By Joe Naiman
The Ramona High School boys water polo post-season banquet at the Reiling house included the presentation of the team’s Most Valuable Player award to senior Zach Lane.
The players selected Lane as the team’s MVP. Senior Ted Dean placed second in the voting.
“They both bring so much to the table,” said Coach Donnie Williams.
Lane and Dean earned third-team Palomar League honors. Williams noted that Lane’s contributions included some for which his teammates received statistical credit.
“You try to make everybody around yourself fit better,” Williams said of Lane’s activities in the pool.
The team members selected junior Isaac Gross as the team’s Most Improved recipient. Gross was a field player on the 2010 junior varsity team and was 2011 varsity team’s goalie.
“He didn’t know where he’d fit,” Williams said. “I told him we’re still going to need a goalie, so he worked real hard in the off-season.”
The team coaches selected the Coaches’ Award, which went to senior Conor Gomez.
“Just a great attitude. Worked hard the whole time,” Williams said of Gomez. “He developed as he went through the year and just was there for his teammates.”
The banquet included the presentation of the junior varsity and novice team post-season awards. Freshman Garrett Klem was the junior varsity MVP, freshman Wyatt Jeffers took home the JV’s Most Improved award, and junior Lennox Keen was the recipient of the junior varsity Coaches’ Award.
The novice MVP award went to freshman goalkeeper Taylor Holas, sophomore Jonathan Doulgeropoulas received the novice team’s Most Improved recognition, and the novice Coaches’ Award was presented to freshman Conner Close.
The banquet also included a potluck meal.
“It went very well,” Williams said. “The weather even cooperated with us that weekend. It was pretty nice that day.”