2017 Bodysurfing All-Americans!

September 4, 2017

El Segundo, CA. The Kai~Sports Cal-HI All-America Lists are posted for High School Age Bodysurfers. Check out the http://www.KaiSports.org website. Many new names and up & coming surfers with unique contributions to the sport! Congratulations!


2017 World Bodysurfing Championships

August 20, 2017

Oceanside, CA. The two-day multi-heat competition kicked off on a Saturday and finished on a Sunday, as is the norm. Last year featured the High School Age (17 & under) Boys, so this year’ll feature the Girls. Emerging from the early morning Preliminary Semi-Final Heats were Camryn Delaney, Madeline Giek, Kayla Rhoads, Kirra Robusto, Fiona Schmidt and Lauren Schmidt.  Camryn and Fiona were the Heat Winners, but Lauren and Kayla were close behind. Interesting to note: sisters Fiona and Lauren were Top-six Finalists the previous year, so the stage was set!

“We’re psyched and ready to go!” exclaimed the sisters during the pre-event photo session — “And we saw that we were All-America on the KAI~Sports website — and want to earn it again.” [B~note: by virtue of making Finals, they will — congratulations!]

International Surf Festival — Pier-to-Pier Competition

August 6, 2017

Hermosa Beach, CA. It was another glorious day, this time at the South Side of the Hermosa Pier for the annual ISF — Rough Water Swimming Championship! Over one thousand competitors took their marks, hit the ocean running, and swam 2-miles from the Hermosa Beach Pier to the Manhattan Beach Pier (final tally: 1,119 finishers; 30 dnf). As always, exhilarating!



International Surf Festival — Bodysurfing Competition

August 5, 2017

Manhattan Beach, CA. It was a glorious day at the North Side of the Pier for the annual ISF — Bodysurfing! As is per schedule, the Legends started the first heat of Prelims at 0645 hours. (I was in it.) But I’m not writing about myself, I’m writing about the Boys and Girls Heats of age 18u, that is the High School age competitors.

2016-2017 Girls HS All-Americans posted for KAI~California-Hawai’i

June 13, 2017

Another banner year for High School Girls once again as many prepare for college! Although there remain select schools, there still is growth for the sport of water polo that can be documented on this page. New schools with players named to the Cal-HI list:

  • Aliso Niguel HS, Aliso Viejo, CA (SS): Senior Shannon Swanson.
  • Arlington HS, Riverside, CA (SS): Junior Goalkeeper Michelle Hiller.
  • Bullard HS, Fresno, CA (CS): Junior Kylee Jansen.
  • Canyon HS, Anaheim, CA (SS): Juniors Kendall Montgomery and Kylie Stablien.
  • Christian Brothers HS, Sacramento, CS (SJS): Senior Marty Kalani.
  • Claremont HS, Claremont, CA (SS): Juniors Lauren Hoyle and Makenna Moore.
  • Del Norte HS, San Diego, CA (SDS): Juniors Dagmara Czajka and Sophia Zamoyski.
  • Encinal HS, Alameda, CA (NCS): Madeline Nelson.
  • Kealakehe HS, Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i:  Seniors Skyler Hudson and Maiana Villegas.
  • Lakeside HS, Lake Elsinore, CA (SS): Senior Reagan Hart.
  • Mt Whitney, Visalia, CA (CS): Junior Hala Quinlan.
  • Oaks Christian School, Westlake Village, CA (SS): Sr Hailey Benton & Ariana Koch.
  • Paso Robles HS, Paso Robles, CA (SS): Senior Marina Smeltzer.
  • Redwood HS, Visalia, CA (CS): Senior Alyssa Ibarra and Soph Emma Peters.
  • Righetti HS, Santa Maria, CA (SS): Seniors Dominique Burciaga and Madison Villa.
  • West Hills HS, Santee, CA (SDS): Sophs Fallon Bumworth and Carly Bockstahler.
  • Yucaipa HS, Yucaipa, CA (SS): Senior Kerston Corns.
  • Xavier College Prep HS, Palm Desert, CA (SS): Jr Jillian Barbato & So Reina Rover.

…brings the Hawai’i total to 24 schools and the California total to 258 schools with over 3,000 girl student-athletes recognized as High School All-Americans in the eleven years of the KAI~Cal-HI list. As always, CONGRATULATIONS!

2017 CIF-SS Ocean League

February 12, 2017

El Segundo: The Santa Monica High School Vikings Girls Water Polo Team captured its fourth in a row Ocean League Championship this week with a win on Tuesday against Culver City and a win Thursday against El Segundo Eagles. The early win clinched a share of the title, with the latter locking an unblemished 8-0 Ocean League Season.


Samohi captures the Ocean League “Donal Skeehan” Trophy.

