions.

4/ go to and follow

5/ next to follow there will be a phone icon. Click on that and it will read "Updates are sent to your mobile phone"

and that's it.

Let me know if you have any questions.


We will have normal practice this week. As far as the game vs Huntington Beach, we are working on a day to reschedule the game. I'm working with the NHS Athletic Director as well as the Huntington Beach A.D. and coach. I'm trying my best to accomodate our players. I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Game vs San Clemente postponed

The game today has been postponed. We will be reschedule the game. No practice today. Get home and stay dry.

Change in our game schedule

The El Dorado game that was originally set for 2/4/10 is now going to be played 2/12/10 @ Northwood. Please make a note of it.

Friday, January 15, 2010

TYR Tournament game times

Girls we will play at 12pm @ El Dorado High School.

Please arrive at 11:15am.

Everyone played very SMART today!

S- You recognized the SITUATION
M- You MANAGED the pace of the games.
A- You played AGGRESSIVE.
R- You REACTED to opportunity.
T- You played as a TEAM.

Nice job! See you tomorrow.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Picture day will be on Friday Jan 22

We will have pictures on January 22, 2010. We will meet after school at the pool and caravan to Newport Beach 42nd Street and take pictures on the jetties. The pictures will be taken at 3:30pm.

Navy swim suits
Navy shirts with jeans.

You have until Friday the 22nd to decide.

TYR Tournament

The TYR tournament is at Esperanza High School and El Dorado High School.

We play at Esperanza High School tomorrow.

Game 1 5:30pm

Game 2
If we win we play at 8pm

If we lose we play at 8:50pm

The bus will leave at 3:15pm tomorrow.


We will meet at 2pm at the pool.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

NHS Girls schedule for the week

Tuesday 2-4:30pm
Wednesday Game vs El Toro @ El Toro
Thursday 2-4:30pm
Friday TYR Tournament-TBA
Saturday TYR Tournament-TBA

Kat Edmond
Ashley Eigle
Paige Charbonett
Erin Condy

Will play in the TYR cup with the Varsity

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Dinner at the Falk House

There will be a team dinner hosted by the Falk family today after practice. I don't have the address yet but plan on going right after practice (we can caravan).