June 10, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford men's water polo will welcome 12 student-athletes to the program for the 2013 season, head coach John Vargas announced Monday.
Joining the Cardinal for the 2013 season are Reid Chase (Corona del Mar, Calif./Corona del Mar HS), Davis Clute (Alamo, Calif./De La Salle), Drew Holland (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS), Michael Holloway (Atherton, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep), Jackson Kimbell (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Wilson HS), Ian McColl (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Los Altos HS), Sam Pfeil (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Dana Hills HS), Justin Roberto (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS), Connor Stapleton (Davis, Calif./Davis HS), Sam Sunde (Carmel, Calif./Carmel HS), Kyle Weikert (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS) and Charlie Wiser (Orinda, Calif./Miramonte HS).
"This is the biggest class we have signed during my tenure at Stanford, and each of these players is a student-athlete in every sense of the term," Vargas said. "We are very fortunate to have such a talented incoming freshmen class, one which gives us depth and strength at every position. We're looking forward to the start of preseason training in August ahead of the 2013 season."
Chase, Kimbell and Stapleton come to The Farm after each spending time with various U.S. youth teams over the past year. Chase and Kimbell were most recently part of the USA Junior National Team, alongside future Cardinal teammates Bonanni, Adam Abdulhamid and Griffin Bolan, that participated in the FINA World League Prelims in Los Alamitos from May 24-27.
Both Chase and Stapleton, along with Abdulhamid, were also part of the USA Youth National Team that took eighth at the inaugural FINA Youth World Championship in Perth, Australia back in December. Chase scored seven goals in the tournament while Stapleton scored once.
Kimbell, a Southern California product out of Long Beach, finished his prep career this past fall being named the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Player of the Year for the second straight season. Earning Moore League MVP honors in each of his final two seasons as well, Kimbell scored a total of 151 goals over that span while helping lead Long Beach Wilson to a CIF Division II title in 2011 and a CIF Division I runner-up finish in 2012.
The class also features three teammates from the elite Miramonte High School water polo program in goalie Holland, driver Weikert and defender Wiser.
Weikert, who will join the Cardinal in 2013 after deferring enrollment for a year, was a second-team All-East Bay/North Bay pick by the Contra Costa Times and a first-team All-Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) selection as a senior after helping lead the Matadors to a second straight NCS title in 2011. Also competing for the Miramonte swimming team, Weikert, along with Wiser, was part of the 400 freestyle relay team that broke a 25-year-old school record at the 2012 North Coast Section meet.
Wiser, who will also compete with the Stanford swimming team, was twice named the Bay Area News Group's East Bay Boys' Water Polo Player of the Year (2011 and 2012). An all-around threat for Miramonte over his four-year varsity career, Wiser scored 64 goals during his senior campaign including two in the NCS title game to help the Matadors to their third straight section title. A year prior, Wiser accounted for the NCS title-winning goal in sudden death against San Ramon Valley.
Holland, meanwhile, stood out in the cage during the Matadors' championship runs. Also an All-East Bay/North Bay pick and the 2012-13 DFAL Outstanding Goalie, Holland stopped 12 shots in the 9-8 NCS title-game win this past November, and made 10 stops in a DFAL title-clinching win over Campolindo in late October. Holland was also named a second-team California-Hawaii All-American in January.
Another goalie in this year's Cardinal class is Sunde, out of Carmel High School. As a senior, Sunde helped guide the Padres to a Central Coast Section Division II quarterfinal appearance. Standing 6-5, Sunde used his long wingspan to his advantage in the cage, earning second-team All-CCS honors as Carmel earned a share of the Monterey Bay League Gabilan division title this past fall. He was also selected to a CCS All-Star Team that took on the NCS All-Stars in December.
Staying on the defensive side of the tank Clute, Pfeil and Roberto will help bolster the Cardinal's depth in front of the cage. Clute, out of De La Salle in Concord, was named to the All-NCS Second Team and All-East Bay Athletic League First Team this past season after helping lead the Spartans to the NCS semifinals.
Pfeil, a Laguna Niguel native, helped lead Dana Hills High to the South Coast League title and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section Division I quarterfinals. As a senior, Pfeil proved he could also mix it up on the attack, scoring 71 goals en route to being named South Coast League Co-MVP and earning a spot on the All-CIF Southern Section First Team and the Orange County Register's Second Team. A year prior, he scored 66 goals as Dana Hills took eighth at the state tournament.
Roberto, out of East Bay power San Ramon Valley High, spent time with the USA Water Polo Youth National Team at the Acireale Tournament in Sicily during the summer of 2011. As a prep, Roberto, who played on the youth team as a defender, showed his offensive flair, scoring 86 goals en route to being named East Bay Athletic League MVP in 2011. Like Weikert, he deferred enrollment at Stanford for the 2012-13 year and will join the Cardinal for the 2013 season.
Rounding out the class are Holloway and McColl. The first of this group, Holloway, did not start playing water polo until his freshman year at Sacred Heart Prep. Yet over four seasons with the Gators, Holloway helped lead the Gators to two straight CCS Division II titles (2011-12) while being named to the All-CCS Division II First Team as a junior and senior in addition to earning honorable mention as a sophomore in 2010.
McColl, out of Los Altos High, helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back appearances in the CCS Division II Championship Game in 2011 and 2012. As a senior, he was named to the All-CCS Division II Second Team and to the All-Daily News First Team. In addition to his water polo credentials, McColl was also played a key role as a middle blocker for Los Altos High's boys volleyball team.