One for the thumb: Granite Bay grad Reego wins fifth NCAA title
USC has won five consecutive NCAA championships in men’s water polo, and Granite Bay High School graduate Andrew Reego has been there for all five.
The Trojans wrapped up a perfect 29-0 season and their latest title with an 11-10 victory over rival UCLA on Dec. 2 at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium in Los Angeles.
“It really hit me when we jumped in the pool after we won the final game,” said Reego, who scored 13 goals this season and had four games with multiple goals. “All the early morning practices, the thousands of laps, the year-round training ... It was truly worth it all to win again and know I am part of a very special group of athletes.”
Reego, who finished his career with 30 goals, and redshirt seniors Matt Burton of Manhattan Beach and Michael Rosenthal of Florida became USC’s first five-time champions in the sport. Rosenthal scored three goals in the final and Burton two.
“To win the championship in an undefeated season with my two best friends who played so well at NCAAs, well, it’s just incredible,” Reego said. “And it was extra special that my family and high school coach were here to celebrate.”
Granite Bay coach John MacLeane watched Reego play in the semifinals, an 18-7 victory over Air Force.
High school boys basketball
Roseville 79, Benicia 50 — The Tigers had four players in double figures, and another big defensive effort in the second half helped them win their Stonebarger Tournament opener at Brentwood-Liberty and stay unbeaten at 4-0.
Roman Tyukayeb led Roseville with 17 points. Cole Jacobs scored 16 points, Daniel Rios 14 and Marcus Garcia 12. Matt Tawlks had nine points.
The Tigers led 49-30 at halftime and held Benicia to nine points in the third quarter.
“We rebounded better in the second half,” coach Greg Granucci said. “I was pretty pleased with how we settled in in the second half.”
Roseville plays a semifinal at 5 p.m. Friday.
Granite Bay 78, Moraga-Campolindo 67 — Anthony Pedersen and Sherron Bradford scored 18 points each, and the Grizzlies (4-2) pulled away from a two-point halftime lead to beat the Cougars (1-3) in the first round of the Mark Macres Tournament at Monterey Trail in Elk Grove.
Jacob King scored 10 points for Granite Bay, which plays Pleasant Grove at 7 p.m. Friday night.
High school girls basketball
Roseville 44, Folsom 40 — Lindsay Anderson had a double double with 11 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Tigers (1-3) over the Bulldogs in the first round of the 40th annual Oakmont-Roseville Rotary Tournament at Oakmont. Back-to-back baskets by Ashley Jenkins (nine points, nine rebounds, two steals) and Julie Mascarinas (11 points, two steals) gave Roseville a 42-38 lead. Summer Muir had four of the Tigers’ 12 steals.
Roseville will play Oakmont at 8 p.m. Friday in the semifinals. The Vikings rolled over Mesa Merde 78-39 in the first round.