Combined Burnaby team wins high school water polo title

A combined Burnaby schools team won the recent B.C. provincial high school co-ed water polo tournament at Fleetwood Pool in Surrey.

Burnaby South, Burnaby Central, Moscrop and St. Thomas More Collegiate students joined forces to knock off Archbishop Carney 6-5 in the championship final on April 15.

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Sever Topan and Maryann Slama led the way with two goals apiece, while Marko Pudar and Margarita Orlova added single markers for the all-Burnaby team. Nabil Fani backstopped the win in goal for Burnaby.

The four-school collective went undefeated through the 20-team competition, edging the North Shore Eagles 11-10 and a combined St. George's team 12-8 en route to the championship final.

Burnaby, including Katerina Schwab, T.J. Jones, Jenna Melton, Gareth Jones, Amanda Hass, Stewart Crombie, Mackenzie Burns, Riel Ante-Schaefer and Maria Strigoun, also easily defeated Meadowridge, Burnsview/Sands and Garibaldi in preliminary round action.

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