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There’s nothing soft about Roseville soph’s arm

Sapp, young Tigers open rugged SFL water polo campaign with loss at Del Oro
By: Bill Poindexter/Roseville Press Tribune Sports Editor
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The high school water polo season began with Roseville coach Brad Molina doing something he’d never done before: He brought up a sophomore to his varsity team.

Of course, a 90-goal freshman season on the JV squad made the decision easier for Molina, and sophomore Nick Sapp leads the Tigers in goals seven matches into the season. He scored two in Roseville’s 13-9 loss at Del Oro on Tuesday in a Sierra Foothill League opener.

“He has a really good arm,” Molina said of Sapp, who has 14 goals and nine steals.

Four-year veteran Evan Attica, a Junior Olympic summer player, leads the Tigers with 19 steals and 11 assists. He scored four goals against Del Oro, giving him eight this season. Senior Eric Waters has 11 goals, 10 assists and 10 steals.

The Tigers (3-4 overall, 0-1 SFL) “have good swimming speed,” according to Molina, and while they’re more in rebuild mode, he expects Granite Bay and Woodcreek to be tough again with Nevada Union improving every year. Granite Bay and Del Oro meet Thursday.

Last weekend, Roseville went 2-3 in the Sierra Shootout in Rocklin. Roseville opened with a 10-6 loss to Dixon, defeated Whitney 10-7, lost to Modesto 11-6 and El Dorado 10-8 and ended with a 6-5 victory over Oakland-Bishop O’Dowd in triple overtime.

Waters totaled nine goals, six assists and five steals in the tournament, including a five-goal game against Dixon. Sapp scored five of his seven tournament goals against Modesto. He also had seven steals. Attica had 13 steals and seven 10 assists.

Goaltender Chance Owens made 53 saves in four matches, including 20 in the win over O’Dowd, and Jared Samsel had 17 saves against El Dorado.

Granite Bay splits four — The Grizzlies had a 2-2 record in the John Schmitt Memorial Tournament last weekend at Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose.
The Grizzlies beat Clovis West 12-6 and lost to Bellarmine 11-6 on Sept. 7.
Granite Bay defeated Jesuit 13-7 and lost to Campolindo 14-11 on Saturday.

Max Vigeant led the Grizzlies with 18 goals in the tournament. Jack Ellinthorpe scored eight goals and Nathan Pinkney seven.