For the fifth consecutive year, the Mater Dei boys’ water polo team was recognized for winning a CIF-SS championship. In front of the student body at a recent all-school rally, the team’s championship banner was officially suspended from the rafters of the Meruelo Athletic Center. In posting perfect 31-0 records in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Mater Dei became the first school to win back-to-back CIF-SS championships in boys’ water polo with undefeated records since Whittier accomplished the feat in 1953. Head Coach Chris Segesman has now led his teams to 79 straight wins dating back to 2010.
Is There Any Room Up There?
There are now 86 championship banners suspended from the rafters of the Meruelo Athletic Center, broken down as follows:
- 65 CIF-SS Championships
- 1 CIF Southern California Regional Championship
- 15 CIF-State Championships
- 5 National Championships
Hall of Fame Inductions
Continuing the theme of recognizing tremendous accomplishments, the following athletes were inducted into the Mater Dei Hall of Fame during the all-school rally:
Barr was named the CIF-SS Player of the Year in girls’ water polo as a junior in 2012. She scored a school-record 471 career goals and recorded 130 assists and 225 steals as a four-year varsity player. A CIF-SS First Team member as a sophomore and senior, Barr was also selected as the Trinity League MVP each of her four years at Mater Dei. She helped lead the Monarchs to CIF-SS championship game appearances in 2012 and 2013.
Walters scored 126 goals as a senior for the Monarchs as they won the 2012 CIF-SS boys’ water polo championship. For his efforts, Walters was selected the CIF-SS Player of the Year, the Orange County Register Player of the Year, and the Trinity League MVP at the conclusion of that season. He also played on the Mater Dei 2011 CIF-SS championship team and went on to be named to the CIF-SS First Team. A two-year varsity player, Walters recorded 227 goals, 69 assists, and 101 steals for the Monarchs.
Duarte led his team to the CIF-SS football championship game in 2012 and was later honored as the Glenn Davis Award recipient as the top high school football player in Southern California. Additionally, he was a Parade All-American honorable mention selection, the Orange County Register Player of the Year, and the Trinity League MVP at the conclusion of that season. During his three-year varsity career at Mater Dei, Duarte had 120 catches for 1,918 yards and 23 touchdowns. During his career, he was defensively credited with 10.5 sacks and 59 tackles.
Barkley was distinguished as the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year as a junior. He earned the prestigious award after completing 214 of 340 passes for 3,576 yards and 35 touchdowns during the 2007 season. He was also chosen that season as the winner of the Glenn Dave Award. Over the course of his four-year varsity career, Barkley compiled 609 pass completions, 1,044 pass attempts, 9,471 passing yards, and 79 passing touchdowns, graduating as Mater Dei’s all-time leader in each passing category.
Warming Weather Brings…
The following varsity teams for the spring sports season were introduced to the student body at the all-school rally:
- Baseball and Head Coach, Burt Call
- Golf (Boys) and Head Coach, Ollie Martin
- Lacrosse (Boys) and Head Coach, Matt Goto
- Lacrosse (Girls) and Head Coach, Cressita Bowman
- Softball and Co-Head Coaches, Tia Meza & Doug Myers
- Swimming (Boys & Girls) and Head Coach, Ken Dory
- Tennis (Boys) and Head Coach, Dana Bozeman
- Track and Field (Boys & Girls) and Head Coach, Rick Martinez
- Volleyball (Boys) and Head Coach, Adam Cutrell
Phillip Bellomo, Director of Athletics