The Vikings dominated the Eagles, with multi-goal scorers in Seniors Alissa Hattori (3), Audrey Hattori (2), Kalen Leyman (2), Shanna Stevenson (3), and Sophomore Lauren Guidrey (3). The Eagles could only manage one goal by Sophomore Maya Weiss, which was the only shot that fooled Samo Senior Goaltender Amalie Leung, off of a long shot deflection of a field block. Leung had a dozen saves, and leading the field blockers were the Hattori twins with two each. Assist leader was Guidry, followed by Hattori’s two each, coupled with two steals each — nice to have all the pairs working together!

Editor’s Note, post-season: Samohi also dominated their CIF-SS First Round opponent, Vista Murrieta, 15-8, only to come up against a scoring ‘wall’ in the Quarterfinals and lose against Martin Luther King, 3-6.


ML King’s Kyndall Burrell attempts to draw a penalty (King scored two of six on 5m shots).

King field blockers deflected or forced wild shots by Samo all over the place in the first half, jumping to a 4-1 lead before Samo could scratch back to 3-4 deficit on a buzzer beating outside shot to the upper corner by Audrey Hattori — which would prove to be the last shot to get by MLK’s stellar Goalkeeper, Senior Hannah McCarley.


ML King’s Hannah McCarley makes a save.

In the second half, Santa Monica drew countless extra player opportunities only to be blocked away by McCarley, the player of the match. Even though McCarley made one desperation major against the Viking driver, Lauren Guidry, she was still able to rise up big-time and block the penalty shot.

Yours truly was able to interview Ms McCarley following the game (and Head Coach Casey Greenawalt’s recap/pep talk for next round)… “We were excited to be here, and fired up to push back!” she exclaimed, “but I don’t feel we played up to potential in the first half.”

When asked about the pre-game hype about two opposing CIF Champions locking up in a different division from last year, “We’ve never seen (Santa Monica) before, so we came to defend and knock down shots.” I sense they hit their defensive potential in the second half. Good luck in the D2 Final Four, I said.

“We don’t know our opponent yet, but we’re super excited to be in the final round.”

Images from kemp’s iPhone.

2017 CIF-SS Bay League

February 9, 2017

Manhattan Beach: The Redondo Union High School Girls Water Polo Team captured its first ever Bay League Championship this week with a win on Monday against Palos Verdes and a win Wednesday against defending champion Mira Costa. The early win clinched the title outright, with the latter locking an 8-0 Bay League Season.


Redondo captures the Bay League “Margaret Kemp” Trophy. Head Coach Shelby Haroldson is on the left, with Assistant Coaches Noah Rubke and Liz Payan back right.

The Bay League and South Bay powerhouse Redondo Seahawks overcame an early lead and late attack by the Mira Costa Mustangs to win 6-5 behind eight great blocks from Freshman Goaltender Katherine Wrightsman, and with solid Team D and field blocks from Seniors Katelyn Harris, Sophie Maguy and Maddie McCaw. The latter two ladies had 2 steals each, also contributing to the defense, and led the team in goal scoring, Maguy with 4 and McCaw with 2. Other starters contributing were Junior Camille Grace with two steals and two assists, Sophomore Sabrina Dimesa with two assists, and Freshman Hannah Rome with two steals. Senior Mia Furman and Freshman Julia Janov were out ill, but will be relied upon in the playoffs.

On the Costa side, the Lyter sisters, Camille and Leigh, contributed two steals each but could not get any clean shots on goal. All scoring was by Seniors Aminae Anorve (3) and Chloe Le (2), who attempted to carry most of the load of their team. Anorve had three steals and two field blocks, with Le contributing three steals and two assists although suffering a key 1-v-1 block against Wrightsman late in the fourth frame.


Son Kelly Kemp presents ‘Mama Kemp’ Trophy for Bay League Girls Water Polo supremacy to Redondo’s Maddie McCaw.

Box Score:

  • RUHS    3 1 1 1 = 6
  • MCHS   1 1 2 2 = 5

“We’ve been dreaming about winning this (Trophy) all year!” exclaimed Senior Team Captain Madeline McCaw, post-game.

And then from classmate Sophie Maguy, “It was ‘tough on us’ last year to watch them take it (the Trophy) on our deck.” Turnabout is fair play, indeed.


Bay Trophy

The High School Girls Water Polo Bay League Championship Trophy displayed by Kelly Kemp.

Additional notes: Margaret and her husband Parker Kemp were 1945 graduates of the “Greatest Class” at Redondo Union High School — the Class that schooled entirely during World War II and graduated June 14, 1945, just 5 weeks after Victory in Europe (VE) Day, May 8, and a few short months before VJ Day, September 2. Following the next two years, Margaret went to Santa Monica City College for her Associate in Arts Degree, while Parker enlisted in Texas and went to Southern Methodist University during pre-Naval Aviator training. In the Summer of 1947 they got back together, journeyed to, attended, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, and were married in Hermosa Beach in 1949.

Images courtesy of Danny Katayama (Thanks, friend!).