Water Polo

Bonita’s 10-5 Victory Over Palisades Secured First CIF D-3 Southern California Title in School History; Distaso & Carlson Combine for 7 Goals

Nov 19 2023 11:35:08

Photos by Beth Oualline

Boys Water Polo:

What a historic week it has been for the Bonita High School boys water polo program.

Seven days after claiming a CIF-SS Division 4 championship, the Bearcats secured its first CIF Southern California Division 3 title.

And the Bearcats dominated throughout the playoffs.

On Saturday afternoon, BHS defeated Palisades, 10-5, at Mt. SAC.

Max Distaso led the way with four goals, and Jacob Carlson scored three times for the Bearcats.

Jeffrey Heaton added a pair of goals and Parker Montgomery had one.

Julian Falk had nine saves in goal for the Bearcats.

In state playoffs wins over Cleveland, Ayala and Palisades, BHS outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 43-15.

Bonita never scored less than 10 goals in each of their eight postseason games.

Box Score:
B: 2-3-2-3-(10)
P: 1-2-0-2-(5)

Bonita scoring: Max Distaso 4, Jacob Carlson 3, Jeffrey Heaton 2, Parker Montgomery 1

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Records: Bonita (24-12); Palisades (19-13)

Bonita’s CIF-SS Playoff Results:
10/31: Bonita 16, El Modena 4
11/2: Bonita 18, Malibu 5
11/4: Bonita 12, Hoover 8
11/8: Bonita 13, Temecula Valley 9
11/11: Bonita 16, Woodbridge 5

Bonita’s CIF State Division 3 Playoff Results:
11/14: Bonita 16, Cleveland 8
11/17: Bonita 17, Ayala 2
11/18: Bonita 10, Palisades 5