Six members of Fallbrook High School’s boys water polo team earned all-league honors when the Avocado League’s coaches selected the all-league teams.
Driver Jacob Pril and two-meter player Kevin Wu were selected to the Avocado League’s first team, two-meter defender Russell Barrett and goalkeeper Ryan Helling were chosen for the second team, and drivers Kai Bowman and Kevin Reichel received honorable mention distinction.
Pril was a unanimous first-team selection. He led not only the team but also the CIF San Diego Section with 187 goals scored.
In the history of San Diego Section boys water polo, the only player to score more goals in a season was Valhalla’s Brett Ormsby, who scored 201 times in 2000.
Pril averaged 5.8 goals per game despite being removed early in some of Fallbrook’s lopsided victories; in one game against San Pasqual he scored eight goals in the first quarter before spending the remainder of the game on the deck.
Pril had a shooting percentage of 53 percent and also contributed 30 assists to the offense.
“One of the reasons we made a solid run down the line is he contributed significantly defensively as well,” said Fallbrook coach Bob Lamont. “I’m glad he’s a junior. He’ll be coming back.”
Wu, a senior, was the team’s second-leading scorer with 59 goals. “He always answered the hardest assignments on the team,” Lamont said. “He always rose to the occasion.”
Wu was also the Warriors’ backup goalie when Lamont chose to rest Helling. “He can pretty well play it all,” Lamont said of Wu.
Barrett and Helling are both seniors. Helling accumulated 282 saves during the season.
Bowman, a senior, led the team with 67 steals and with 48 assists. Reichel is a junior.
Fallbrook reached the CIF Division I semifinals for the first time since 2003 before an 11-8 loss to Vista November 19 ended the Warriors’ season.
The loss to Vista, along with two earlier playoff wins, gave Fallbrook a final overall record of 21-11.
In Avocado League play the Warriors tied for second in the standings with a 7-3 mark.
“They’re a unique group,” Lamont said of his players. “Good group of kids.”
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