Stephen Norton, Sr. Andrew's: Post All-Area boys water polo player of the year
Friday, June 04, 2010
by Paul Ivice
Photo by Ray Graham/The Palm Beach Post
Stephen Norton, the only senior on the St. Andrew's boys water polo team, scored four goals, including three in the second half, to help the Scots capture their first water polo championship this season.
Norton, who was second on the Scots in scoring with 74 goals, second in steals (40) and tied for second in assists (27), is the only member of the team who won't be able to defend the title next season.
The Scots had blown an early four-goal lead in the title match against Miami-Columbus, but then rallied to outscore their opponent 14-3 the rest of the way.
"We trained a lot for swimming and had a lot of endurance," Norton said. "At halftime, we were only up by one, but then we started playing a lot better, got more confident and started taking more shots.
"We'd been training together for about five years, so we really know what we're going to do before we do it."
Like his father and grandfather before him, Norton will attend Bucknell University, where he plans on continuing to play water polo.
Kurt Predmore, the former Lake Worth coach who has been hired to coach the St. Andrew's program next season, said Norton was a big contributor to the team.
"It's going to be a big hole to fill," Predmore said.
"He played injured. He played sick. He's not a very vocal kind of guy, but he showed his leadership by his play in the pool."
COACH OF THE YEAR
After taking over as coach of the Boca Raton boys and girls teams, Sierra helped the Bobcat boys improve from 12-9 last season to 16-7 this season.
Mario Cardenas, St Andrew's, Jr.
Rafael Castillo, St. Andrew's Jr.
Scott Weigel, St. Andrew's Jr.
Scott Foreman, Lake Worth Sr.
Sean Grady, Boca Raton Jr.
Nemanja Zgonjanin, Boca Raton, Jr.