Former St. Ignatius head coach Paul Felton will be the new girls water polo coach at Menlo-Atherton High, replacing veteran Chris Rubin.
Felton has spent the past 14 years as head coach of the girls team at SI. During his tenure, he guided the team to nine appearances in the Central Coast Section tournament --including four semifinals and two Division II runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2012.
Felton comes to M-A with a great deal of experience, both coaching and playing water polo at a high level. He was an All-American swimmer and two-time All-American in water polo at Capistrano Valley High in Mission Viejo. He played four years at Cal under legendary coaches Steve Heaston and Peter Cutino, winning NCAA championships in 1991 and 1992.
Felton then played two years in Perth, Australia, before settling down in San Francisco. Most recently, he has been competing for the Olympic Club of San Francisco men's team for the past 12 years.
Felton spent the past three years working for USA Water Polo's Olympic Development Program, as the head coach of the NorCal 18-under girls team. He also spent two of those years as the assistant coach for the United States National Youth Team, gaining valuable insight into our National Team programs and international system of play.
"The M-A girls have established themselves as one of the top CCS and top Northern California teams year after year, and I look forward to continue those traditions," Felton said in a statement. "Water polo provides these kids the perfect avenue to exhibit great sportsmanship, to learn from their successes and failures, and to combine their individual talents to achieve common goals, all things I hope they can take with them when they leave M-A."
The JLS Middle School wrestling team brought home its fourth straight lMid-Peninsula Lague title in five years last weekend at Red Morton Center in Redwood City as eight JLS athletes won individual titles, the most ever for the team.
JLS had 33 wrestlers compete in the field of 139 and scored 178 points to easily defeat runner-up Presidio, which had 104. Tyler Hunter-Washer of JLS was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the meet.
Other JLS champions included Manar Fajors, Miguel Reyes, Zane Hake, Seth Goyal, Ray Wu, Michel-Ange Siaba, and Tucker Moses.
Second-place finishes went to Cade Creighton, Timmy Waymouth, Sal Ruiz, Mack Saitz, Andy Maltz and Thomas Chang-Davidson. Gabriel Arnuad, Tristan Thomas, Alyssa Ilano and Nick Diaz finished third while Callum Day Ham, Sara Aguilar and Matthew Lin added fourth-place finishes.
A group of sophomores at Gunn and Palo Alto will be running a soccer camp this summer for charity.
"Kick for Charity" is for children ages 8-12 and will be held June 3-6. The camp is run by high schoolers Siddharth Srinivasan, Eli Friedlander, Ariya Momeny, Cristobal Gonzalez, Alys Olmstead and Jacey Pederson, a United States U17 National Team player.
The counselors are all high school and club soccer players and all of the funds from the camp will go to charity. The counselors are experienced and keeper training will also be available. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org